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#542022 - 11/21/09 06:32 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: DonD]  
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I'm with Albert. I know that lots of people have criticized and belittled the Long Way trips for different of reasons, but I enjoy them. I don't really care whether they are "hard core" adventures or not. For me, it is just interesting to see parts of the world that I don't know much about, from the perspective of a motorcycle trip. I look forward to the next one.

By the way, I would be interested to hear if there are other motorcycling videos that people think are better. I would like to see some others, but so far, I haven't come across anything that comes close. The only other one that comes to mind is the "Trippin' on Two Wheels" show, but that was more of a big advertisement for whatever bike they were using.


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#542056 - 11/21/09 09:16 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: Caddis]  
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Don't know of any other movies, but "One Man Caravan" is the most interesting motorcycle book I have ever read.


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#542211 - 11/22/09 04:56 AM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: UberXY]  
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Twice upon a caravan is the film he took on that trip in 1933.

Also Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa, thease guys went around the world twice, unsupported, hand held cameras.

http://www.aerostich.com/sundry/dvds

Another one. Exploring the Deserts of the Earth.
Great flim of a 2 1/2 year trip on a R1150GS two-up around the world, just going to the deserts.

http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Deserts-Earth-Michael-Martin/dp/B000NDFHWA

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#542291 - 11/22/09 02:39 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: John Ferris]  
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I just started (last night watched the first 3 episodes) watching the Long Way Round DVD. I"m enjoying it. They obviously have a lot of resources and support that the average rider would not have doing a similar trip. That doesn't make the trip any less significant in my eyes - if I were doing the trip, I'd want as much support as I could have as well. No question that the fact of who they were and what they were doing made a lot of problems go away.

Sure riders get out and get it done with less - much less. But neither do they have the same quality footage that can be wrapped into a TV show. It's been great exposure for BMW and for motorcycling in general.

Well known or not; video footage or not; I respect them all. Their accomplishments and attempts fuel my dreams.



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#542670 - 11/23/09 06:46 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: Albert]  
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+1 Al, I loved them!!!


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#542692 - 11/23/09 07:35 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: ully211]  
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We viewers benefit from the high-quality filming.. I dont care how rich or supported they were in their trip, it has been fun to watch and talk about.


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#542972 - 11/24/09 06:02 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: R80RTKen]  
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I liked how in "Long Way Down" they met up with the couple that were doing it in the opposite direction with no supports. Kinda put Charlie and Ewan in their place.
But, I enjoyed both from a motorcycling perspective. "Round" was better than "Down" though.

#543028 - 11/24/09 09:43 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: UberXY]  
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Ewan McGregor is OK but Charlie Boorman has become a "legend in his own mind"!
I recently saw a snippet of his new series "By any means 2" and it was,IMHO, lightweight, overly self-indulgent, self important and, what really po'd me, was the U.S. bashing.
When this journey just happened to"coincide" with the Hiroshima anniversary, his anti-nuclear sentiment was actually lightly veiled U.S. bashing and very front and center.

How soon they forget......


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#543803 - 11/27/09 07:15 PM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: philbytx]  
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Originally Posted By: philbytx
Ewan McGregor is OK but Charlie Boorman has become a "legend in his own mind"!
I recently saw a snippet of his new series "By any means 2" and it was,IMHO, lightweight, overly self-indulgent, self important and, what really po'd me, was the U.S. bashing.
When this journey just happened to"coincide" with the Hiroshima anniversary, his anti-nuclear sentiment was actually lightly veiled U.S. bashing and very front and center.

How soon they forget......


I didn't see it but I doubt he would go in for overt U.S. bashing. We live in a strange world where people think wars can be won without casualties, politicians now apologise for things in the past that the public at the time were crying out for them to do..... and in the fashion of forgetting what the alternative at the time is/was, he was probably just being "fashionable".

I said in an earlier post that I had no respect for them anymore and I certainly wouldn't attribute anything serious to anything he said on the subject of dropping the nuclear bomb.


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#605542 - 06/04/10 01:47 AM Re: Ewan McGregor and that other guy [Re: Survived-til-now]  
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A quick follow-up on this old thread. I have watched a couple more motorcycle adventure DVDs, and thought I would share my opinions.

The first is Mond Enduro. These guys are definitely hard core, and completely self-funded. Their trip was impressive, and they got in and out of some tough situations. So from that perspective, it was worth watching.

However, I had a hard time getting through some parts of it. I assume that the intent was just to document their own trip, rather than to create a high quality production, but I guess I have been spoiled by the high quality production of the Long Way series. Sometimes it was hard to understand what they were saying (OK, part of it was because it was my difficulty with the British accent grin), and it just wasn't very "polished" at all. So for what I was looking for, it fell rather short.

The other one is GlobeRiders Silk Road Adventure. This is all about an organized trip with a bunch of riders who presumably paid quite a bit of money to have the trip planned and organized. So it is definitely NOT as hard core as Mondo Enduro. The production quality of the DVD is very good, and it is somewhat interesting. But it is really like a travel show with lots of talking about the locations that they visit. If you like travel shows, you will probably like this. But I was a bit disappointed that the motorcycle aspect was not particularly interesting. I guess that is to be expected, though, with a trip of this sort.

I am still on the lookout for a motorcycle travel (road or enduro) that comes anywhere close to the entertainment value of the Long Way videos. Anyway, that is my 2 cents.


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