Volunteer Opportunities for BDR Ambassadors

1. Local Route Representatives

Goals/Opportunities:

  • Become a specialist in at least one BDR route.
  • Help with route scouting and reroutes.
  • Answer route questions.
  • Help create and curate a list of route lodging and food options.
  • Work with local businesses to promote BDR and award the “BDR Business Supporter” sticker to businesses that serve BDR riders.
  • Recommend local businesses for Resources Listings (training, touring, rental companies, dealers, etc).

2. Movie Premieres & Dealer Relations

Goals/Opportunities:

  • Help organize movie premieres.
  • Talk to at least 3 local dealers about movie events.
  • Organize at least 1 movie theatre event.
  • Recruit volunteers to help staff the event.
  • Work with local dealers and encourage them to stock BDR merchandise (dvds, maps, stickers, etc).

3. Community Outreach & Education

Goals/Opportunities:

  • Organize or attend at least 2 events a year (trade shows, classes, presentations, etc).
  • Volunteer at BDR events.
  • Teach BDR classes and clinics.
  • Organize and lead BDR presentations.
  • Lead Women’s specific outreach.

4. Administrative/Office/Marketing Support

Goals/Opportunities:

  • Help with Supporter fulfillment.
  • Assist with contact management.
  • Contribute content for web, newsletter, social media.
  • Contribute design services.

Benefits to Ambassadors

  • Have the satisfaction of being a part of the BDR organization and participating in planning its future.
  • Receive a special Ambassador t-shirt, sticker, patch.
  • Ambassador’s Name/Headshot /Bio listed on the the website.
  • Eligible to go to the BDR Ambassadors Annual Conference.
  • Networking – gain new friends and contacts in the industry, and share your passion for BDR and the adv lifestyle.

Who Can Become an Ambassador

Individuals shall meet the following criteria to be considered for the BDR Ambassadorship:

  • Be a Seasoned ADV’er.
  • Be a current BDR Supporter (at any level).
  • Have ridden at least one of the BDRs.
  • Have passion for the BDR mission.
  • Can commit to at least 20 hours a year as a volunteer for BDR.
  • Be a Team Player and Collaborative Spirit.
  • Bring about diversity to the Ambassadors group.

How to Become an Ambassador

  • Interested individuals can join the BDR Ambassadors Program throughout the year by filling out the Ambassador Application Form.
  • Individuals will be notified of their inclusion in the Program within 2 weeks of submitting the application.
  • Ambassadors can opt in/out of the Program on an annual basis.

BDR Ambassadors

Tracy Jeffries

Location: Kirkland, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR, NVBDR, IDBDR

Bikes: BMW 1200 GS Rallyee, BMW G650 XChallenge and KTM 350

About: Tracy is the true champion of the local ADV scene. 

Juddy Arnold

Location: Carlsbad, CA

BDRs Completed: UTBDR, Parts of COBDR and AZBDR

Bikes: DR650, CSC Zongshen Rx3, Triumph Scrambler, Yamaha YZ250F, 2 Yamaha R1s, Harley Davidson Nightster, 1977 Yamaha XT500, ’82 Suzuki GS1100E, ’75 Honda CB400

About: Juddy started riding at the age of four, dreaming of grand adventures in the woods and mountains behind his home.

Jocelin Snow

Location:  Salinas, CA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR, COBDR

Bikes: BMW R1200GS, R1200GSA, 310GS, KTM990

About:  Jocelin Snow has been riding for over 35 years and has traveled by motorcycle all over the world.

Wiel Penders

Location: Kirkland, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR, AZBDR, UTBDR, COBDR

Bikes: BMW 1200 GSA & BMW G650 XChallenge

About: Wiel got hooked on riding at age 4 doing laps on a little 2-stroke in Spa, Belgium. 

Bryan Pullen

Bryan Pullen

Location: Harrison, ME

BDRs Completed: COBDR, UTBDR, AZBDR, NMBDR, MABDR, NEBDR (scouting team member)

Bikes: KTM 350 XC-F, KTM 950 SE, KTM 950 SM, KTM 990 Adv Baja, BMW R1200GS

About: Bryan has 53 years experience riding motorcycles, progressing from motocross racing as a teenager, through sport bikes to the adventure bikes he now rides.

