Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: BILLY CHILDRESS

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

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