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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)

You might not expect

You might not expect this, but taking the husqvarna tR650 terra on this 21-day ride into the Australian outback was a dream come true for me. For years now i’ve been adventure riding exclusively on big bikes. And i mean 800cc and over – even mid-sizers like the 650s have not had a look in, even when i’ve requested them. i guess i’ve been spoilt. But coming from the school of ‘light is right’ and being something of an enduro nut, i’ve longed to ride a smaller adventure bike into battle, instead of the 1200cc behemoths that i tend to find wheeled my way.

i should add that as a fan of the writings of one mr Chris Scott, author or the Adventure motorcycling handbook, i’ve also for years wanted to experience life on a ‘travel bike’ as he calls them. i can empathise with his words of wisdom – a world-wandering machine can, and maybe should, be a simple device. it doesn’t need 125hp, it doesn’t need to weigh half a ton, it doesn’t need the electronic wizardry of a space shuttle. Simple, reliable, economic, competent, preferably comfortable and to quote a quote, ‘to a human scale’ (© ted Simon via Chris Scott). Terra Incognita

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