The new ICON 1000 Slingbag

Cole Foster’s Moon Rocket bobber

Cole Foster/Salinas Boys custom motorcycle
Even before he turned his hand to motorcycles, Cole Foster was a big name on the custom scene. His hot rods had the cleanest, simplest styling—and impeccable detailing that few others could match.

Then, fortunately for us, Cole and his Salinas Boys company turned their hands to custom motorcycles. Moon Rocket burst onto the custom scene in 2007, and was inspired by the bikes of drag racers such as Leo Payne and Boris Murray.

The platform for Moon Rocket was a bobber test ‘roller’ that Cole built for Custom Chrome in 2001, a project that was left to gather dust at the back of a warehouse. Cole got that bobber back and spent three months on the new build.

Despite the short timeframe, most parts are custom-made—from the frame to the controls to that raw aluminium fairing, reminiscent of vintage Honda racers. The engine is a 100ci RevTech Evo and the wheels and rear brake are Custom Chrome, with Brembo callipers.

Moon Rocket cemented Cole’s reputation as one of the USA’s most talented automotive artists; Hot Bike has a great feature-length article telling the story.