Bike of the month May 2017

General Scarabaeinae, the shit roller.

Some lunatics out there believe that everything has a designer, everything? Come on! Even the dung beetle? Think about all the key aspects of said species, it’s anatomy, its environment and the fact that its life consists of rolling turds that can be 250 times its own weight with its back legs using the milky way for navigation and they’re not even its own turds…

Come on people…

Rat bikes cannot be designed, they too evolve. You can tell when someone’s ‘designed’ one they are usually covered in cable tied plastic rats, poundshop Halloween skulls and spent cartridge belts…oh and some form of anarchy branding. If you’re sporting de commissioned mack tens and FTW pike nuts but are taxed n’ tested you’re Greenday not Agnostic Front.

A good rat bike has time served and stories to tell in its accumulation of bodges executed so well they became fixtures. It has battle scars’ not false patina. A sense of “that’ll do for now” and with time being a very abstract idea, “for now” could be forever.

We tend to covet the bling from Yoshi, Harris, Dymag and other well designed objects, however at the last OSS gathering, it was awesome to see the public’s attention grabbed by the on going evolution of General Sh*tter. Congratulations Jaffa you are BOTM. (just loose the ebay stickers)

Read about the build here. Members discuss this here.

Bike of the Month April 2017

Don’t pick it, it’ll never heal.

The wound is generally more impressive than the scar it could potentially leave, this trick framed oil boiler looks more than tough enough to take what would appear to be a backhanded ‘pimp slap’ compliment on it’s chin.

In this age of teenagers sporting ‘homeward bound’ neck art (they’ve probably never done a paper round let alone a stint on the ogin) this is a mighty blue illegible tattoo, it’s a miners hob nail to the (now) trendy white soled ‘brahhn’ red wing bootie…the battered original Simpson to the plastic predator. I got that beat-the bull shark to the appendix etc. etc.

Anything but evolution of necessity would (in my mind) ruin this bike, but I think this dude knows his onions (pardon, Monsieur) and wont succumb to such nonsense as to dress his Gaulian gash in fancy paint, polished alloy or a brahhhn seat.

Congratulations yann711r vous êtes vélo du mois!

Read about Yann’s build here

Discuss this article here.

Bike of the month March 2017

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The faculty of judgement.

Come on, tell me you don’t like that front end combination of chunky loominum hooped spokes, 6 pot Pretechs gripping early Suzuki discs iced (white) with a perfectly proportioned mudguard, and a period ‘cherry on top’ fork brace? Well I do.

I like the big negative space (once obscured by the side panels) that now accentuates that positive 8 valve flatty draining 1085 cubic centimetre’s of OSS.

I like the slightly stubbed rear opposing that monstrous ‘Mr Whippy’, the balance of yellow and the gradient of the white flash. I even like the rear reflectors!

Some parts I dismissed because I hadn’t taken into account the brief, an AMA inspired gs1000. so with that in mind I made a call and a sensible conclusion. Congratulations RUSSP your GS1000 special is BOTM.

P.S  That rear sprocket will never win me over.

Read the build thread here

Bike of the month February 2017

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Death is only the beginning…..

Really?  For the most part, death is the end. It’s back to the tabular arrangement in order of atomic numbers for you, unless of course, you’re one of them ‘arty’ types, in which case you might believe or wish-think there is a after life.

Anyway, here at OSS we love giving old skool muscle another round in the ring, all be it , after some ‘Frankinstien’ intervention. It’s a  second stab at it, so to speak. Some do it by constantly evolving, others by digging up the forgotten.

I’m ‘arty’ enough to be agnostic about life after death for us, but if there is an after life,  when I’ve finally punched my ticket and I’m left for dead, please stick me on craigslist for $400, hopefully busa1300 will have a punt and bring me back.

Congratulations Busa1300 your GS1000 resurrection is Bike of the Month.

Read about the second coming here

Bike of the month January 2017

 

botm-january-2017A stylish beast of burden.

Style, we all want it….don’t we? but at what cost?

The thing about developing your own style is it takes time and effort…and a total disregard for excuses. An idea that you feed with whatever it needs and 99% of the feedback is negative…or a positive negative. The time and effort spent on the various ways of how not to do it is far from wasted.

More failures than success, but once you hit that sweet spot you make it look so effortless and flowing….but then comes the crux as the audience offers praise and, undoubtedly critique, your mindset has changed….more, more, more.

I have no idea how many times Blower1 failed to succeed in his style, but style he has. Congratulations on bike of the month.

It’s not important what you think but how you think, the mind is a beast….feed it in anyway you can.

Viz

Follow the build here

Discuss here

Bike of the month December 2016

 

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There can’t be too many occasions when its perfectly acceptable to replace the mighty heart of an EFE with something….erm…well, a bit less EFE-ish

The EFE is a legend in OSS  folklore and a brute in stature, from the humongously sized (and priced) headlamp, its no nonsense alpha bodywork  and its squared off arse. You don’t mistake an EFE for anything else or indeed anything less…

or do you?…say without its monstrous 16valve atlas stone?

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An idiom wriggling inside a can that’s rattling inside Pandora’s box, a Russian doll painted as a biker…. we could , or more accurately, those follically endowed, could split hairs and possibly a pint over such a premise… I guess it’d be prevalent to ask someone so old-kool and oldskool they probably had a highway hi-fi phonograph in their race van…

I guess one reason could be when N/A is not enough….I’d  be well happy to have such a beast of a conundrum.

Congratulations Clive AKA Duckndive, you’re bike of the month.

Read Clive’s build thread here

Bike of the month November 2016

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Ticking all the boxes…

BOTM first of all must fit within the rules, after that I haven’t picked bikes I’d like to own, just builds that have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’..be that in the amount of info the member has shared on the site, through to ‘I can’t believe that’s the same pile o’ shyte from the first post’.

A bike that has evolved to Tom’s exacting standards (these can sometimes be winced at but never shunned, Tom has not got all his frequent flyer saddle miles on luck alone) and as I type this he is still awaiting a part to complete the next episode, which I’m sure is not the final chapter.

I’d ask any newcomers to the site wondering what OSS is all about to firstly RTFR, then read Havocs AnerchEZ RatRod thread. Pretty is as pretty does….. congratulations Havoc on BOTM, the evolution will not be televised.

Discuss this article here.

Bike of the month October 2016

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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 pot, then this months recipient has made a fine job, well done Quist, your slingshot drag bike is this October’s bike of the month.

….BTW Desmond has boost in stock.

Read more about Quist’s build here.

Discuss this article here.

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:

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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

 

Bike of the month August 2016

BOTMEvery 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.

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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.

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Congratulations Steve your GS is bike of the month.

Discuss Steve’s bike here.