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My motorcycling heroes

Has to be Ted Simon - Jupiter's Travels is an awesome read and he really was one of the first to get out there and show that motorcycling is a viable means of exploring the world.

Also, Lois Pryce - when I read Red Tape and White Knuckles, that was the first inkling I had that women could have adventures on bikes as well! It's sitting on my coffee table right now and is fuelling my own plans for doing a trip across Africa just as soon as I've got the hang of this whole biking thing!

One more mention - Burt Munro, the New Zealand guy that was the subject of the World's Fastest Indian movie. Love his determination and grit to get out on his bike in spite of everyone telling him not to, and achieving such an amazing feat.

All very different, but all truly inspiring!!

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Hey thanks for the pics of Dylan on a bike - I didnt know they existed. It was his secret hidden time wasnt it, when he fell off his bike and hid for a while.....

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+ 1 for Joey Dunlop - a legend

Know where you are coming from Dazzer a mix of Evel Knieival and Barry Sheene and an FS1E got me into biking !

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+1 for Malcolm Smith...

If you haven't seen "On Any Sunday"...its worth a watch...
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Joey Dunlop,Ago,Hailwood,Rossi,
Hubert Auriol,Patsy Quick,
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and.......about half-way through the film "Woodstock" there's a guy riding an orange/cream Bonneville (just like my old bike) through the crowd in a sea of mud. One cool dude. Whoever you are/were, you inspired me to get biking. Thanks.
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Hey thanks for the pics of Dylan on a bike - I didnt know they existed. It was his secret hidden time wasnt it, when he fell off his bike and hid for a while.....

Word is the accident was pretty serious (remember, no helmets worn back then) scared the shit out of himself ... he never rode again, far as I know.
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Heroes You Know And Ride With?

What about current "Heros", guys you know or used to know or met? Or guys/gals you ride with now or are at least local to your community? Travelers? Racers? Whatever. Who are you're "real" heroes among your friends and ... why?

I have a good friend who is really a local legend in his own time ... and no one here has ever heard his name. But in Northern California he is legend ... and still riding. In fact, that is about all he does. More on this later ....
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Valentino Rossi, a hero and legend. Tenacious, passionate, entertaining and a great character
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Probably blasphemy but ...

For me it was both Ted Simon and (I can't believe I'm going to type this here) Ewan and Charlie.

I know there's been lots said about there being no comparison between RTW travels for normal folks and the LWR and LWD trips. But watching LWR is what inspired my wife and I to go on a trip from Calgary to Montreal in '08.

While I readily admit that an all highway trip any where in N.America probably doesn't rate high on the adventure scale, it was pretty heady stuff for us back then.

I hope that at some point in the future there's going to be trips to Alaska and thru S.America - but it all leads back to watching Ewan and Charlie in LWR.

Let the flames begin ....

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Ted Simon is a legend, should be Sir Ted Simon.
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I agree with all of the above, all cool dudes, just to throw two more in there ERNESTO 'CHE' GUEVARA. (very dead) and ALBERTO GRANADO (alive in the usa i believe).
round south America on a 500 Norton 'La Poderosa' two up in 1952, crazy guys.
Only in the movie but not in the book or in real life. I don't believe the bike made it past Day 2.
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For me it was both Ted Simon and (I can't believe I'm going to type this here) Ewan and Charlie.

Let the flames begin ....

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If it worked for you why not.

Can't add anything to the biking hero's but in terms of exploring hero's I could list a bloke who killed his mates by not listening to advice (Scott) a bloke who funded his trips by various dodgy means (Shackleton), a guy who could start an argument alone and a thousand miles from anywhere (Mawson) and two that didn't have the sense to quit/egged each other on until they were killed (Mallory and Irvine). These guys are never perfect and you can always find flaws along with the brilliant bits.

You can't argue with Ewan and Charlies presentation of what they wanted to do, even if the content was shall we say a little light.

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