Mooneyes Motorcycle – Peter Ström Checks in From Stockholm
Editor’s Note: Mooneyes never built an official company motorcycle that we’re aware of, but if they did, it might look something like this. You never know what is going to pop into your Facebook inbox. In this case, it was a gift from Stockholm, Sweden. Motorcycle builder Peter Ström sent us an incredible array of photos and sent this nice build letter along with it. We thought we would let him tell you the story of his Mooneyes motorcycle.
My name is Peter Ström and I am 54 years old from Stockholm, Sweden. I have a few bike-builds behind me – I built my wife’s FXR trike, a Sportster chopper for myself with a lot of engraving in honor of my daughter. Every one of them has been well appreciated and magazines around the world have featured them.
With this Mooneyes Motorcycle I wanted a drag race style bike. So it was obvious to ask Håkan at Moon Sweden for help with parts. Because let’s face it, what could possibly be linked any closer to drag racing and hot rodding than Mooneyes?
The whole bike is built around the legendary Aluminum oil tank from Moon. I started the project with an original 2003 Sportster frame, but instead of following everyone else and make it rigid in the back, I wanted to keep the shocks to have the old school look. The whole front frame was cut away, the back frame shorted 2-inches and the middle frame was made so the Moon tank fit properly
I built a new front frame then mounted it to the lowered back frame to get a more streamlined look. The bike measures 3-inches up, a 39-degree rake, and the forks are 10-inches over with a 5-degree triple three.
Instead of the famous Moon yellow, I wanted the same effect as the oil tank – brushed aluminum! So that started the hunt for aluminum parts. The Gas tank is a stretched Sportster aluminum tank from Easy Rider Japan, the back fender is a “Tsunami” from Lowbrows.
The front fairing is from Hippie Killer garage that needed lots of grinding because of the bad quality of the casting. Everything got wet-sanded to get the brushed look.
The idea of the paint I got from the back of the box that some of the Mooneyes parts come in. To get the racing style stronger and to put some MOON-yellow on it, I decided to make two yellow stripes all the way through the bike. All the rest is brushed aluminum with clear coat.
The wheels are original old 16 and 19-inch Mag wheels. The wheel centers were painted in satin black and the edges were ground to get that brushed look also matching the aluminum sprocket in the back. The break and clutch levers are from a 2006 Sportster. The electric bottoms are removed and replaced with LC-fabrication “Switch housing delete” units for a cleaner look on the Mooneyes Motorcycle.
The break master cylinder cap is from Mooneyes, while the front brakes are also 2006 Sportster. To make the front brakes fit the forks I had to re-weld the brackets. The Brake discs are from DNA with black centers. The frame, swing arm and the forks are all powder coated in satin black.
Another person that I received a lot of help from is “Otto” from Biltwell Inc USA. The seat, handlebars, the gas cap and the foot pegs all came from Biltwell. Everything they sent is extremely high quality and stylish.
Lastly the motor. The crankcase is from a 2003 Sportster. I added Hammer Performance 1250 cc cylinders with high compression pistons. The cylinder heads are 2006 Sportster XB that are made to breathe easier. The cams are Hammer Performance. The clutch is EMF auto clutch with kevlar plates! This makes the shifting really fast!! You only get off the throttle a little and shift!! You don’t need to use the clutch handle! You just shift then go full throttle again!! The gear box is a 5-speed, and engine breathes through a 2-1 Screaming Eagle exhaust.
It makes about little over 100Hk on the back tire! Soon I will try bracket racing it on the drag strip with the mooneyes motorcycle. Keep your fingers crossed!
Ride hard, Ride safe