Eric Hougen

Location: Longmont, CO

BDRs Completed: COBDR, NVBDR (film expedition member), UTBDR

Bikes: WR250R, KTM350EXC, DRZ400S, Honda 250Rally

About: Eric is an avid ADV small bike rider and an ultralite packer.

Trevor Morton

Location:  Sacramento, CA

BDRs Completed:  UTBDR, COBDR

Bikes: KTM 1190 ADV R

About:  Trevor is a prolific traveler, amateur photographer and passionate adventurer. 

Neil Taylor

Location:  Ellijay, GA

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR, NMBDR, MABDR

Bikes: BMW R1200GS Adv, BMW R1200GS Rallye, KTM 450 EXC

About: Neil is a British Special Forces Veteran with over 21 years experience in expeditionary planning and ADV motorcycle instruction.

Douglas French

Location:  Sedona, AZ

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR, IDBDR

Bikes:  BMW 1200GSA, R NineT Scrambler

About:  Douglas grew up racing motorcycles. 

Suzanna Mannion

Location: East San Francisco Bay Area, CA

BDRs Completed: Portions of UTBDR and AZBDR

Bikes: XR650L, CRF230

About: Suzanna’s father introduced motorcycling to her when she was a child.

Jill Oliver

Location:  Snohomish, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR, IDBDR, UTBDR, NMBDR

Bikes:  KTM 1190, KTM 350 EXC

About:  Jill loves the spirit of the BDR organization, and credits it with giving her the tools and network to make adventure motorcycling a reality.

Tim Gettier

Location:  Wirtz, VA

BDRs Completed:COBDR

Bikes: R1200GSA

About: Tim was first introduced to Dual sport / Single track travel in 2008.

Robert Reger

Location:  Boulder, CO

BDRs Completed: COBDR, UTBDR

Bikes:  BMW F800GS, Yamaha Super Tenere, Yamaha WR250R

About:  Roger strongly believes in the BDR organization and its mission. 

Rick Benson

Location:  Farmington, NM

BDRs Completed:  Portions of UTBDR, COBDR, NMBDR

Bikes:  Ducati Multistrata, KTM 450X-CF, Yamaha Super Tenere, KTM 1290 SAR

About:  Rick is a US Navy Vet, and a retired engineer with 35 years experience in the natural gas industry.

Kevin & Beth Young – 2UpTogether

Location:  Holladay, UT

BDRs Completed: UTBDR, IDBDR, and COBDR in 2018

Bikes: BMW R1200GS Adventure

About: Kevin and Beth have been riding 2Up together for their entire 19 year marriage.

Curtis Cummings

Location:  Las Vegas, NV

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR, COBDR

Bikes:  GS, KLR, RT

About:   Curtis is the Chair of the Ambassadors Committee.

Lance Gines

Location:  Boise, ID

BDRs Completed:  IDBDR

Bikes:  BMW R1200GSA, 1200GS, 800GS, KTM 1190R, Kawasaki KLR650

About:  Lance started riding as a kid with his dad and knows the Idaho backcountry as well as anyone.  

Jack O’Connor

Location:  Pt. Pleasant, NJ

BDRs Completed: COBDR

Bikes:  Husky TR 650

About:  Jack runs the Pine Barrens Adventure Camp Riding School, an adventure motorcycle touring and training company on the east coast. 

Dave Swezey

Location:  Everett, WA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR

Bikes:  BMW F800GS, BMW R1150GS ADV, Honda CRF450X, Kawasaki Ninja 250, Suzuki SV650

About:  Dave is a previous GM of a local motorcycle dealership, an entrepreneur, and a passionate adventure rider.   

Jonathan Scheeler

Location: Broomfield, CO

BDRs Completed:  COBDR

Bikes:  BMW GLT, KTM 250, R6

About:  After having a true BDR experience on the COBDR, Jonathan has regained a new hope for humanity and since then has never ran across a ADV rider he could not get along with.

Mark Neville

Location:  San Anotnio, TX

BDRs Completed:  COBDR

Bikes:  G650GS, F650GS, K1200RS, YZ25F, SR500, Fat Boy

About:  Mark is an architect by trade and avid adventure motorcyclist.

Bill Hearne

Location:  Rapid City, SD

BDRs Completed: COBDR

Bikes:  Beta 520, KTM 690E, 990 adv, Honda 450X

About:  Bill is a member of Black Hills National Forestry Board and president of SD Trails Development Nonprofit. 

