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RUST magazine: RUST#31

RUST#31 * KTM FREERIDE E-XC – electric is the future? * SIX DAYS TO GLORY – RUST’s Tom Sagar made the podium at the ISDE, here’s how * RALLY RAID PRODUCTS – bigger than you might imagine! * ENDUROGP – RUST goes to the races KTM helped save the planet in October, by putting on a launch with no riding. So no petrol consumed. Only the bike was electric… ahh, maybe we’re missing the point? Meanwhile Tom Sagar was consuming mucho fuel and tyres at the ISDE, but given he stood on the second step of the podium it was worth the cost. Rally Raid Products used to race, but now they put their expertise into helping adventure riders create stronger bikes. And EnduroGP came to the UK for an all-new format of enduro. Pretty impressive it looked too. All this and a little bit more in Issue 31. Happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

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ust adventure RALLY TO ADVENTURE A natural progression “i rode my last rally this year, the Baja. We built a special KTM 690 for it, with a wide-ratio gearbox and a tuned engine. We stripped it to the bare minimum, it didn’t need a rally tower or fairing because the Baja Rally isn’t like the African rallies and I decided I didn’t want to run a full fairing. In fact we do a rally-lite kit which is a very similar set-up (it’s a basic kit that fits any EXC or enduro). This meant that all that was needed was our fuel tanks to give us the range. We did a lot of work on the engine to get over 70hp at the rear wheel and with a fairly light 690, with very good suspension, it was a real scream to ride. But that’s it really as far as rallying goes, I think I’ll hang up my boots because I’ve got so much other riding I want to do. “Adventure is a natural progression from rally riding – if you can ride 10-12 hours a day on your own and make decisions on your own and repair your bike on your own – as you must in rally – then it stands you in good stead for going on long trips and having to think on your feet a lot of the time. “The one big downside of the rallies, I felt, was you came away after two weeks in a country just wishing you could have gone a bit slower or had an extra day. Only you can’t, it’s like wacky races: you’re up all night doing your road book, fixing your bike and up again at 4 or 5am to go off, and it really is just racing. And so for me now, it’s nice just to kick back and revisit some if the countries, go back to Morocco, go back to Tunisia, just go on a bike, but not racing to revisit some of the good routes at a more relaxing speed and meet again the people you met first time around but on a very fleeting basis.” John Mitchinson

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