Ewan's bikes at Coventry Transport Museum - pics

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by John Smallberries, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    I spent today near London at Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum. The latter is the resting place for Ewan McGregor's GS's from Long Way Round & Down. I know: many love these guys, many hate them. I'm in the former category - so I took a few pics to share.
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    I love the beat-up AirHawk. I'd hate to make that trip on the stock saddle.
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    They had Ted Simon's bike as well
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    If you are in London with a day to kill, I highly recommend the trip. You can hit both Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum in one shot, with lots of time on the tube/train.
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  2. Girthy Knobkers

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    very cool! :clap
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  3. Denalidirt

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    I don't get it myself. I see dozens of GS all summer long loaded just like that. Some folks I had the pleasure of talking to had over 450 days on the road and 100,000 miles. all of which had no camera crew/ support truck. Fixed all repairs themselves and slept on the ground. Though I'm a fan of Ewan as an actor I don't think his bike is "special". MO
    Take Ted on the other hand, he road for four years and covered 64,000 miles and 45 countries, in 1973. 28 years later he did the same thing, at 70yrs old, but only took three years the second time around.
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  5. John Smallberries

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    The tour of Bletchley Park was amazing. We got a nice guided tour by a colorful expert. They have much of the original equipment working: many Enigmas, Bombes, The Colossus, etc. I've read several books on the subject and it was fantastc to see it all preserved. The intelligence and creativity of these people is nearly incomprehensible.

    I agree that it makes a motorcycle trip seem trivial!
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  6. mtrdrms

    mtrdrms Been here awhile

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    Thanks john. I like the long way round/down series' and credit these bikes for contributing to the success of our passion. Like them or not, we owe them for getting the attention of the aftermarket that supplies us with all our great gear and farkles! And I've always wondered where those bikes went.
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  7. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    And to show everyone that the Adventure series can be semi 'crash proof' and ride ready - within reason.:D

    Well tested.:D
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  8. lhendrik

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    Like it or not, BMW should realize that those 2 guys probably sold more GS's than any other advertising. I know I got mine after seeing the videos and then rode all over Europe and into Republic of Georgia and back and I'm 63 and though I had no support vehicles or camera crews, if I had the $$$ I would have :)
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  9. HoneyBunz

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    Charley and Ewan are awesome!
    No other adventure riders did a better job of sharing their experiences with the rest of us.
    Having camera and support crews probably complicated things as often as not.
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  10. vagueout

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    I like ewan and charlie and the films they make, great entertainment and to a degree inspirational, Ted Simon is on a whole other level. I would like very much to see all their bikes.:thumb
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  11. Sox Fan

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    Thanks for sharing neighbor. I like and respect Charlie and Ewan as well. Proabably wouldn't own a GS if I didn't see LWR.

    If I had the resources these guys have, I would do the same around the world thing with a support crew. Who wouldn't?
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  12. Spaggy

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    Ewin and Charlie's first series was what inspired me to buy the BMW. Maybe they're not as bad ass as some others, but since when was it a contest. I've watched the Long Way shows more than once and probably will again.
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  13. Farmer Palmer

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    Two wheeled Landrovers!

    Enjoyed LWR and LWD and it was nice to see Charlies bike 'in the flesh' and have a wee sit on it aswell............!

    Had GS's way before Ewan and Charlie but the success of the films they made just re-enforced the fact that they are great travelling bikes and popular with everyone.

    In the LWD series Ewan and Charley stopped at Lindesfarne or Holy Island which is only thirty five minutes ride from here and just over the English Border...........I often ride down there and park in the same spot next to the 'three bedroomed' castle!

    FP.
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  14. Ridestrong

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    Just watching Charlie and Ewan push their bikes across Mongolia......they're qualified!
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    Enjoyed the pictures!
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  16. bikecat

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    I think that Charley and Ewan had done more than most people, probably including those who criticise them.

    One cannot take away that their series had done a lot for introducing adventure riding to the masses and non-riding public.

    I've always wondered what happened to Jupiter's bike, now I know that its resting place .. thanks!
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  17. LoneStar

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    Very cool! Always wondered if his bikes were sitting in his garage :lol3

    Loved LWR and can say it has brought many riders into the sport. Even my friends who don't ride loved watching it.

    It's ridiculous that they get ragged on for having a support crew with them. They were filming a documentary and why in the hell would they risk blowing a film production and losing a few million dollars? I wouldn't. For some reason, some folks seem to forget they actually rode, pushed, crashed and drug those bikes around the world, as if that doesn't count :rolleyes
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  18. Pickup man

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    Charlie and Ewan revolutionized adventure riding in a sense, and have transformed many non adv riders into one.
    Of course there will always be people criticizing them for the support crew etc.... but remember, they were making
    documentary films and it was needed.

    I have a feeling Charlies bikes are at his house and he still rides them.
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  19. El Gato

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    This ^^

    I have nothing but respect for what Charlie and Ewan did, both as individuals pursuing their passion, and as ambassadors for our sport. I loved the LWR and LWD series, and am thankful that I got to live vicariously through them in these series.
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  20. johnny80s

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    I have to say that those guys got me into adventure riding and long distance riding in general. I really loved the long way round. They are why I fell in love with the GS.
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