BDR Presentations at the BMW MOA Rally (Hamburg, NY) - July 15 & 16, 2016

BDR President Paul Guillien will give two presentations during the BMW MOA Rally in Hamburg, NY. See the highlights from the latest New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route and learn about fascinating history that made the New Mexico Backcountry notorious. Get advice for exploring any of the 6 published BDR routes. As a special bonus, BDR Ambassador Kevin Woody will be on hand to talk about the development of three East Coast BDR Routes.

NMBDR Movie Premieres - U.S. Tour Dates and Locations

Join us for an evening of film and adventure at the NMBDR Movie Premiere at your local theatre or a dealership near you.

WABDR Section 5 Road Damage

Section 5 of the WABDR has sustained damage and has several sections of washed out road. There are trees and debris in the roadway as well. All are passable with extra effort and some advanced riding skills.

AZBDR Fires in Section 4

There is another fire impacting the Northern part of the AZBDR (Section 4). The section that runs from Highway 87, 211 then on 80 up to Long Lake is now the border of the burn. The incident commander on June 9 said that although the roads are open, they will be back burning right to the edge of the road. In addition, there are significant crews and trucks on the road and the smoke will be getting very heavy.

AZBDR Road Closure Due to Fire in Section 3

Due to the Juniper fire, state route 288 (Young Hwy) and forest road 203 (Cherry Creek Rd) are closed at this time. This means you will have to travel from Globe on Hwy 188 to Hwy 87 and go to Payson. Then take Hwy 260 to the top of the Mogollion Rim where you will pick the route back up on FS 300.

NMBDR Update - Road Closure Section 7

The Alternate Expert track NM7ALT section is closed for some unknown reason at this time. This would be FS 23 and FS137 between Abiquiu and El Rito. The normal route NM7 Cuba to End is still open from Abiquiu to El Rito. However, reports are that the snow level north of El Rito is too heavy and the route is closed from El Rito north.

BDR Announces Nevada as the Next BDR State

Since 2010, the adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has created six trans-state routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Having recently published the New Mexico route, the BDR organization is now setting its sights on Nevada, announcing NVBDR scheduled for release in 2017.

Traffic Cams on the UTBDR

A BDR community member has shared these links from traffic cams in Utah that let you see snow levels along the route. Thanks to David Hague for the information.

AZBDR Sec 4 Route Update

Over the past two years there has been significant rain and flooding in the Arizona area. There is a section of road in Section 4 that was slightly rutted in the past but now has become heavily rutted. When traveling using Track AZ4 Mammoth to Globe you turn off of Hwy 77 onto Dripping Springs Road. The rutting doesn't happen until you go about 10 miles up Dripping Springs and Forest Rd 112.

Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage Announces New Products for 2016

The iconic adventure motorcycling brand Wolfman Luggage has announced exciting product updates and new additions to their collection in 2016.

BDR Partners with NMOHVA to Preserve Riding Opportunities in New Mexico

BDR is excited to announce that we have partnered with the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) in an effort to jointly promote, protect and preserve backcountry riding opportunities in the state of New Mexico.

Death Valley Desert Ride - 3rd Annual BDR Fundraiser - April 14-17, 2016 - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! Join the BDR team and other industry professionals and ADV enthusiasts for the Death Valley Desert Ride, the Third Annual BDR Fundraiser. Kick off the riding season by exploring the best backcountry trails of the world renowned Death Valley basin. Enjoy spectacular desert scenery, colorful geology, and undisturbed wilderness, while you learn the remarkable Western history, make new friends, and gaze at the stars in one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world -- all in support of the BDR organization and our efforts to create new routes and preserve riding opportunities for the ADV community.

Press Release: BDR Announces Its 2016 Membership Program

Now, just in time for the Holidays, BDR has launched its all new 2016 Annual Membership Program, featuring perks and giveaways from over 20 ADV brands. The BDR Membership Program helps fund the creation of future routes, and gives the community a way to contribute to preserving off-pavement riding opportunities.

