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ADV NewsEwan and Charley’s Long-Awaited ‘Long Way Up’ Set for 2019?

Ewan and Charley’s Long-Awaited ‘Long Way Up’ Set for 2019?

Long-Awaited 'Long Way Up' TV series planned for the Americas.

Published on 08.23.2018

For many the “Long Way Down” and “Long Way Round” series, following Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their round-the-world adventure tours, are the reason they started riding Adventure Motorcycles. Now after more than a decade since their last documentary series, the pair are planning a new expedition that will see them chasing their shadows through the Americas.

“We are very much in the early planning stages at the moment,” Boorman told MCN in a recent interview. “I’m scared to say too much in case I jinx it, but hopefully it is going to happen.”


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The new TV series is set to be called ‘Long Way Up’ and according to Charley, they’ll be getting the old team back together with producer Russ Malkin and the rest of Long Way Round/Down film crew. The route hasn’t been locked-in yet but the journey will most likely start in the southernmost part of South America (Ushuaia, Argentina) and continue all the way up to the northernmost point of Alaska. An expedition that would cover about 15,000 miles and last several months.

Long way Up Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor Adventure Motorcycle

“It will definitely take a few months, South America is a beautiful continent to ride through so we won’t want to rush it,” said Boorman. “It will be work, but it will also be great fun and to do it with the old team of Ewan, Russ Malkin (the producer of the first two adventures), and the rest of the Long Way crew will be fantastic.”

The big question is what motorcycles would they take this time. Ewan and Charley used the BMW R1150GS Adventure for the “Long Way Round” and the R12000GS Adventure for the “Long Way Down”. However, Charley is currently brand ambassador for Triumph and Ewan for Moto Guzzi. With BMW set to reveal the new R1250GS for 2019, the white and blue marquee could potentially be their weapon of choice.

“We are all dead keen to make it happen so fingers crossed we will be able to do it in 2019. I honestly can’t wait.”

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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RobG
RobG
August 23, 2018 12:02 pm

Okay, so Charlie should ride a Tiger and Ewan should ride a Moto Guzzi… not familiar with their adv bikes at the moment and not going to go look them up either. 🙂

jason
jason
September 19, 2018 5:55 pm
Reply to  RobG

More importantly, what will the support vehicles be?

Darryl
Darryl
August 23, 2018 12:16 pm

Can’t wait either! Take the Tiger Charlie.

Lloyd
Lloyd
August 23, 2018 4:11 pm
Reply to  Darryl

Don’t take the Tiger 800, there won’t be near the drama. Did lower 48 to Alaska last year, two up 135 lbs of gear and no support vehicles 7000 miles. Never even had to adjust the chain.

Nunya
Nunya
September 21, 2018 7:08 am
Reply to  Lloyd

LOL Silly Street rider. Any bike can do that. Literally. Any. Bike.

Greg DiBernardo
Greg DiBernardo
August 23, 2018 12:32 pm

It sure won’t be a KTM 1290 that’s for sure

Clay Derouin
Clay Derouin
October 16, 2018 8:30 pm

Why not?

Bryan
Bryan
July 16, 2019 7:19 am
Reply to  Clay Derouin

Because KTM screwed them during their planning of the first series.

jingo hervas
jingo hervas
September 18, 2019 4:21 am
Reply to  Bryan

true. big mistake made by ktm

Bill McStravick
Bill McStravick
August 23, 2018 12:50 pm

Why would they want Beemers, the Chinese bike they bought in long way round outperformed the BMW’s by miles and at 1 20th of the price ($600?)

Heffenut
Heffenut
August 26, 2018 6:56 pm

Bone off

Shmemley
Shmemley
September 19, 2018 2:38 pm

The cameraman similarly outperformed them, so much so they stuck him on the Chinese bike and he vanished from almost all subsequent scenes!

Mike Reed
Mike Reed
August 23, 2018 5:11 pm

You should hold a global prize drawing and have one rider join them. And that rider should me me! Can’t wait for this series. Hope Colorado makes the cut for routes as well.

MyPrivateGeek -
MyPrivateGeek -
August 23, 2018 5:30 pm

Africa Twins for the Wins!

Scott
Scott
August 23, 2018 6:21 pm

I’d like to see them ride something different in the mid-ADV range. Go light, and have fun maybe even some soft luggage to keep the weight down. Camping really wouldn’t be required. I understand that rooms are pretty cheap

Carl Redmond
Carl Redmond
August 23, 2018 7:30 pm

Yamaha should make a deal to put them on the new Super Tenere 700

Paulo
Paulo
August 24, 2018 12:51 am

One things for sure……no manufacturer is going to turn them down. Whatever they want they’ll get……in fact I’d bet they’re going to get cash to do it. BMW needs this to rekindle the XL Adventure love and KTM is ready to stop torturing that sack that turned them down the last time! LOL

I’m looking forward to a good show regardless, it’s the journey after all, not the destination. I think two different makes would be cool but originality and uniqueness is what stood out. Good luck boys, I wish you well and a great journey ahead!

Whitney
Whitney
August 24, 2018 7:49 pm

Thanks Charley! Same back atcha! 3

Jim C
Jim C
August 25, 2018 2:46 am

Why make it easy for them, I vote the new Harley Pan American Advfnture thing!

