If James Bond was a Swiss Film Maker he would have been named Claudio von Planta. Claudio is one of the most badass motorcyclists alive today. He is best known in the motorcycling community as the Directory of Photography for the Long Way Up series, as well as Long Way Down and Long Way Around. In this interview with ADVrider’s Chris MacAskill, Claudio discusses the Long Way Up, his interview with Osama Bin Laden, motorcycle touring in the Middle East, and the comedy of errors that was getting his motorcycle license.  Folks, trust me when I say you want to crack open a beer and settle down to watch this fascinating interview.

If you click through to Youtube you can watch chapter by chapter or click the chapter links below…

Chapters in the interview:

0:00 – Intro
01:38 – Claudio’s emergency bike in Long Way Round
03:01 – Claudio’s Long Way Round BMW
05:52 – Driver’s license drama
16:11 – Osama Bin Laden interview
17:44 – Military training
19:33 – Blown up in Afghanistan
27:25 – Trapped in New Guinea
41:09 – The Long Way Up
55:39 – Motorcycle touring with the Kurds
59:51 – UNICEF
01:02:15 – Claudio’s empathy
01:09:02 – Ewan’s daughter Jamyan
01:13:09 – Claudio’s wife’s tragic illness
01:24:26 – Claudio’s Jetstream movie

“Long Way Up” is streaming on Apple TV+. The trailer can be watched here.

Follow Claudio von Planta on his site, on Instagram and Vimeo.

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