In Memory Of

A Tribute to Indian Larry

Written by  August 31, 2004

On Monday, August 30, 2004, the biker community lost one of its living legends, Indian Larry.

Larry “Indian Larry” Desmedt suffered head injuries Saturday, August 28, 2004 when he fell off his bike before a crowd of 8,000 during the Liquid Steel Classic and Custom Bike Series at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord, North Carolina.

'He was riding and standing up on his seat,' said Mike Downs, Cabarrus County deputy county manager. 'The bike started to wobble and he was not able to regain control. He was not wearing a helmet. Paramedics were standing by and aided him until he could be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center,' Downs said. He remained there until his death.

Indian Larry, a skilled machinist, metal sculptor, master motorcycle mechanic and stunt man appeared in over 13 movies, TV shows and commercials, such as Muscle Machine, Motor Cycle Mania II with Jesse James, Third Watch, and Harley Davidson. He has also performed in four music videos and was interviewed in seven national magazines; but he was best known for his hand-built 'old-school bikes' and TV appearances on shows such as the Discovery Channel's 'Great Biker Build-Off.'

All of us at Cycle Connections offer our sincere condolences to Larry’s family, close friends and to all of his many fans; he will be missed by all.