Rooster Racing’s bike 81 and bike 82. The GSXR 1100 powered Harris Magnum and the GSXR 1100 slabside are my firm choices for Bikes of the month for August 2019.
This will come as no surprise to those of you who followed my write up on Rooster Racing at Spa last month. We normally choose a single bike for bike of the month but the truth is, they both now hold a special place in my heart and a special place in the oldskoolsuzuki Winged Hammer’s hall of fame.
Both bikes boast in excess of 165 BHP at the rear wheel, they are peppered with hand made functional engineering and they have one of the loveliest and well executed paint schemes you’ll find.
They were built with a single purpose in mind and they fulfilled that purpose admirably.
Don Hill and Rooster Racing you built our very first Bikes ( plural) of the Month.
To the person that built it, helped build it or to the person that owns it. This bike is owned by Russ750ET, after inheriting it from his dad, the universally known Pete750ET.
this very bike in the Earlystocks championship and many of us were following his
progress, either online or at one of his racemeetings.
short after a crash in 2006, the ET was converted back to streetuse and Pete
ran it as it was up to his too early departing of our favoured planet.
missed by all, including myself. I have had the privilege of meeting Pete
several times over the years and you really couldn’t encounter a nicer guy.
inherited the bike from his dad with the intention of using it and finishing
what his dad had envisioned for it.
with the lengthening the frontend and getting rid of a squashed exhaust (courtesy
of too-short Hayabusa forks), this bike is now again in a rideable state but
far from finished.
seen a bike finished, so to say a BOTM needs to be a finished article would be
a lie. Even if this bike has many mods to come in the near future, we found it
fitting to honour Russ with BOTM now, because for us as OldskoolSuzuki.info, it
fills us with nothing but pride that we can give this bike centre-stage and
show the world what these bikes can mean to so many across the globe.
thanks for keeping OSS in the loop on this bike, it’s good to see it lives on,
as does your dad.
your ET is this months Bike of the Month
Having rules is nice and all, and for the forum, this is
really good. However, in other instances, it can make your (or; mine) life a
bit hard. One of the rules we set for ourselves, is that a BOTM has to be built
on the website and have a topic showing the ups-and-downs of the project.
Here we have a BOTM with NO buildtopic, for the simple reason that this bike is pretty much as it left the factory in Japan all those years ago. Just that makes it damn-near unique in our little OSS-world. Rivetcounters really have no place here, just don’t think we don’t like a properly preserved bike.
Our friend Dorkburger should get an award only for the fact
that he has been a staple of originality, in a sea of bikes modified to within
an inch of their life. Also; he takes a mean picture.
Thank you for keeping your EFE as how our friends in Hamamatsu meant it, so we can all recognise where we came from.
Congratulations Dorkburger, your bike is this months Bike of the Month.
Choosing BOTM is hard;
there’s loads of bikes to choose from as it is, but we also need a proper
buildtopic with a nice backstory, a bike that represents OSS as it is and we
want diversity. We could happily just choose Katanas and/or EFEs and we’d be
able to carry on for about a year or 2 without coming up short, but that’d be
Another thing is the
“deadline”; I don’t think a single BOTM has been published on the 1st of the
month and I don’t think that will change in a hurry, mostly because a laidback
approach that we (or, I) quite like. Anyway, with all these bikes at our
disposal, it’s quite easy to forget what the people closer to home are doing. I
felt that way when I chose Dave’s EFE, because he is a good friend, and I feel
the same about this bike as well.
It’s as close to home as it can get, in OSS terms, but for now, it just felt right. I don’t really think I need to explain my personal reasoning for choosing this bike, because there are many. No, this bike is BOTM because of what it is and how it came to be.
For as long as OldskoolSuzuki.info
has been around, it’s been a source of inspiration for many people, be it members,
guests (lurkers) or even those steering the ship. A few years ago we found
ourselves in the Cadwell paddock, a whole bunch of OSSers signed up for the trackday
taking place. Our friend KATANAMANGLER was there with his 1135-powered Katana
streetbike, on touring-tyres, no real idea of how the handling would be and
even less of a clue how to attack the circular stretch of tarmac draped over
the Yorkshire landscape.
Trackweekend over, KATANAMANGLER
made a descision; a trackbike was needed. Parts were sourced from far and wide
and in about a year, the Slabby you see before you was built with its first outing
during the Donington Classic weekend in 2017. Sharing the shed with an angry Katana
has done the Slabby only favours as its gone from a trackbike, swiftly into a
proper racebike (and then it promptly blew up, but that’s another story..); it
really is hard as nails
From what you’ve read on
these pages, KATANAMANGLER is a man with a very open mind and quite a broad
view of the world, so it really was only a matter of time to go racing when you
have a track only up the road with guys running WELL at the front, using the
very machinery we prefer, and then get in touch with one of the better tuners
around; it’s hard not to do it, to be fair..
