Motorcycle Touring Video
by Aim Image Productions
DVD (£24.99), 1 hr. 33 min. + 52 min. of extras
Filmed on location by the participants.
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Terra Circa, the sequel to Mondo Enduro
a fantastic video, and it's one of the most entertaining and incredible
stories I've seen in a long time.
The British have a long history of embarking on wild
adventures to explore the unknown, and Mondo Enduro ranks right
up there with the best of them.
A group of motorcycle-riding friends decides, probably over a
pint, to establish a record for motorcycling around the world, using the
longest possible land route in the shortest possible time.
Why and how was besides the point -- it just seemed like the
thing to do!
So with minimal preparation, four of them
take a year off from their jobs and head out across the channel
and down through France to start an incredible 440 day, 44,000
mile journey around the world.
This is motorcycle touring at its most basic -- no fancy BMWs
were used here (they used Suzuki 350's), no high-tech gadgets,
an absolute minimum of clothing and supplies, and primitive
tents and sleeping gear. No emergency vans or lorries to
follow in case of a breakdown, very few spare parts, and not
even a cell phone!
All of the filming was done by the group, using a Hi-8 and Super 8
cameras. The camera work is perfect for the subject, and
it helps to set the mood, because it's not too slick or over
produced, yet it's very
clever, considering the circumstances and the equipment.
Someone has a great knack for directing and editing, because
there really isn't a dull moment. I previewed the video
for a group of non-motorcyclists, and they absolutely loved it.
Why Mondo Enduro hasn't been shown on the Discovery Channel or
Speed Channel in the U.S.A. is a mystery; I think it's that good
and it would be very entertaining for a wide audience.
story follows the Mondo Enduro team through France and Italy,
across Greece and the Balkans, down through Turkey and along an
unbelievable journey across the former Soviet states and
Siberia. Conditions go from bad to worse: no food, no
roads and thousands of miles of wilderness.
After that, it's on to Alaska, down the west
coast of the United States, and down the Pan American highway in
Central and South America. Over to Africa by plane and
back up the continent, through Saudi Arabia and then back home.
With minimal supplies, very primitive camping along the way and a
dependence upon the friendliness of the natives to see them
through, it's one adventure after another and some pretty
amazing luck. Within the first 48 hours or so in France,
the group is already tired, and they still have 438 days to go!
They push on and on, way past the limits of any endurance I
could possibly muster. A couple of the members drop out
along the way with some pretty lame excuses, and another friend
joins the group about half-way through, but the journey keeps
going, seemingly on its own momentum.
It's funny, amazing, light-hearted and awesome. Like
any good video or film, the story line is what holds it
together. The right-there, right-now footage makes it so
real, you can feel the mud caked to your clothes.
webBikeWorld has no connection with the producers of this
video, financial or otherwise. All I can say is that this
is a ripping good tale, and I highly recommend it.
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