Charley Boorman's (Long Way Down) New Bike

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by KLR_KIRK, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Chris B.

    Chris B. Gs'er for (Good) life!

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    I would say KTM's are the furthest things from their minds for the last several years. Charley rides around London daily on his GS. BUT, I'll bet you a fly-fishing trip that turning their orange backs on the Long Way franchise will always be a top-10 mistake in the stupid hall of fame for the KTM marketing dept. Have any idea how much money companies are willing to pay for simple celebrity endorsements, let alone celebrity round the world trips that put their faith in a product? That is no judgement on the great bikes KTM builds, just an observation on the incredibly short-sided decision on KTM's part. In my humble opinion....
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  2. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Agreed....they have to still be kicking themselves for that one...

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  3. RidingAgin

    RidingAgin Been here awhile

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    I just got back from China yesterday, Just remember in Beijing China, scooters and motorcycles are banned :eek1 from the highways in the city. You might see one on a side road in the city, but that is it. They are restricted to the side paths of the roads and none on the highways. Sad, you must remember that when buying Chinese, you are supporting a suppressed society. So if you plan a mc trip across China, you had better plan a detour around Beijing.

    I have the DVD for "Long Way Around" and was amused, amazed and enjoyed the video. I wanted to add that the hotel in Beijing on National Geographic cable in Beijing had episodes from the "Long Way Down" -- I need to see the rest of the trip tho!
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  4. Grad

    Grad Wannabe

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    I am incredibly sorry to hear about this, I can't imagine how hard that must have been. Being married myself, it really makes an impact on me. You are a good man for continuing on and finding something that brings you enjoyment. I hope your GS serves you faithfully for years to come.
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  5. Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd Adventurer

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    I enjoyed the 'Long Way' series and reckon its been good for motorcycling and an inspiration to get out on a biking adventure.

    I'm sure I'd still be on a sports bike if it hadn't opened my eyes to an entirely different side of motorcycling
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  6. Magnuson

    Magnuson Quest Rider™

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    The initial edit of LWR was 7 episodes. Then the Special Edition was 10. The extra bits in LWR Special Edition were two extra episodes, where episode 1 and 2 were extended from episode 1 for planning the trip and episode 8 and 9 were an extended edition of episode 7 from Alaska to New York, which was incredibly rushed for initial edit of LWR. There is actually then one more episode, a 10th, but it's purely Ewan and Charlie waxing in retrospect about the trip with clips from the show, so it's basically a highlights show so I do not count it as part of the 9 "trip" episodes.
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  7. ricohman

    ricohman Marinoni man

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    I also watched the LWD this weekend.
    It is good winter material for guys in my location but this version does not compare with the LWR.
    And if they do the LWU then they must do a couple of things...
    1. Leave the wife at home.
    2. More bike footage less video diary.
    3. More tech info on the bike prep.
    4. A more natural cycle to the entire event. It's starting to look rehersed.
    I want to see more struggle and adventure. Not some convoy of suport vehicle and a wife!
    Ok, rant done. And I will probably watch both versions a few times this winter. Well worth the money.
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  8. 773H HO

    773H HO Adventurer

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    I'm still waiting for a documentary about a couple of guys working day to day in cubicles. You know, sneaking off to the coffee pot on Mondays to talk some football, hitting on the new chick in the supply room, making snarky comments about guys that waste their time riding motorcycles when they could be enjoying the true adventure of surviving the corporate culture and mortgage payments.
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  9. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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  10. Warthog

    Warthog TeutonicChronic

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    Charley Boorman's bike...? Cripes, I thought it was a Winnebago.

    I can tell that GSA is really light and practical for touring treacherous roads in third world countries. You could crash it, drape a tarp over it, and camp out for a week waiting for someone to come along and help you pick it up. :-)
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  11. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Fixed.:evil
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  12. wordstunner

    wordstunner Devil Dogface

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    He is really living the dream!
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  13. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett Look What The Cat Rode In

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    It's all about enjoying life and interesting things. I think the series is interesting and if it inspires people to get off their duff, ride or embark on any adventure, that is good. If you really wanna prove something, run around the world!
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  14. Ghostrider304

    Ghostrider304 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting the picture! I would like to meet both of these guys.

    I have seen LWR, very good, but too bad it seems they left alot of stuff on the cutting room floor. I have only seem bits of LWD.
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  15. CarSalesman

    CarSalesman Been here awhile

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    Maybe this is old news - I found on amazon.com, a complete set of all three of the trips on DVD, including the 10-episode set, for $45. I put in a pre-order, estimated to be available mid-december.
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  16. elnonio

    elnonio shedding n00bness

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    (Cr@p; I guess this takes the cake for an old thread revival, eh?!)

    Absolutely. Rode solo around Indonesia (Java) on a Monstrac 250cc with a "custom" backpack rack. But for the a couple of breakdowns (broken clutch cable; front sprocket AWOL/UA; rear ended during "mudik", breaking my rack; leaking oil fitting; seizing a piston in Semarang) it was quite an enjoyable experience. I may not have had a formal backup crew, but I sure found plenty of people ready and willing to lend a hand along the way.


    Not only would I only do it all again, but I would have no qualms doing everything I was intending do: Sumatra, Borneo, and eventually riding up Malaysia to Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. If only I had been able to import my DRZ400SM! Nowadays, I would try importing the GS, though size is not always everything. Either way, it was an excellent experience, and the best way to melt into the population (as much as a westerner could!) With the right resource ($) you really don't need to take all that much with you. It also would be critical to use a bike that is actually either common to the area, or easily repairable on the local economy. The GS, not so much, but I can easily see any Japanese bike getting fixed locally.

    <a href=http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45932754>Jakarta-Merak</a>

    <a href=http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45932753>Merak-Sumur</a>

    <a href=http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45932750> Sumur-Pelabuhan Ratu</a>

    You get the idea.

    As for the bike, look at http://www.elnonio.net/web/pic_crawl.php?dir=mcycles under Monstrac for a laugh!
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  17. WimDH

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    I thought he always wanted to have a KTM Adv :rofl
    It seems he sticks with Beemer..

    ... Not that it is a bad choice...
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  18. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I'd never guessed that old Charlie is still such hot item.
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  19. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    If there is some kind of BMW event or a new dealer or something BMW related in the UK you can be sure that Charly will be there. It's nothing special anymore seeing him over there. He's part of the BMW dolls that you see in the shop window :lol3
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  20. genka

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    Shame on me- I didn't notice that it was a re-animated 5 year old thread!
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