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A couple of years back Graham Grant and Paul got together and built a bike to compete in the Australian Safari, Condobolin 750 and whatever other race looked like fun. The bike they built was based on an r65, well, somewhat.
In it’s first outing at the 2010 Australian Safari it was going surprisingly well during the prologue but its first ride would not be all smooth sailing.
It’s an amazing bike to ride, the engine has incredible torque that comes on strong and quick while the handling is such that it turns like no other GS I have ridden. If you’re wondering, the tank is made by Safari here in Australia and is designed for the dr650 but mountings have been made to fit it to the bike. While very little of the bike remains stock it is always amusing to read the race register and scroll down through the KTM’s, Honda, etc and see ’1983 BMW r65′. It attracts a great deal of attention (see here).
While business demands have stopped Grahams riding of late the bike remains in race standby. In 2011 Simon Pavey was lined up to ride it in the Australian Safari but set up time was rushed and electrical gremlins struck just prior to the race.
On this page I will keep track of future race adventures:
2012 Australasian Safari
The Rooney r65gs is once again headed for the Australasian Safari.
For the 2012 event the bike will be ridden by New Yorker Jason Adams. Among other fine traits, Jason possesses the the rare combination of a passion for rally racing and some truly dedicated experience in riding his R100gsPD in just such events.
Says Jason: “I’ve been riding bikes since I was a kid, and BMW’s since my teenage years. About 8 years ago, I fell in love with the GS’s when someone told me Gelande Strasse translated as “the earth is a road.” I came to be the owner of a 1990 R100GSPD and I began racing it about five years ago in any event I could find that would let me in. So far that includes a dozen rallies, several enduros and a few trials events. At one point I was even lucky enough to be chosen to be on the US team for the BMW GS Trophy, in Tunisia. At first it was a question of riding what I had, but then I really began to enjoy the challenge of riding the big bikes, and airheads in particular.”
Paul is already preparing the venerable r65gs while Jason has continued racing his ever faithful paris dakar with enthusiasm. The timing is perfect for Jason “Lately I had been wanting to step it up a few notches and try a real competition overseas. It turns out Paul was looking for a rider at the same time, and he happened to hear I was looking. So he made an offer I couldn’t refuse”. Jason has a wealth of support in his homeland and has inspired others with his dedication and enthusiasm. Two qualities welcome in any race.
Jason would also like to thank Kriega, manufacturers of some pretty awesome riding gear, for their support in his undertaking the 20102 Safari.
And below is Jason in action on the Rooney r65gs on day one of the 2012 Australasian Safari. Updates on the progress of the race can be found on the ‘home’ page (click on the tab at top). Picture Courtesy of Ross Briggs.