Santa de Muerte
By Alain W. Bélisle
These words exemplify perfectly the first impressions that came to me as the cover that protected this beautiful bike was finally removed by
my friends at Freakshow Choppers in Mill Bay, British Columbia. It was named “Santa Muerte” (Holy Death), an identity which is actually
inspired by the rather iconic Mexican skeletal figures in holy images that are very popular among our friends south of the U.S. border. It was
therefore imperative for this bike to have character, all the while exhibiting sleek lines despite the obvious technical and artistic challenges.
All these elements were harmoniously present and confirmed that I was in the presence of some very talented craftsmen.
By Éric Laflamme
As far back as I can remember I’ve always had my ass sitting
on a bike. My first was a motocross when I was six years old,
then a variety of others until the time I could finally buy myself
a Harley. It was a red wine coloured ’82 FXB Sturgis with
yellow Harley-Davidson stickers on the tank. With a lot of
imagination it was a damn nice bike ! Hahaha ! I remember
dragging a liter of oil with me everywhere I rode—just to make
sure I got through the day without problems. All that remained
that was “Sturgis” on that bike were the wheels and the
beautiful black engine which I later stripped and polished by
hand in my living room. That was late fall 1995. (Rat Shop)
Fred, a very good friend of mine, had taught me a lot about
motorcycle mechanics over the years but still it was he who
rebuilt my engine and transmission. Each of us has our
professions. Each of us has our talents. I rode that bike for
eight years modifying it during the long Quebec winters.
By Pascal Richard
For those who do not yet know of Kreater Custom
Motorcycles it really is time you wake up and smell the
exhaust fumes. This is one of the best custom bike shops
in Canada. It’s located in Toronto and it also has a sister
shop in Kelowna, British Columbia. The Kreater guys are
top-of-the-line builders and often represent Canada at
established international custom bike competitions. Fans
of the Bike & Tattoo Show have seen some of their bikes
at the event, and their creations have graced the pages of
this magazine on many occasions. For my part I consider
Kreater as one of the best custom shops in Canada and
the Kreater guys never stop surprising me.
I’ve known this gang of “partyers” for several years now.
George and Tom – with whom I had the opportunity to
enjoy a few drinks – are guys who know very well how to
empty a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and enjoy life. I have great
memories of evenings with them at the V-Twin Expo in
Cincinnati as well as at the bike run they organize every year
in Kelowna to help sick children. These are good people
with big hearts ! If you visit Toronto or Kelowna, stop in at
the shop to say hello – you may also get a chance to see
their latest projects.
An effigy of GSP
Since its inception Frank Choppers has designed and
manufactured custom choppers as well as modified Harleys
according to customer needs and expectations. The special
attention given to the quality of the installation, selection
and machining of parts results in high quality construction
suitable for all budgets. Meet Frank with your project and
your dream can become a reality faster than you ever thought
Frank was inspired by the strength of character and determination
of George St-Pierre, the Ultimate Fighter, when
customizing this bike – a tribute to the man.