13,000 miles. 100 days. 16 border crossings. One electrified adventure. Follow Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s epic motorbike trip in the Long Way Up with Belstaff as official outfitters. Read on for more about the kit that went on the adventure of the year.
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At Belstaff, we're no strangers to taking the Long Way. Nearly twenty years ago we provided off-bike clothing to Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they undertook their first grand trip, a 19,000 mile circumnavigation from London to New York City on the Long Way Round. Just three years later, in 2007, Ewan and Charley returned for Long Way Down, beginning in John O'Groats in the north of Scotland and heading due south to Cape Town wearing motorcycle suits we designed for their trip.
It's a different world. That's why we travel — it opens your mind up to realise life is not just our lives. For so many people it's a very different ball game.
Along the way, the pair have embodied Belstaff's values of adventure, grit and spirit, and not just for their own ends. As UNICEF ambassadors, McGregor and Boorman uncover vital humanitarian work done by the organisation around the world. Undertaking trips of this order, it's clear that preparation and attention to detail are key. For the Long Way Up, Ewan and Charley collaborated with Belstaff to make sure they were covered in all conditions.
I think all of us need to get out and have an adventure. Those are memories you will remember forever.
OFF THE BIKE
Designed for downtime, our off-bike collection still reveres the road. A classic four-pocket field jacket and blouson in waxed cotton recall our iconic offerings, both with McGregor check lining for a touch of home away from home. This hidden detail appears in the Montana jacket too — a favourite of Ewan's — classic cafe racer style made in rugged full-grain leather. But it's not just outerwear.
T-shirts, crew neck sweats and zip-throughs provide wearable, comfortable layers, with baseball caps and a neck gaiter rounding out a collection that looks to the road less travelled.
ON THE BIKE
Built for the Long Way, the new on-bike collection features an adventure suit made with Gore-Tex to offer the ultimate protection in all conditions. There are some personal touches, too — Ewan took the Trialmaster as a template and made it his own with 12oz waxed cotton from Halley Stevensons, a mill just a few miles from his hometown. Paired with the McGregor trousers in grained leather, Ewan's on-the-road kit is as stylish as it is functional. Charley collaborated on a pair of jeans with hidden protection that fit in wherever you are — ideal if you're packing light.