Sneak Peak of the NMBDR at the Touratech Store Rally

Join us on Saturday, December 5 at 12:30 pm, for a sneak peak slide show of the newest BDR route, the NMBDR, presented by BDR Ambassadors and NMBDR expedition team members Kevin Woody and Shalmarie Willson. This presentation is part of the Touratech-USA In-Store Rally. Head on down, grab a Free Italian sandwich by Wise-Guy Food truck and see what the NMBDR looks like.

ExOfficio Renews Its Support of BDR, Outfits the NMBDR Expedition Team

The travel apparel brand ExOfficio has renewed its support of the BDR organization for the second year in a row as the official apparel sponsor of the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route. If you're looking to update your adventure travel wardrobe with lightweight, quick-drying performance clothing for your time off the bike, ExOfficio clothing and underwear should be at the top of your shopping list.

Help Fend Off the Public Closure of the Eastern Section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

The Washington State Parks is considering returning the Eastern Section of the John Wayne Pioneer trail east of the Columbia River to the adjacent land owners. Meetings to determine the future of the trail are held in the next two weeks. Advocate to keep the trail open by contacting the State Parks and asking them to keep ownership of the trail.

UTBDR Update: LaSal Store/Gas Station Reopens

ATTN: UTBDR Riders, the LaSal Store/Gas stop has now reopened.

Heavy Summer Rains Affect the BDRs

Due to record rains in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah this summer, many of the roads have been washed out or significantly changed from their normal conditions. Please be aware that roads which were considered easy may have changed into roads that are difficult and even impassable.

Upcoming Presentations on the IDBDR at The BMW MOA Rally in Billings, MT.

CEO of Touratech-USA and BDR Board President Paul Guillien will be giving two presentations on the IDBDR at the Annual BMW Rally in Billings, MT. Come get the latest information and details about the IDBDR route. Learn about new BDR programs and future plans. Bring your questions and stories, and hear it from the man who's been there from the start and ridden all the BDRs.

BDR and BMW MOA Renew their Partnership for the 5th Consecutive Year

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America is among a handful of businesses and organizations that have been supporting BDR from the very beginning. For the last 5 years we've been helping to promote camaraderie and friendship among motorcyclists, and specicifically BMW owners. Visit BDR Booth #B213 at the BMW MOA Rally in Billings, MT on July 23-25, and attend one of our IDBDR presentations.

How to Check for Wildfires on the BDR's

We are frequently asked to provide riders with information about existing wildfires on the BDR's. The best way to find out about current wildfires is to check the links below and then call the local forest service offices for the counties that you will be passing through for further information.

WABDR Road Closure in Section 5 - Road #4150

Last year's forest fires in the Okanogan National Forest area have lead to erosion and some road damage affecting road #4150 just past Benson Creek road (heading north out of Carlton to Conconully). The road will remain closed until damage is assessed and repairs are made. The ride-around is easy - just take Highway 153 and Highway 20 around it. Refer to your WABDR Butler Map for this simple bypass.

Urgent Re-Routing of AZBDR - Section 1

Urgent Re-Routing of AZBDR Section 1 - Easier Route around sand. Presently our gpx track AZ1 Easy Alt to avoid Sand which takes you out of the Empire Ranch out onto Hwy 83 and then North to Hilton Ranch has been changed. Please DO NOT travel onto Hilton Ranch road off Hwy 83.

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures Opens Second Location in Colorado Springs

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is opening a second location in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With this additional location, they now offer one-way rentals and quicker access to the mountain riding areas available in Colorado. The new location is 1710 Dublin Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80919, inside the Pikes Peak Motorsports dealership.

ATTN: AZBDR Riders - Navajo Nation Travel Permit Changes

As of April 1, 2015 the Navajo Nation Travel Permit has changed to $12 per 24 hour period. This includes camping and travel within that 24 hour period.

Press Release: Sun Valley Film Festival Selects IDBDR Documentary for 2015 Line Up

Seattle, WA - (February 25, 2015) - Sun Valley Film Festival selects Noren Film’s latest documentary on the Idaho BDR for 2015 lineup. The screening will take place on March 5th at 1:30 pm, and is a part of the Festival’s special selection of 10 films shot in Idaho.

Moab Desert Ride - Second Annual BDR Fundraiser - April 23-26, 2015

Join the BDR team, other industry professionals and ADV enthusiasts for the second annual BDR Desert Fundraiser, and help raise funds required to continue to create new routes and preserve riding opportunities for the ADV community.

