FOR SALE!

Well this doesn’t come along very often! A Race Bred Road Registered Rooney Rallye This machine was once the pinnacle of  The Rooney racing fleet. A nimble, powerful, desert racing machine/potential duel sport weapon. It remains to this day one of Paul’s Favorite bikes. This bike has genuine race provenance having competed in Australasian Safari’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…