Ewan's bikes at Coventry Transport Museum - pics

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

  1. Stig O'Tracy

    Stig O'Tracy Adventurer

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    I owe my motorcycle renaissance to LWR. I watched it and got pretty interested. Then I lent the DVD to a mate who went out and got a license and then purchased a 1200 GS on the strength of his viewing.

    About a year later he lent me the GS for a couple of weeks. Having not ridden for more than 20 years it was a little daunting but after 2 weekends I was hooked.

    I bought an 1150 GS 3 years ago and more recently an 1100 GS (from an inmate in Missoula MT) which after 3000 miles of touring through the PNW I'm storing at my brother's place in Portland OR. The GS is the perfect bike for touring the backroads of Australia or anywhere for that matter.

    If it were not for that Ewan and Charlie's efforts on the GSA's and their story I'd have missed out on some great places, meeting some great people and of course ADVRIDER.

    I'll make it a point to get to that museum if I ever get back to London.
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  2. Desert2202

    Desert2202 Been here awhile

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    I agree, setting up all those shots would have been a pain in the arse, they did a fantastic job. I would love to see those bikes


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  3. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I think it's cool seeing the bikes that were used in the films. LWR was a great story told very well.
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  4. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    I can't believe people minimizing the LWR trip because they had support (or whatever reason). No matter how hard-core you or anyone else thinks they are THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE MORE HARD-CORE.

    Why can't people appreciate the challenge they took on for what it was and not try to one up others. They rode a freakin motorcycle around (and down) the world! Maybe someone else did it without support. Well, maybe someone else did it on a bicycle. Hey, maybe the next guy will walk blindfolded while balancing a VW on his head.

    It's an ADVENTURE and that is certainly what they went on. I, for one, got the fever for riding a GS from watching the entire series in one sitting. But I'm probably the least hard-core guy on this forum, so what do I know. If I meet Charlie or Ewan beers are on me!
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  5. RetrogradE

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    I saw the two bikes at SEMA about 8-9 years ago. ADV riding wasn't even on my radar back then so I didn't pay much attention to the bikes. I snapped a few pictures (which I can't find right now), though, and I remember even back then being impressed with the sheer size of the bikes--not to mention the amount of shit hanging from them.

    Very cool.
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  6. duke944

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    I agree. I think those that don't are either jealous or haters - either way who cares?
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  7. feldjäger

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    I think what those guys did was bring adventure riding to a new audience. I'm willing to bet there were more people inspired by those two rides, than Ted. I still think KTM has regrets...:wink:
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  8. PukaWai

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    A museum? Oh bummer, I thought he'd still be riding that thing around. It's only got some 20k miles on it, barely broken in (pun intended)!
    I didn't even know about their journey or film until long after I bought my 1150 GSA, and saw LWR for the first time only a few months ago. Haven't read the book yet, so I was wondering if anybody knows just how much support the much maligned support crew actually offered? I know they were there at borders, but even I call for support whenever I have to deal with bureaucrats. Seems like whenever sh*t happened, the support crew was not around and they had to deal with it themselves.
    I think the film was great, although it dragged a bit at the beginning. , and you gotta remember this is a relatively low-budget affair when it comes to making movies.
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  9. Lensgrinder

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    Or Posers.

    I enjoy watching the videos over and over.

    You all have said it well, I can't add to it, except that I agree.
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  10. WindSailor

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    I do too. Most people are envious, including me. I simply can not afford to do that, and love watching videos of other people who can and do. Hats off to those guys who accomplished something that KTM said couldn't be done.

    It's all about the adventure; the people, the scenery and the ride getting there and back.

    And Ewan had shown the bikes can be fairly resistant to crashes.:lol3 One of these days he's going to kick my ass if I don't leave that alone.:eek1 It just goes to show that even celebrities can have bad riding days - or two - or three - or...:D Damn... got to leave that alone. Would have loved to see the unedited version.
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  11. khale

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    Same here. I don't know how sales for KTM are doing compared to the GS, but I'm sure they are shaking their heads they turned down Charlie. I bought my GS because of those 2 incredible series. Probably the best advertising BMW could have done was to donate 4 GS bikes + parts to Charlie and Ewan. Talk about a good ROI...
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  12. Gregster

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    Nice pictures :clap
    I never met Ewan but I did get to hang out and go dirt biking with Charlie for a day last summer. He's a cool guy with a good sense of humor and he really can ride! I tried to keep up following him around a gnarly harescrambles track but he quickly dropped me. Stand up wheelies going down the road on a borrowed KTM450 Six Days - impressive skills. Only a wanker would accuse Charlie or Ewan of being anything less than a fellow enthusiast.
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  13. vagueout

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    I reckon the actual bloke at KTM who said "no" to ewan and charlie today feels like the record company bloke that rejected a four piece band from liverpool u.k. back in 62.:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  14. Mr B

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    The guy was probably sacked!!

    I am sure they are giving it the ole Homer Simpson, Dooooooow
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  15. Lensgrinder

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    :nod

    I agree, the people you meet make the trip.

    I met a couple of guys from Germany in the Yukon while riding to Alaska, I still keep in touch with one of them.
    They had shipped their bikes to Chile and rode up to Alaska, they were on their way to Vancouver to ship their bikes back home.

    I thought Ewan and Charlie did pretty well, the camera guy,Claudio, on the other hand is another story altogether.
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  16. Pete O Static

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    I thought that Ewan's bike was auctioned off for charity and only Boorman's bike was put in the museum?

    No matter really, I really enjoyed LWR. LWD was ok but not nearly as interesting as their first in my opinion.

    They really did bring adventure riding to the masses with or without support, nobody can argue that. In fact, I had no idea who Ewan McGregor was until I watched LWR. Don't watch TV much.
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  17. airhawk1

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    John, I love the shot of the ratty Airhawk as well! Thanks for posting it. I certainly agree with the previous posters who have given Charlie and Ewen kudos for what they have done for the industry. Pictures of well worn Airhawks always brings a smile to my face! BTW, I was working in my booth at the Intermot show in Germany a few years ago and Charlie just popped in and chatted for about 45 minutes -- what a great guy. We didn't pay them anything to use our product, but he had to come by and say thanks for making it!
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  18. LoneStar

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    A friend rode with Charlie some in Central America and said the same. Really nice and friendly guy who can really ride.
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  19. luxlogs

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    Evans wife, can you say "Long Day"
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  20. wbrisett

    wbrisett hmmm....

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    It does make you wonder if KTM isn't kicking itself for what could have been. ;)

    Wayne
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