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Hey all. Lots of replies on here to my original post. Remind me not to rant when i've had a few drinks....
Basically I have had chance to see a couple of episodes of this series and can fully appreciate the journey which they undertook. My comments however were more in reference to peoples reactions to my trip and me looking at their open ended check and my hopeful plans.
I've been interested in such a trip for some time having always been interested in travelling and motorbikes (though at one time these two aspects remained as 2 seperate entities). I first watched Nick Saunders series about his rtw on a TT600. Later I caught a couple of articles in Bike magazine (UK) from Dan Walsh.
Basically its not been a solely new plan to undertake such an adventure and I was just having a rant about people reactions. Though in general people who know me have known that this is something I've been meaning to do for a long time but unfortunately I was bogged down at uni with my feet dying for a bit of adventure.
With reference to Herbert Meeks remarks about my using the term crazy to desribe pretty much everything which is foreign to my limited life experiences all I can say is this. Well I got carried away with the word crazy, and the very reason I'm going on this trip is to experience different ways of life as to which I have grown a custom to. I dont really see any of it as really crazy though some would say that to merely to be Human and to have a mind is crazy in itself. I dont think I'm completely ignorant to others views of the world I just find it very very easy (and sometimes entertaining) to exagerate my percieved ignorance.
I think if I remember correctly I only made that last post to stir up a bit of a response.....
ANyway, peace out all and maybe i'll see a few of you out on the roads.
I agree with many of the comments on here, watch the DVD, and any others, to help plan your trip and so you have a better idea of expect. I've read and watched as much as possible over the last 6 months to help planning... Mondo Enduro was the first I found a few years ago, after mooching about on the internet probably one wet sunday. I saw LWR in tesco about 18 months or so ago and thought it was great, watched it in one marathon sitting. Yes it's easy to pick holes in what they did (and encourages you to look for the lightest bike possible, not the most expensive) but it got me thinking and planning properly.
I've recently bought Charlie Boorman's book of Race to Dakar but it's in a queue until I've finished the Mondo Enduro book. I've just finished watching Terra Circa which arrived through the post yesterday - also excellent.
As I'm planning an Africa trip I've also read Werner Bausenhart's 'Africa: Against the clock on a motorcycle'. Werner has also done books on the Americas and Asia. Good read, fairly short and informative for an Africa trip and assume his other two books are the same for Asia and Americas.
Also recommend Sam Manicom's 'Into Africa'. Excellent (and shocking) stories in it, including the first chapter! Good bloke too, met at UK HU meeting and he gave us some hints and tips. The book makes the prospect of an adventure real.
I have Chris Scott's Bible and his 'Sahara' book. Another in the queue is 'Africa Overland'. I haven't read the latter yet but it is a similar 'handbook' style similar to AMH, but with a bit more focus on 4x4's rather than just bikes.
Another interesting but possibly less relevant good read is 'First Overland' by Tim Slessor. In the 1950's six Oxford and Cambridge Uni students decide to drive from London to Singapore. They manage to blagg a couple of Land Rover Defender 110's and make money to sustain them along the way by selling their film and writing articles for papers back in the UK.
I think when you start looking there are load of books and dvds out there. From the Motorcycle Diaries to the Dakar Rally DVDs. Duke DVDs from the Isle of Mann must have made a packet from me! Sorry for rambling but hope someone finds this useful!
Traveling through India on a motorcycle was the best thing I ever did in my entire life. Especially the time I spend up in the Himalayas, in particular Ladakh.
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i agree with the others, read ted simons book to get a feel of what rtw was like back in the day. mondo enduro and terra circa also gives you a real feel of doing the rtw thing on a budget without the support of a film crew and sponsered bikes and tools ect. As i understand from lois' page the dr350s still going strone. proof itself any bike can do it. i agree why would you need a full set of snap on tools, for a start thats a hell of a lot of dough and weight to be lugging around. and if the abs fails, deal with it or ride without it. my dr and xt dont have it!! neither do a lot of bikes.
TLWR has inspired lots who before the program would never have even considered such adventures, so lets not knock the boys too much. as for sergi on that 2 smoke, just goes to show you dont need a 7grand bike!!
IMO "just do it" i am as soon as the long task of planning and bike prep is finished, Africa first then well see where my 2 wheels and legs take me next.
Ignore all who say it cant be done and those who boo hoo your plans.
One mate of mine said " what if your chain breaks in the middle of the sahara. what would you do then?"
Simple, you fix it. the same as any other problems, you deal with them, you have no other choice unless you consider giving up as an option and thats never the case.
Read the books, talk to people and watch the vids. soon you realise that there are quite a few of us like minded 2 wheel travelers out there and even more people who are willing to help you out and offer advise mostly for free, or a few s.
PS. i reserve the right to change my opionions when i am on my 10th puncture of the day and my chain breaks in the middle of the sahara for the 3rd time and i have no spare joining links or patches left!!!
I feel that LWR was a bit of a Curate's Egg ie. good in parts. On the up side it did open up the idea of long distance motorcycle travel to the previously unconverted and showed what can be done with perseverance.
However, the two things that got my goat were:-
1) The way Boorman spat the dummy and bleated "How DARE they?!" when KTM withdrew their offer of free bikes! With the money these guys have, why not buy the bikes they wanted in the first place.
2) Apart from flying Ted Simon in to Mongolia for a two minute chat, they never mentioned the fact that lots of people are doing this sort of trip all the time, and mortgaging their souls to do it!!!
well, I enjoyed it anyway.
Yeah they had loads of money(wads) to put into the trip but that for me would make it less of a challange.
I watch it as inspiration during the winter when I HAVE to work and am planning the next trip.
I've also just got the dvd from the store "the achievable dream".
It wasn't quite what I expected but is very good and answered some questions for me - again more inspiration.
I can't see how anyone would knock any of the productions out there, they're all food for thought and all add up to knowledge for a trip still to come.
If you view TLWR as a piece of entertainment for a mass audience ,then it is a success .Also it was a business venture for Ewan and Charlie and therefore involved financial risk ,I don't imagine any of the support crew went unpaid .
I hope the two guys will make a profit out of it .
It's easy to pick holes and criticise their endaevours and hint that they are spoilt rich brats but remember that there are people on this forum who also make money out of their travels .The guys are in show biz ,so that tailored their approach to the whole enterprise .
Ewan and Charlie took their love of bikes and travel and made a tv show ,good for them ! - Adventure travelling now has a higher profile .
I thought Claudio's camera work was excellent as well .
I would have preffered a more "bike orientated" theme but what the heck - any publicity for biking is good publicity .
I've ordered a few of them from the Internet, but they are saved on my old computer. If anyone is interested I will look them up over the weekend - if I don't and anyone is interested give me a PM and i will get onto it...
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