It was all over the first time he saw “On Any Sunday.” Lamont Bryden had to have a motorcycle. His first dirt bike was a 1969 Kawasaki 90. From there he graduated to a Hodaka Super Rat and finally a Husqvarna 250. All three were pieces of junk. Yet, that is exactly how Lamont learned to work on motorcycles. If he wanted to ride them, he had to know how to wrench them.
It didn’t take long for Lamont to progress to street bikes. By 14, he was sneaking his dad’s Honda 350 out of the garage, killing the engine three blocks from home before returning it. Years later, he bought and customized a Honda Valkerie. His customizations to that Valkerie eventually won first place at the 2000 Honda Homecoming for Customized Cruisers. The bike has been in several magazines and is still pictured today in National Cycle’s saddlebags ads.
Lamont’s Valkerie has another distinction. It morphed Lamont Bryden into Lamonster, the Internet motorcycle celebrity famous for tearing bikes down, laying them out in a thousand little pieces, and re-assembling them just in time for the next rally. Lamonster brings that sensibility as a mechanic and as a customizer to the Can-Am Spyder. His 2009 Spyder RT (VIN 0001) is a site to behold, complete with vinyl graphics, a custom seat and chrome everything.
Today Lamonster runs SpyderLovers.com, the largest third-party online community for Can-Am Spyder owners and enthusiasts. SpyderLovers has 7,000 members and continues to grow.