Budge Budgen
Budge Budgen
August 27, 2018 2:12 am

Excellent News , would be such an adventure to be with you guys, ho well ill just enjoy your experience when you have done , enjoy ,be safe

Terry
Terry
August 29, 2018 11:11 pm

Don’t know why they use such huge bikes when they are off road so much. Adventure bikes kinda suck off road. Too heavy. Could be on some like like a DR650 that ways 340 pounds (150 kilos) instead of a bike that is hard to pick up or get through mud, rough terrain etc. Loved watching the show and them struggle tho.

Dell Web
Dell Web
September 5, 2018 4:32 pm

First and foremost, I am VERY much looking forward to the result.

If I could put a shout out to the community to give them a rallye point (mid Rockies, Beartooth pass, Santa Monica Mountains, whatever) and the collective bike community come together for a Sturgis on Steroids (or is Sturgis already on ‘roids?) “Welcome E&C to USA bikers etal (yes get OC Choppers and Malcolm Smith to join in).

Under subjects to cover in the next chapter is get some more detail into the equipment.
In the first series they were admitted newbies, but now they have done it, they should be able to steer the discussion and equipment selection.
Back when they did LWR, helmet to Helmet was stuff of NASA and F1 teams, now SENA can connect 30 riders at once.
GoPro wasnt available.
It would be interesting to learn what someone like Russ or Claudio have to say about capturing the ride and equipment and techniques.

I read somewhere that Charley had become associated with an ADV tour group in Washington state, if true I wonder if they will be advising on the trip.

Having some YouTube videos about “behind the scenes” stuff, route planning, paper work tricks (if there is such a thing), hell how do you get a reliable fuel and water supply?

Go GUYS GO!
Will be watching for updates for sure.

Shmemley
Shmemley
September 19, 2018 2:34 pm

Let’s just hope that this time Ewan leaves his whiny wife behind so she doesn’t spoil the whole blokes adventure.

ERIK GREENE
ERIK GREENE
October 18, 2018 7:38 am
Reply to  Shmemley

My thoughts exactly. I loved both “Around” and “Down”, but she definitely took away from down. It’s about buddies bonding, hard to do with an attention grabbing wife around.

Rawso
Rawso
October 20, 2018 10:21 pm
Reply to  ERIK GREENE

Aren’t they getting divorced? Not sure either of them would want the other there.

Pieman
Pieman
September 20, 2018 12:05 am

Woohoo. Can’t wait. the Darien Gap will be interesting 🙂

Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
September 20, 2018 10:43 am
Reply to  Pieman

After seeing the veteran’s problems on light KLR’s, LWU will definitely take a boat across.

Timothy Gentner M.D.
Timothy Gentner M.D.
September 30, 2018 8:58 pm

The BWW F800 GS gets very little attention. Unless your 225# it’s the best midsize ADV bike that truely does well in the dirt , the NEVADA desert I’m talking.

Ryan (Nanuq)
Ryan (Nanuq)
December 30, 2018 4:56 am

On behalf if Alaska, we are excited! Cheers!

Peter Monk
Peter Monk
February 21, 2019 4:08 pm

Hi Charlie & Ewan, Spent some time with Ozies, Brian Rix and his wife Shirley Hardy at the G.P. Race at Phillip Island. They did a similar trip in 2003-4 “Circle to Circle”. I’m sure you are aware of their trip and their Book, but just in case you hadn’t, I thought I would share with you. Looking forward to your next adventure – Oh the Dream!!

Doug
Doug
April 18, 2019 12:12 pm

I would to see them ride through the Darien Gap.

Juanita
Juanita
April 23, 2019 7:57 am

Sweet whatever bike you guys ride it’s always an adventure. Happy trails.

S Lee
S Lee
May 18, 2019 4:52 am

Whatever they ride i can’t wait to watch their next adventure

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June 7, 2019 6:32 pm

[…] find out a little about Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as we continue to hear rumors about their next televised expedition, which looks to kick off some time in […]

Kevin
Kevin
June 21, 2019 9:00 am

Yahoo….. sooooooooooo bored with BMW , glad to hear Ewen is riding a Moto Guzzi and Chuck on a Tiger.
I just finished THE LONG WAY ACROSS …..both directions!

Steve Randall
Steve Randall
August 13, 2019 11:21 am

No good KTM advertising next to this article, it wont be KTM used that’s for sure.
KTM will be bending over backward, almost pleading them to use their bikes.
Possibly the biggest marketing cock up going and all on film.
They should have trusted them in 2004…..big mistake not too, big mistake.
OK the frame snapped on the BMWs, but what an absolutely brilliant piece of marketing.
BMWs sales from the first two series alone must have quadruple that anticipated.
They’ll launch the latest and you can bet the frames got meatier with each new version since 2004, and the next ones used by them, you can almost guarantee special frame modification just for them.

Jan Gregar
Jan Gregar
August 14, 2019 2:50 pm

Do it in style… Scramble through America on scramblers

Suzanne J
Suzanne J
August 31, 2019 11:44 pm

Woohoo, hubby & I can’t wait to watch it here in New Zealand. Feeling the itch to get the dvds out & revisit LWD, LWR & BAM again!

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September 1, 2019 6:25 am

[…] ran from Scotland’s John O’Groats to South Africa’s Cape Town. The third piece is expected to be called Long Way Up, starting in Ushuaia and ending some 15,000 miles later at the top of Alaska. The duo looks to have […]

Sindy Norris
Sindy Norris
September 21, 2019 7:19 am

What program channel will this be aired on in North Carolina? Dish network. Starting date??

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