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post #1 of 24 Old 12-20-2007, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Long Way Around.... Is it just me?

Ever since it came out I've heard praise about it, but from what I knew of it... sounded dumb! Everything that went in to this effort sounded so overly done that it's no longer a real adventure, it's more of a huge advertisement gimmick!

Well, I came across a copy and after fast forwarding my way through the torture and all the rubbish, I get to the spot where their chase vehicle gets flipped over and I just can't take anymore of the stupidity. They barely show any riding. Somehow, like any other typical epic ride, they make the trip out to be more about the places they visit then the riding itself. Why not just take a vehicle if that's what this trip is about? They clearly take higher risks due to knowing their chase vehicles are always within range, which solidified the gimmick feel to the whole thing. I just really don't get why this show made such a big impact on people. Nothing about these two were impressive or made them worthy of being in front of a camera. I wouldn't have taken the trip with either one. The trip was ridiculous because their schedule didn't allow any enjoyment. They both appeared miserable the entire time. What is the point then? There was a recent post where somebody mentioned misery being part of riding, well if these guys were having fun being miserable... I sure as hell wasn't seeing it.

Ahh well... I'm just rambling for the sake of rambling. Anyone else who thought this thing was a joke, feel free to join in! LOL!
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i have watched it,and have mixed feelings.Part of me appreciates the country they covered.Would have been more of a challenge with no support for sure.Their inexpierance shined thru on several occasions.Not in their defense,but the bikes were way,way to heavy.I enjoyed the scenery of the remote areas,but could of done without alot of the commentary.If nothing else,it showed alot of cultural areas foreign to most Americans.The one thing I find In all films like that is that if your in the so called general population of the normal citizens,it usually doesn't matter where your from,most people are friendly,curious,and more than willing to help.If nothing else,it showed alot of goodwill.Yes,there was alot of whining,not enough riding,and commercialized.But all in all,was entertaining.I bet KTM still regrets their decision on not providing their bikes.In retrospect,neither bike probably could of made the whole trip without major downtime anyway,shoulda taken klrs

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yeah, i liked some parts, but they did come off as over-compensated pansies at times. as does charley again in Race to Dakar..
check out my link..a friend of mine and two of his friends did a similar trip with little money and packed bikes..

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"over-compensated pansies" ... I like that!!! Describes them very well.

It's like they didn't appreciate the fact they were given so much free stuff, free lessons, free medical advice, free free free.... yet they acted like a couple of chumps if you ask me. The way they treated KTM was ridiculous and I wish KTM could nail them for it. What makes them think KTM has some sort of obligation to just hand over a couple of major $$$ bikes. Especially to a couple of idiot chumps who can't ride, but want to go around the world. BMW should have told them to go to hell also, but BMW is hard up for sales of their overpriced massive beasts. Why didn't BMW give up a couple of HP2's?
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HP2's? My God $21,000 bikes? They would have killed themselves the first time one got scratched! LOL

I've yet to see Long Way Around but after seeing Race to Dakar I figure it's worth a good laugh to hear Charlie say "FACK" 10,000 times, when things go wrong! I think Charlie is a bit of a drama queen but I guess if your gonna sell shat like that to the uninformed masses it has to be a little dramatic. Like TV reality shows.

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It's always sounded dumb to me and I've never seen it. Chase vehicle? That isn't riding.

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I bought Long Way Round, watched it once and it sits on the shelf. I too wasn't impressed and quickly tired of the whining. Poor little rich boys. Have no interest in Race To Dakar.Apparently Long Way Down is now available but I'll pass on that too.

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Yeah way too much whining and definetly not enough riding would love to see a production like this on klr's. these poor (ha ha) fellows would whine on a trip to the local watering hole. definitely did enjoy some of the scenery such as mongolia and siberia, just my 2 cents
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Have not seen nor heard of Long Way Round until reading this post, based on the comments will probably skip it. Although Majorlaggs post above does have a great link to a round the world trip done on KLR's (at least part of the way). Worth a visit.
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A friend and I watched a poor mans version done on tt350's I think. The video goes as far as Japan and then they say, "and you know the rest". What, skipped the USA totally! I'll have to call him and see what the name was again.

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