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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)

Quite why the husky

Quite why the husky displayed these traits i can’t be certain about. i’m deeply suspicious of the suspension. it kind of stands up well – despite the excess weight there was no sense of the springs sagging – but i’m not sure the damping characteristics are correct. this is certainly a bike that would be deserving of some extra investment being given to the suspension, with either a revalve or substitute units. if all that failed then i’d be considering a steering damper. Terra Incognita

THE VERDICT For all its failings i fell for the husqvarna terra, for ultimately the bike has character. i nicknamed it Donkey, not disparagingly but out of affection, for it trotted along happily behind the stallions that were the gSs, going everywhere they did – only with a lot less style and aplomb – and for all its sometimes nerve-wracking foibles i was always keen to jump aboard and go exploring. it was a faithful companion.

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