1 year ago

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)


Terra Incognita

Adventure Test As well, the husky came with a seriously decent sump guard plus Barkbusters hand guards fixed to a set of Barkbusters alloy handlebars – in turn fitted to bar risers to give a fairly comfortable standing position. A screen was fitted – something a lot of travel bike riders list as essential – but aesthetically it offended me just too much and after two days on the trails it was stripped from the bike and saw out the rest of the ride wedged in a pannier! oh, and there was even a 12v socket outlet added to the dash (which came in handy keeping the iPhone alive). mr Box certainly made the accommodation as comfortable as he could. there were detail upgrades as well. A touratech folding, and length-adjustable, gear lever, plus touratech enduro footpegs, and a protective grill for the headlight. Even a larger footplate was added to the sidestand. to finish the prep, a tKC80 front was matched to a mitas E-09 rear. Perhaps not a perfect setup on the tyre front, but bear in mind the short time frame for prep and Robin’s remote location three hours out of melbourne, good enough! And in all, i have to say i really rated the prep. Save for the screen – which Robin himself said he didn’t like, but thought i would value – everything that was added improved the functionality and added to the bike’s rugged go-anywhere design. it looked every inch the long distance travel bike. i could imagine Chris Scott nodding in approval.

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