HE’S known affectionately as the Rigid Rider. Darren Goulder is the man who put a car tyre on the back of a turbo boosted Honda Fireblade, converting it to a rigid chopper along the way.
It’s a bike with a legendary reputation that’s toured the country, cut across the middle, thrown rooster tails of deep red dirt in its wake. Along the way, it’s rider has raised money for charity, and raised awareness for a number of great causes.
Darren’s also the founder of Insanity Customs and the owner of the Shake N Bean Cafe in the Newcastle suburb of Swansea, and when he’s not working hard to build his businesses, he’s building bikes, insane bikes.
Take his new BMW S 1000 RR for example, a bike that’s been seriously customised for an attempt on a raft of speed records at this week’s Speed Week event at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. It kicks off Monday, March 8.
Now in it’s 30th year, the event which is presented by Dry Lakes Racers Australia, is a straight line speed challenge on the ‘big white dyno’ – an as fast as you can go event on a salt lake in the remote Australian outback.
There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. A truly unique event in a spectacular location, with an amazing range of cars, motorcycles and trucks dating from the turn of the century to modern day.
Each and every one of them is going hell for leather against the clock, with Darren and his BMW superbike known as Miss Ile competing in a number of classes.
Darren is racing with the backing of a number of sponsors, including Jekyl & Hyde, Forcite Helmets, Insanity Customs, The Shake N Bean Cafe, PTT Lubricants, Exhaust Notes Australia and Worthington BMW.
Unfortunately, the 2021 event was washed out, with rain forcing its cancellation until next year.