IDBDR Movie Premieres - U.S. Tour Dates and Locations

Join us for an evening of film and adventure at the IDBDR Movie Premiere event hosted by your local dealership. Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,250 miles through the state of Idaho. Discover stunning mountain ranges, old west mining towns, isolated lookout towers, natural hot springs, rich history, and friendly people. Below is the schedule of IDBDR movie premieres taking place at motorcycle dealerships across the U.S.

Press Release: Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route (IDBDR) Waterproof Route Map and Expedition DVD

Seattle, WA - (January 14, 2015) Organizing your next motorcycle adventure just got easier with the release of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route (IDBDR), the latest in the BDR series of trans-state routes created for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. The IDBDR release includes free GPS tracks and route travel information available on the BDR website, a waterproof map from Butler Motorcycle Maps, and expedition DVD produced by Noren Films.

AZBDR Re-Route in Section 1

The temporary closure in Sec 1 of the AZBDR near the Empire Ranch has been re-routed. You may now download the NEW gps tracks which will have the new route included. This new section is right after you travel through the sand section that is mentioned on the Butler Map in Sec 1.

What medical supplies should I carry on a BDR trip?

We are often asked what medical supplies should one carry on a BDR trip. This advice comes from Rob Watt, BDR Board and Expeditions Member, and Wilderness EMT.

BDR Launches Membership Program!

Backcountry Discovery Routes is announcing its Membership Program! The goal of the BDR Membership Program is to help fund the creation of future routes and to give the community a way to help preserve off-pavement riding opportunities. Do your part to preserve off-pavement adventure riding opportunities by becoming a BDR member today.

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures Offers $200 Off on 2015 Tours

If the cold weather has you depressed that riding season is over, cheer up and get ready for next year with a special deal on Colorao Motorcycle Adventures' Backcountry Discovery Route tours! Register now for a 2015 Backcountry Discovery Route tour and CMA will knock $200 off your price. This offer ends on December 31, 2014 and it is not available in conjunction with other discount offers.

Black Dog Cycle Works Partners with BDR

Black Dog Cycle Works (BDCW) has partnered with the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization to promote a "bucket list" of destinations for the adventure riding community. An Idaho resident, BDCW owner Kurt Forgét has shared some of his best secret motorcycle roads, and has generously volunteered his time to help scout parts of the IDBDR. He also joined the BDR team for parts of the IDBDR expedition held in August and will appear as a guest character in the IDBDR movie that comes out in January 2015.

AZBDR Temporary Road Change Near Empire Ranch

Temporary Route change in Section One of the AZBDR. All riders who are traveling the AZBDR in section one please make the following adjustment. When you get to the Empire Ranch Headquarters which is approximately 12.5 miles north from Sonoita gas stop please use the AZ1 Easy Alt to Avoid Sand track.

ADVMoto Sponsors BDR, Offers 20% Off Annual Subscription to BDR Fans

Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto) magazine covers the fast growing world of adventure sport and touring riding. As the BDR sponsor, ADVMoto is offering BDR fans 20% off one year of print or digital subscription. Visit the ADVMoto Subscription Page to sign up using the promo code "ADVBDR."

ExOfficio Sponsors BDR, Outfits the IDBDR Expedition Team

Whether you are headed to the boardroom or the backcountry, ExOfficio has great looking functional casual apparel. Recognizing that there are many roads to adventure, ExOfficio recently became the official apparel sponsor of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route. ExOfficio is outfitting the IDBDR expedition team for the upcoming IDBDR documentry, and team members will report back on their favourite ExOfficio items for motorcycle travel.

BDR Is Profiled in the MotoSport Blog

The BDR organization was recently profiled in the MotoSport blog. Read the interview to learn more about the BDR history, future plans and ongoing challenges.

Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage Joins BDR

We are excited to announce that the legendary American motorcycle brand Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage is lending their support to the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization by sponsoring the IDBDR project.

