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RUST magazine: RUST#35

TIGER FEET – RUST spends three days traipsing through mud and gloop in Wales to establish the dirt credentials of Triumph’s new 2018 Tigers SUSPENSION SMARTS – Top US suspension tuner Alan Stillwell starts his regular rider-help column (with tyres?!) SET SAIL – when the road ends, it’s that or fly. July Behl floats his away across the Darien Gap A FOOT SOLDIER’S TALE – Rick Kemp investigates the life of the TRF regulars… plus, of course, lots more We’ll blame the weather. Oh yes, it’s lovely right now, but when we had those bikes in the van, when we were sat at the airport waiting to flyaway for five days on the Iberian trails, what was it like then? A white out. So many frustrated plans... Still, somehow we did get three days in, skidding around in the dirt on the latest Triumph Tigers to lift our mood and raise our appreciation of these fine adventure bikes. So while this issue is – as South Eastern Trains might say – a little delayed, it is nonetheless in many parts glorious. Made with love and in the spirit of sharing. As ever, wishing you happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

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LONG TERMERS w The harsh winter hasn’t done the smaller roads in Norfolk any good and having decided to take the scenic route I find myself avoiding a myriad of potholes on a trip that would have suited the Scrambler version better! One oil change, new filter and quick check over later I am on my way home via the A roads to try and avoid the worst of the road sections of my outward journey. As previously mentioned I have been in touch with a few different companies in recent months looking to try and get hold of some bits to personalise the little Triumph. After a few emails back and forth, Italian exhaust manufacturer Zard kindly agreed to send us a set of their N.2 slip-on silencers in brushed stainless steel. Zard make full systems and slip-ons for most of the big marques covering street, adventure and off-road models. A couple of weeks later they arrive and don’t disappoint… Handmade to order there is a definite feel of quality to their products as well as a considerable weight saving of over 3kg – not all that surprising as they are dwarfed by the original items when placed side-by-side. Being so much smaller they only utilise one of the two original fastening points of the Triumph cans, thus freeing up the pillion footpeg holes if you wanted to remove the pegs altogether for a cleaner look or were fitting them to the Street Cup. Fitting is fairly simple, around 15 minutes per side, most of that being taken up removing the originals and for me it transforms the looks of the Twin – particularly from a side view. They create a more stripped-back look to the bike, exposing more of the swing arms and will definitely make oiling the chain an easier job! Zard offer a ‘race’ (no baffles) or ‘road’ version of all their silencers. Being the responsible, understated type I naturally requested baffles in but with them sounding so good fitted it would be plain rude not to have a quick listen with them removed. Keep an eye out on our YouTube channel if you fancy hearing what they sound like… Up next some heated grips, a bench seat, tail tidy – and hopefully some better weather. Bring on Spring… Useful contact: Zard exhausts: www.zardlab.com 52 www.rustsports.com

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