Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about…


Looking back on the years between when the original OSS faded and the months and weeks directly before we brought OSS back from the dead, there were some that thought we should have let sleeping dogs lie. OSS had lived out it’s natural life cycle and should remain assigned to the past along with, for most of us,  our late 30’s and our 40’s. There was a belief that we could never hope to re-capture the magic because those days had passed and so much had changed in the world and in our lives. The brotherhood that thrived during the … Continue reading

Bike of the month October 2016


As I pondered B.O.T.M whilst watching Bill Cummings being fed to the sharks by Largo it occurred to me that… A) I spent more time choosing it than being entertained by it. B) Picking a B.O.T.M. can be as tough as selecting a 007 DVD. C) This is not Dr NO. E) Sometimes I should put things back where I found them. D) Missions are better with a plan. 6)F.T.S. I guess if the mission is to cover just over 400 meters in a straight line from a standing start, as quickly as possible, whilst looking slicker than a Leen … Continue reading

It’s not what you know – part 2


Building bikes ain’t cheap. A brother needs all the help he can get when he’s pushing the oldskool envelope. When it comes to parts, It’s not what you know but who you know. Fortunately many of us know OSS stalwart Rich Hocking, GSXR884, as he is better known in the realm of the Interweb. Rich has supplied chains and sprockets to many of us over the years at great prices. Earlier this year Rich, heroically stuck it to the man and decided to go all in on his new business of supplying custom braided line kits. Rich is now an … Continue reading

Don’t fear the fibre


There comes a time for many early GSXR owners when replacement plastics are required, leaving us with the difficult decision of chasing a wallet-blinding original in pocket-driven condition or going after market. We are pleased to assist in making that after market decision that bit easier by welcoming Fiberman – Fiberbike Modifications – to the trader section.54ipped direct to you from Ireland, Fiberbike Modifications – here’s a list of some of the pieces currently available. 1985  GSXR 750F solo seat cowl  1986 – 88 GSXR solo seat cowl  1985 – 88 GSXR Soloman seat unit 1988 – 90 GSXR solo seat cowl 1990 – … Continue reading

Bike of the month September 2016


For the last year the Admin team have selected the bike of the month and then either myself or Minx have written the article. For the next 12 months Vizman has kindly volunteered to write the bike of the month piece. I’ll be posting an update on our plans for the coming year  shortly and these include a continued drive to find additional contributors for the front page. Next month when Vizman’s training is complete he will publish his own content but here is his debut as BOTM editor: BOTM by Viz Wayne Kemp once wrote about building a vehicle. … Continue reading

Bike of the month August 2016


Every month when bike of the month looms we normally always have a debate about which bike we are going to choose. Sometimes the discussion goes back and forth for days. July and August have been no ordinary months for OSS with 3 events over the space of 4 weeks. Fortunately for us, this month required no debate and  bike of the month just chose itself. In July we attended the Practical classic track day event at Cadwell Park. At the end of the Saturday track sessions Practical Sportsbike Magazine judged their favourite bikes of the weekend. While two OSS … Continue reading

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood


It’s fair to say that most of us are either knocking on the door of middle age or older. When you consider the bikes we covet are 30 years old, that makes sense. So what possesses a guy, still in his 20’s, to build a 300BHP monster turbo bike based around GSXR slingshot? More to the point what possesses him to then race it on Pendine sands and compete in the international speed wheelie championships? In truth, I don’t know the answer, but whatever he’s on, I would like some too. I have been nagging him for some months to … Continue reading

Dyno Day is Go! What you need to know …


On Sunday the 31st July a selection of fine motorcycles will test their metal against the rolling road at RTR Motorcycles in Nottingham . Things you need to know….. The day is almost at full capacity with pre-booked runs. There is still space for a couple of late comers but we can only guarantee spots for those who’ve already got their names down. Dyno sessions will be 20-25 minutes for just £25 Each dyno run will come with a full print out as well as on hand advice from RTR’s proprietor There will be tea and biscuits. Maybe even chocolate ones. Stickers will be … Continue reading

Cadwell 2016


I have been to many oldskoolsuzuki social events where an assortment of fine OSS machinery sits in the pub car park for the weekend while the owners exchange stories at the bar. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, I like the bar as much as the next guy but I have to say, there is no substitute for seeing these machines in action. For this reason we announced early in the year that all future OSS real world meetings would centre around bike centric events. To coincide with the anniversary of the relaunched site we arranged for a … Continue reading