If you have had the pleasure of meeting Shige Suganuma, owner of MOONEYES USA, you will come to realize that he’s a genuine person that lives and breathes our culture. Shige took control of MOONEYES in the early 90’s and continues Dean Moon’s legacy with great products and events. The MOONEYES X-mas Party Show & Drag and the Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan are two events that bring custom cars and motorcycles together in harmony.
Shige is a fan of CB750s but stepped out of the box to have Lucas Joyner from The Factory Metal Works build him this sweet 650 Triumph. Lucas creates vintage motorcycles using his products from his well known brand, TFMW.
Owner name: Shige Suganuma
Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA- Yokohama Japan
Bike name: Moon Machine
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1964 triumph 650 tiger head , full polished cases
Frame: TFMW repop front triumph loop with TFMW / Mooneyes 3 stretch and 3 drop hardtail
Fork: Pre unit shaved front forks with TFMW ripple pre unit fork covers in chrome
Chassis mods: None
Tire/wheel size and style: 21 inch front full chrome triumph tiger cub hub , 19 inch full chrome pre 1970 style triumph rear spool hub
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Shige approched me in May of 2012 about building him a bike for the MOONEYES Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show which meant my deadline was September for delivery to Los Angeles. I've never done a bike in 4 months especially one of this caliber but this was a chance of a lifetime. Shige and I corresponded about the bike via email and it was his paint design with Bill Carter doing the final paint on the tins. Mooneyes sent a trailer to pick it up and I was bolting the handlebars on it as they arrived. I rode it maybe a mile before they picked it up so its maiden voyage for me was during the Mooneyes video shoot in Japan.
Thanks to: Shige, Chico and all of the MOONEYES family. Along with the TFMW crew; Donnie and Rick and a special thanks to Bill Carter and Cole Foster for sending me Bill's way.-Lucas
Check out Lucas riding through Yokohama