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It was the most dangerous motorcycle journey of its time – an epic adventure took place in 1912. When a rider and his bike get together, it’s usually only a matter of time before the question emerges: when to set off on the round-the-world trip? The dream was made reality for many an armchair biker by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s 2004 TV odyssey and book, Long Way Round, and subsequent spin-offs. Our very own Motorrad technician Ivan has completed many bike rides around Europe. What many people may not realise is that this craze began 100 years ago in Dublin, Ireland. The first man to ride his motorbike around the world was an Irish-American advertising copy writer and film-maker named Carl Stearns Clancy. He set off with his biking partner, Walter Rendell Storey, 100 years ago this month. “The longest, most difficult, and most perilous journey ever attempted”, on motorcycle, wrote Clancy of a journey that friends and colleagues told him was “insane”. On October 23rd this year, motorbike enthusiasts will re-enact the start of Clancy and Storey’s epic trip, assembling at Joe Duffy BMW Motorrad in Finglas, before following Clancy and Storey’s route to Belfast via Meath, Cavan, Fermanagh, Donegal, Derry and Antrim. Thereafter, across the world, bikers will retrace other parts of Clancy’s route. There will be some light refreshments and bikers will depart from Joe Duffy BMW Motorrad at approximately 10:30am
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