Bike of the Month April 2021

Let me start with an apology; there hasn’t been a BOTM since January. I have been under the radar for pretty much all of the last few months. Very little motivation to do anything on bikes or just anything in general, moving out of the way of confrontation and basically just got fat on the couch for a good 12 weeks. So, sorry for that. I got fed up with myself, but only because some people around me managed to talk me off that sofa, give me a kick in the butt and get me pointing in the right direction. … Continue reading

Bike of the Month January 2021

With 2020 behind us, it’s time to start 2021 off right. What better way to do that on OSS than have a properly homebrewed EFE as the first BOTM? I like bikes in general, Suzukis specifically and shedbuilt EFEs are on the top of my list. There’s something about getting up close and personal with someones project that he is tackling all by himself, underterred when diving into the unknow but also not afraid to ask. Pretty much perfect for OSS; sharing information has helped this bike come to be and that’s all we’re here for. Shaun started with “a … Continue reading

New OSS Trader – Havoc Paint

We are pleased to welcome Havoc Paint as a new OSS Trader, complete with a discount available for OSS members. Long time OSS member and regular events attendee Havoc has set up a new business and we are proud to help share that Havoc Paint is now up and running. Whatever people need Havoc Paint can do… be it to replicate factory paint schemes, go full custom with flakes, candies, pearls etc, whatever you want really! All work is done in paint, no decals – with masking produced on an ultra-accurate laser cutter for an amazingly detailed finish. There’ll be … Continue reading

Bike of the Month December 2020

There are many reasons why you might single out a particular bike as a bike of the month but invariably those reasons always boil down to the same thing; the bike embodies, in some way, the values that make OSS what it is. This month’s winner has been too many times the bride’s maid, and never the bride. It holds a special place in OSS folklore and special place in our hearts. It’s the bike that launched a hundred annoying banana stickers and a stroopwafel fueled track day race team/boy band. The infamous chart topping heart breakers that are team … Continue reading

Bike of the Month November 2020

On OSS we make a point of having new people introduce themselves, preferably with many pics of (relevant) bikes, new and old. If you do it like this; “If my gsxr were to be a human, it would rule the skatepark, scare children, snort all the drugs, start fights and go after the girls like its life depended on it. It does not care what anyone thinks and does precisely what it wants to do, be a tatty 1200 euro bike in a 90s tracksuits, with the results of my very concerning e-shopping addiction, badly bolted to its flanks” you … Continue reading

Bike of the Month October 2020

Up until very recently, I have to admit, I had never encountered a Cougar in the flesh. Not the rare sharp clawed big cat variety , not the even rarer Stiffller’s Mum variety and certainly not the rarest of them all Spondonesk small batch UK special motorcycle frame variety. This Month’s Bike of the month winner Barry Armstong (AKA Cullinoc) has been a Suzuki nut for longer than most. He has countless high-quality OSS builds under his belt, built for himself and for others. In the last 2 years, I’ve watched him build 4 ground up quality olsdskoolsuzuki builds, all … Continue reading

Bike of the Month September 2020

GSXR slabby turbo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a bike of the Month but Rene is on holiday so I’ve been forced out of semi-retirement to do September. I don’t feel I’ve got my finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not in the project section of late. For that reason I’m going back in time here in order to recognise a bike that should have been lamented at the time but wasn’t. Back when we launched the new improved OSS.info we agreed that we would never choose a fellow admins bike for BOTM . Instead, we would reserve … Continue reading

Bike of the Month August 2020

I regularly bore you with how OSS is something of a community and how we help each other out. I tell tales of how parts are sent across the globe just to get someone’s bike on the road, more often that not an exchange between people who never even met. It makes for a good story, but wouldn’t it be even better if I just show you what OSS can do? Kev and I met in a field in Burton, 2014. A longterm member was having her birthdayparty and a whole bunch of OSS-ers were attending. I just got my … Continue reading

Bike of the Month July 2020

When are projectbikes ever finished? ARE they even ever finished? Some bikes get moved on when the initial owner/builder reaches the goal that was set, or interest is lost, only for someone else to take up the challenge and see it through to the possible end. Some other bikes get broken for parts to be sold off and in turn help other projects get finished. It’s a natural “circle of life” if you will, in the OSS fraternity and I think on average more bikes actually DON’T get finished than do, which is a good thing, because where else would … Continue reading

Bike of the Month June 2020

We are TALL. Whenever I shoot off anywhere, be it UK or somewhere else, at least once a day someone will comment on my height. At home, I’m average at best (heightwise..), abroad I seem to be seen as some sort of giant. I can easily get my feet flat on the floor on the biggest of showroom enduro machines and a EFE doesn’t feel that big to me. However, “not that big” is something different than actually small.. Now, our friend Blubber, he IS an actual giant, he’s like 9ft something, give or take (not really), so he makes … Continue reading