Adventurer, television presenter and BMW GS rider Ryan Pyle is currently in Brazil for the filming of a new six-part TV series. He will journey approximately 9,000 miles (14,000 km) on his motorcycle around South America’s biggest country for the third season of the Tough Rides motorcycle series, which will be broadcast in Summer 2016 and be accompanied by a book.Having already landed in capital city Rio de Janeiro, Ryan has picked up his F 800 GS Adventure and has his sites firmly set on coming to terms with the size and diversity of Brazil. In Ryan’s 60-day television production he will circumnavigate the country – exposing him to some of the most populated and also some of the most remote regions on the planet.“It is a great privilege to continue the Tough Rides television series with this expedition in Brazil,” says the Canadian who is well known in the adventure riding community. “It is my first time in South America and I am incredibly excited to finally be here. Brazil is a fast changing and rapidly developing country that has an incredible diversity of landscapes, people and cultures. That coupled with the fact that this is my first trip to South America and Brazil is the dominant country in the region, makes what I am doing here incredibly exciting."Brazil is the world’s sixth largest country by population, and it is currently in a phase of rapid social and economic development. Brazil is one of the fast developing ‘BRIC’ countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and has been a centre of growth and wealth creation for its over 200 million inhabitants for the last two decades. Along with it hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the upcoming Olympics in 2016, Brazil is also building for the future. Ryan is keen to see this development first hand, in what should be a once in a lifetime motorcycle adventure through a rapidly changing country.For his journey, Ryan has chosen the BMW F 800 GS Adventure to help him safely negotiate the ever changing and often challenging terrain he will encounter. It is a model series he has prior experience with, making it an easy choice for him."After completing my Tough Rides: China motorcycle adventure series on the BMW F 800 GS, for which I was awarded a Guinness World Record, I absolutely fell in love with this bike. It was my first exposure to the fine motorcycles that BMW Motorrad is making. My BMW F 800 GS from China was light, had a big front wheel and was a tall bike; perfect for someone like me who is about 6'3" (1m 91cm). So when deciding which motorcycle to use in Brazil obviously the F 800 GS Adventure was the 'go to' bike.“The most exciting thing about the new 'Adventure' model is all the excellent modifications that BMW Motorrad has made – a clear example that the company listens to rider feedback and makes adjustments to already excellent bikes,” continues Ryan. “New additions like the larger gas tank and the automated suspension as well as the LED Auxiliary lights are just fantastic. The F 800 GS Adventure that I am currently riding has all the bells and whistles, thanks to BMW Motorrad. It has the GPS Navigator, the aluminium luggage system, LED turning indicators, aluminium engine guard and LED auxiliary headlights. I believe it is the perfect bike to tackle the amazing mud of the Amazon region, a ride that is surely every adventure rider’s 'right of passage'."Ryan's first epic adventure television show had him and his brother Colin travelling for 65 days – covering over 18,000km – around China using the BMW F 800 GS. The journey set a Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle trip within a single country. The journey was made into a book and 6x30min television series known as The Middle Kingdom Ride/Tough Rides: China.This was followed up with a similarly epic journey around India with his brother Colin, known as Tough Rides: India (2014). However, with Colin moving on and getting back to ‘real life’, Ryan is set to continue this tradition alone in an effort to explore interesting and remote places and at the same time searching out the most amazing roads in the world to ride a motorcycle on."My philosophy hasn't changed too much over the last few years," he says. "I love to explore and I love to learn. And in my mind there is no better way to understand a part of the world than by riding a motorcycle around that region. It is by far the most exciting and most challenging form of travel, and it puts you in direct contact with so many people and places, and gives you an incredible perception in to what the local people are all about, and how much diversity exists between different regions within one single country."Exploring places by BMW motorcycle allows the rider to really connect with their local environments; to smell all the smells, to feel all the bumps in the road, to really see all the smiles and build a connection with the environment around you. Riding a motorcycle long distances around stunning countries is a truly special activity, and every country I ride around delivers me one of the most enriching and satisfying experiences of my life. So that is why I continue to do this. This is my life and my passion. And it is an absolute privilege to explore Brazil with the support and partnership of BMW Motorrad, and share my experiences with a global television audience."You can follow Tough Rides: Brazil with daily updates at ToughRides.tv, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The entire Tough Rides series is broadcast on Travel Channel. For more information please visit www.ToughRides.tv
April 2015 | © BMW Motorrad
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