What's the REAL story behind KTM saying no to Long Way Round?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by zolo, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Dunno. :dunno I didn't really see any riding in LWR that was all that difficult.

    I know I'm going to regret asking this, but what riding did Ewan and Charlie not do? And specifically how do you "know" this?

    And what about your statement about the Dakar?
  2. Night Falcon

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    the crazeis have taken over...exit this thread immediatly, don't look back, keep running :norton
  3. ColdC

    ColdC Been here awhile

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    No worries.The magic of Hollywood is powerful indeed.
    I know this from a professional photographer who is on contract with BMW and from the Dakar rider who was contacted by Boorman and turned him down; again this too was collaborated by the BMW photographer.
    As far as the specific areas that they had riders ride for them, I don't know, all I know is that I was told that sometimes the "boys just weren't up for it." (Ewan much more than Charlie.)
    Besides, I don't want to argue with a mythical creature that rides a Gelände/Strasse!
    Peace Yeti. :D
  4. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    And we never landed on the moon, a secret cabal is behind the JFK assasination, and Hitler is alive and well. A photographer with Mercedes and another with Rolls Royce and one with Lincoln told me.
  5. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Yeah....that info sounds a little like the kids game of "grapevine" or the skit "who's on first" :lol3


    Sounds like someone misunderstood what they heard and passed along more bad info.
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    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Misunderstood?:huh

    Made it up is more like it. I trust L. Ron Hubbard more!!!
  7. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Just sayin' :lol3

    I could see some photographer on the phone gossiping about the upcoming Dakar ride with BMW. "what? They hired a rider for Charlie?" and totally missing that it was to ride "with" him and not "for" him. :lol3
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    I always wondered what happened to you, I seem to remember bore man having Dual exhaust envy !!

    Good onnya for getting out there & doing it..


    In KTM's defense,

    "Hindsight is a Wonderful thing"
  9. ColdC

    ColdC Been here awhile

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    No, not on the phone.... riding with both the BMW photographer and the former Dakar rider in the desert in Nevada last Fall.
    But yeah, making the whole thing up....
    After all, both movies were documentaries. Must be true!
    I look forward to Michael Moore's collaboration with Ewan and Charlie in the upcoming documentary "Head Held High!", where they ride Honda trail 90's to visit women's studies program's in Finland.
    I have inside info that Casey Stoner is riding for Ewan and Kenny Roberts is jumping in for Charlie when necessary. :rofl



  10. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    Where's that "Don't feed the trolls!" image when you need it.

    ColdC, didn't anyone ever tell you that you don't believe photographers; they're more full of shit than most Hollywood types.
  11. ColdC

    ColdC Been here awhile

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    I shouldn't believe the photographer who works for the company that supplied the bikes/support/riders (and has a damn fine portfolio of images for the company), I shouldn't believe the pro-rider that stood on the podium at Dakar and had the conversation, but I should believe a couple of actors, what I see in a movie, and a bunch of fanboys on the internet.
    Gotcha.
    That's what I love about motorcycling and races like the Dakar. Practically anyone can do it! Next year Jimmy Lewis will be riding alongside Lindsey Lohan when she rides the Erzberg.:rofl
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    I'd be curious to hear from the photographer. I'll ask "the pro-rider" next time I talk to him. I suspect what I hear might be a bit different. :deal
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    ADVMax Sporting Foole

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    the REAL story?

    You want the TRUTH?

    You CAN'T HANDLE the truth.







    It's just the simple fact that YOOen and Chawley ain't man enough to ride a KTM.



    /thread
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    True, but negotiations broke down when KTM refused to pay for hair spray.
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    Well watching the series convinved me not to ever get a GS because they sure look heavy to pick up and maneuver around.

    When I start doing some real offroading ... 250s baby! :D:rofl Put it on a trailer with all your gear and set up camp in a cool spot and I am set.

    For touring I keep the poor mans multistrada called versys 1000
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