We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

What comes to my mind when someone mentions a motorcycle road trip around Europe? A large capacity sports tourer with hard luggage and a gel seat? Perhaps it’s an adventure bike with unlimited luggage capacity and the finest Gortex multilayer touring gear? This story is about a motorcycle road trip that is the antithesis of what you might normally associate with motorcycle touring. In contrast to the norm, this story is about toughing it out, without compromise, on a two wheeled, air-cooled weapon of choice.  This story is about an almost Zen like minimalism all wrapped up in a “fuck … Continue reading

ENDURANCE LEGENDS at DONINGTON PARK 6-7TH MAY 2017

Last year we said that all real world OSS events would be held around other larger bike focused events. Last year we had 2 big get togethers. The first one was at the Classic Bike Trackday weekend event at Cadwell and the second was at the VJMC  classic bike festival at Donington Park. Both events were a great success and proved to tick all the boxes by providing an opportunity to meet and socialise, while surrounded by OSS bikes on our stand and on the track. Yesterday I spoke to Rob from Classic Bike Trackdays and we agreed that OSS … Continue reading

If it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough power yet – The quest for speed.

This year we’ve had the pleasure of following one of our youngest members on his crusade to build a winning 300bhp turbo wheelie bike based on a GSXR1100 Slingshot from the 1990’s. We all watched in amazement as the master plan took shape and we rode the roller coaster with him throughout the year.His determination and focus was such that  it soon became clear he was either going to break a record, break his engine or break himself. Fortunately he managed the first 2 and not the 3rd. Here’s Kev Kearsley’s round up of  his 2016 campaign. He went into … Continue reading

Bike of the month November 2016

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 … Continue reading

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