Leg 2 Results

I got sidetracked with family stuff yesterday so missed the update. Please accept this late submission. I haven’t been able to talk to Paul either so no detail to offer beyond that which can be found here in the results. Yesterdays Leg 2, consisted of 450+km of Special Stages.  Rod has pushed the big 850…

Leg 1 Results

7 out of 43 Motorcycle division starters failed to finish leg 1 of the Safari, sure testimonial of the extreme conditions machine and competitors face. Regretfully, Chris on the 650 bike was one of them. I have just spoken to Paul and it sounds as though the prolonged deep sand punished the 65o too badly…

Prologue Results

Look here. Off to a nice start. But just a taste of things to come. image below courtesy Ross Briggs

Ceremonial Magic Sans Sacrifice!

A ceremonial and prologue start kicks off tomorrow morning at 9.45am from Julien Bay. Chris will be out just 5 minutes after the grand oratory and live sacrifices are performed (9.50am) and 10 minutes later (10.03am) Rod heads out  aboard number 25. See here you. No doubt others that survive the ceremonial will be hot…

photographed, scrutinised and put on Show

So I just spoke to Paul. Western Australian motorcycle riding instructor Chris Hsi (pronounced ‘cee’) has taken to the saddle of number 38, the Rooney Racing r65 like a duck to water. The team has been out and about for the past two days getting the machines tuned in and race ready. Rod Colling aboard…

Neils Knee Nailed

Seems the anticipation was too much for Neil Grime who while out practicing for the Safari practiced the crashing with a little too much enthusiasm. Neils knee is nailed. So Rod is not out there talking to himself another rider will be doing some speed dating with the race bike in WA. Let’s hope they…

Towel Lifter

So I’ve spent a couple of days at Camp Rooneycycle, sleeping out in the camper on board the imposing 6×6 Landrover, eating sandwiches and talking bikes. It’s all action as the Australasian Safari looms only weeks away. Both race bikes are now ready to go. Rod Colling and Neil Grime have had them out fine…

Rooney race prototype

Here you go folks. Caught running the back trails of northern NSW. A sneak preview of the next generation Rooney Race Special. There is still some work to do and she is awaiting new plastics but you get the idea. Freakin awesome!

Dis Traction.

Sheesh. It’s been quiet around here lately. Work has been a distraction. Winter is supposed to be quiet in my line but 2013 has bucked this trend. So the Rooney Cycle pictured below was actually finished a short while ago. Although not a long travel machine this cycle makes use of the R1100gs swing arm,…

Dust Offs and Bent Headers

Yesterday I caught up with Neil Grime at a bar in my home town of Launceston, Tasmania.  Fresh from the Condo 750 Neil is in town as a mechanic for the Targa Tasmania. Here’s the bearded bushranger beating his old horse.   It gave me a good chance to chat about the Condo, as well…