Bike of the Month January 2022

I’ve been let loose with a keyboard once again to write a little intro to Oldskoolsuzuki Bike of the Month, January 2022. This was actually a bloody difficult task because of all the fine attention to detail this build has had lavished on it.

The bike we chose for this month is the GSXR turbo Harris Magnum built by Clive Wood.  The bike was originally owned by Swirl, another OSS membeer but unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete it so he sold it to Clive. 

For me to do this build any kind of proper justice, I would have to wax lyrical for pages giving you details of the many brackets, the turbo headers, the plenum and all the other parts which were hand made by the Clive, often using just basic hand tools. That aproach requires a hell of a lot of ingenuity, skill and an real eye for detail.

I really love many of the little things like the boost gauge holder, the cheeky use of Lidl gloss black paint on certain components. Then there’s the bigger things like having the balls to chop up a JMC swinging arm. I’d never be that brave! That’s because because I don’t possess the skills Clive does. 

If you want to read about all the details you’ll need to sign up for the forum and look up the build thread in our projects section.

Clive has built a beautiful looking bike, but it’s not just a looker. It measured an impressive 260 bhp when dyno’d recently at our annual OSS Dyno day. 

Congratulations Clive, your Harris Magnum is our Bike of the Month. Members discuss here

Bike of the Month October 2021

This is my First time out writing the blurb for BOTM, not as easy as you might think, but thankfully this month’s bike of choice doesn’t need too much of an introduction. I volunteered to write this because I knew the builder and the bike well, having spent some time with them both at a recent OSS dyno day as well as various other OSS events.

Paul Morris’s and his gorgeous looking GS750 pretty much sums up what OSS is all about for me. For those of you who don’t know Paul, Paul is one of the OSS events team and over the years has organised many events from dyno days to OSS stands at shows, always there to lend a hand, eat ice cream and take the piss. 100% OSS material, just like his GS750.

Like many of us here at OSS, Paul did what a lot of us do (okay, what I would like to be able to do, but I lack the talent to do), take your all-time favourite bike/first big bike and give it a massive boot into the 21st century with radial brakes, better suspension, better tyres, add a trip to FBM for some turbocharged tomfoolery, a fancy LCD dash, a very sublime paint job and then finished to whole build to a standard that Suzuki San himself could only have dreamt about, when this bike first rolled off the line.

The standard of finish on this build really has to be seen to be appreciated, read the build thread to see what I mean. Oh, it also goes rather well on the road too, as I witnessed first-hand when Paul demonstrated with some high speed low level sorties over some of North Yorkshires finest roads on our way back from the last OSS dyno day.

I must admit, I was quite gutted when Paul broke his last Turbo GSX creation (also a former BOTM) and I thought, at the time, he must have had brain freeze from too much ice cream, but seeing what he has built to replace it, I now fully understand why it had to go.

Congratulations Paul your GS is BOTM, mines a 99 with a flake, thanks.

Members discuss this here.