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Genius or Madness? WiMoto’s Suzuki GS550E

Genius or Madness? WiMoto’s Suzuki GS550E

Hard to believe this this board tracker-style custom with a one-off girder fork started life as a Suzuki GS550E.
Wacky engineering always makes for good eye candy. But every time we see it, we think the same thing: does it work?

For Dutch builder Wido Veldkamp, that question is a deal breaker. Bikes that come from his shop WiMoto have to perform as good as they look.

Hard to believe this this board tracker-style custom with a one-off girder fork started life as a Suzuki GS550E.
“Our slogan is ‘We build show bikes for the road’,” he says, “and that is what we truly believe. A bike should look great—but it may never be more important than the way it drives and handles.”

Wido’s background has a lot to do with this philosophy. He’s been tinkering since childhood, eventually studying industrial design and engineering at Delft University of Technology. (He even designed and built a new chassis for the university’s race bike.)

Hard to believe this this board tracker-style custom with a one-off girder fork started life as a Suzuki GS550E.
A lot of his work is bread and butter stuff: making components like swingarms and exhaust systems.…

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