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RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special

RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special We join Touratech on a three-week adventure ride into The Outback! The guys at Touratech HQ had a seriously busy 2016, so what did they do to find some stress relief at the end of the year? Yep, they jumped on their bikes and went for an adventure ride! Again, through our special relationship with the T-Team, our editor JB got invited along. And he was so glad he was, as the Outback ride became his ride of the year. Australia is no hidden gem but sometimes it might just be a little underrated – in the words of the Australians themselves: the country is ‘sensational’. So here’s that trip, in JB’s words and pictures (and those of his companions). And we guarantee after reading this you’ll want an Australian adventure of your own. Oh, and keep an eye on Touratech’s website, come June they’ll have a full-length film of the adventure… We trust you’ll enjoy it! JON BENTMAN (Editor, RUST)

Adventure Great Southern

Adventure Great Southern Land The following day there was a longer track to reach the outback township of Yunta – this time the distance was over 350km with not even a village in between. This was just beyond the limit of the fuel range of several of our bikes (which meant carrying fuel bladders) and is at the limit of what’s possible in a single day’s riding in such territory. When the team encountered deep sand and the top speed dropped to 40-50km/h – while often needing to paddle through the deepest drifts – we knew a very long day was ahead. The temperature soared, registering 44-45ºc – so oppressive – and when Ramona painfully injured her knee in a fall the team realised there was no way out of the bush that night. Triumph-riding andrea Box – as a local she was our pathfinder, and as a qualified paramedic she was our ‘doc’ – medicated and bandaged Ramona while the team made an emergency plan that involved a relay of her bike (and the husqvarna) and making a bush camp. This was, of course, real adventure. We knew it was how we reacted to these situations was the real test of our skills, ensuring our safety. The following morning we rode into Yunta – seven riders on six bikes (one more relay for the husqvarna). an afternoon of rest and recovery saw Ramona back on her bike, painkillers allowing her to continue the journey, although her knee would almost certainly need surgery on her return home to Germany.

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