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Glad to see Rivian doing some testing in extreme conditions.

The following article has more pictures and information. Note, the article is in Spanish. If you use Chrome it should present you with an option to translate the webpage.

https://autoblog.com.ar/2019/08/31/rivian-rt1-y-harley-davidson-livewire-en-ushuaia-dos-pick-ups-y-cuatro-motos-haran-una-travesia-electrica-por-toda-america/

There are definitely tweaks to the pictured pre-production R1T compared to the prototype. Here's a sampling: Charging port moved from the passenger side to driver side, fixed window on rear doors removed, different steering wheel, minor tweaks to back and front ends, yellow/orange reflector add to front wheel-well trim (possible turn signal?), etc. Plus two new colors: white and flat gray.
 

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For those who haven't check their email recently or not registered to receive Rivian emails, this was sent out yesterday. So minimally a little relief about that steering wheel ...

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Glad to see Rivian doing some testing in extreme conditions.

The following article has more pictures and information. Note, the article is in Spanish. If you use Chrome it should present you with an option to translate the webpage.

https://autoblog.com.ar/2019/08/31/rivian-rt1-y-harley-davidson-livewire-en-ushuaia-dos-pick-ups-y-cuatro-motos-haran-una-travesia-electrica-por-toda-america/

There are definitely tweaks to the pictured pre-production R1T compared to the prototype. Here's a sampling: Charging port moved from the passenger side to driver side, fixed window on rear doors removed, different steering wheel, minor tweaks to back and front ends, yellow/orange reflector add to front wheel-well trim (possible turn signal?), etc. Plus two new colors: white and flat gray.
Thanks for the heads up @EyeOnRivian, these photos are awesome!

 

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Apparently the R1T's are on the move in Argentina and have been spotted charging in Rio Grande.

According to this article (Google translate) they're travelling from Argentina to Los Angeles as part of a travel documentary with Ewan McGregor called "Long Way Up"
https://autoblog.com.ar/2019/09/06/long-way-up-la-travesia-electrica-de-ewan-mcgregor-largo-desde-ushuaia/

Apparently the show isn't going to stop in Los Angeles, they're actually going to Alaska!

The earliest post comes from two weeks ago and shows the Star Wars actor posing alongside of his off-road LiveWire near Tiera del Fuego, the start point of what is likely a trek from the southernmost tip of South America all the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the northernmost tip of North America. From there, we found a number of other posts with the two actors riding their Harley-Davidsons and being followed by the Rivian pickup as they make their way through some truly gorgeous South American scenery.
https://www.thedrive.com/news/30094/ewan-mcgregor-and-charley-boormans-long-way-up-electrifies-with-off-road-harley-davidson-livewire
 

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The R1T's have COMPLETED the trip from South America to Los Angeles!

I can't wait to see the full show!

The e-bikes have landed! Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman arrived to a wrap party in Los Angeles yesterday riding the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric bikes that have carried them all the way from Ushuaia, Argentina, as they filmed Long Way Up, the next installment of their adventure riding series.

And they were far from alone. The duo was flanked by the two Rivian R1T electric chase trucks that seemed to have held up well on the journey, as well as at least four camera bikes that were shooting the scene as Ewan and Charley were joined by an invite-only entourage of at least 40 local riders.

Rob Day, a coach at Rawhyde Adventures, was among the lucky attendees who were riding an array of motorcycles: everything from Ducatis to Guzzis to Harleys, including a dozen additional LiveWires. “We basically took over Interstate 5,” he says, “moving at 40 mph 3 lanes wide with everyone jockeying around to get into camera shots and ham it up. It was beautiful chaos.”

Once the swarm finished the final leg from Harley-Davidson in Fullerton to a street-side wrap party brewing in Los Angeles, Rob had a chance to ask how it was keeping the e-bikes powered from Land’s End to L.A. “Charley said charging wasn’t too bad and they often charged from locals, even off-grid locals who had only generators.”

After crossing into the U.S. in New Mexico, Charley said charging stations were faster and plentiful and they were able to pick up the pace and made about 300 miles per day, while south of the border they had been averaging 120-180 miles. As we’d previously reported, gas-powered, crew-carrying chase vehicles, which included a Mercedes Sprinter and Ford F350, ferried battery banks so they could top off the e-vehicles between stops.

Having left Ushuaia on September 19th, it remains a mystery whether Ewan and Charley faced any of the off-road challenges their previous Long Way Round and Long Way Down shows were famous for, but Day does report the LiveWires looked scuffed up and hard ridden.

And in the dozens of social media posts we’ve seen of the pair posing with excited locals in Honduras, Ecuador and Panama and Mexico, the bikes, kitted with wire-spoked wheels, small windscreens, engine guards, highway pegs, skid plates, auxiliary lights and Wolfman soft luggage, certainly look filthy. The guys too, though their beaming smiles in these roadside snaps hint and some truly fun times. When asked about the favorite countries they rode through, Ewan was overheard mentioning Colombia and Ecuador as places he’d like to return when he has more time.

Another post by a crew member reveals that when they reached the U.S. border, they noticed dozens of migrant families stuck waiting, and at Ewan’s behest, they generously handed out all their camping supplies, which were sure to be extensive.

No word yet on when the Long Way Up series will hit screens, but it shouldn’t take long. Their first exploit in 2004, Long Way Round, the 19,000 mile, 115-day journey where Ewan and Charley famously learned on the fly how to manage their BMW R1150GS off road, aired less than three months after the trip’s end. And 2007’s Long Way Down, which saw the friends reunited to ride R1200GS’s from Europe to South Africa aired within two months of their final day on the road.
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https://www.advpulse.com/adv-news/long-way-up-ends/
 
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