In memory of Indian Larry
By Konstantine Zakzanis - Photographs: Kevin Rosenthall
It is one thing to live by a creed, and it is another to actually
“live” by a creed.
“In God We Trust -
Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord - No Fear…”
These were the words that graced “Indian” Larry Desmedt’s
neck, a tattoo that served as his creed, his trademark. He had
placed it on his neck just below his chin with the letters of the
middle two lines in reverse so that he could read them when
looking in a mirror. This was his constant reminder that life
should be lived without fear.
And “Indian Larry” – as he was known by – lived life. More life than you or I will
ever live no matter how long our biological vehicles decide to remain on our
rides and travel the roads we are destined to travel.
by Jean-François Roy
It all began more than a decade ago when he bought a t-shirt at his
favourite Canadian custom bike shop, Speedtrix, located in Saint-André
d’Argenteuil in Quebec. At the time his budget didn’t allow him any higher
expenditure. A few years later and after a lot of “saving up”, it was time
to buy the frame that was sitting in the corner of the shop. He placed the
frame along with the 300 mm tire he purchased that same day in his living
room where it sat for the next few months. Voila! The project was officially
started. Over the years he acquired several other parts and even received
some as gifts from his family and his girlfriend who encouraged him in
his new undertaking. He made regular visits to the shop so that he could
thumb through the catalogues or just admire the other bikes.
After some time, the rolling chassis was completed and the work of the
artists that solidify Speedtrix’s reputation was to begin to shape metal and
build a bike to their customer’s taste. This customer didn’t have the budget
that others may have had, but he did have patience. The prolonged process
paid off in the end because the work done on this bike is stunning.
There’s Gold in them Wheels…
This is a story that begins in a place some call Cayo
Hueso, translated literally as “Bone Key”, and known to
you as Key West, Florida. Roughly five hundred years
after its discovery, its 2005 and five friends are out on
a ride. David, Jack, Moby, Kurt and master bike builder
George Tchor from Kreater Custom Motorcycles are
kicking asphalt, soaking up the Key West sun, enjoying
a couple of Corona’s and scheming about what else
but motorcycles. The guys decided that they would
stage a biker build-off amongst themselves. The catch:
they couldn’t exceed the set twenty thousand dollar
budget. The winner would be decided by a people’s
choice vote and the prize would be a vacation paid for
by the losers of the competition.
So it began. Each proceeded with his own unique
project. Given the budget constraints, it was a bit of an
“ugly duckling” endeavor. The first competitor to break
the chains of financial restraints was David. Without
blinking an eye he screamed the words “FUCK THE
BUDGET”! One restraint David couldn’t escape though
was time. That’s where Kreater came in and helped ...
Shaken, Not Stirred
Trying to get a hold of David Medoro
to do this article was like trying to catch
a shadow! Just when I thought I had him
pinned down for a minute, “WHAM”, he
was gone again! Just a day in the life of
a proud custom bike shop owner! This
is one busy dude that has to divide his
time between taking customers calls,
receiving newly acquired bikes, working
with his parts counter guys, mechanics
and clothing store staff, not to mention
spending time at the clinic with his kids!
Ok, I take that back, he ain’t busy, he’s
Insane Customs opened for business
on the northwest side of Edmonton,
Alberta in February of 2009, and since
that day it has never stopped evolving.
Being the Canadian distributor for Big
Bear Choppers since December of 2008
it was inevitable that David would need
a place to showcase his two-wheeled
California beauties. This is how the 124th
Street became the location to house not
only Kevin Alsop’s (BBC) great products
but to also offer total maintenance and
custom fabrication services. Within a
year and a half David’s shop became
the world leader in sales of completely
DOT approved Big Bear products. David
worked harder and faster than a prairie
twister to become a full-fledged dealership.
Today Insane Customs also offers
Saxon Motorcycles, like-new H-D’s,
Royal Enfield’s, bikes on...