Sunday, June 11, 2017

Indian Tribute Ride

Motocross/Supercross legend Guy "Airtime" Cooper is undergoing a super cool vintage motorcycle ride. Eventually Guy was born into a family that absolutely lived motorcycles. So much so Guy's parents spent their honeymoon riding their Indian parallel twins on a long distance multi-day trip. Now Guy and his wife are retracing that same ride, also on Indian parallels, for the 65th anniversary. Guy has nicely documented his parents ride, the restoration of the Indians and the trip itself on Instagram. I think the trip may be complete now but it's still well worth a look.
Ellen Cooper at one of their stops on their Honeymoon
Mary Ellen Cooper, Charles Cooper & friends on a leg their honeymoon ride.
Dads 1950 Indian TT Warrior. He raced this bike in the 1961 Jack Pine Run. He also rode this bike with Guy around the National Motocross track at Gainesville, FL in 1990.
Charles Cooper throwing around some dirt
Charles Cooper's Indian Factory Service School Certificate
Charles Cooper on his Indian
A shop decal from Charles' shop in the 30's. Charles started a side business selling bicycle parts out of his father's tack shop at 12 years old!
Mary Ellen Cooper on her Indian with Chief in foreground
Just in case you aren't familiar with the origins of Guy's "Airtime" nickname I've included the following photo. Incidentally this Guy making the young guys look bad today, at 54.
Guy doesn't need new iron to get ridiculous either. Here he is inflight on a 1974 Bultaco.

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