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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)


TRAIL w BREAKING FREE West Kent along with Essex, Surrey and Hertfordshire cater for London-based members who like to break free at the weekends. As if on cue, a young chap from south east London turned up. He wanted some advice on what bike to get. As you can imagine there was a lot of advice flying around but taking in to account his biking history and novice dirt status a 250cc four-stroke was the general consensus. Bearing in mind if you’re not in the fortunate position of living within striking distance of a byway then you’ll need to either ride there or have a van or vehicle with a bike rack, so there is a school of thought that favours the larger capacity bikes, 450cc-and upward, for their ability to maintain higher road speeds without stressing the motor. In reality, local knowledge will often dictate choice, you can, pretty much, be on a byway within an hour’s travel regardless of where you live. How you get there is up to you. HORSING AROUND The first activity RUST joined the TRF on was the Chilham Park Horse Trials held in the considerable grounds of Chilham Castle. This has been a traditional Kent TRF activity for many years and nationwide the TRF has links with many equestrian events. The major task over this particular weekend was to have TRF riders out on the cross-country course periodically taking the scores from the observers at the jumps to the organisers office, thereby enabling a speedy results service and subsequent prize-giving after each event. Who needs computers? 65

Trail Riders Fellowship Apart from being very good public relations, it does no harm to get other countryside users on side, particularly those with some money and influence in rural affairs. As Steve explained, “Yes it’s good PR but there are other reasons for doing these events; for a start, it’s about the only income we get apart from the membership and how else would you be able to ride your motorcycle all over a ‘Capability’ Brown parkland landscape?” Fair point, I doubt that even the Rathmells or the Lampkins get special dispensation to ride up the cascade at Chatsworth House (yes, I know that was Joseph Paxton designed, not Lancelot Brown). But speaking of the Equestrian fraternity, it is very mixed; the competitors’ parking area at the two-day event was an eyeopener. Horse boxes come in various shapes and sizes, everything from a DIY conversion of an aged Luton Transit with a tent on the side, to articulated trailers with luxury apartments at the front and stable accommodation at the rear with the staff in a matching motorhome – straight out of a Jilly Cooper novel. The sound effects were just as impressive. Highly-strung thoroughbred bloodstock having their rumps whipped – and that’s just the riders – hooves against horse box, the PA system with a running commentary, prize giving, it was a bit like Horse of the Year Show on fast forward and at full volume, quite an experience. For the TRF chaps the main objectives were achieved, raising public awareness via its TRF-branded gazebo and riders in TRF shirts, while information was transported from the furthest point on the course w 66

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