Off the beaten track

Deals on Wheels - - New Truck Review -

For­mer 500cc Grand Prix mo­tor­cy­cle ace and Aus­tralian cham­pion Daryl Beat­tie made a guest ap­pear­ance at the launch of the new

Daily 4x4 and was more than happy to voice the virtues of the Eurocargo 4x4 truck he uses for a highly spe­cialised out­back ad­ven­ture busi­ness.

Start­ing ‘Daryl Beat­tie Ad­ven­tures’ in 2013, he leads per­son­alised off-road mo­tor­cy­cle tours to some of Aus­tralia’s most re­mote lo­ca­tions.

The ‘mother ship’ for all the tours is the Eurocargo 4x4 car­ry­ing all food and water, fuel, first aid equip­ment and ev­ery­thing imag­in­able for ex­ten­sive travel through re­mote re­gions.

He makes no se­cret of the fact that Eurocargo’s win­ning per­for­mance in the Dakar Rally was a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the de­ci­sion to buy the Iveco: “It’s no Dakar racer, but I know from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that the lessons of com­pe­ti­tion make their way into pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles.”

Stan­dard fea­tures of the truck are a full-time 4x4 sys­tem, hub re­duc­tion and diff locks front, cen­tre and rear. Power comes from Iveco’s 280hp Tec­tor 5.9-litre en­gine feed­ing into a six-speed man­ual syn­chro­mesh trans­mis­sion.

The highly cus­tomised body was built by spe­cial­ist ex­pe­di­tion body­builder Unidan En­gi­neer­ing. On board are a 1400-litre poly­eth­yl­ene water tank, four 110-litre Waeco fridge/freez­ers, a bike stor­age area with room for two Honda Africa Twins, vast stor­age ar­eas and sup­plies for up to 12 rid­ers and the truck’s driver.

On the out­side the truck boasts a cen­tral tyre in­fla­tion sys­tem for de­fla­tion and re­in­fla­tion of tyres, a lift crane, heavy-duty rear winch and an­other winch to load and un­load mo­tor­cy­cles, a 3000W in­verter, cus­tom BBQ box and stain­less steel bench, and heavy-duty gas bot­tle hold­ers. There’s also a Waeco diesel hot water and out­door shower sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to Daryl, the Eurocargo pro­vided a blank can­vas to build an ex­cep­tion­ally ca­pa­ble fit-for-pur­pose truck.

Above: Top team. Mo­tor­cy­cle ace Daryl Beat­tie and his Eurocargo 4x4

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