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Old 05-06-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Rooney Special Airhead GS Race Frame

This is an Airhead frame with difference

There is this chap here in Oz called Paul Rooney

He is a bit of a legend in Airhead BMW circles over here and has extensive racing and race suspension tuning experience. He is also well versed in two stroke tuning and built up some factory Huskies in his time.

Some of you may have remembered his Austrlaian Safari R65GS (850cc). This bike has also competed in the Condo 750 this year, only to get a tree root through the intake tube between the carbie and the airfilter, eventually seizing the engine. It is being geared up for the 2010 Safari as well.







Anyways enough of the history.

Paul has developed a new frame for the Airhead and it is a work of art. The frame is box section and in also the airbox






I have a lot more details but am heading out the door camping for the weekend, more to come Sunday Night
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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hmmmm...

Total dry weight of this bike?

How is the engine mounted/secured?

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Old 05-07-2010, 01:01 AM   #3
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He's a bloody thinker ain't he Pezz! Very impressive piece of gear, i'd be curious to know what that thing weighs etc too.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:54 AM   #4
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He's a bloody thinker ain't he Pezz! Very impressive piece of gear
Even enough for me to to think it looks the goods
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:11 AM   #5
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very cool
What size wheels are on that monster?
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:15 AM   #6
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I'm betting 21 inch front and 18 back to allow the fitting of a broad range of tyres.
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:37 AM   #7
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wow, that thing looks amazing. Resembles a modern dirtbike frame. Bet its rigid as hell.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:52 AM   #8
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Hmmn... I was thinking it looked more like summat from a WWII Zundapp, but I'll reserve judgement until I know more.

I'm in.

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Old 05-07-2010, 10:56 AM   #9
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wow, more information about the frame please.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:17 PM   #10
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I have a lot more details but am heading out the door camping for the weekend, more to come Sunday Night
Nooooooooooooooooo!
What have we done to you to make you do this?
Need more information.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:20 PM   #11
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The bike is currently on it's way from OZ, to the east coast of Russia, from where it will be ridden thru Mongolia and the 'Stans, and all that stuff.(It and the rider have been there before, but with original chassis)

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Old 05-07-2010, 11:45 PM   #12
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A great looking bike when originally built also

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Old 05-08-2010, 01:48 AM   #13
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Very loosely based on the Moto Guzzi "spine" frame, as seen on the sport1100 and Daytonas.
A "T" when viewed from above with the steering head being the bottom of the "T" and the swinging arm pivots being the two sides of the top of the "T".

I say loosely based as he has the frame acting as the airbox, not a Guzzi feature.

I have a sport1100, and the frame is very ridgid, and I e4xpect that this will be as well.
Very logical as well, as dirrect a connection between the steering head and the swinging arm pivots as possable.


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Old 05-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #14
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Very loosely based on the Moto Guzzi "spine" frame, as seen on the sport1100 and Daytonas.
A "T" when viewed from above with the steering head being the bottom of the "T" and the swinging arm pivots being the two sides of the top of the "T".

I say loosely based as he has the frame acting as the airbox, not a Guzzi feature.

I have a sport1100, and the frame is very ridgid, and I e4xpect that this will be as well.
Very logical as well, as dirrect a connection between the steering head and the swinging arm pivots as possable.
and the BMW has an infinte number less chance of leaking oil
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:12 PM   #15
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Here are a few more pictures









It weighs 183kg less fuel, as stated above this bike was build for a world traveller who wanted to run the BMW pannier system he already owned.

The battery lies down on top of the frame, which is the airbox, and there is a large tool box which if it was a fuel tank could hold easily 5 litres.

Paul thinks he can make it a bit lighter yet. I have an order in for one, I think im number 4 at present
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