Simply in case you haven’t heard, Lengthy Manner Up on Apple TV+ is the third installment in Ewan McGregor’s and Charlie Boorman’s trilogy of long-distance motorbike journey rides.
What makes this one so particular, although, is that the duo set out on a pair of Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles, making an attempt to cowl 15,000 miles (25,000 km) of extremely distant terrain from the southern tip of Argentina all the best way to Los Angeles.
[Author’s Note: There are no major spoilers here; you’re safe to keep reading.]
Should you haven’t binge-watched Lengthy Manner Up but, then don’t fear.
The sequence was simply launched this weekend with the primary three episodes obtainable on Apple TV+.
A brand new episode can be launched each Friday, so it is going to be straightforward so that you can catch up. And boy, is it value it.
The attention-grabbing factor in regards to the alternative of bike for the journey, a minimum of from the angle of an electrical automobile nerd like me (and extra particularly an electrical motorbike nerd), is that neither McGregor nor Boorman are electrical automobile buffs.
They’re lifelong buddies and motorcyclists, however they don’t have any particular electrical automobile agenda, and they also aren’t making an attempt to shove something down your throat. They had been merely seeking to discover a solution to take a look at themselves on this epic 15,000-mile experience, noticed that electrical bikes had been gaining in reputation to the purpose the place they look like the way forward for the business, and wished to see if they might use the know-how in its early days to finish such an arduous journey.
The pair are very a lot studying alongside the best way.
As we learned last year, Ewan’s and Charlie’s LiveWire electrical bikes weren’t the one electrical autos concerned within the journey. To really embrace the concept of touring by EV, the duo wished to make use of all-terrain electrical autos for help roles as effectively. That’s the place Rivian got here in, offering the first two production Rivian trucks ever to function crew help autos.
With out giving something away (it’s so arduous to not give any spoilers), one of the attention-grabbing components of the Lengthy Manner Up sequence to date has been seeing how the riders on their LiveWires AND the help crew driving the Rivian vans adapt to working electrical autos within the bitter chilly and outlet-sparse panorama of Patagonia.
Each groups run into sudden obstacles, usually discovering inventive options that appear like a mixture of ingenious considering and harmful concepts that you simply joke about however shouldn’t really strive.
We’re solely three episodes in to date, and the staff has already battled by issues arising from working prototype autos, working with a dearth of charging infrastructure, preventing off frostbite (and frost-bitten charging gear), and struggling by the language barrier the complete time.
And so they’ve solely put boots down in two international locations to date.
However maybe one of the lovely components of the present isn’t the trials and tribulations of man versus machine (versus the wilderness of South America), however moderately the interactions the staff have with the locals.
From border crossings to middle-of-nowhere accommodations and random stops in between, the Lengthy Manner Up sequence provides us a ravishing perception into the native tradition and panorama.
In true Lengthy Manner style, the bikes are simply part of the present, not the celebs. It’s the journey that takes middle stage. And that journey is made all of the extra attention-grabbing by the distinctive challenges imposed by navigating 15,000 miles (25,000 km) on electrical bikes.
Right here’s hoping Ewan and Charlie at all times discover a plug after they want one. As a result of if the primary three episodes are any indication, all bets are off!
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