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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)

in the husky – which

in the husky – which is also a bit lighter than a Sertão – that 58hp certainly motor feels plenty lively and characterful. the extra power hasn’t created a rev-hound, instead possibly an even more consummate workhorse. there’s a decent bottom end kick and the mid to top is healthy enough with enough muscle to make 110km/h highway cruising quite relaxing, with the tacho reading an easy 4200rpm in fifth (top) gear. And that was pretty much a vibe-free ride too. Yeah, the husky purrs along. the husky is fuel-injected and i found no real issues with this although the economy doesn’t match that of the Sertão, varying according to terrain, but typically it came in at around 50mpg (18.3km/litre) – perhaps those extra 10-neddies needs some extra feeding? While the motor was consummately unstressed the chassis had a few issues – probably related in part to being overloaded and in part to budget componentry. While the 110km/h cruising left the motor unflustered, i was finding bumps and hollows in the road could set up some weaving. mostly gentle weaving, but sometimes a little more exciting. i figured the panniers probably had something to do with that and possibly the screen too (in the early days). But the weaves, in all, weren’t really an issue.

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