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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)

Riding in the

Riding in the Outback

In the outback proper, most of the main tracks are wide, graded to suit the road trains. here the only issue – on certain bikes – was the deeper looser berms that build up where the truck wheels don’t pummel the surface. Yeah, some bike react worse than others to these, so some caution is needed. When road trains come towards you the best plan is to stop, well over to the side (and generally on the upwind side of the track, so you don’t get swamped by the truck’s dust storm) and wait for the truck to pass. Riding through the wake of a road train is not a good idea. Then there are the tracks that the road trains don’t use. These typically service the outback stations (cattle and sheep farming) and are usually travelled by the few 4x4s of the farm workers and nobody else. here the sand can in places get properly deep and needs some skills to get through, or you just have to travel dead slow. as we found, on these tracks 350km is a very long way.

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