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Old 01-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #2191
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You mean Terry's Truck?
He'll forever be Bongo Brown...

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #2192
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And also to be fair to Ewan and Charley the big lessons about bike and luggage selection that you could take from Long Way Round are skipped over by most. But to me the lessons are all there in the film.

In all of the romance of the adventure and Claudios beautiful videography, that message seems to have gotten lost.
Spot on comments Walter. It's true ... the lessons ARE all there. The clearest lesson comes from the tears in the mud sections and the dozens of drops a day. Another very significant lesson comes from Camera Man Claudio riding his 175cc Minsk! " ... oh my God, this bike is SO EASY TO RIDE".
I'm amazed BMW allowed that bit to remain in the film. Kind of sums it all up, no?

You guys have come up with pretty close to ideal bikes for your usage. The only thing you've left off ... is Water Wings!! Maybe next time!

Thanks again to the entire Sibirsky Crew ... for taking the time and effort to post up your report!
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #2193
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To be fair to Ewan and Charley they had no idea .... to have gotten lost.
Plus they pretty much took what they were given. If someone offered me the full cost of a round the world trip on blinged out 1100GSes I would make do.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:16 PM   #2194
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Remember...

They tried for katooms and were turned down.
I liked the show.
Today's go pros should be the real deal. Can't wait for colebatch's newest DVD.
My bet it will be awesome.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:01 PM   #2195
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Plus they pretty much took what they were given. If someone offered me the full cost of a round the world trip on blinged out 1100GSes I would make do.

Something tells me that Ewan McGregor could have scrapped together enough cabbage to ride something else if he had wanted to.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #2196
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Something tells me that Ewan McGregor could have scrapped together enough cabbage to ride something else if he had wanted to.
"Honey, Charlie and I want to ride motorbikes around the world."
"That sounds awfully expensive Ewan. How do plan to pay for it?"
"We are going to get investors and sponsorship, make a movie franchise out of it. So someday we will get a royalty check out of the deal. See, it's like I am actually working but really I will be out riding."
Silence as she thinks about it. "Does your life insurance policy pay if you die in a motorbike accident?"
"Yes"
"Well, if you must, I suppose."

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #2197
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Something tells me that Ewan McGregor could have scrapped together enough cabbage to ride something else if he had wanted to.
GET REAL...IT WAS A COMMERCIAL, WHICH IS STILL PAYING. Thank you sponsors!:

Anyone here think this thread is just cost free entertainment?

It has an element of sponsorship for W (as stated elsewhere), just look at the promotion stickers and kit.

It's fine with me as the kit and documentation are a top shelf RR and have costs. A great deal of planning, coordination, equipment, expense and time has gone into creating this adventure.

The fact that WTPB&R a doing this RR with such great flare is to ever-ones benefit. It sure has promoted this part of the planet and will surely add to the economy of the sponsors, whoever they may be...and sell a lot of Bags, DVDs and Books in the future for W. I buy into it too.

Thanks, Crew

Cheers

PS: Before this out of hand; I was only saying W has some sponsorship...by his own admission.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #2198
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^^^^

Hey, there's no such thing as free lunch. Whatever Walter and the crew did to make this happen - more power to them.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #2199
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Can we get back to the RR please?
Admittedly, I didn't go back to see how many pages its been on everything but this trip, but still. Come on. The boys even came out saying they weren't, what do you blokes call it? Taking the piss? out of the guys on the big bikes. Lets move on. I'm as jealous as you are that they're there and I'm not. Lets move on.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #2200
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I agree, there's nothing wrong with getting sponsored. If it's the means that enables you to do a trip like this and you don't mind doing a few PR things if it's required of you then take the cash/free/cheaper than normal goods and do what you have to do. It's hardly like a running infomercial and besides, I kinda like a bike covered with stickers
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #2201
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That Scottish Coffee looks kinda like rebranded Starbucks.

I think it is almost time for another days post.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #2202
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They tried for katooms and were turned down.

I wonder if KTM regret saying no..........
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #2203
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I can see they use Russian letters in Mongolia. This is also true to other former Russian republics in the east and middle Asia. Russians introduced their own lettering over there. This makes me wonder why Mongolia wasn't part of Russia as well.
Mongolia used Mongolian (Uighur) script until the 20th Century. Then they used the Latin (English) alphabet, and switched to the Cyrillic alphabet only around the second world war. Same alphabet doesnt indicate any affiliation of countries. Americans use the same alphabet as Germans ... doesnt mean America is a vassal state of Germany or vice versa. Most of the world uses Arabic numbering. Doesnt mean Arabs have taken over the world. Just means the whole world thinks its a better system for expressing numerical ideas than the Latin numbering system was, or the Chinese numbering system was or any other numbering system. In the case of alphabets, the Mongolians tried latin script but decided cyrillic better represents their sounds.

Mongolia was part of China for about 200 years prior to 1911. During the last 100 years, its basically been closest to Russia. Russia acts as its defender. Mongolia is sandwiched between two superpowers, Russian and China, so needs to pick one of them to be its sponsor. Mongolian history shows Russia has acted as the better big brother. Russia never occupied Mongolia when it had the chance. China did. So thats why the Mongolians prefer the Russians as their protector.


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Now, is Mongolian sounds more like Kazakh or Chinese? Also, is the solar power the only electricity they have? Ho do they managing getting on supplies like food and other stuff, etc?
Mongolian is nothing like Kazakh or Chinese. Its pretty unique. Mongolic is a language group all of its own. Its closest relatives are languages as diverse as Korean, Hungarian and Finnish - but they are very distant cousins. Kazakh is a Turkic language and closely related to all the other Turkic languages.

Out in the gers, its totally normal to see both solar panels and sat dishes. In fact its rare to see gers these days without both. There is always a motorbike (horses in the old days) outside pretty much each ger too. They use them to ride into the nearest town whenever shopping needs to be done. Or to fetch water from the nearest stream.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:25 PM   #2204
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Plus they pretty much took what they were given. If someone offered me the full cost of a round the world trip on blinged out 1100GSes I would make do.
Exactly, I believe they said they tried to get a hold of some KTM 950/990's for the trip but were denied...

Awersome, RR btw, it's nice getting multiple perspectives from the trip.

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They tried for katooms and were turned down.
Oops, saw this after my post...d'oh
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:36 PM   #2205
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Walter, you know a lot of stuff.

So your title of "Moto porn-ographer" really needs to be expanded with "and knowledgeable knowledger" tagged on the end
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