Couldn’t Hop for a Better Start.

Well, if you haven’t heard the Sunraysia Rally bought first good results and then shortly after, an unfortunate undoing.   The Rooney Special had a fabulous first day at the hands of the talented Joel Spoor. Joel started the day leaving in 28th place and finished the day in 13th.   Unfortunately an errant Kangaroo…

Exclusive!

Ready for a thorough flogging at the 2018 Sunraysia Safari is this Rooney Prototype frame. Sporting the tried and proven 850cc engine and an updated version of the Rooney box frame now mated to a fully adjustable swing arm delivering a full 300mm of travel. What you see is a working prototype with borrowed bodywork….

Fancy a Bolt of Salt? You better be quick.

Paul Marcos is a man with a plan. And it’s a plan that’s rapidly coming to fruition. How rapidly? How about a new Dry Lake Racers Australian Club Record. Fast enough for you? I asked Paul to tell me a little bit more about how it all came to be. “I want to start by…

In for a Penny, In for “The Pound”

Fancy a ride outback with a pair of right Rooneys?  Join Chris Cowper (r80g/s) and Ian Bailey (k75gs) on this pictoral pilgrimage to the dusty innards of the Wide Brown Land. Chris (pictured above) and his Rooney Tuned r80/gs have seen most parts of the world. Some of it more than a few times. Ian’s Rooney…

Sandman. Sportsman.

In case you’ve been hiding under a log somewhere let me fill you in. Jason Adams of Poughkeepsie NY just ran the Sonora Rally on a Rooney framed special he built himself. And, he nailed it, in a special way, taking out the Ramsey’s Sportsmanship Award.. But don’t take my word for it…read Jason’s own…

Storm Chaser*

*This article was first published here by Australian Road Rider and is available also in print within Issue 130.  ______________________ The north-west of Tasmania is home to some pretty amazing roads and incredible scenery. It often feels to me as though I’m riding in another country. A mysterious island continent merging threads of global motorcycling magic,…

Flight of the Condo

The 2016 Condo 750 realised some welcome, and to be honest, surprisingly good results for the Rooney BMW R65 Rally. The decision to enter the race was a last minute one, preparation time was limited and rider Joel Spoor, while undoubtedly skilled, had spent little time on the bike.  He was also new to competitive rally…

Sure, I’ll pass. Thanks.

Where would we be without hills? As motorcyclists, we owe so much pleasure to these terrestrial lumps. Sure, we can wind a road around a flat expanse of turf.  Many a brilliant race track has been intelligently designed in such a manner. But to get a road up a mountain, a steep and gnarly precipice,…

Resurrection

At the end of the day any custom bike is the simple, physical manifestation of a dream. Deep Huh? Drop the words “custom ride” at your local café or bar and the audience will be picturing a chromed cruiser, a cut down café racer, street tracker or bobber. It’s great to see diversity returning to…