In the Netherlands we
have a saying; “Goed voorbeeld doet goed volgen”. It’s kinda the same as “Practice
what you preach” KATANAMANGLER is one of the people that invented the Winged
Hammer moniker and the OSS Racingteam it embodies, so it’s really only right
for him to be part of it as well.
Yes, this man is a very good friend and I am quite proud of that fact. It’s got Fuck All to do with why I choose this bike as BOTM, because it’s great as it is and us knowing eachother, and him being one of the website-owners shouldn’t mean it can’t be chosen as such 😊
Congratulations KATANAMANGLER, your Slabby is this months Bike of the Month
Only yesterday, it was made evidently clear that OSS and especially its forum, are a step away from current reality; from “normal” or “the norm” or whatever you want to call it. Facebook and/or Instagram are the go-to place to show off your bike, collect likes and get your ego fed, and rightly so (if you’re into that sort of thing). It’s easy, fast, all your friends, colleagues and your mom are on there, thus you get to publicly show off how awesome your life is etc.
This is normal…
Don’t get me wrong; I’m on FB as much, if not more, as
the next guy, but really; FB and its peers really dilute what you’re actually
doing. Your project goes from your own personal achievement, to just a bunch of
random photo’s posted at different times in someone’s feed and it’s hard to make
sense of it all, being bombarded by meme’s, Brexit-discussions and catpics, all
the while what you want to have your friends see, is that personal achievement.
We have our forum, so that you can actually have your own little place where you can chronologically post your progress, ask relevant questions for others to answer in that same place and you and others can actually find information where you left it, weeks later. Try that on FB…
Now, that in itself is different; we’ve established that in this piece, and many times before in other articles. This is our ”normal” yet even for us freaks, there is something that is away from the norm. Our friend Fatblokeonbandit borders on what anyone can get away with on OSS (it kinda in the name) yet he’s been doing it for many years. Building something of interest to us out of a Bandit isn’t easy, and if you choose a Teapot as your canvas, well…
However, Fatbloke did just that and after receiving a
pile of random bits from a fellow member and a rummage through his own stock, a
project was underway. I personally quite like the Teapot, but I’m weird like
Started in September last year and having it’s first outing on a racetrack only last weekend, it’s quite easy to understand Fatbloke knows what he’s doing, having a full project done in a good 6 months. Some struggle to change tyres in that time, let alone build a full bike and having it in working order.
I’m a sucker for “different” and I don’t think within
the realm of OSS it can get any different than building a cool Teapot; these 2
words just don’t usually go in the same sentence together. Build as a sleeper, it
still looks as a scruffy 750-commuter from the early 90’s to the untrained eye.
That it’s got a 150Bhp 1216 under the debatable fairing only ads to the fun,
for those in the know.
Congratulations Fatblokeonbandit, your Teapot is this months Bike of the Month
Slabbies, I love them. The GSXR 750 was such a radical new model back in the day when they were first launched, they have become very desirable today and are ripe for both subtle and serious modifications.
So when I first saw pictures of b-slayer’s GSXR 750 H in it’s very sorry state, I thought the same as you probably did… ‘this has got potential’. Little could we have imagined how trick it would end up being… a real ‘zero to hero’ build.
Having started his project thread, b-slayer shared some photos of the horrendous state of the bike when he first got it and then the in-between stages of his build. Some of the bodges, wow!
There are several more, often scary ones on the project thread.
Progress was made and the bike was back on the road in a few different guises before it’s final new trick state.
Some nice details along the way too, much more than righting the previous owner bodges.
Then, time for the finishing touches.
Finally, just wow! Hard to believe that this is the same GSXR 750.
What a fantastic end result, looking very clean and period yet with some very appropriate improvements.
So, b-slayer congratulations! Your GSXR 750 is this months BOTM.
Oldskoolsuzuki.info is a site largely dedicated to Suzuki in-line fours from the 80s and 90s. Occasionally we see the odd twin in there too but big singles like the DR 750 and 800 are quite rare on the forum. I have always been a fan of big single cylinder machines so I would happily see more of them.
At the same time that Suzuki were releasing the first generation GSXRs they also nailed the big thumper genre too, with the mighty DR800S
The DR Bigs had very distinctive styling and record breaking 727cc and 779cc single cylinder engines. These bad boys took the big thumper concept to a new level.
Most of these bikes have stood the test of time too. There are plenty of them still being used on their original engine build. Typical Suzuki endurance and reliability.
This month’s bike of the month goes to Tom Davidson. What he has done to his DR 800 is exactly what I would have done had I been able to get hold of one.
