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Ewan McGregor to embark on motorbike road trip with Moto Guzzi

McGregor set to travel a long way with Moto Guzzi deal
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Monday, 08, Jun 2015 10:35

By Emily Boneham

Moto Guzzi backs Hollywood star with major commercial deal

Ewan McGregor is to embark on another epic road trip thanks to a new sponsorship deal with Moto Guzzi.

The Star Wars and Trainspotting star hopes to travel almost 7,000 miles from Southern California to Tierra del Fuego, in Chile.

As a warm up though, McGregor, 40, will travel to the tip of South America, taking in the Baja California Penninsula, in North-West Mexico.

At 770 miles long, it is one of the countries most inhospitable regions and a big hit with bikers.

McGregor said: "I'd love to do South America one day; all of it."

For this latest Guzzi expedition, the Scotsman will swap his BMW motorcycle for a Moto Guzzi, becoming the face of the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe.

Previously, the star has received worldwide recognition for his TV-series with Charlie Boorman, The Long Way Round, in which they travelled 22,000 miles from London to New York, and The Long Way Down when they travelled from John O'Groats to the southernmost point in South Africa.

During The Long Way Down, McGregor visited the Motor Guzzi headquarters in Mandello del Lario, having already developed relations with the company following appearing in a Guzzi commercial back in 2013.

Moto Guzzi has since launched their own Stelvio adventure bike to rival the BMW model McGregor and Boorman rode on their journeys.

The actor, who has several vintage models of the Italian marque's in his collection, said: "I've got some early 70s bikes that I love to ride around. I've got a 1974 Eldorado police bike with a siren on it. Mine is a bit distressed - it looks like it came out of a river."

"I like nothing better than once the children are in bed, getting down to working, tinkering with my bikes."

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