JUSTIN MOON’S 1956 FL
Justin Moon’s 1956 FL
It doesn’t get much more real and less fake than a chopper that looks the look and walks the walk. A great representation of our buddy Justin Moon is the bike featured on this here page. Gorgeous, well fed, and reliable. I say that from the perspective we have of knowing Moon and having the pleasure of riding a fair handful of trips next to him.
This bike began life in 2014 when we were invited for a second round at Mama Tried and Moon and needed to come through to fill a slot at the show. This was the final result. When riding season approached, we took a quick trip to Chicago and back, which served as a break-in voyage for Moon’s bike. While he was there he was able to test the chrome on his springer, blasting through a tollgate at 60 mph. At that moment he’d realized he built an all-show, all-go road dog.
As nice as this bike looks standing still in a photo or in the parking lot of a Taco Bell, it looks even better moving down the road. I’m not completely sure of where the inspiration came from on this specific hawg, as it has seen a handful of small changes, but I feel Moon had a certain vision and it comes close to what I relate to old photos of the early custom show circuits. Super-fine murals, obnoxious amounts of chrome and engraving, but mechanically dialed in too.
We frequently nerd out on the good old days of bikes and stories we read about, old chopper folklore, etc., and Moon tends to bring some of those tales to reality for us. He doesn’t like to cut corners and always tries to innovate himself and do better, whether it be better concealing a mount for exhaust or finding 3 more horsepower somewhere in his setup. And that rubs off on you when you’re around it enough. A lot of people seem to be super stoked on him as he sneaks in and out of the internet from time to time, and I can see why. Moon is very much “what you see is what you get” with a side of surprise. I’m proud to call him a friend and brother and can’t wait to see what comes out of his head next. SC
D on’t fake it baby / Lay the real thing on me. —“Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie