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2015 Smoking Black Fish by George Woodman


2015 Smoking Black Fish by George Woodman -  - Viewing Room - Haas Moto Museum Blog

Photo by Brent Graves

Sébastien Valliergues, also known as George Woodman, completed the "Smoking Black Fish" in 2015. This custom build is an altered 1929 FN Type M70B 350cc single.

The M70 model is quite notable in its own regard. It is nicknamed "The Sahara" after two French army offers and a Belgian mechanic crossed approximately 4,000 miles of the African desert on the machines. In addition, the model was also famously depicted in the historic "Tintin" comics. The model clearly carries a prestigious history, and Woodman appreciates the earlier models.

“I was always very attracted to the very old machines from the ‘30s," Woodman said to RideApart. "I find that to be the most elegant period of vehicle design, especially the first racing bikes."

Woodman added a variety of alterations to the original motorcycle including a new wood and aluminum seat unit with a leather seat, a hand-formed wooden cowl housing a modern offset headlight, a wooden guard for the single's velocity stack, vintage racer-style handlebars with wrapped leather grips, and a hand etching of a fish on the fishtail exhaust (hence the name "Smoking Black Fish").

Bobby Haas made this custom build the first motorcycle ever purchased out of Woodman's shop in Biarritz, France. It now calls the Haas Moto Museum home. Pipeburn calls this "quite the accolade for a first build."