Boorman riding across South Africa for documentary

Charley Boorman crossing South Africa for Channel Five TV series 'Extreme Frontiers'

Posted: 18 June 2012
by Visordown News

CELEBRITY adventurer Charley Boorman has set off on his second Extreme Frontiers voyage riding a BMW R1200GS Adventure across South Africa for his Channel 5 TV series.

Following on from his Canadian adventure - which is available to watch online here - Boorman will spend six weeks travelling around South Africa for a four-episode documentary that will air later this year. He will experience shark diving without a cage, climbing up and abseiling down Table Mountain and learning how to fly a fan-powered paramotor aircraft.

Charley has once again opted for BMW machinery and will use the R1200GS Adventure for his Extreme Frontiers trip.

He said: “I’m very excited to be setting off on our second Extreme Frontiers adventure, and it’s the perfect trip for my R1200GS Adventure. South Africa has such a mix of terrain and climate that there’s really no other motorcycle that could do the job so well.

“Ever since I first journeyed to South Africa with Ewan I have always had a real affection for the country. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places on earth, rich in culture, landscape and people, and I feel really privileged and excited to be able to spend six weeks riding around it on my BMW GS Adventure.”


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"He will experience shark diving without a cage, climbing up and abseiling down Table Mountain and learning how to fly a fan-powered paramotor aircraft."

we can but hope!

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:31

Good luck to the man. We are all jealous really. He gets paid to ride.

I wonder how many times he can squeeze "BMW GS adventure" into the conversation... does he get paid by the mention, or a flat fee?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 16:02

Thanks for the warning,will remember to avoid.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 18:32

I don't mind Charlie Boorman but they are really tearing the arse out of this now.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 19:47

Don't buy a BMW Motorcycle from South Sound or Ride West.


If you are considering a motorcycle purchase from either Southsound BMW or Ridewest BMW you should think twice. Especially stay away from the "used-car salesman" Roman -- Instead head to Portland BMW where you won't have to deal with the lies and hidden second sticker shenanigans.

This is the complaint that I filed with the Washington State Attorney General:


Explanation of complaint:

On January 31st, 2012 I purchased a 2012 BMW R1200GSA Motorcycle. I started communicating with the sales staff at South Sound BMW in August of 2011. Over the six months between first interaction and actual purchase I interacted with three different salesmen. The first two at South Sound BMW Tacoma and the third salesman at their sister store, Ride West BMW in Seattle. All three salesmen informed me that a delivery and setup charge of $450 world be part of the sales price.

On February 31st: the day that I purchased the motorcycle I did have some problems with my sales person going back on certain concessions that were promised. Those issues are not part of this complaint but have been filed with the United States corporate headquarters of BMW.

At the time of purchase I inspected the sales agreement thoroughly. The $450 delivery and setup charge "Handeling" was added as I had expected. At the time of signing documents I failed to notice that MSRP was increased from the MSRP that I was expecting. When I questioned the added charge a few days later I was told by the Sales Manager that $495 was added for delivery from Germany to New York and that the "Handeling" charge of $450 was for delivery and setup (New York - Seattle). I logged my complaint with the sales manager that I never agreed or notified that I would have two different delivery/setup charges. My complaint went on def ears.

Since purchasing my motorcycle February 31st I accompanied a friend who was purchasing a BMW motorcycle from the dealer in Portland Oregon. At that dealership I was told that BMW North America pays the dealer out of the $495 for setup and that the delivery from Germany all the way to the dealership is covered in that price.

I was charged a second sticker price but not notified. I also believe that if you conducted a survey of all the past buyers from these two dishonest dealerships, you would find that 99.9% of the time they overcharged the consumer and never notified the consumer that they were really paying a second sticker. I am certain that you will find that the hundreds or thousands of customers that purchased new motorcycles from these two dealership have all been told that the $450 "Destination" charge was for delivery and setup.

Last week while confronting my first salesmen at South Sound BMW about why I was charged twice for delivery and setup he changed his tune changed and he said that the $450 charge was a CO-OP charge to help pay for having a nice facility and loaner motorcycles when having my vehicle services. Had I or the thousands of other customers been told that the $450 charge was a CO-OP fee we would have told them to pound dirt.

Please conduct a review of their sales and require these two stores to refund this money to the consumers they snow-jobbed. The practices of South Sound BMW and Ride West BMW is both unethical and unfair. Keith Thye is owner of both stores.



Expected resolution details: Refund EVERYONE that has been charged the $450 "Handling/Destination" charge.

If you have already purchased from these dealerships and have either been charged this $450 hidden second sticker or have another complaint then contact the Attorney General for the State of Washington Rob MeKenna

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:40

That Canadian series was a total yawn-fest. 'Extreme frontiers' my ringpiece. Nothing extreme about fat blokes on holiday except extreme bordom.
I don't mind Charley but that Russ Malkin gets his annoying fat head into shot at any excuse. And he ruined the dakar series, the tool.
Think I'll give it a miss.


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:50

Again with the BMW gs1200 good bike and all that but uses it to many times on too many shows,

Just for shits and giggles why doesn't he ride a C90 or a different bike for a change.

Hope it goes well for him.

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 08:05

Did he mention what bike he is riding?.. (cough)
Seems every other bike you see on our motorway system is a bloody GS.
Seems some bikers don't realise most modern bikes are capable of large mileages and are just as reliable as BMW's.

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 23:41

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