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Inspiration

My inspiration came 27 years ago while backpacking around Turkey, I was staying at Pumukelie (not sure of the spelling) & was sick, I Japanese guy turned up and washed my clothes & actually went & bought medicine ! I could not speak a word of Jap & he could not speak a word of Engrish ! but a couple of days later I was well enough to get up and go outside & I couldn't believe it he was on a motorbike, my eyes could not believe it, he pulled out a map and showed me where he had been ! all thru Africa, Nth & Sth. America all thru Asia & the middle east. NO GPS or CELL PHONE in those days, but his kindness & adventure has stuck with me ever since.
This was my soul inspiration that started my motorbike escapades !!!!
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LWD and LWR inspired me to sit my bike test. Like others have said I thought the only way it was possible to undertake such an epic trip like this was to buy a BMW and kit it out with the Touratech catalogue. It was only by googling 'Long Way Up' that I stumbled upon Horizons Unlimited and realized that you don't need all the expensive clobber E&C had to enjoy yourself.

Don't get me wrong, I am still a fan of the LWD/R and hope that they do make another series.
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Chris Scott and more recently Tim Cullis are my insperation!

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I'd always been into bikes whilst at school, but mainly motocross then enduro. Foot and Mouth came along and ended up selling my bike at that time. Always felt I wanted another bike but never really did much about it.

Sat watching TV one day and stumbled across LWR - it stirred the whole bike thing back to life and I knew I was going to have to do something about it.

Ended up as an armchair biker for long enough, reading LWR/LWD/JT etc and eventually also found Mondo Enduro.

Passed my theory a couple of weeks ago and got Mod 1 coming up fast - as much as there's a lot of LWR hate, I think without it I'd maybe not have done much looking into other motorcycle travel and got my arse in gear to do something about it
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I'm just curious, that if they would have done it on the KTM's, if there would also be a lot of hate towards KTM... ?!

People who think they need that SAME bike as in a tv series are morons... but that's the whole thing about tv stuff... you're getting brainwashed that you need stuff that you obviously don't, with money you don't have to impress people you don't like...

I'm just saying, I knew when I was watching it that it was fun to look at but nowhere near the reality. Let people believe what they want, as long as we know better the world is still a good place to ... (on a BMW?)...
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Always been in to traveling even on my first 50cc yamaha DT in 1984 went all over the UK on that little thing drove my parents mad ringing up all hours of the night when i broke down all the time 200 miles from home, Dad RAC LOL.

I always loved the Bush Tucker man and the book about the overland to singapore in series 1's think it was "First Overland" then there were numerouse books about female teachers cycling to china.

We were overlanding prior to the Charlie thing & yes the suport crew side makes me chuccle but if they never publicised it so much would there be such a huge market for overland bikes and parts so in one way they did well for the buissness. But i still laugh when i pass guys on BMW's all the kit charlie clones.
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Always been in to traveling even on my first 50cc yamaha DT in 1984 went all over the UK on that little thing drove my parents mad ringing up all hours of the night when i broke down all the time 200 miles from home, Dad RAC LOL.

I always loved the Bush Tucker man and the book about the overland to singapore in series 1's think it was "First Overland" then there were numerouse books about female teachers cycling to china.

We were overlanding prior to the Charlie thing & yes the suport crew side makes me chuccle but if they never publicised it so much would there be such a huge market for overland bikes and parts so in one way they did well for the buissness. But i still laugh when i pass guys on BMW's all the kit charlie clones.

I have been thinking of doing an overland trip myself, but how the hell do you all afford it when you need something like this?

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...and some just need 5.000 Euro including baying the bike and everything like visa, petrol and food etc. to travel two years all the way around africa sleeping in a tent:

http://www.adventure-travel-experien...en_transafrika

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I hope so...

There will new influx of riders buying loads of adventure gear and accessories brand new with their "more money than sense" attitudes.

Then 12 months later they realise they aren't using any of it and flog it all on eBay, nearly new, for a fraction of the price..

Then all us skint travellers can buy it up cheap and actually use it..

I might give the Touratech Laser-etched titanium BMW special edition soap dish a miss though.

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haha ! Hold back why don't you...

They're going to throw Touratech branded rotten tomatoes at you at the next HU meeting.

I bet they are expensive tomatoes if there touratech
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There will new influx of riders buying loads of adventure gear and accessories brand new with their "more money than sense" attitudes.

Then 12 months later they realise they aren't using any of it and flog it all on eBay, nearly new, for a fraction of the price..
With the water cooled 1200GS coming next year, the nearest beemer dealer to me is overflowing with almost new "old" ones.

I've never seen a bike with a winch though!?!?!
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With the water cooled 1200GS coming next year, the nearest beemer dealer to me is overflowing with almost new "old" ones.

I've never seen a bike with a winch though!?!?!
All new BMW's should come with a winch.

Long enough to winch itself back to the nearest BMW dealership when it breaks down. Preferably via a bank where you can re-mortgage your house to pay for repairs that aren't really your fault but you have to pay for anyway.
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All new BMW's should come with a winch.

Long enough to winch itself back to the nearest BMW dealership when it breaks down. Preferably via a bank where you can re-mortgage your house to pay for repairs that aren't really your fault but you have to pay for anyway.
Hi Ted,

I'll give BMW their due, they did cover all the repair costs on mine and I sold it when it reached 19 months old! I totted up the costs (as I could view the warranty submissions) and it came to over £4,000! At least the new owner had a well sorted bike!

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Hi Ted,

I'll give BMW their due, they did cover all the repair costs on mine and I sold it when it reached 19 months old! I totted up the costs (as I could view the warranty submissions) and it came to over £4,000! At least the new owner had a well sorted bike!

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Hi Ted,

maybe the purchase prices would be cheaper if they built them better!!!!!!

Still I can't complain with the way they treated my bike faults, Howard Godolphin & the warranty team were great, it's a shame they were so busy! I'm sure the warranty work must have reduced by now or BMW would've gone bang!

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