Bike of the Month April 2016

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‘Elastic bands, check Chuddy, check Lucky Star Wars figure, check 328bhp monster wheelie machine, check’ Copyright – The Wheelie Kid, Drag Strip, Race Day Congratulations to The Wheelie Kid and his boosted Killer K in producing an impressive 328 so far on the graph. Now let’s see what you can do in the Championships with a Bike of the Month accolade under your belt. Read more about the bike coming together here Share your teachings with the Kid, or just offer him some words of support on the Bike of the Month thread here

A picture paints a thousand words……

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When we re-launched the site we were keen not to fall into the traps that  the previous forum had suffered from. As we saw it ,those were bandwidth issues and forum maintenance issues.We also wanted to fund the site independently and transparently, without donations. Bandwidth So as far as the bandwidth issues were concerned we decided to host the entire site remotely. In order to keep hosting costs low we restricted the size of uploads ( pictures) In the time that the site was down everyone naturally and understandably became very used to the seamless and automatic picture resizing prowess … Continue reading

Horsepower talks and bullshit walks

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There are few points in a bike build that have more potential for self back patting and/or self loathing than the inaugural visit to the dyno man.  It is the place where  a curved line graph and 3 magic digits coldly define the fruits of a long winter spent chasing those elusive extra horses. Dyno runs don’t normally come cheap but thanks to OSS member Havoc ( Tom Davidson) we have secured the use of a dyno provided by RTR in Nottingham. Dyno sessions will be 20-25 minutes for just £25. Each dyno run will come with a full print … Continue reading

Bike of the Month March 2016

Yoshi Johnny and His Lockhart rep doing the business at Cadwell.

There is no denying that the GSXR slabsides are very much in vogue at the moment. Their popularity among the contemporary classic restoration fraternity is at an all time high. Here at OSS we like to things a little differently and although we have always loved the slabby we’re not purists. This months bike of the month winner would satisfy purists and  tinkerers alike. After building a classic GSXR slabside 750 racer for the IOM and supporting the team as their pit mechanic a few year back,  long time OSS enthusiast Yoshi Johnny ( John Oliver) decided it was time … Continue reading

Bike of the Month February 2016

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Striving for perfection under the constraints of the rules and regs, with form following function and probably doing more miles in 24 hours than some do in a year we introduce the Bike of the Month. Constantly evolving and proving itself on the track, this striking Endurance Racing Machine has been created, maintained and raced by a team known as Phase One. We thank markfoggy for taking the time to share the team’s play for the championship through the ups and the downs and the lessons along the way. Congratulations Phase One and Foggy on what we hope is one of many accolades this season. We look forward … Continue reading

Bikes, Beer BBQs and Bravado – OSS at Cadwell Park

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There has been much talk about an OSS get together since we relaunched the site last summer. Through the course of those discussions we have broadly agreed that our next get together had to be more than just a falling about session. Worry not though, falling about is still encouraged but we also  want to have some bike related activity before the guy rope tripping competition gets underway. We also want to make sure that there isn’t too much for the organisers to do because that way everyone can enjoy themselves. So for 2016 we have decided the UK based … Continue reading

Raiders of the lost KnarF

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Rene is on location today so he asked me to publish this article on his behalf. Many of you will instantly recognise the name knarF and you will know the importance of the OSS build project associated with it. For those that are new to OSS, we need to provide  little bit of background. On the 13th of July 2006 the OSS community lost a close friend KnarF (Frank) when he died suddenly due to freak allergic reaction to something he ate while on holiday. At the time, we only learned this sad news quite a bit later when Mr7/11 … Continue reading

Bike of the Month January 2016

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What do you get if you take one well used slabby and add a heap of mojo? If there was only 1 right answer, this machine has to be a contender.  Carefully hand moulded, this early GSXR is the stuff many of us can but dream of owning. It’s built to be fast, it’s beautiful and it’s this month’s Bike of the Month. Please join with us in congratulating Scara on his 1109 Turbo Slabside build here as it sets the benchmark for Bike of the Month in 2016. For step by step build photos – go to the original build thread here  

Bike of the Month December 2015

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Each month, the site is carefully scoured for the very best offerings from the technical and project sections to justify the award of the accolade ‘Bike of the Month’. This month’s choice demonstrates the versatility of the Old Skool Suzuki in adapting to different careers. In a game where form follows function, there is little on this machine that hasn’t been tweaked, fettled or upgraded in order to achieve the very best performance results – whatever the job. Congratulations to you and your machine johnny1bump! To discuss click here To read more about the bike click here  

Hanmā-shin Hamamatsu- The Hammer God of Hamamatsu- A brief history.

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Up until the early 90’s Hanma-shin could be found in the Suzuki factory at Hamamatsu where he diligently watched over the work of Suzuki’s designers and technicians, blessing their work with his divine and mighty hammer and scroll. Legend has it that his hammer is made from the very same meteorite that crashed to earth and killed the Dinosaurs. It is also said that the in-line four Suzukis of the 80’s and early 90’s owed their explosive power and durability to the thunder of his mighty hammer, which he divinely bestowed on each and every machine that rolled off the … Continue reading