Chris Tomble­son

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Ps World -

Grumpy1260’s main man has been fix­ing, tun­ing, sell­ing and rac­ing big air-cooled Kawasakis and Suzukis for more than 30 years

THE IN­TER­EST in old air-cooled fours is as strong as ever. Our work­shop is con­stantly busy – ser­vic­ing, bike build­ing, tun­ing and resto work. It’s not lo­cal work ei­ther, we get cus­tomer bikes from all over the UK be­cause what we do is spe­cial­ist stuff.

The best work comes by word of mouth be­cause that way you know you’ve done a good job. I al­ways use qual­ity parts, and I’ll never use pat­tern gas­kets – just don’t trust them. Qual­ity is where it’s at, and that’s the rea­son why the com­pa­nies we sell parts from like APE, Car­rillo, Wiseco and Kei­hin have been around for years and they’re still in busi­ness.

Over the years I’ve seen bikes like GSS, GSXS and GSX-RS go from be­ing ev­ery­day trans­port and week­end fun to stuff that own­ers now use only on oc­ca­sion. Even so, I can’t see those Suzukis reach­ing big Zed money. You can still get a mint GSX-R1100J for £5k, I just can’t see them mak­ing 15 grand. At least I hope not…


grumpy1260­suzuk­, 01366 388 352

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