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Sep 1st 2020, 07:56 AM   #1
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Ewan McGregor rides across South America on electric motorbike in Apple TV+ trailer

https://mashable.com/video/long-way-...regor-trailer/

16 years after filming Long Way Round, which saw the Star Wars actor and his best friend Charley Boorman riding on their motorbikes from London to New York, McGregor has filmed a new 11-part series for Apple TV+ called Long Way Up: A 13,000-mile journey from the southern-most point of Argentina, up through South America to LA.

The catch? This time, they're doing it on electric bikes.
Sep 1st 2020, 10:51 AM   #2
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16 years after filming Long Way Round, which saw the Star Wars actor and his best friend Charley Boorman riding on their motorbikes
And not a few Russian lorries
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from London to New York, McGregor has filmed a new 11-part series for Apple TV+ called Long Way Up: A 13,000-mile journey from the southern-most point of Argentina, up through South America to LA.

The catch? This time, they're doing it on electric bikes.
I'm guessing they'll be followed by the usual entourage/crew, but will that lot be in electric vehicles as well? Because if they still have to buy gas, they might as well just carry spare motorcycle battery packs on the vehicles and keep them charged, swap in as needed and never mind the local power grid worries.

Looks like fun. But I hope they learned something since the originals about letting the producers bitch on camera -- Long Way Down in particular needs a supercut that leaves those guys on the edit room floor.
Sep 1st 2020, 11:13 AM   #3
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if I remember right they were originally going to go all the way to Alaska..but stopped in LA...
Sep 1st 2020, 04:12 PM   #4
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Yeah, here are more details.

https://thenextweb.com/shift/2020/08...way-up-rivian/

The support vehicles are electric too, but capable of charging the bikes in a pinch.

I suspect HD gave them a lot of incentive to do this show; they really need a PR win.

Thing is, in 2004 this sort of thing was a lot more terra incognita for bikers. Ewan et al spent weeks talking with the Kazakh and Mongolian embassies, and even Russia dragged its feet on their visas. KTM wouldn't back them until a rider it knew came and looked them over, and then it backed out.

But now? Hell, there was a time a couple of years ago when I was continually bumping into people who were in the middle of the Alaska-Ushuaia run just by accident: they'd see my bike, I'd see their much dirtier one and we'd be talking. And advrider has had a continuous stream of people proudly announcing a ride to Magadan for so many years that now they don't even get replies.
Sep 1st 2020, 05:13 PM   #5
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But it’s Ewan and Charley on e-bikes....

I’m gonna see it.
Sep 2nd 2020, 07:59 AM   #6
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Oh, so am I. Big fan of those shows despite the reality-show crew bitching. Ewan himself is a good traveller and I'd kill to have him for a riding companion: he makes it about the ride and the people he meets and not about himself. It's bizarre, the lone celebrity on the team and he's the only one who isn't a primadonna.

(Speaking of which, I was just riding past Langlitz Leathers yesterday morning and it occurred to me that if you were at a showbiz do and you wanted a big name actor to come over and talk with you, wearing one of their t-shirts would probably do it. Biker chic is a thing with male 30-40-something actors.)
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Sep 4th 2020, 06:10 AM   #7
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I've finally seen Mondo Enduro. What a great, great film. British guys spend a year riding round the world, including South America and Africa. With no backing, no crew, no vast personal fortune and sleeping rough the whole way. It's short -- a bit over 90 minutes plus extras -- because it's only what they could shoot themselves, using 1996 technology and earlier: consumer video camcorder and even Super 8 film!

It's almost impossible to believe that nobody in Ewan's bunch ever saw it, but their na´vetÚ about what crossing Siberia would be really like suggests either that they somehow didn't* or they really liked kidding themselves. They even made the mistake of hitting it at the same, absolutely worst, time of year.

Anyway, really puts it in perspective: these dudes were hardcore. And a dream bunch as far as who you'd like to be riding with, in terms of both ability and attitude. If you get a chance, see it.

*Seriously, in all that preparation nobody even mentioned it to them? They give a little credit to Ted Simons but no mention of ME at all.
Sep 5th 2020, 07:26 AM   #8
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I've finally seen Mondo Enduro. What a great, great film. British guys spend a year riding round the world, including South America and Africa. With no backing, no crew, no vast personal fortune and sleeping rough the whole way. It's short -- a bit over 90 minutes plus extras -- because it's only what they could shoot themselves, using 1996 technology and earlier: consumer video camcorder and even Super 8 film!

It's almost impossible to believe that nobody in Ewan's bunch ever saw it, but their na´vetÚ about what crossing Siberia would be really like suggests either that they somehow didn't* or they really liked kidding themselves. They even made the mistake of hitting it at the same, absolutely worst, time of year.

Anyway, really puts it in perspective: these dudes were hardcore. And a dream bunch as far as who you'd like to be riding with, in terms of both ability and attitude. If you get a chance, see it.

*Seriously, in all that preparation nobody even mentioned it to them? They give a little credit to Ted Simons but no mention of ME at all.
I own that video in my collection. I only wish it was higher quality and showed more footage. Austin Vince is a right legend in the hard core adv world. Has done RTW several times. Eschewed carrying a tent!
Sep 5th 2020, 10:27 AM   #9
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"I've just ridden through Siberia, and I eschewed a tent!"

"You must have been pretty hungry. A bear eschewed mine."
Sep 5th 2020, 04:55 PM   #10
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Desparete PR movie is desparate.
Sep 18th 2020, 03:15 PM   #11
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It’s on...!

And first episode is free.
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Sep 18th 2020, 03:37 PM   #12
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Sep 19th 2020, 08:48 AM   #13
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Lotta issues with electric you don’t have with gas. (Like outside temperature.) One thing is the fun factor.

On an ICE, you can gas it often and not affect mileage that much. But on electric, you have to moderate every speed differential to extend mileage.

Motorcycles riding is all about a lack of moderation.

To “gas” it is to live.
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Sep 19th 2020, 06:39 PM   #14
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I'm a little more than halfway through the first one, and I had to stop and look up who Rivian's financial backers are. (Rivian is the company that made the prototype electric support vehicles, and -- get this -- built a series of charging stations all along the route.) Because when you see how much money they have on hand to just dump into this thing it makes your head swim.

Anyway, just a quick google search indicates like they've raised billions. Like 2.5 of them, in actual spendable liquid cash, this year alone. Not bad for a company that's not selling anything yet.
Sep 19th 2020, 07:48 PM   #15
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The cutting-edge technology in so many ways adds another layer of interest. First Harley electric bike and set up as adventurers. First electric trucks. First charging stations. All unknown territory. Like new discoverers.

Many times they want to bag it and just do a traditional ride with traditional bikes. And each time I think, “Noooo! See it through. This is fascinating!”
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