Larry Foster had a few sleepless nights after he found out he won the 2015 Allstate Sweepstakes. The Arlington, Texas, native and retired painter says, “I couldn’t sleep for two days. I was in disbelief until I went down to Strokers Dallas and actually saw it.”
What was waiting for him was a brand new Victory Gunner customized by Cory Ness and Rick Fairless.
While he was there, Rick took him on a tour of Strokers Dallas. “Rick is very kind and considerate. He showed his whole operation to me … bikes he’s building for Herschel Walker and some movies stars.”
You Have to Play to Win
Larry registered for the sweepstakes during the International Motorcycle Show in Dallas. Glancing at the bike as he walked by, a woman working the booth told him he could get a free t-shirt if he registered.
“She said I could win, but I said no way,” says Larry.
Good thing he signed up. She sure was right!
Lifelong Rider and Fan
Larry’s got a lot of riding experience under his belt. “I’m 57,” he says “I’ve been riding since I was 12 or 13.” His first bike was a Honda Trail 70 that he bought with money earned from his paper route.
Since then, Larry says he’s had lots of motorcycles but has “never ridden a Victory before. The power band is really impressive … this thing smokes.”
Larry says he was extremely excited about the look and feel of the bike and knows the Fairless and Ness styles very well. “I’m very proud to own a bike built by those guys. They are likes gods to me.”
Custom Bodywork & Accessories
Cory Ness and his crew customized the stock Victory Gunner from top to bottom. Larry says everything matches perfectly on this bike—brakes, handle grips, pipes, rims, brake rollers, and exhaust.
“I looked at it side by side with a stock Victory Gunner, everything is custom,” he says.
Rick definitely went all out on this bike, combining contrasting shapes and colors into a cool, abstract, flowing design. It’s the first black and white paint job he’s ever done.
Larry says the paint scheme reminds him “of the work done the in 1970s by the artist Peter Max ... I’m very impressed.”
“You can sit there and look at it for hours and still see something new,” adds Larry.
Room For Two?
While Larry said he loves everything about his custom, single-seat Victory Gunner, he wants to “put on another seat and sissy bar so my wife can ride with me.”
He’s already talked to Rick about doing the additional customization work when he returns to Strokers Dallas for his 100-mile checkup.
The way Larry’s been riding, that won’t be too far down the road.
He’s heading down to The Republic of Texas Bike Rally in Austin in June, and has also been asked to ride in the 4th of July parade in Arlington, Texas.