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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2013, 10:42:15 am »
I picked up a copy of Long Way Down yesterday. Written by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman of Long Way Round and Race to Dakar fame.

It is a great read....hope I can do something similar before clocking out one day. 

I read Long Way Round over the Chrstmas break in 2005 and ended up buyingmy GS shortly afterwards.



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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2013, 10:44:49 am »
I'll watch almost anything bike related :)

Same here. Hell, I even watched Woema, widely known to be the most boring show ever created.

And I'll read anything bike related I can find too. Read a book a while back about an oke who rode a crappy diesel bike around Australia even though a lot of the book was about how his cat suffers from dementia  :patch:
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2013, 07:14:52 pm »
while I was injuired last year, my wife bought me Long Way Round & Long Way down.

out of the two, I've enjoyed LWR the most.....and not just because they used 1150 GSAs

The LWD trip was a bit of a rush, because it was just another job for these okes. They spent lots of time in the Northern Half, but missed almost everything there is to see below the equator.

Then I read Charlie's "By Any Means, Wicklow to Wollongong", I can highly reccomend this book. Thouroughly enjoyed it, wasn't so rushed as the bike trip only books.

And lastly I've read Race to Dakar. Really good read. Some real war stories in that book.

For now I'm done with Charley's writing style, will read the other By An Means in a year or so. For now, I'd like that book, Circumnavigating the Great Karoo (unsure about the author, but he wrote about his rides on a Yamaha XT250)
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2013, 07:40:20 pm »
I really enjoyed both LWR and LWD,watched both of them many times.Would kill to do what they did.
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2013, 11:34:14 pm »
Why do the bike shops not stock these books!? There is a lot of nice books being mentioned but ive never seen them for sale. I know buying online is an option but my wife doesnt look for my bday and xmas gifts online!

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2013, 10:10:16 am »
Why do the bike shops not stock these books!?

The easy answer to that is because they collect dust in bike shops, I have seen some bike shops selling books but they are not fast movers.
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2013, 12:42:34 pm »
If the two poms want to do another epic, maybe they should retrace their routes on KLR 650's  ;D
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2013, 01:59:17 pm »
Boorman is an awesome guy I rode with him for 2 days on a trip met him by luck 8) he is a baddass he broke his wristSSS yes both in the afternoon of the DAKAR and he still finished the day!! respect :thumleft:
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2013, 03:23:27 pm »
I watched the entire series of Long Way Round a couple of Sundays ago. I've watched it a couple of times & love it. I've got Long Way Down on DVD. It's currently with my brother in law in CT. Sounds like a good excuse to go & fetch it! ;D

why so that you can also do the "long way down" and back  :imaposer:
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2013, 01:11:48 pm »
while I was injuired last year, my wife bought me Long Way Round & Long Way down.

out of the two, I've enjoyed LWR the most.....and not just because they used 1150 GSAs

The LWD trip was a bit of a rush, because it was just another job for these okes. They spent lots of time in the Northern Half, but missed almost everything there is to see below the equator.

Then I read Charlie's "By Any Means, Wicklow to Wollongong", I can highly reccomend this book. Thouroughly enjoyed it, wasn't so rushed as the bike trip only books.

And lastly I've read Race to Dakar. Really good read. Some real war stories in that book.

For now I'm done with Charley's writing style, will read the other By An Means in a year or so. For now, I'd like that book, Circumnavigating the Great Karoo (unsure about the author, but he wrote about his rides on a Yamaha XT250)

Nick Yell wrote that, great read, he still does articles for some of the magazines.

Busy with "Is that bike a diesel mat?" by Paul Carter. Very funny read about an attempt to ride around Aus on an experimental bike running on bio fuel. He is a funny man anyway as you would expect from a guy who also wrote "Don't tell Mum I work on the rigs, she thinks I am a piano player in a whorehouse".
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2015, 12:28:12 pm »
Yeh, old thread and all-I know.

Just finished watching Long way down again for the 2 nd time. It still is an amazing  tour to watch

Anyway, started thinking - how many guys on this here forum actually joined when they arrived at Cape Agulhas in 2007? How was it organised that there were so many bikers there?
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2015, 12:38:32 pm »
I was there with my Katana
Only watched it after I bought my GS for tips
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2015, 12:47:24 pm »
Hey okes!!! Did you see this?!!!!

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2015, 01:13:00 pm »
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2015, 01:33:39 pm »
Shocking right? Think KTM kicked their own arses after this became public
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2015, 01:38:05 pm »
Again ?  :imaposer:
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2015, 02:47:31 pm »
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2015, 05:30:19 pm »
Look, this is neither defending one brand, nor bashing another, just my unbiased opinion, honestly. I really think that if the lads had been mounted on KTM's - superior dirt handlers though they may be -  they just wouldn't have been tough enough to go the distance.
It's a case of horses for courses, and those 1150 dreadnoughts were the better horse for that particular course at that time, though even one of them didn't make it. And I would have my doubts about present day 1200's - all plastic and gimmicks.
No, I reckon that had they been on KTM's at the time, then the trip would have had to be completed on three Russian 2-Smokes.  :peepwall:
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