Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman Finish Long Way Up on LiveWires


LiveWire 2018
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From Ushuaia, Argentina to Los Angeles, California

When I first hear that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman were going to take Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire from Argentina to California for another show called Long Way Up, I was a bit skeptical. Where would they charge the bikes? Well, now the team has finished the ride and they made it all the way on the electric motorcycles. 

According to ADVPulse, the guys got charges along the way. Locals helped them charge the bikes and even they sometimes charged with gas generators, which goes against the whole not-using-gas thing, but oh well. The guys were flanked by a couple of Rivian trucks, and a slew of camera folks on other motorcycles. Once into the U.S. charging stations were plentiful.

They left Ushuaia, Argentina, on September 19th. The team covered between 120-180 miles each day when south of the U.S. border. From there, the team could cover about 300 miles each day. There were gas-powered support vehicles along the way carrying battery banks. With all the support it seems kind of odd to have done the trip on the LiveWire, but it’s still an interesting run. It’ll be cool to see how the bikes fared along the way and what obstacles the team came across.

5 Comments

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    December 23, 2019
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    What a bunch of hypocrites followed by gas powered vehicles carrying battery packs.
    These Livewire are for well off(30k) just to show they care.
    Please keep your articles that are relevant to the majority of the industry not the “I feel good I’m doing something about the environment “( What about Zero motorcycles, 10k less and better range?)

    • Wade Thiel
      December 24, 2019
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      It is disheartening to see them using as much support as they did. It doesn’t let the bikes really stand on their own. I’m still interested in seeing the show to see what it’s like. I’ve said it many times. I think Harley screwed the pooch with the LiveWire. However, I do want to point out this isn’t a feel-good article. It’s just reporting that they finished their ride and that they did it with support vehicles. Still interesting, still relevant. As far as Zero goes. I think they make the better bike right now. Who knows what the future will hold, though.

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    Peter Runyon
    December 23, 2019
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    I wonder how many times they recharged. I would be interesting learn how many recharges involved a gasoline powered generator.
    I admit – I am worked as an Engineer

    • Wade Thiel
      December 24, 2019
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      I wonder the same thing Peter. I want to know the difficulties they faced charging. I’m looking forward to the show to see.

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    Mick Gillespie
    December 25, 2019
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    Well done, the article was to advise of the completion of the trip and I think you did that. Electric bikes are in their infancy and I think this show will highlight this when it comes out..
    Keep up the good work.

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