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…

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,…

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…

Prologue Results

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

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…

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…