RUST magazine: So a 701 Enduro and a 701 Supermoto. Forget the names, they are a misnomer. The Enduro is more sport-trail middleweight Adventure bike with genuine off-road credentials; the Supermoto more practical city sportster with a nod toward the hooligan. Both are rather better than you would imagine from reading their specs. Both sufficiently different from the 690 that spawned them. This is Husqvarna develop-ing maturity which - it could be argued, for the second oldest motorcycle manufacturer still in continuous production - might have been slightly late arriving.
Like all cross-platform machines built in Mattighoffen in Austria, the Husky 701 and KTM 690 share the same underlying engineering and basic platform...
RUST magazine: First ride of the 2016 Honda Africa twin: This new Africa Twin is sporting… Seriously sporting, however it is not going to blow the adventure market apart. No. That pesky BMW R1200GS is still too much of a tour de force for it to do that. Love it or loathe it, it is an iconic piece of engineering. Likewise, chasing down KTM’s 1190 Adventure R will be a very difficult task. Honda cannily slots in just beneath the pair and - super-significantly -well above the plethora of 800s (be they BMW or Triumph). Judging by the pricing in the USA, Honda have aimed the Africa Twin at BMW’s F800GS’s jugular. It’s almost the same money there...
Is SWM’s RS650R the ultimate lightweight adventure bike?
Can Yamaha’s WR450F really be a woods weapon?
Can Warren possibly fit one more accessory to his long termers?
These pressing questions, and more, will all be answered in RUST 14
It’s a big issue, is 14, with all that plus columns from one David Knight MBE (at last!) and from our adventure riding buddy July Behl (that’s July as in the month, not Julie – he’s a bloke, okay?). Plus: a little product testing, ‘Gallery’ (our favourite two images of the fortnight) and we celebrate the end of a surprising year in the enduro world championship.
Enjoy your riding – and reading!
RUST magazine: First impressions are positive... YZ with Lights...
Just how close this WR is to the 2015-16 YZ450F is quite staggering. Yamaha have simply taken the latest reverse-cylinder motor, revamped for the 2015 model year, and worked on the fuel and ignition mapping, while adjusting the crank weight (and adding a large capacity generator on the end). That and the addition of a wide-ratio five-speed gearbox is about it. So it’s the exact same camshafts, same compression ratio as the YZ-F, which means if you give it the most aggressive mapping options then it’s all but full-YZ-F spec, probably cranking something close to 60bhp. Which is either exciting or worrying depending upon your viewpoint on these things...