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For those that don't already know, both titles are now available on Netflix ( streaming ).
 

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Love them so much we had to get them on DVD. Fun to watch when the Colorado snow hits or right before a trip. Gets you into the right frame of mind.
 

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great! seen round. not down, yet.
 

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Looks like I'm way behind the times as usual. I'm gathering these are motorcycle expedition books and movies and good ones. True?

If so, what's recommended - books or movies - or both?

I'm interested either way.

Thanks.
 

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The Long Way Down is on Mondays channel 267 Pivot on Direct TV. I liked the series so much that I ended up buying both series plus the DVD The Race to Dakar with Charley Boreman in it.:thumbup:
 

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Looks like I'm way behind the times as usual. I'm gathering these are motorcycle expedition books and movies and good ones. True?

If so, what's recommended - books or movies - or both?

I'm interested either way.

Thanks.
I've got both movies. Definitely the best motorcycle movies I've ever seen. I'm about half way through the LWD book and I like it. There's a far bit of commentary thats not in the movie. However, both of these guys are actors who clearly lead a, um, different life style than most of us, so you have to get past that part.

I like how they spent at least a little bit of time sharing some of the behind the scenes preparation. At least they did in LWR. They didn't spend quite as much time on it in LWD.

I have also seen The Race to Dakar. I didn't like it near as much as LWR / LWD, but it is definitely worth watching at least once.
 

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Whatever you do, don't watch these. I mean it.

It sucks you in. As soon as your done watching, you'll start strapping thing to your bike, and then start planning your trip. My wife and I watched LWD. That night, around midnight, she finds me in the garage looking at... (No not porn!) maps. I've got gear in little piles, ready to pack, highlighters out, for plotting our new adventure, and I've finished a fresh pot of coffee.

Yes, there both awesome films! But please, don't watch them. You've been warned!


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I've got both movies. Definitely the best motorcycle movies I've ever seen. I'm about half way through the LWD book and I like it. There's a far bit of commentary thats not in the movie...
Thanks a bunch for the info and for taking the time.
 

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Yep, I've got the DVD's of both. They are actually what got me thinking about more adventurous bikes than cruisers. Ever time I watch them I start planning. Australia to Europe, through south east Asia, Japan and Russia. Or maybe Alaska to Terra del Fuego..

Soon as the kids are off our hands.
 

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I was supposed to be working on chiropractor school applications tonight... Guess that can wait for tomorrow.


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Thanks for the tip about availability on Netflix. Love both, Round a little more than down though. When they came out, I became like everyone else, extremely interested in adventure touring. Could not wait to get a bike set up. Thanks again. Will have to find the books to read as well. Been reading more lately (just finished Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods").
 

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This with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman? If so I got so tired of hearing the "F" word... Weren't they supposed to be pretty much on their own although they had a chase truck nearby with some spare parts and their papers? I could be mistaken cause it's been awhile since I watched it.

I much preferred the book "The Road Gets Better From Here" by Adrian Scott. No experience and no back up truck on, IIRC, a "lowly" KLR650.
http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Road_Gets_Better_from_Here.html?id=LTG0wBQ5KC4C
 

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It was Charlie, Ewan and their camera man on a third bike. The support vehicles met up at borders and occasionally to collect the footage. I remember a second hand conversation with one of the producers who said that if the support vehicles were not there, the ride would have been the same, but they could not have done anywhere near as much filming (and hence get a good quality series), and it probably would have been harder to get through the borders.
 

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It was Charlie, Ewan and their camera man on a third bike. The support vehicles met up at borders and occasionally to collect the footage. I remember a second hand conversation with one of the producers who said that if the support vehicles were not there, the ride would have been the same, but they could not have done anywhere near as much filming (and hence get a good quality series), and it probably would have been harder to get through the borders.
maybe so... Was it made for a TV series or was it a "hey lets go on a ride and film it" type thing? Sponsors?

I think that dude Adrian Scott was Australian to, no?
 

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