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Ewan McGregor on electric bikes in ‘Long Way Up’

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Ewan McGregor on electrical bikes in ‘Lengthy Method Up’

Watch: Ewan McGregor defends use of electrical bikes in new sequence

Ewan McGregor shouldn’t be anticipating backlash from followers of his motorcycle journey exhibits over the usage of electrical bikes in new sequence Lengthy Method Up.

The 49-year-old star instructed Yahoo Films UK his documentaries with shut pal Charley Boorman should not “so bike-centric” and attraction even to individuals who “do not know something about bikes and do not care”.

He has reunited with Boorman for an additional marathon trip in Apple TV+ sequence Lengthy Method Up, 13 years after their final collaboration in 2007’s Lengthy Method Down.

The large change this time round is that the duo launched into their 13,000-mile journey on prototype electrical Harley-Davidson bikes — a transfer that can possible be divisive amongst bike purists.

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“It is simply change. Persons are proof against it,” mentioned McGregor. “Individuals get caught of their methods. I simply would inform folks to go and take a look at one.”

He added: “You hear folks on tv, like racing commentators and individuals who ought to know higher, pooh-poohing electrical bikes.

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman get on their bikes in ‘Lengthy Method Up’. (Credit score: Apple TV+)

“However the reality is that they’re unbelievable by way of their energy [and] their acceleration.

“There is not any downside apart from their vary at current, which is able to change and can get higher.”

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McGregor mentioned that, for the common particular person overlaying lower than 100 miles a day, there isn’t a cause to not use an electrical bike.

“There is not any noise so you’ve got not acquired that fixed drone of the engine,” he mentioned.

“You do not have mechanical vibration within the bike, so you actually really feel the highway differently. It is fairly pure in a approach.”

Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor in journey documentary sequence ‘Lengthy Method Up’. (Credit score: Apple TV+)

McGregor mentioned he and Boorman have been pleasantly shocked by how nicely their work collectively has appealed exterior of the bike neighborhood.

He mentioned: “What’s been good and shocked us about Lengthy Method Spherical and Lengthy Method Down is that individuals have actually loved that present who do not know something about bikes and do not care.

“It isn’t so bike-centric. The bikes are there and we find it irresistible, but it surely’s not the be all and finish all for the present.”

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The primary three episodes of Lengthy Method Up will premiere on Apple TV+ on 18 September, with the remaining episodes launched weekly.

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