Ewan's bikes at Coventry Transport Museum - pics

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

  1. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    Claudio the LWD cameramans 1200ADV was on sale on ebay here in the UK last year...............It had a new beak and headlight but everything else looked much the same.........Even the blue tape on the Touratech crash bar bags was still there.

    The seller( a car dealer) was asking around £11,000 for the bike but i reckon it was worth no more than £6500 as it was beat to shit and not really any different than any other 1200GSA that'd had a hard life.

    Ewans 1150GSA was originally sold at a charity auction in the UK for around £80,000 You could make an identical replica of that bike with the same mileage, dents and all the Touratech/ohlins accessories for around £7000 at the time.

    Even the faded red 'twat suit' is a sought after item and if you have one of the original Rallye 2's in grey or red it shows that you're an 'old timer' as far as ADV riding goes.

    The grubbier the 'twat suit' the better!

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  2. GB

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    You know what they say about hindsight.. at any rate, it could have gone badly for KTM if they had a major mechanical breakdown and were unable to complete their adventure on the bikes they started on. (Look at the trans-siberian adventure ride report in the RR forum, the KTM rider's bike keeps breaking down when it gets hot, bad PR especially on a celebrity ride and DVD production).

    What I don't get is why they were looking to get complimentary bikes when they had to buy several vehicles for the support team and film crew, why not buy the bikes Charlie wanted in the first place.. money couldn't have been that tight :dunno
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  3. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    That bothered me at first too--the guys both could easily afford to get whatever bike they wanted, yet they got their panties in a twist when they didn't get the bikes for free. Funny how those with the most money expect to pay the least. [insert incendiary comment about the current US tax situation] :wink:

    Anyway, I got over that annoyance soon enough once the guys were out on the road. Loved LWR and it was definitely inspirational for me. Hoping for a LWU now (and will cross my fingers that it's better than LWD).
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  4. Motorfiets

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    Charley and Ewan got me into adventure riding

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  5. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Huh...I don't think Ewan's 'vehicle' was quite that large.:huh

    Does that thing have 'pegs'.:rofl

    BTW...me too!
    BTW...Lloyd Bridges (Sea Hunt) got me into scuba diving.
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  6. Motorfiets

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    at 2:12

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  7. urbanXJ

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    Aawsome, they have Ted Simons moto!
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  8. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I sold the jacket to my "twat suit" jacket in 2010, after replacing the zipper and velcro,
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    Replaced it with the new model "twat suit" jacket:rofl

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    I own both DVD's. I catch a lot of flack from the wife and daughters for re-watching them over and over.
    I can't say they or their adventures got me into this, as I rode my first GS quite a bit back in the day,

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    At the IMS show one year BMW even hacked together this twat with an image of Charlie and Ewan's pic::lol3
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  9. Slippy Chips

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    Not trying to hijack the thread, but has anyone heard about the Wheel2Wheel trip some guy did from China to Australia on an F800GS? They made a series out of it and we're also trying to raise awareness for several charities. Their website said it would be shown in the US but I could never find it.
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  10. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    bad actor,poor rider.made two very entertaining movies about long distance travel on bikes.wish they do another.
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  11. NuckaMan

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    In one of the brit moto mags, read an interview with the CEO of KTM. He admitted one of the biggest marketing gaffe’s for KTM was saying no to Ewan and Charlie.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    He did go on to say, he believes it was more a money based decision rather than a question on their project or their abilities. I don’t believe the current CEO was at the helm at the time.<o:p></o:p>
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    Regardless, I don’t see the reason why these two get some much flak for what they did. Yeah, so they had some serious money behind them, all the best equipment offered to them, camera crew/medical staff/support truck no more than a days away, direct link into BMW Engineering for technical issues, above all else….they were already wealthy to begin with. So what….almost anyone have traded places with these guys, even for a day. <o:p></o:p>
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    They are the ones who sat on the bikes and did it day after day, no matter how tough it got. Unless it comes out it was faked on some movie set….I respect them for what they did. And the fact that they made some money off of it, along with more notoriety, more power to them. Not everyone can be rich and famous….I don’t hate on the ones that are, just because. At the end of the day, they are moto-fans just like you and the rest on this forum.<o:p></o:p>
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  12. RomaDakota

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    I, for one, think that is a great photo!
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  13. guns&coffee

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    I liked both series. Yes, others have travelled similar journeys. They are the the first to film it. :clap
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  14. John Smallberries

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    Wow - is that the same truck they used for their first "un-bikeable" river crossing? It certainly looks like it. How did you get connected up with it?

    Those Russian trucks and their drivers were amazing.
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  15. John Smallberries

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    Is it a fair guess that "twat suit" is as unflattering in US English as Scottish? I guess I'll pull it off my Christmas list.
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  16. wbrisett

    wbrisett hmmm....

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    While they didn't show all the negotiations, this was designed as a documentary/TV show. The idea is to sell the show. I'm not sure people would have been as supportive if two off-the-street guys named Fergus Burns & Gordon Smith had made the documentary. For that matter, without name support I'm not sure the BBC would have agreed to do the project in the first place. The fact is, it was part riding, part entertainment. That's how it was suppose to be. People get bent out of shape about it, but you need a camera man to do video and sound. Having mounted GoPros on bikes are fine for YouTube, but not for a multi-hour documentary.

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  17. madleemark

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    i enjoyed watching long way round and long way down, looked to me like they had fun along with many hard days, good for them and bmw. has anybody seen terra circa or mondo enduro?
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  18. Farmer Palmer

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    Terra Circa is probably the best Adventure Motorcycling film that's ever been made!

    Just goes to show that it's possible to ride around the world on an inexpensive bike aswell as living on a few $ a day

    Unsponsored as Austin Vince says!

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  19. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    I think most of the Terra Circa bikes were pretty shagged when they left the UK.............At least by their numberplates and mileages they certainly weren't new!

    From the distances they covered on the type of roads I think they did pretty well.

    Having said that I know a guy at the moment who's just ridden all the way from Newcastle(in the north of England) all the way to India over the last few months.

    His motorbike of choice............... A nearly new £2000 Honda PCX 125 Scooter

    www.Andrewcharnley.com

    So anythings possible

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  20. Motorfiets

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    thank you

    it's the same truck. It was parked by a little market near the Kyubeme river

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