Custom bike artist George Woodman’s (real name Sébastien Valliergues) portfolio isn’t as expansive as others’ out there may be; he doesn’t build that many bikes, but when he does finish something, it’s always super notable. In that regard, he’s like Terrence Malick — makes so few films, but each one is an event.
And what an event that image up there is. It’s called the “Wild Horse,” a heavily modified Honda SS50 that, while tiny, packs so many punches. For one, its original 49cc air-cooled single has been replaced with a 190cc engine care of bike tuner Stomp. That pushes the maximum horsepower to 22. That’s an incredible number considering the ride only has a wheelbase of 46 inches.
The engine comes from Zongshen and was built in the same factory as the Daytona Anima FLX. It’s hooked up to a five-speed gearbox and dones an ID Vintage exhaust, brand-new. The suspension has been completely replaced with new forks from YCF via custom yokes, and the gas shocks are also new, from Kepspeed.
Woodman isn’t really a motorcycle guy. Actually, he’s a master woodworker and only builds two to three bikes a year — for fun, if you can believe that. While it may be just a sideline for him, he’s garnered many fans as a result of his excellent bike projects. What sets him apart is his clever implementation of wood into the rides he customizes. You’d expect a master woodworker to just go berserk at it and add wood in every part of the motorcycle, but he doesn’t do that. He’s more subtle and more understated about incorporating the element, preventing the design from being too on the nose.
Photos courtesy of George Woodman