This trip is largely inspired by the creative works and life experiences of four exceptional individuals, all of whom are motorcyclists to their core.
Ted Simon (age 81) is an English journalist best known for his circumnavigation of the globe on “Jupiter”, his Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle. Sponsored by the Sunday Times in 1973, Simon travelled for 4 years, through 45 countries and logged 78,000 miles. His exploits on the trip were penned in what is still considered the gold standard of adventure writing, Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph. At the age of 70, Simon embarked on another ’round-the-world jaunt that largely replicated his journey from the mid-Seventies. He completed this 55,000 mile trip aboard a BMW R80GS in 3 years, and at the age of 73. In 2007, Simon released that trip’s memoirs, Dreaming of Jupiter. Ted has inspired generations of long distance motorcyclists, including those below. An amazing man.
Neil Peart (age 59) is a Canadian musician and writer, best known as the drummer for Rush. Peart is revered as one of the finest percussionists in rock and jazz history. He is also a lifelong motorcyclist and author of a number of books, including Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road . Ghost Rider is a haunting tale that chronicles Peart’s motorcycle trips on his BMW R1100GS through North, Central and South America in the 1990s, as he contemplated his life and came to terms with his grief over the deaths of his daughter in 1997, and wife in 1998. In 2006, Peart documented Rush’s 30 year anniversary tour – and his travels between gigs on his bike – in the wonderfully written Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour By Motorcycle.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Ewan McGregor (age 40) is a prominent Scottish actor. His best mate, Charley Boorman (age 45), is an English adventurer and son of well known film director, John Boorman. In 2004, McGregor and Boorman embarked on a 19,000 mile, ’round-the-world motorcycle adventure aboard their BMW R1150GS Adventure motorcycles. Entitled Long Way Round, the trip was documented into the eponymous UK documentary television series and book. The series and book became instant favorites of motorcyclists worldwide, and significantly contributed to BMW Motorrad‘s sales and development of the GS line of bikes.
In 2007, McGregor and Boorman followed up with another motorcycle adventure documentary through Europe and Africa on their BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycles. A documentary and book were also created for that trip and were entitled Long Way Down.