Take a big big heavy thumper and fit a lovely set of 17″ spoked alloy rims. Now a super moto this ain’t ever going to be but I would imagine the road manners have been improved with the introduction of modern 17″ rubber and a six pot calliper up front.
More to the point though, it just looks fucking cool!
Tom you have our bike of the Month.
Read about the build here. Members discuss this article here.
OK, I have to admit that I’m biased. Biased towards slabbies and 2-strokes that is. Particularly towards 2-stroke Suzukis that I used to own and wish I’d kept, like the RGV250 VJ21. So, seeing as it’s just been finished (are they ever really though?) and been on the OSS stand at Newark and looks fantastic, my (biased however wholly deserved) choice for this month’s BOTM is Simbec1863’s lovely RGV250.
Purchased in reasonable-looking condition however with some significant shortcomings, Simbec1863 didn’t muck about and got stuck in. His plan was to fully strip it then clean, refurbish or replace parts on a tight budget. The end result is stunning so I think we can safely say he achieved his goal and then some.
Got to love a pile of genuine Suzuki parts in their baggies…
Suspension was stripped and in need of some love…
Engine was removed and given some special attention before being refitted…
Stir in some trick bits along the way…
So many parts got refreshed, repainted or replaced…
Loving those pipes and how clean everything looks…
And last but not least the essential OSS sticker 🙂
Gorgeous end result, so clean and understated with original Suzuki parts like the mirrors, indicators and mudguard still being in place. Yet with plenty of details when you look closer that reflect how much it has been sorted and improved upon.
So, Simbec1863 congratulations! Your RGV250 is this months BOTM.
I try to stay as far away from politics as I can; tax is inevitable, and they’ll never do what we want anyway, so why bother? I’m happy to say that OSS is the same; no Brexit discussions here, and that’s how it should be.
Now, “politics” in itself goes further than just the governing body of your country. One could argue that us admins practice politics in our own way, but we honestly try not to; everyone here is the same, and we all follow the same basic rules. We just have the means to push some buttons when someone’s out of step, so we can safely guide our little Ark of OSS through the turbulent waters that is the current Internet.
One thing that I’m very wairy of, is nepotism. Under no circumstances must anyone one this page feel he or she is drawing the shorter straw, just because they’re not part of the IC. Yes, I have many true and some very close friends here, but I’ll take the piss out of them just as much as everybody else; we’re all the same.
Now, the other side of this is actually glancing over that what your friends have achieved in their sheds and when I was thinking about my next choice for BOTM, it was only right to give Dave his spot in the limelight. His EFE has been a regular since the first incarnation of this website, and Dave has done us all proud in rebuilding it to a standard we can only approve of.
Built to use 2-up TT2018, he started May’17 (a year before TT) and in absolute true OSS-fasion, it was in bits hours before rocking up at the ferry to get over to the Island. I was witness to it all and it would’ve felt wrong if it hadn’t been the case.
The bike made it to, over and back from the Isle of Man without any terminal damage. Going to the TT on a bike you built in your own shed or garage is brave in itself. If said bike then actually holds its own there, you know it will do anywhere; the place it utter mechanical torture, but in a good way.
We’re now almost a year on and this bike hadn’t yet made it to be chosen as BOTM. That is by no means because it wasn’t up to par before but here, we just really are spoilt for choice and it’s just one of those things.. Not taking away from the quality of any of the bikes chosen as BOTM up to now, or the ones after, but this bike was long overdue its recognition.
Dave, congratulations, your EFE is this month Bike of the Month.
When we set out resurrecting Oldskoolsuzuki.info as a website and dedicated forum, we knew we had a monumental task ahead of us. It would be hard, take countless hours, maybe even cost serious money, and we didn’t really know if it would actually be succesful. Still, as you know, we went ahead anyway
Bike projects can be pretty much the same; when you start off with a bunch of bits and a general idea of what you want, you’ll never really know how it truly will end up until it’s done, and if it will actually work or not.
Solcambs managed to bag a Bay of E-bargain and set to work, using the forum to document how the Katana you see before you went from a bare frame to what it is today and likely, what it will be later. Starting with a 750 frame and aircooled 1100 motor, later swapped out for a bit more fresh oilboiler. Blasphemy in the eyes of the purists, which, we’re not.
Through the 22 pages that the topic is now long, we’ve seen the build through the stages of initial planning, fiddling with forks and carbs, right through to a tour of continental Europe, proving again that our bikes are more than capable to shine in the current day traffic.
I know we’re not always given the time of day by the general “Biker” fraternity, usually only until we outbrake, accelerate or just plain outrun them on our outdated bikes, but this Katana is yet another example of how a 35 year old bike can be made more than relvant in the Now, and looking better than anything you can buy in the showroom today (and basically, ever) to boot.
Congratulations Solcambs, your Katana is this months Bike of the Month