Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are just days away from embarking on their latest adventure, the Long Way Down.
The pair are planning to go one better than their previous circumnavigation of the globe with a journey from the most northerly point in McGregor’s homeland of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa.
BMW has confirmed it supplied two standard R1200GS Adventures to the globetrotters two weeks ago. Managing Director of BMW Motorrad UK, Adrian Roderick, said: “The bikes are totally standard – we’ve fitted some crash bars and some luggage but other than that they’re the same as you would see in the shops. The boys have had the bikes for two weeks to get used to.”
McGregor and Boorman opted not to fit BMW latest Satellite Navigation systems, preferring the romantic system of maps and stars. The trip to Cape Town is expected to take several months with McGregor promoting his favourite charity UNICEF en route.
The provisional dates for departure from John O’ Groats are May 10 or May 12 – depending on the filming schedule.