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Two English actors document a ride around the world in 2004 ..

Very good series , watched it on Netflix .

9 episodes , don't waste your time on the first two installments , they are of the blokes prepping for the journey ..

Next is Long Way Down , just starting with it ..

I have a great deal of wanderlust in me and these type shows do not help me at all .. I think it is fantastic that people are able to do it .. Would be even more fantastic if I could do it ..

They talk about it in the series , that anyone can do it . I say sure gimme the money you guys spent on three Beemers and two support vehicles with several hundred thousand in video equipment and I'll do it as well .. Oh and the doc and guides along the way to boot ..

Still highly recommended ..

If kids are watching , be aware of lots of F bombs and other language that may be in appropriate for them ...

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I watched them both and wondered at the adventure, daring and danger. All the support that they were with did not make the journey easy - they hit some really tough parts. Sponsors were responsible for much of the cost (BMW provided the bikes after their first sponsor pulled out believing that the route was doomed to failure). Bike adventure at its best IMO!
 

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True didn't make it any easier , but nice to know back up is a sat phone call away .. Yeah BMW handed them the bikes and I'm sure Mitsubishi handed over the support vehicles as well ..

Other than that , it would be nice to tell work that we'll see you in four months ..

Wonder if the KTM's would have made it .. I believe that may be why they backed out ..

The BMW GS has always been the large displacement off road bike against which all others are judged ..

I'm ready to go , how bout you ?

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One of the bikes on Long Way Round had a MAJOR failure...

One of the interesting things I saw was when all the [email protected]@@ hits the fan someone shows up. How real that was is a question I had. After the wife had been in a few Russian Block countries she commented on how willing those people are to give talk and give to others what little they have.

My kids thought that was a cool thing to be able to do, drive around and then down the world.
 

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I'd love to do it but don't think I'd last that long fighting the sand and manhandling the bike. Never done off-road riding so my technique would be non existent. Maybe if I was even 10 years younger.
 

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I'm not a member at the ADV forum , but I have lurked around there on occasion , lots of great reports ...

Horizons Unlimited has some great threads as well ..

adventuremotorcycle.com is another great source of information on bikes rides and everything else , lots of great videos there ..

I have seriously considered getting a large displacement ADV bike like the BMW GSA , Ducati MultiStrada and KTM 1290 Super Adventure ..

FWIW Charley Boorman is doing an Australian tour in March , only $7500 or so for ten days on a GSA ..

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I have seriously considered getting a large displacement ADV bike like the BMW GSA , Ducati MultiStrada and KTM 1290 Super Adventure ..
I test rode the KTM 1290R this summer and I enjoyed the ride and I would like to try the 2015 GSA someday. But for now, I'm sticking with only one bike in the barn and it will remain the sharknose for sometime.
 

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Oh I'll not get rid of the RG

The smaller bikes hold no interest for me , the trade off with the large ADV bikes is a given

I think the old Husky 400 or the Maico K501 I had back long ago would be awesome ADV bikes , good ol burn hole in piston two strokes

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I did some off road on the ktm 990 baja. Fire roads, some single track, some muddy hills, deep river bottom sand and some creek crossings. It was a beast. It was great on the highway and anything decently packed. It was brutal in the sand and mud. The weight wore me out. It didn't handle anything more than very small jumps without bottoming. It's still pretty heavy to pick up when you drop it. Especially when your footing is not great. The new bikes are even better on the road. They tour well but I don't think my butt could do more that 500 miles max on one in a day.


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..and I'm looking forward to watching the Long Way Down - Will be a nice series to watch over winter period.

Following watching the 1st series I started following some cool ride reports from the adv forum.

Here are 2 threads worth checking out.

Angola, it’s not like they said (Awesome Read)
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269251

Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813572
Those are the stories that got me hooked on ADV. I will be purchasing a DR650se shortly, probably the most dependable and useful bike if you are doing a lot of offroad stuff.

Here is an incredible one. Amazing. Siberia-Mongolia WTF?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834987

Here is a recent one of an english bloke riding the TAT (trail across america)
He cut through the passes in Colorado a few weeks ago! Some were closed due to snow....definitley the latest anyone can remember someone doing it.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1014108


Metal jockey has some other incredible reports also -

Zambian joy ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584006

goat meat, good friends and riverbeds

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134368

Check out all his tales. He and his buds have titanium testicles and they carry them in wheebarrows.
I don't remember which report but in at least one of them they are swimming the bikes across a river one at a time using an airbladder - with crocodiles watching...

As he explains in some of his journals they do not carry weapons. White dudes from SA have invaded about every country there so they think it's best not to piss off the locals. So they are in the bush with lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, crocs...effin crazy.

Anyway, if you like motorcycles, I mean like riding them, not sitting around polishing them, then you will love the ride report section.
 

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Those are the stories that got me hooked on ADV. I will be purchasing a DR650se shortly, probably the most dependable and useful bike if you are doing a lot of offroad stuff.

Here is an incredible one. Amazing. Siberia-Mongolia WTF?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834987

Here is a recent one of an english bloke riding the TAT (trail across america)
He cut through the passes in Colorado a few weeks ago! Some were closed due to snow....definitley the latest anyone can remember someone doing it.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1014108


Metal jockey has some other incredible reports also -

Zambian joy ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584006

goat meat, good friends and riverbeds

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134368

Check out all his tales. He and his buds have titanium testicles and they carry them in wheebarrows.
I don't remember which report but in at least one of them they are swimming the bikes across a river one at a time using an airbladder - with crocodiles watching...

As he explains in some of his journals they do not carry weapons. White dudes from SA have invaded about every country there so they think it's best not to piss off the locals. So they are in the bush with lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, crocs...effin crazy.

Anyway, if you like motorcycles, I mean like riding them, not sitting around polishing them, then you will love the ride report section.
Thanks for the winter reading material jupiter.
Great to have some good ride reports when your stuck at home with a morning coffee whilst a snow storm blows through with 2 feet of snow accumulation in front of the garage door! ;)
 

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The ones where they are going thru Russia are pretty wild , some serious issues with river crossing and the terrain in general ..

Definitely not Road Glide material ..

I know nothing of the abilities of the ADV bikes , but all I have read says the three I listed are the best .. And my conclusions from what I have read and seen in video are that the MultiStrada is the best 'sport' bike , the KTM is the best 'offroad' bike and the BMW is those two conglomerated together ..

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The ones where they are going thru Russia are pretty wild , some serious issues with river crossing and the terrain in general ..

Definitely not Road Glide material ..

I know nothing of the abilities of the ADV bikes , but all I have read says the three I listed are the best .. And my conclusions from what I have read and seen in video are that the MultiStrada is the best 'sport' bike , the KTM is the best 'offroad' bike and the BMW is those two conglomerated together ..

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I think the ADV guys do as challenging rides without a support crew following! Crazy stuff!! I keep reading all different kinds. Even the scooter ones are cool!
Some of the trips are RG doable, like trans labrador and such. One dude modified a road king and did the tat! Have to find the link. He did Siberia on a modded sportster also. A few modded sportsters on there!
 
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