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. He was more than likely bustin’ a gut in Detroit as opposed to Hamamatsu, nevertheless we could all relate to his relentless sentence on the production line, watching as you help build something you could never afford …..(it obviously wasn’t a song based on ‘Henry’s’ plant)
Wayne didn’t have the internet to flick to the latest pages of NWS (always assumed ‘Not Work Safe’) but you have. I recommend you go take a fag/tea/dump break and witness something far removed from the chopped up slab bones of the first introduction….. ”yeah but WTF has this got to do with that?”
Well, I’ll tell you. By congratulating clivegto for producing BOTM, read about it here.
Mr Kemp let someone else record his song ….that dude was Mr Johnny Cash, aka the man in black, and as you can see from clivegto’s own interpretation of doing things ‘One Piece at a Time’ you can create something really kool….and black*
*the best colour according to Viz
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 bikes won awards, there could be only one overall best of show winner and that winner is this month’s bike of the month.
We have seen many really fine examples of the Wes Cooley GS replicas and tributes in our time and Steve Fletcher’s bike is right up with the very best of them. It went very well on track too.
Congratulations Steve your GS is bike of the month.
Discuss Steve’s bike here.
Here at oldskoolsuzuki.info we are united by our love of these 80’s and 90’s bronto-bikes. The project section is our busiest forum section and it has supplied us with an amazing variety of very special BOTM builds. This month’s bike of the Month winner comes to us from the OSS trick frame department and it is fair to say that it is a truly exceptional example.
When you follow a build like this you are immediately struck, or more accurately you are immediately dumbstruck, by the level of thought and absolute dedication to quality that has gone into every component. Not content with fabricating beautifully simple components in billet aluminium our man decided to set up his own anodising bath to ensure he could get a contrast in finish between components.
Seeing this build come together, piece by piece, has been a joy and looking at the finished result is simply drool invoking. Quality components, top to bottom, this bike can’t fail to deliver.
This month’s bike of the month winner is Garry Bond’s EFE powered Harris F1.
Gary, the OSS community collectively tip their oily caps in your specific direction sir. You have built something we can all only dream of taking home.
Gary’s build thread can be found here.
Most of us are happy enough with a stroll on the beach and a toe-dip in the sea but MeanBean Rob and his Spondon framed custom build have other salty pleasures in mind when they hit the sand.
In case you haven’t already heard this road legal, boosted monster has been officially clocked at an astonishing 178mph during the UK Speed Week held on the legendary Pendine Sands last month. Yes, you read that right. 178mph on sand.
To see the pair in action from the riders view, click right here. To congratulate Rob on his the Bike of the Month pace setting winner, click here. We highly recommend you watch the video.
When you’ve got bigger ideas than your budget allows then it’s time you dusted off the golden rules – Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.
This month’s winning brute had already seen some upgrades in previous ownership however with careful attention to detail and some inspired thinking, we reckon Sheep has firmly made his mark and still retained a sense of humour.
Whether your build began with a standard machine or a ‘project bike’ or if you started from scratch, the tales are familiar to all so why not drop by here to congratulate Sheep on being a Bike of the Month Winner.
Click for more details about his EFE.
‘Elastic bands, 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
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 to build a bike and take to the track himself. Inspired by the Team Lockhart GSXR squad that won two AMA Endurance road racing championships in the 1980s John has built a stunning GSXR 750 Lockhart inspired track bike. Along with trusted horse box HQ he has been touring UK circuits cutting his teeth on the track.
Dale Quarterely on the championship winning Team Lockhart Suzuki at the Memphis round of the AMA/Motoworld Endurance Championship in August of 1987. (Larry Lawrence photo)
Congratulations John your bike of the month picture is even more dynamic than Dale’s is. We have no idea how fast you are going here but it looks impressive.
Yoshi Johnny and his Lockhart rep doing the business on track.
Discuss John’s bike here.
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 to hearing all about it.
Read about it here*
See the announcement here.
*……If you’re one of the few that hasn’t already!
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
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