BDR at the 2014 Touratech Adventure Rally

One of our favorite motorcycle events of the summer is almost here. The 2014 Touratech Rally will take place Thursday, June 26th through Sunday, June 29th in Plain, WA. This year's rally will be held in conjunction with the Washington Overland Rally and will include camping, classes, GPS tracks, guided rides and entertaining guest speakers. BDR will be participating along with over 75 other vendors. If you're planning to attend the rally, stop by the BDR booth to see what we've been up to and get a BDR sticker for your bike.

RawHyde Adventures Sponsors the BDR Organization and Adds Three COBDR Tour Dates

RawHyde Adventures is regarded as the top enduro-training program in the country. We are excited to announce that RawHyde has offered support to the Backcountry Discovery Routes non-profit organization, and has added the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route Expedition to their menu of inspiring rides. The COBDR tour participants referred by BDR will receive a free COBDR Map & DVD.

Up Next is the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

The crew at Backcountry Discovery Routes is at it again. We are currenty working on our fifth BDR, a south-to-north route across the state of Idaho that will be the longest BDR to date. The final route will be well over 1,000 miles of mostly non-paved track, beginning in the old western town of Jarbidge Nevada, meandering through the west side of the Idaho Rocky Mountains on the way to the Canadian Border at the Idaho Panhandle. The release of the IDBDR movie, Butler Map and free GPS tracks is scheduled for January 2015.

AZBDR Road Closure in Section 8

There is a road closure due to a road construction and culvert replacement in Section 8 (mis-labeled section 9 on the back of AZBDR Map) just east of FS 139A and when you turn onto FS 95. To get around this construction, don't turn onto FS 139A and just continue on FS 139. FS 139 will go north and reconnect with the route on FS95. At this time the Forest Service has no idea when this construction will be complete.

UTBDR Scouting Tour by Colorado Motorcycle Adventures & Wolfman Luggage

If you've you been looking for a Backcountry Discovery Route tour that allows you to experience a beautiful ride at an affordable price, then this tour is for you. Join Colorado Motorcycle Adventures and Wolfman Luggage on a scouting tour of the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route, as they preview this ride for a full 5-star tour offering in the summer of 2015.

Report from the Trail - Wickenburg Desert Ride Fundraiser

In late March, the BDR organization held its first fundraising event, the Wickenburg Desert Ride. Operating out of a private oasis in the desert known as the Boyd Ranch, participants were treated to luxury camping, three meals a day from the chuck wagon and guided rides in some of Arizona’s best backcountry terrain. Read the full report, and get your name on the list for next year's event.

UTBDR Tour by River Pilot Tours

River Pilot Tours is organizing the first guided tour of the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route, June 21-28, 2014. The UTBDR is a wonderful ride filled with landscapes and riding sections that are unique in the U.S.A. The opportunity to ride through high mountains, deserts and around Moab is unparalleled. This is a fully guided and supported tour for those interested in seeing this route with all of the comfort and accuracy available.

AZBDR DVD & Map Selected as 2014 Nifty 50 Product Award Winner by Powersports Business

The AZBDR Documentary DVD & Map set was selected as the 2014 Nifty 50 Award Winner by the Powersports Business editors. The winning products and services were chosen because of their potential to help dealers succeed in 2014. The AZBDR DVD and Maps are available for sale starting March 1, 2014 at Touratech-USA and Butler Motorcycle Maps.

Wickenburg Desert Ride - BDR Fundraiser - March 20-23, 2014

Like what the BDR organization is doing? Here is your chance to give something back. Join the BDR team, other industry professionals and ADV enthusiasts, and help raise funds required to continue to create new routes and preserve riding opportunities for the ADV community. If you like riding ADV bikes in the desert, enjoying professionally catered meals, drinking post-ride beverages in a wild-west saloon or sitting around a campfire under a star-filled sky, this event is for you!

COBDR Tour by Colorado Motorcycle Adventures - SOLD OUT

The guys at the Colorado Motorcycle Adventures have put together a 5-star COBDR tour for July 12-18, that includes a fully equipped ADV bike rental, hotel accommodations, two daily meals, support vehicle, and incredible riding opportunities along the COBDR -- all without the hassle of planning the logistics required for such a trip. The COBDR Tour is limited to ONLY 10 riders, so register today before your opportunity is gone!

