Perfect Provenance

Provenance has a value all to its own. Ask any collector of classic things. Provenance is testimony to the fact that something is the real deal. But it’s something more than that too. Provenance pulls us into the story of something, and in doing so we become part of that story. For many collectors of…

The Outfitter Hack

Sidecars are one of those things blessed with many terms of endearment. A ‘Combination, a ‘Rig’, a ‘Chair’, a ‘Unit’, a ‘Hack’ and an ‘Outfit’ to name a few. But my favourite terms are “Hack” and “Outfit”. That’s because I like outfits, and I like words too. And sometimes they connect in more than the…

Rooney Tune 2020 : The Pandemic Apocalypse Edition

From the great fire emerged so terrible a scourge that none could have forseen it. Without fear nor favour did the cursed covid lay havoc and ruin to all who fell before it. But a few would not weary. They would not tire and they would not foresake the dream of Rooney Tune 2020. They…

UPDATE ‘Rooney Tune’ 2020

Hello Rooney Tuners. HEADS UP! ….We have changed the date of Rooney Tune 2020 to fit in with a couple of other events that some of you good folk are also looking to attend.  The Border Run is happening on the first weekend of August. The Off Centre Rally is happening on the second weekend….

K.I.S.S. my babies bathwater

There is in fact nothing at all ‘Stupid’ about keeping things ‘Simple’. Particularly, with a Round the World (rtw) bike. Which is why the humble r80g/s became a benchmark machine for such adventures. The worlds moved on since then. Apparently we’ve gotten smarter. We’ve certainly got more complicated. But none of that has got us…

‘Rooney Tune’ 2020

That’s right, it’s on again folks.  This is the big one for 2020 .  You can forget the Chilean national plebiscite, the New Caledonian Independence  Referendum, the actual bloody departure of the UK from the EU, or even that bat-shit crazy contest they have in the US seemingly to find the stupidest person alive. The…

Double Act

Some of you may remember Jason Adams. Jason rode a Rooney race bike in the 2012 Australasian Safari. You can read about that here.  Jason has also ridden the Sonora Rally (see Jasons excellent and entertaining report of that here) and, in fact, will pretty well race his Rooney wherever opportunity arises. Having recently moved from…

Cosmetic Surgery

Ok, so you might already have noticed we have a fresh new look, a bit of cosmetic surgery. The website has been updated and with a bit of plastic surgery we are looking all young and hip again. Hopefully too the site is now easier to navigate with a clearer menu at top and with…

Rooney Tune 2018

Somewhere out there, in what ever part of the world you are in, chances are there is a Rooney Special rolling along on the same hard earth you stand. And if not, no doubt there has been. There are more than 50 of them ‘out there’, produced over the last 30 plus years. Some have…

It’s the Indicator Equinox.

Down in the garage I have a box of indicators. Odd ones. Cheap “sacrificial” indicators from ebay. I’d like to tell you the collection is part of a passionate hobby I pursue with great gusto. That one day I will have one kind of every cheap- arse indicator ever made and all will bask in…