The Epic Motorcycle Trip That Forever Changed Che Guevara

Before He Became Che

Before he became known as a Marxist guerilla commander, before he became a figure emblazoned on T-shirts, before he ever came to be known as “Che,” all the guy had was a buddy, a bike and an epic road trip that lay ahead of him. This trip ultimately changed the course of not only his life but the lives of many.


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In fact, after this trip, he became a figure who changed the course of world history as we know it. In December 1951, as a 23-year-old Argentinian medical student who went by the name of Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, he hopped on his friend Alberto Granado’s old-fashioned Norton 500cc motorcycle. He left Cordoba, Argentina, without ever looking back.

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