RIDE’S month in bikes

Af­ter 12 years, Ewan and Charley are back

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CHARLEY BOOR­MAN HAS con­firmed that plans are un­der­way for a third se­ries in the ‘Long Way…’ fran­chise. More than a decade since the pair’s pre­vi­ous ad­ven­ture, Long Way Up will see him re­unite with Ewan Mcgre­gor, as well as pro­ducer Russ Malkin.

Boor­man first teased the idea on so­cial me­dia in early Au­gust, post­ing a photo of the trio with the hash­tag #long­wayup. Later that day he con­firmed: “If all goes well it’s go­ing to hap­pen.” Weeks later he posted a photo from Long Way Down, say­ing that he was “Re­ally look­ing for­ward to our next ad­ven­ture.”

Hav­ing cir­cum­nav­i­gated the planet for 2004’s Long Way Round, then rid­den from John o’groats to Cape Town for 2007’s Long Way Down, the route for Long Way Up is still be­ing dis­cussed. Their ex­pected plan is to ride ‘up’ the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent — from Ar­gentina to Alaska — re­vers­ing the tra­di­tional Trans-amer­i­cas start and fin­ish points. But the big­gest unan­swered ques­tion is what ma­chin­ery they’ll use. Hav­ing rid­den BMW GSS for the first two shows, it would seem likely this part­ner­ship would con­tinue for a third time — es­pe­cially given the timely ru­mours of a new R1200GS for 2019. How­ever, this could pose a con­flict for Boor­man, who cur­rently has an am­bas­sador role for Tri­umph. So might the pair switch to the Bri­tish brand? Or could it be a chance for KTM to fi­nally make amends, 15 years af­ter they fa­mously de­clined to sup­ply bikes for Long Way Round?

RIDE con­tacted sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers, but none would con­firm in­volve­ment in the project. So we phoned Charley and asked him di­rectly. “Err, sorry, there’s some­one at the door…”

They’ve been Round, they’ve been Down… now they’re hop­ing to go Up

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