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 OSS trader and that means he is offering 10% on any orders received through OSS PM.
Take a look at Rich’s site here
Rich wants to build the business and he has recently completed a full training program on suspension set up. It’s safe to say that Rich knew his shit in this area before he did the training but now he has a badge or a certificate or something. So if you need a set of forks or a shock rebuilt or set up Rich is also your man and naturally OSS mates rates will apply.
Rich intends to build the business beyond the current offering and we would encourage you to ask Rich before you buy because chances are he will be cheaper. You can contact Rich here.
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 – 92 GSXR solo seat cowl
- 1985 – 88 GSXR 3/4 fairing
- 1991 – 1992 GSXR clock shroud
Keep your eyes peeled for a competition coming up shortly to win a Fiberbike Modifications slabside seat unit of your very own.
In the meantime, why not head over to the Trader Section for more information on what Fiberman could do for your Old Skool Suzuki? Click here for the Trader’s Thread.
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.
On Sunday the 31st July a selection of fine motorcycles will test their metal against the rolling road at RTR Motorcycles in Nottingham .
Things you need to know…..
- The day is almost at full capacity with pre-booked runs. There is still space for a couple of late comers but we can only guarantee spots for those who’ve already got their names down.
- Dyno sessions will be 20-25 minutes for just £25
- Each dyno run will come with a full print out as well as on hand advice from RTR’s proprietor
- There will be tea and biscuits. Maybe even chocolate ones.
- Stickers will be available on the day
Click HERE for more information in the site thread.
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.
The weekend of the 8th ,9th and 10th of July will mark 1 year of the new site being up and running. We will be marking that event at Cadwell Park with a gathering and participation in the Classic Bike Track day.
There are some important things to remember for the weekend and with less than a week to go there’s just time to give everyone a poke and say “get your shit together dude it’s next weekend!”
So if you are on track you don’t have to worry about camping because it is complimentary but you do need to read these rules and you need to have completed all paperwork which Yoshi Johnnie has emailed to all riders. Remember, we don’t make the rules. It is your responsibility to ensure you have read them and, that you, your bike and your equipment complies with them.
There are only 2 things for you to do:
1. Pay for camping if you are staying overnight.
2. Pre-pay your BBQ money by Wednesday the 6th of July.
If you haven’t pre-paid your BBQ money, you wont get any BBQ,even if you try to pay on the night.The food needs to be bought in advance. Anyone standing in the line for BBQ who hasn’t paid in advance ( there will be wrist bands) will become the object of unbridled ridicule and will be asked to wear a pointy hat which reads “I’m that BBQ Cunt who never paid” I can’t rule out that Dangerous Dave our BBQ Chef wont try to brand you either ( he’s like that) Don’t be that guy. PM Yoshi Johnny for his PayPal and pay him a fiver for each night.
Two last things to remind everyone of are:
1.It’s not an OSS exclusive event so be nice, behave yourself-ish and have a good time.
2. If you see Yoshi Johnny ( he’s the guy with the Lockhart tart’s handbag Slabbie race rep) make sure you shake his hand, pat him on the back and say thank you. If it wasn’t for John none of this would be happening. He’s put loads of work into this event and he deserves our appreciation. Probably a good idea to do the same to Dangerous Dave because he will be “handling” your food.
There may even be Birthday cake.
This time last year we were getting ready to press the go live button on the re-launch of oldskoolsuzuki.info. At the time we were all worried whether it would work and whether anyone would actually turn up.
As we approach our 1st birthday we have the benefit of hindsight and fortunately you did turn up. Not only did you turn up but you stuck around and you shared your workshop antics and your crazed shed born master plans with us through nearly 8000 project posts. The projects section remains our busiest section and that confirms that we got the emphasis of what the site should be about right.
The project section has provided us with a steady supply of worthy bike of the month winners over the last 12 months. Each one is a fine ambassador for what OSS is all about. There are plenty of others in the project pipeline.
During the year we left Jurassic Park and introduced Hanma-Shin’s mighty hammer to guide our way.Not an easy decision but we haven’t looked back.
We closed the old Facebook gang hut where we had all hung out waiting for the site to relaunch and we launched a new community page on Facebook. So much has changed since the days of the original forum and social media has become so slick and easy to use. Even the new site feels clunky in comparison to today’s’ social media platforms. Nonetheless, we set out to create an oldskool forum where our collective endeavours would be recorded in a structured and ordered way, for easy reference. We have improved picture uploads to encourage people to share their pictures ( we still like those). Forums will never again be the social gathering that they were a decade ago but they still make the best place to spend an hour or 2 a week browsing the threads and sections to see what’s new and if you’re serious about information sharing, there is no substitute.
Throughout the year we’ve put on 2 show stands and this summer we have a Cadwell track-day social event, a Donington weekend show gathering and a dyno day. Not bad for a bunch of part time enthusiasts. Which leads me to my final point. At the end of the day the site and forum will only ever be the sum of its members and their input. Our thanks to everyone for taking the time to share their builds, their wisdom. their questions and ultimately their time to keep OSS alive and kicking. A special thanks must go to the volunteers that give up their time to moderate, organise events, stickers, hoodies and t-shirts. There would be no OSS without you.
If you have any good ideas for content and info and you want to get more involved send us a message through the contact link at the bottom of the forum or PM an Admin.
So happy Birthday OSS. You’re still here and given your historical struggles, that’s no mean feat.
Discuss this article 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.