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…

Rooney Road Rush

“I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.” —Oscar Wilde For many of us, certain older bikes kick in flashbacks of childhood dreaming, the kind you feel and taste. We each…

Machine Man

What’s this? An actual picture of the man himself? Well, what better to lure the Wild Rooney out of his workshop than a subtle, tasteful, yet purposeful rehabilitation of a classic PD kitted R80G/s. Well, hello there Mr Rooney… Deceptively standard looking at first glance, and retaining the character of the classic, yet the enthusiast…

Oh K!

Well now, we haven’t seen a Rooney Tuned K for a while. This one recently departed Paul’s workshop with owner Ian who, as seen below, has been fine tuning the machine with adventures through the Australian high country. Nice bike Ian. If you look over here on the Rooney Cycles tab and scroll down there…

Out of the Box(er)

About 3 years ago I pulled apart a 1989 r100GS and packed it into a selection of boxes which I then sent away to Paul. If you ever wondered were it possible to send a motorcycle via Australia Post the following image will show that yes, with a little bit of preparation, it can be…

Leg 3, the Ledge and the Legend.

image Ken Redwood If you haven’t already seen here the unassuming legend Rod Colling drifted a little wide and hit a sharp ledge yesterday. The result is a broken collar bone and a disappointingly early end to this years safari for Team Rooney Racing. It could have been worse, another rider hitting the same ledge…