It’s been rumoured for a few days now, and a fresh set of Instagram snaps from the weekend seem to confirm it: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman will be riding Harley-Davidson LiveWires for their upcoming Long Way Up TV special.
Long Way Up will be the sequel to Long Way Round (Ewan and Charley’s round-the-world journey) and Long Way Down (their UK-South Africa journey), both of which were filmed along the way and released as television series. Long Way Up will show an Argentina-Alaska adventure.
The first two series were filmed riding BMWs, but there’s been no official announcement regarding their choice of bike this time around. However, a shipment of interesting vehicles, including two adventure-kitted Harley-Davidson LiveWires, recently showed up in Argentina. It’s been photographed with suggestion it was Ewan and Charley’s convoy. The vehicles also include two electric Rivian R1T pickup trucks and a big diesel truck.
Now, Instagram has photos submitted from Argentina that do seem to show Ewan McGregor bombing around the Ushaia area on an ADV-ready LiveWire.
If this is indeed happening, it’s a bold move for Harley-Davidson, as nobody’s done anything like this on an electric motorcycle before. A successful trip will help boost the MoCo’s profile in the ADV segment, as it’s trying to make inroads there. A series of failures would be a very bad thing, due to the timing.