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Old 11-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Ewan's bikes at Coventry Transport Museum - pics

I spent today near London at Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum. The latter is the resting place for Ewan McGregor's GS's from Long Way Round & Down. I know: many love these guys, many hate them. I'm in the former category - so I took a few pics to share.




I love the beat-up AirHawk. I'd hate to make that trip on the stock saddle.




They had Ted Simon's bike as well


If you are in London with a day to kill, I highly recommend the trip. You can hit both Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum in one shot, with lots of time on the tube/train.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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very cool!
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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nothing special

I don't get it myself. I see dozens of GS all summer long loaded just like that. Some folks I had the pleasure of talking to had over 450 days on the road and 100,000 miles. all of which had no camera crew/ support truck. Fixed all repairs themselves and slept on the ground. Though I'm a fan of Ewan as an actor I don't think his bike is "special". MO
Take Ted on the other hand, he road for four years and covered 64,000 miles and 45 countries, in 1973. 28 years later he did the same thing, at 70yrs old, but only took three years the second time around.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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I don't get it myself. I see dozens of GS all summer long loaded just like that. Some folks I had the pleasure of talking to had over 450 days on the road and 100,000 miles. all of which had no camera crew/ support truck. Fixed all repairs themselves and slept on the ground. Though I'm a fan of Ewan as an actor I don't think his bike is "special". MO
Take Ted on the other hand, he road for four years and covered 64,000 miles and 45 countries, in 1973. 28 years later he did the same thing, at 70yrs old, but only took three years the second time around.

I think what those guys did was bring adventure riding to a new audience. I'm willing to bet there were more people inspired by those two rides, than Ted. I still think KTM has regrets...
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:54 PM   #5
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I'd prefer Bletchley Park...home of the CODE BREAKERS during WW2.
Now there's a story worth telling.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:13 PM   #6
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I'd prefer Bletchley Park...home of the CODE BREAKERS during WW2.
Now there's a story worth telling.

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The tour of Bletchley Park was amazing. We got a nice guided tour by a colorful expert. They have much of the original equipment working: many Enigmas, Bombes, The Colossus, etc. I've read several books on the subject and it was fantastc to see it all preserved. The intelligence and creativity of these people is nearly incomprehensible.

I agree that it makes a motorcycle trip seem trivial!
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:48 PM   #7
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Thanks john. I like the long way round/down series' and credit these bikes for contributing to the success of our passion. Like them or not, we owe them for getting the attention of the aftermarket that supplies us with all our great gear and farkles! And I've always wondered where those bikes went.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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I like the long way round/down series' and credit these bikes for contributing to the success of our passion.
And to show everyone that the Adventure series can be semi 'crash proof' and ride ready - within reason.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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Like it or not, BMW should realize that those 2 guys probably sold more GS's than any other advertising. I know I got mine after seeing the videos and then rode all over Europe and into Republic of Georgia and back and I'm 63 and though I had no support vehicles or camera crews, if I had the $$$ I would have :)
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #10
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Charley and Ewan are awesome!
No other adventure riders did a better job of sharing their experiences with the rest of us.
Having camera and support crews probably complicated things as often as not.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #11
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I like ewan and charlie and the films they make, great entertainment and to a degree inspirational, Ted Simon is on a whole other level. I would like very much to see all their bikes.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:10 PM   #12
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I agree, setting up all those shots would have been a pain in the arse, they did a fantastic job. I would love to see those bikes


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Charley and Ewan are awesome!
No other adventure riders did a better job of sharing their experiences with the rest of us.
Having camera and support crews probably complicated things as often as not.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #13
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Like it or not, BMW should realize that those 2 guys probably sold more GS's than any other advertising. I know I got mine after seeing the videos and then rode all over Europe and into Republic of Georgia and back and I'm 63 and though I had no support vehicles or camera crews, if I had the $$$ I would have :)
Same here. I don't know how sales for KTM are doing compared to the GS, but I'm sure they are shaking their heads they turned down Charlie. I bought my GS because of those 2 incredible series. Probably the best advertising BMW could have done was to donate 4 GS bikes + parts to Charlie and Ewan. Talk about a good ROI...
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #14
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Nice pictures
I never met Ewan but I did get to hang out and go dirt biking with Charlie for a day last summer. He's a cool guy with a good sense of humor and he really can ride! I tried to keep up following him around a gnarly harescrambles track but he quickly dropped me. Stand up wheelies going down the road on a borrowed KTM450 Six Days - impressive skills. Only a wanker would accuse Charlie or Ewan of being anything less than a fellow enthusiast.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:53 AM   #15
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Nice pictures
I never met Ewan but I did get to hang out and go dirt biking with Charlie for a day last summer. He's a cool guy with a good sense of humor and he really can ride! I tried to keep up following him around a gnarly harescrambles track but he quickly dropped me. Stand up wheelies going down the road on a borrowed KTM450 Six Days - impressive skills. Only a wanker would accuse Charlie or Ewan of being anything less than a fellow enthusiast.
A friend rode with Charlie some in Central America and said the same. Really nice and friendly guy who can really ride.
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