When Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman set out from the southern tip of Argentina final yr on a pair of Harley-Davidson LiveWire electrical bikes, we knew that we’d ultimately get to see their hemisphere-spanning journey within the new sequence Long Way Up.
And now we’re studying that the lengthy wait will lastly be over quickly.
The Lengthy Manner Up sequence follows McGregor’s and Boorman’s earlier two long-distance bike treks, the Lengthy Manner Spherical and the Lengthy Manner Down.
Beforehand, the pair used BMW journey bikes. Nevertheless for the newest installment, they opted for electrical bikes as an alternative, in the end touchdown on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
There aren’t many electric adventure bikes on the market to select from, so the LiveWires had been kitted out to show them into journey touring fashions. To date we’ve solely gotten brief glimpses of the bikes, however quickly we’ll get to study all the particulars when the sequence premieres subsequent month.
The present could have its world premiere on September 18 on the Apple TV+ platform. Three episodes shall be launched concurrently, with a brand new episode following every week.
The sequence will cowl the pair’s 13,000-mile (21,000-km) journey and make clear the distinctive trials and tribulations they skilled whereas touring with electrical bikes — a feat that even the staunchest of e-motorcycle evangelicals will admit continues to be the bike’s Achilles heel.
Whereas electrical bikes have made progress with increasingly larger battery sizes in addition to reduced charging times, lengthy distance journeys are nonetheless tougher and require elevated planning on electrical bikes.
However that doesn’t imply that they’ll’t be carried out. Within the Lengthy Manner Up, McGregor and Boorman used a pair of H-D LiveWire electrical bikes, a motorcycle that has already confirmed itself in a number of long-distance journeys.
Along with the spectacular 13,000-mile (21,000 km) journey that we’ll quickly see within the Lengthy Manner Up, a LiveWire rider recently earned an Iron Butt after finishing 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in underneath 24 hours.
One other LiveWire rider celebrated his fiftieth birthday final month by riding 1,400 miles (2,250 km) from the US-Mexico border to the US-Canada border.
Not one of the lengthy distance LiveWire rides will have the ability to evaluate to the one quickly to be detailed within the Lengthy Manner Up, however all of them assist present that electrical bike touring just isn’t solely doable, however turning into extra commonplace as effectively.
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