Our Losses of Larry Klein, GT Motors, Lansing, Michigan, Don Bradley, Florida

He was a fixture at many swap meets and shows in the central United States, a book collector and dealer like no other. Larry Klein was the go-to guy for anything motorcycle book related. His career included the operation of GT Motors, a Moto-Guzzi dealership in Lansing, Michigan. Then Larry began to specialize in his passion; helping people find great books on whatever motorcycle topic one could imagine. It’s said that he read every word of each book he sold and could give you an honest overview of its content and quality. He’ll be missed. A remembrance was held Saturday, April 18th, from 2-5 pm at Gorsline Runciman, Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan

Don Bradley is perhaps best known for his fantastic (literally) artwork done for the great event in St Augustine, Florida, Riding Into History. Combining motorcycles, trains, planes and cars with women in fairy tale settings, Don’s art will always draw you in. This professional painter and illustrator, who served the motorcycle community well, will be greatly missed.
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  1. greg s
    greg s says:

    I bought several books from Larry. He was a good guy. I am sorry for his passing and will miss him at the swap meets. I bought a painting from Don several years ago and will miss him too.

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  2. Brian Martin
    Brian Martin says:

    OMG!!! This literally brought many tears to my humbled eyes. Especially when I realised that it’s been almost 5 years since I last visited the quiet, soft-spoken dictionary of everything Italian motorad!
    I’ll never forget that warm-welcoming smile no matter how long it had been since my last visit. My high-school buddy got me into Triumphs when they had fallen into their worst times and looked like they would fade away, thus a good investment. After a few years of numb hands I realised I needed something different but not Jap or German for more distance riding. My pal said “I got just the guy for you” and introduced me to the “Kleinology” he just happened to have the most gorgeous thing i ever saw in his shop with only 8k miles on it; The ‘76 LeMans 850’ (who needs women, right? ) even with stock exhaust it was the most amazing thing I’d ever heard @ 7500 rpm!! I’ll never forget the smile on Larry’s face when I returned from the test-ride – He knew I was hooked. When I did my google search today it was to see if he was still going and would be interested in arranging a full-no holds barred restoration on that amazing Italian-Stallion. Now I don’t know who to trust. As long as I’m here, any insights?
    I just hope Jesus has made provisions for Italian motorcycles in the resurrection cause I owe Larry a few Morretti’s ; )
    Rest in peace brother- you got a lot of old friends waiting to chat with you again !!!!

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