Press Release: Wickenburg Desert Ride, a BDR Fundraiser - March 20-23, 2014

Seattle, WA - (January 23, 2013) – If you like riding ADV bikes in the desert, enjoying professionally catered meals, drinking post-ride beverages in a wild-west saloon or sitting around a campfire under a star-filled sky, this event is for you!

Press Release: AZBDR Waterproof Route Map and Expedition DVD

Seattle, WA - (January 10th, 2013) Winter is the perfect time to set your sights on that bucket list, and start planning your next motorcycle escape. For riding ideas look no further than the non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes, and their latest project, the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). The AZBDR is the fourth installment in the Backcountry Discovery Routes series of trans-state routes created for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

The AZBDR Movie Premieres March 2014

We have great news about the AZBDR project. The AZBDR movie, the Butler Motorycle Map and free GPS tracks will be released on March 1, 2014. We're currently working on organizing the AZBDR movie premieres at motorcycle dealerships across the US. If you are in the ADV community and want to see the AZBDR movie in your town, call your local motorycle dealer and tell them to host the AZBDR movie premiere at their dealership.

WABDR Week - Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, 2013

Join us this summer for the first annual 'WABDR Week,' a four day journey along the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route with other ADV motorcycle enthusiasts. We'll start at Touratech-USA's Seattle showroon on Wednesday, September 12th and finish the following Sunday, September 15th in Foggy Dew.

WABDR Training Camp by PSSOR - Aug 21, 22, 23

Our friends at PSSOR are offering their last of the season WABDR Training Camp on August 21, 22, 23, 2013. PSS Off Road BDR Camp is a multi-day training event run by expert and professional adventure riders, designed for entry level and moderately experienced adventure riders on appropriately equipped adventure and dualsport motorcycles. You will receive pre-training then be escorted along some parts of the WABDR route and build the needed skills on-the-go.

10th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Steamboat Springs, CO

The 10th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally is being held on September 13-15, 2013 near the COBDR route in Steamboat Springs, CO. This year’s rally offers unbelievable adventure riding opportunities and the chance to demo the new KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R models before they hit dealer showroom floors.

BDR Presentation at the BMW MOA Rally in Salem, OR

Backcountry Discovery Routes President, Paul Guillien, will be giving two BDR presentations at the BMW MOA Rally in Salem, OR. Join us on Thursday, July 18th from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the Cascade 2 or on Saturday, July 20th from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm at the FAA Pavilion to learn about BDR routes through the states of Washington, Utah and Colorado and future BDR projects.

Kate's Real Food Bars - 20% OFF - BDR Special Promotion

After living on Kate's Real Food Bars for two weeks during our AZBDR documentary expedition, we've declared them the ultimate Adventure Motorcycling Food Bar! If you haven't yet tried Kate's Real Food Bars, now is your chance. Get 20% OFF when you use code "BDR" at check out on Kate's website.

COBDR is Clear of Snow and Passable

Great news! We've received an update from a group on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route that high elevation roads are all passable. It's time to start planning your COBDR adventure.

"Riding America's Backcountry Discovery Routes," Boise, ID

Big Twin BMW in Boise, ID is hosting a presentation by Bret Tkacs from PSSOR (Puget Sound Safety - off road) about riding Backcountry Discovery Routes, on June 13, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm. He will cover topics like prep, skill, expectations & photographing your trip.

COBDR Screening at Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ

COBDR Film Director and Producer Sterling Noren will be presenting the COBDR movie at the Overland Expo on Sunday, May 19th, at 10 am in Seminar Room III.

Update on the Arizona BDR

The scouting is coming along nicely for the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route. Our tireless Scouting Master and BDR Board Member Rob Watt reports that this route is truly a "Backcountry" route with lots of two-track and remote roads.

COBDR Premiere in Boise, ID

Happy Trails and Big Twin BMW are hosting the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route documentary on Thursday, April 11 in Boise, ID.

COBDR Premiere in Rapid City, SD

The Black Hills Area Dealers are hosting the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route documentary on Wednesday, March 20 in Rapid City, SD.

COBDR Premiere in Lakeville, MN

Leo's South Powersports in Lakeville, MN is hosting the COBDR movie premiere on Saturday, March 16.