Long Way Up?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, saw a blip on Lone Rider mailout. Not sure what to think...
     
  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Gotta wonder if this is a hoax. If not then HD is writing a big cheque for the privilege. Not sure who a HD electric adventure bike is supposed to appeal to... Not the traditional pirate community - look how well Buell and other non-traditional bikes did with them. V-Rod was barely accepted by a relative few. Probably not the rest of us who love to hate them (for whatever reason). Wonder if the bikes come with "potato-potato" sound (noise) generators? I expect the support convoy will include gasoline powered generators for charging? (Or very LONG extension cords)
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    New title: LONG extension cord WAY UP.
     
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  5. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    It is going to be a long journey if the Livewire only gets 70 miles per charge highway riding. I was hoping Charlie would take a Triumph and Ewan a Moto Guzzi.
     
  6. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Harley-Davidson is desperate enough to try most anything to find some new customers at this point.
    Unfortunately, they were so good at doing just one thing for so long, that it’s going to be mighty tough to reinvent themselves with new product lines and a much younger target audience to boot. My local motorcycle mechanic, who once worked at HD HQ, and still has friends there, says they are even contemplating manufacturing a line of e-bicycles, which are beginning to gain popularity here amongst all us overweight, middle aged, Americans... :rolleyes:
     
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    damn, what happened to my post?
     
  8. Savage

    Savage Member

    Jeesuz Cripes!

    While I don't have anything against Harley-Davidson's per se (to me they're just another brand of motorcycle, no diff from YamHondKawaZuki et al) ... and I thoroughly enjoyed the Long Way Around/Down travelogues ... also was looking forward to watching the long awaited "Long Way Up" ... that is until reading this ...

    WTF!!! H-D Live Wires for a journey from South Am to Alaska??? Makes zero sense ... if H-D is gonna foot this, then why don't they put 'em on that new ADV Bike they got comin' out at least ... Trump & Guzzi are missin' the boat on this unfortunately.
     
  9. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    The buzz at the D2D event this June was that Charlie would be released from his BMW contract in 2020, there would be a Long Way Up, it would include a female riders only group, and the only bike I heard mentioned was Moto Guzzi.
    Time will tell if any of that plays out.
    Would definitely boost the D2D event if the Long Way Up crew drops by tho... no matter what they're ridin' ;)
     
  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    While I enjoyed the LWR I never got into the LWD and as such probably wont get into the LWU. Great gig for a Charlie or any other lifetime enthusiast of riding though and wish him well with it.
    Rare for any sequel to be as good as the original.
     
  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I agree. Although I enjoyed and own both series, I feel that Ewan’s wife kind of spoiled the show and took away from the long way down series. I would like to see just Charlie, Ewan and Claudio as a trio go it alone without all the support. And include Claudio as a true third member.
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Too much production crap in LWD for my taste. I'm sure HD wants every bit of press they can get as the try to reinvent the brand. Michael Uhlarik has written a few interesting articles about the state of HD that I've caught on LinkedIn.
     
  13. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

  14. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Your sense of outrage is strong Mr. Savage! You called the previous two adventures (LWA and LWD) "travelogues" that you enjoyed. I personally think if you enjoy shows about travel to different countries outside your comfort zone then you will enjoy The Long Way Up by looking at it from a travelogue perspective. Like something you would see on the Travel Network for instance. The added component of travelling on a motorcycle and especially on an electric one to me only enhances the experience to engage the people you will meet along the way. Enter Harley Davidson. I think the LiveWire is hands down the coolest bike they make (or have ever made). It brought me to visit their website (that's quite a price tag).

    Looks like the bikes will also be accompanied by Rivian electric pick-up trucks that recently created a ton of buzz in the automotive world and a large diesel truck (likely a mobile power plant/charging station).

    Personally I can't wait to follow along and watch the final result.
     
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    They have a couple of Sprinters too. Being fully supported takes a bunch of the fun out of it in my opinion.
     
  16. Savage

    Savage Member

    LOL!! My "outrage" isn't really that strong b'y! ;) I'll prolly end up following this and watching the final result just the same ... would've much preferred though if they had used a couple of more conventional Bikes, riding all the way up to Barrow (I flew over right over Barrow last year on the way to MNL from YYZ) and were actually making the trip more of an actual "adventure".

    The Live Wire thing, while kinda "interesting", might not have the broader based appeal that LWR & LWD had ...
     
  17. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I didn't think you could ride or drive to Barrow, Alaska.
     
  18. Savage

    Savage Member

    You're right Tonis ... Deadhorse is the furthest north in Alaska you can go by road. Anyhoo, I think Ewan and Charley are only going as far as Los Angeles now.

    BTW during my flight to MNL, the route took us across the Bering Straight and down over eastern Siberia ... I remember thinking about LWR while looking out the plane window and being amazed that I could actually look down and see some of the country that Ewan & Chuck rode across!
     

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