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 are a couple of other K 75’s Paul has transformed into all road touring machines. They do lend themselves to the role very nicely. Hmm, there is almost enough now to add a subcategory on Ks alone on that page.
Observant visitors will note also I have added another couple of pages. “37,000 words” (and counting) is a photographic library focused on the heady days of air-cooled BMW rally machines. Oh baby.
Ungestort (‘undisturbed’) is a photographic tribute to the OEM BMW machine, in unmodified form. Here is that which has inspired so many of us to pursue dreams of our own. Some of us start at this point and some of us finish here. But every one of us is different and as such each of our machines reflect our ideals, our tastes, our needs, our plans and our visions. Every ‘Special’ is a story. That for me is part of the beauty of this machine and good reason to pay respect to the original.
Here is another shot of Ian’s fine k75. Enjoy….
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 done.
Over the next couple of years the project was stop and go as personal matters played with my conviction (and wallet) and drove Paul to curse me more than once as well I would say. Well, thing is it is beginning at last to take shape. It sports a 1070cc kit and floats on Ohlins with some tasty bits from HPN/Gletter/Siebenrock/Motoren Israel to name a few.
I will post a full build story here but I can tell you it is styled to pay tribute to the original R80g/sPD but like all good tributes the homage is coupled to some functional but also stylish improvements…
Watch this space…(oh by the way..I have also just added a few more images to some of the pages … a few more shots of the 2013 Australasian Safari effort taken by Ken Redwood (thanks Ken!) and a nice black machine on the Rooneycycles page that somehow I missed! Sorry! Oh, and some new video for us tragics too…
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 left in a helicopter.
The Safari motorcycle fleet is severely dwindled and there appears to be no pre85 bikes left in the running (although the Rooney Machines were actually not accepted in that category).
But hey, Never mind, that is racing for you. Paul and Rod have been chatting about improvements to the 850 race machine that Rod believes is already a “great package ready to go”
And I understand that there is already talk of next year.
Well done Paul, Rod, Chris, Ken and Neil.
See you next year!
Image Ken Redwood
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 through to 25th place overall in the Moto’s. The race is taking out competitors at a steady pace so the field has dwindled markedly.
Anyway..check out this video interview with Rod at the end of leg 2 for some graphic footage of the Rooney Race team in action. Rod, how cool and collected can I guy be?!:
The leg summary videos too are pretty cool and do a good job of testifying to the difficulty of the race….for example…
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 and it is out of the running. You can see the results here. A mammoth call out goes to Chris. Sorry it ended early but well done! Everything I heard is that you are a great guy that was doing awesome.
Rod had a better day aboard the 850, At the end of 23.26km Special Section 1 he was 10 minutes behind the lead time and coming in at 34th overall. After the 104.8km Special Section 2 he came in 29th and brought his overall down to 31st position. In the legs final 142.82km Section Rod came home 31st to retain his overall position. This last leg alone claimed 14 cars and 4 bikes, so…well done Rod !
Here is Rod Rocketing along in the special after having ditched the light and fairing obviously to save weight and gain more speed. Image courtesy of Ross Briggs.
NEWSFLASH, a further 17 minutes is expected to come off Rods time so that overall standing is set to improve.
But then…it’s only just begun really…tomorrows first Special Section is a big one at 230km. Go Rod you bloody legend!
Look here. Off to a nice start. But just a taste of things to come.
image below courtesy Ross Briggs
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 on their heels.
So get along and cheer them on! Go team Rooney! Sacrifice your self and go get some ceremonial magic!
If you, like me have been looking for the place results are posted…see here.