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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)


LAST MINUTE, AGAIN truth is, though, i came to be riding the husky on account i was a last minute draft-in to the team. i was invited early enough i just didn’t commit until (literally) the week before the off – it was one of those ‘hell, there will be consequences, but i just gotta go…’ kind of deals (sorry, family). So that put the touratech guys in a bit of a squeeze when it came to supplying me a bike for the trip, especially given most of the arrangements, and shipping, had been completed weeks if not months earlier. By chance, though, touratech Australia had the husqvarna tR650 sitting in their workshop. With just 5000km on the clock it had seen light use – there have simply been too many fancier baubles to attract Aussie adv butt. But touratech oz’s Robin Box wasn’t going to let a guest of his ride an unwanted nail. the husky was given something of a love-in as Robin popped the husky in his workshop and gave it a full once-over while also hastily equipping it with a set of touratech Zega mundo 31-litre cases. in fact the cases were being added to what was already a decent long-distance set-up by way of a set of Safari fuel tanks that clip around the standard tank (once you’ve removed the side panels). Each tank adds nine litres, and connected to the 14-litre main tank, means a whopping total capacity of 32-litres – good enough to take the husky 700km before needing a refuel.

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