Another motorcycle-based adventure for Ewan McGregor's mate
CHARLEY Boorman will be riding a motorcycle across Canada this summer, filming a new TV series.
The series will be called Extreme Frontiers Canada starts in Newfoundland and will follow Boorman to British Columbia. He'll be travelling with a support vehicle.
Boorman became famous after pairing up with film-star Ewan McGregor for a motorcycle adventure in 2004 called Long Way Round where the pair rode BMW R1150GS Adventure bikes around the world.
The show will air on Channel 5 early 2012.
Posted: 08/06/2011 at 20:19
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 09:05
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Posted: 09/06/2011 at 12:07
You fellas who don't like him are just too up your own arses to appreciate anything.
Sanders does it himself yes with no support, but Sanders just whips right through everything and imo doesn't take time to appreciate things or meet w/ the locals etc., that is the strength of Boorman and Co.
At the same time, Boorman presumably has a schedule, so there is a support van as he cannot waste valuable time waiting for spares etc.
Motorcycle travel isn't a cock measuring competition, its supposed to be enjoyable and a rich learning experience, and if the LWR/D, Race to Dakar, By any means trips are anything to go by, Boorman had fun and learnt a lot and so did the audience.
How many trips have YOU taken on yer bike lately? :roll:
I'm a dyed in the wool biker, and I don't even own a fvcking car, I ride my bike in all weathers and I love it, and I can appreciate Boorman so I can't understand why you lot cant
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 12:36
Well said BlackPrince, Boorman's trips may not be as "real" as some others, but he's there to entertain and inform. He's managed more than anyone else to bring motorcycle travel to the attention of the general public, not just bikers. Although we've all heard of Nick Saunders, you'd really hard pushed to find someone outside motorcycling who'd ever heard of him and I'm not saying that in a derogitory way.
I know Mondo Enduro was just as entertaining and didn't have a support crew tagging along but which program had bigger viewing figures? I suspect that a lot of the bad feeling Boorman generates is down to sour grapes and him lifting some of the mistique which many bikers try to wrap themselves in. He comes across as a nice enough bloke who seems genuinly grateful that he can make a living the way he does.
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 12:52
There is just something about that guy which i hate with a passion.
I can appreciate what he does and the skills he has but he's just a fat rich tosser who gets wheeled out everytime a bike is mentioned in the mainstream media.
Wake me up when its over please.
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 14:24
Quite Mobus. Quite. And black prince, since you have resorted to name calling. bite me, tosser.
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 16:42
Pagik :P was more a general comment mate, wasn't directed specifically at anyone.
Personally i think that Ewan McBoorman hate is really some sort of faddish cultish thing by bikers who want to fit in w/ their mates rather than genuine dislike of either of them or what they do.
Can some rationally explain to me why they don't like him? Have asked some of my McBoorman hating mates and they've never been able to tell me. They just say he looks like a w@nker!
Posted: 09/06/2011 at 18:02
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Posted: 13/06/2011 at 05:01
Funny how celeb's generate such passionate responses.
Charley Boorman is in fact a really nice guy if you meet him (I did once at a show) Is there any-one out there who would decline the option to do all the stuff he does if they had the chance to? I think not. Maybe its just jealousy?
Nick Sanders has this hard core reputation and did do some wild stuff in his youth, but has now taken big corporate sponsorship from Yamaha and Touratech. Does this make him any different from Boorman? Or is Boorman just better at it? If you look at what Nick Sander is now doing - he is just dabbling at tours with punters. MCN report his support vehicle driver being kidnapped and two customer bikes stolen - oooohhh Scary! However go and read some of his customers blogs and you find out they were driving around at night, in a dodgy area with two very expensive bikes on an open trailor! I suppose he could have painted a sign saying "kidnap me please" on the side of the pick up truck as well. The trip is supposed to be Patagonia to Alaska, but none of the riders are going to get to Alaska because of his rubbish planning and truning to race through everywhere just to tick the box and say you have ridden it!
Being badly planned and taking stupid risks doesn't make you a hard core hero. Taking the corporate sponsorship (both of them do this) doesn't make you soft.
Mind you they are both out there riding bikes in exotic places, unlike a lot of people.
Posted: 14/06/2011 at 13:47
Looking forward to the show. I liked Mr Boorman when I read the book about his attempt of the Dakar.
Shame we have to put up with all the Haters. As soon as there's something advertised, out they all come to explain why they hate it. Yawn.
Posted: 14/06/2011 at 13:57
Posted: 14/06/2011 at 14:09
@Dave Smith 4 - there speaks the voice of someone that's ridden with Nick Sanders. I did too and he's a really nice bloke but "I've seen better organised creatures running around farmyards with their heads cut off" (Sybil Fawlty). For this reason alone, I would not want to go on one of current round of trips. That and the fact that I actually enjoy the getting there as much as the destination so the high speed, long distance style just doesn't suit me.
I appreciate that there are those out there that enjoy that type of activity and wish you all the best with it. Mine are personal comments about personal choice. Isn't that freedome of choice also a reason why many of us ride?
As for Charlie Boorman - I appreciate what he does and have enjoyed watching him, with and without Ewan McGregor. I also would not want to travel that way though - some of the sense of adventure is lost with a support team.
Does this mean I feel badly about either of them or wouldn't want to share a pint and a chat about adventures? No. Would I knock them as hard as some seem intent on doing? No.
More power to you Charlie - I'll be watching if US television shows it
And I hope Nick continues to enjoy safe travels and good income from his own ventures too, alnog with those that travel with him.
To anyone that's never been on a journey like either of these guys has - try it before you knock either of them. And after that, make your adventures public and see how you like the feedback you get.
Posted: 14/06/2011 at 16:21
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