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MOVED: Long Way Round: Not a Resource at All

So I in the last couple days I started watching the "Long Way Round" for the first time, and frankly I find it disgusting. It should be retitled "How Not to Ride Round the World Unless you are a Multimillionaire"

For certain things there truly is a right and wrong way to do things. These two made a mockery of such an experience, and it truly angers me that they are probably the most well know ambassadors for the endeavor I hold so dear.


Just a bit of how retarded Ewen and Charlie were

Ewan Mcgregor on the BMW R1200GS:
“it is the only bike for the trip, it was the only bike made for this kind of thing” Are you kidding me, Transalp, Tenere, F650GS, KLR650, R100GS, XR650


6 weeks before departure they haven’t even gotten their bikes yet… You guys are millionaires, just go buy them!!! Oh and Charlie Borman, why should a motorcycle company give bikes to you, casue your dad made some good movies and your friend is a movie star. Instead of having a conniption fit, and cussing and swearing at KTM… GO BUY YOUR OWN FREAKING BIKE, just like all of us have to.

They have three secretaries and they can’t get their shit together and get visas for Russia. I got my own visa in an hour on the Internet by paying some travel agency like $150, mailed my passport to Washington DC and two weeks later I had my visa.

What is up with “Country Consultants”, are you kidding me. You need to hire a guy to tell you to be careful about bears in Canada? You needed to hire some Russian ladies to tell you Russia is big? WTF


If I ran KTM, I sure as hell would not give free sponsorship bikes to a scrawny Bscottish movie star who admittedly has no offroad experience, and a fat goofy guy whose father is a famous director!!!

Oh and because we are goofing around the whole time learning how to avoid AK-47 fire, and some hilariously phony check point bribing scheme, instead of actually learning real first aide we decide… ah we’ll just bring a doctor along WTF. This is just ludicrous. This isn’t a motorcycle trip around the world. This is just like English Nobility going on a hunting trip to Africa and bringing their servants and furniture, and cooks from home. It is totally bogus

They go to the offroad school and Ewen, who actually starts out on the bike he should use for the trip the F650gs, is complaining how he has never done this and doesn’t want to let anyone down, and then the next scene is him dropping a bike he can’t even lift up on his own without any luggage on it. WTF are you thinking.

I also guess when you are going to have a support vehicle(s) following you, and you are millionaires, you can afford to not care about maintenance and just **** around when BMW techs are giving you one on one instruction about how to repair and maintain your bike.

These guys are like little kids. They get Carnets. The most important Document after their passorts and they have no idea what it is for. They have no idea what to do with it!!!

It saddens me to watch this. These two guys are about as good ambassadors for motorcycling as two middle aged orthodontists riding turquoise Harleys.


The producer says “they are going through borders that only people with local passports have” like somehow they are doing something Novel and unique!

At the border crossing with the Ukraine they didn’t bring their original documents. What is wrong with these guys. THEY HAD A STAFF OF A HALF DOZEN PEOPLE!!! Then the only reason they end up getting in is because they are actors. Well Ewan, I guess it does pay to be famous.

The guys on the Bikes aren’t carrying their own paper work? WTF

At least they went an visited a UNICEF project, which they couldn’t bother showing up to on time!!!!


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I am shocked--SHOCKED!--to hear such deep and abiding disrespect directed at my personal role model/heros.
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Do I get the impression you didn't like it then?
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We are all entitled to our own role models. I respect that you choose your very differently than mine
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If you want to true motorcycle Role Model. I suggest

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No I actually find it quite entertaining. It just isn't really a motorcycle trip. It is more like a Top Gear Challenge
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Ever read this?

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Is it even meant to be a resource (and not just entertainment)?

When a famous actor, who has no previous experience of something like this does it with a film crew, what do you expect?

What they did manage to do was give overlanding on a motorcycle a huge lift. It´s become so much more popular, and probably not only because of Ewan&Charlie, certainly not, but I believe they really might have something to do with that. Many people started dreaming of it after they saw LWR & others.

Anyone with a brain knows, that it´ll be very very different, if you go out and do it yourself.
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Seriously! Not sure if this should even be in the Route Planning section.

There have been several discussions about their movies/trips over the last few years on this forum as well as several other forums. We really didn't need another thread about it. If you had done your research prior to buying the DVD set, you could have saved some $.
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Never mind Mark, some people just have no taste, you're still my role model.
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It's about time someone started a E&C thread.. I can't believe no ones mentioned them in all these years since the LWR.



We all know how you feel roadrider. You just have to take it as a bit of "Celebrity entertainment"...
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Seriously! Not sure if this should even be in the Route Planning section.



As for new E&C threads ->
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http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...long-way-41829


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I concur. Not wanting to sensor debate in any way, but please read the above mentioned thread and if you have anything new to add, please do.

I don't believe even Ewen and Thingy intended on it being a planning resource. Possibly for the flat earth people it helps to show the world is round. I will bear this in mind for my future plans.

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Ewan and Charley rock ... all y'all jealous folks ...

Good on them for having the resources and publicity to make some money out of it. I hope they'll do a Long Way Up and Long Way Diagonal for what it's worth... Geeez folks, get a grip on yourselves
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