Chuck McNeal

Location:  Ft. Collins, CO

BDRs Completed:  COBDR, UTBDR, AZBDR, NMBDR

Bikes:  KTM 990 ADV, 450 XCW

About:  Chuck has helped scout the CO, AZ and NM BDR routes and has been a dedicated volunteer and benefactor.

Shalmarie Wilson

Location:  WA

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR, COBDR, WABDR, IDBDR, NMBDR

Bikes:  BMW F650 GS, Honda 250X

About:  Shalmarie holds the record for most BDR’s ridden in a single year. 

Stephanie Terrien

Location:  WA

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR, COBDR, WABDR, IDBDR

Bikes:  BMW F650 GS, Honda 250

About:  Stephanie also holds the record for riding the most BDR’s in one season. 

Hank Shaw

Location:  Topanga, CA

BDRs Completed:  IDBDR, AZBDR, UTBDR

Bikes:  BMW R1200GS, Honda XR650L, KTM 450 EXC

About:  Hank has been a CEO, COO and CMO in marketing and media his entire career. 

Greg Hilchey

Location:  Olympia, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR

Bikes:   KTM690, Yama WR250R, Honda CRF250X

About:  Greg is an avid adventure rider and off-road motorcycle instructor.

Dennis Godwin

Location:  Buena Park, CA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR

Bikes:  BMW 1200GSA, XR600R, Gas Gas 300

About: Dennis is has been living and riding off road in CA for 56 years. 

Jerry Bronstrup

Location: Newhall, CA

BDRs Completed: AZBDR, UTBDR

Bikes: KTM, BMW, Honda

About: Jerry is a prolific and passionate rider, graphic artist, photographer, writer and a good trail cook.

Brian Tome

Location: Cincinnati, OH

BDRs Completed: COBDR, UTBDR, AZBDR

Bikes: BMW 200GSA, KZ650, Harley Ironhead

About: Brian claims to have converted more people from street bikes to dual sport riding than anyone except Charlie Boorman and Ian McGregor.

Nathan Renstrom

Location:  Jacksonville, FL

BDRs Completed:  WABDR

Bikes:  Vstrom 650, XR400R, Suzuki TC100

About: Nathan has been passionate about ADV motorcycling and off road riding for 17 years. 

Roger Pattison

Location:  Taos Ski Valley, NM

BDRs Completed: NMBDR

Bikes: BMW R1200GSA, KTM 500EXC, Bultaco Sherpa-T, Honda CT110, Mecatechno Electric

About: Roger is an avid ADV rider and has an enormous passion for his state of New Mexico. 

Dennis McGinness

Location: Nokesville, VA

BDRs Completed:  COBDR

Bikes:  BMW R1200GS, WR250

About: Dennis is inspired by what has already been accomplished by the BDR team and wants to assist with building the future BDR routes. 

Eric Hall

Location:  Irvine, CA

BDRs Completed:  COBDR, AZBDR, IDBDR

Bikes: BMW R1200 GSA, KTM 990 ADV

About:  Eric is an avid adventure rider,  and works as a senior editor at XLADV.com.  

Whitney Koeberle

Location:  Kirkland, WA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR, IDBDR

Bikes:  BMW R1200GS, KTM 690 Enduro, KTM 500EXC, 250XC

About:  Whitney is the owner of Dirt Bike Safety Training. 

David Emery

Location:  Olalla, WA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR, UTBDR

Bikes:  KTM 690R, BMW R1150GS

About:  As a motorcycle enthusiast and BDR fan, David is eager to help BDR carry out its mission of preserving riding opportunities for the adventure motorcycling community.

Mark Plank

Location:  Temple, TX

BDRs Completed:  IDBDR

Bikes:  Suzuki DR 650SE, Kawasaki KLX250, KTM 300 XCW

About:  Mark is retired military and has a background in law enforcement. 

Ben Archer

Location:  North Brunswick, NJ

BDRs Completed:

Bikes: BMW R1200GS, BMW G650 XCountry

About:  Ben is from the UK and moved to the states about 5 years ago. 

Jason Lamb

Location:  Irvine, CA

BDRs Completed:  AZBDR

Bikes:  BMW F800 GSA

About:  Jason is an attorney by trade, and adv rider by passion.  

Kyle McCoy

Location: Seattle, WA

BDRs Completed:  WABDR

Bikes:  KTM 1190 Adventure R, BMW G650 XChallenge

About:  Kyle is on the board of directors of Trust for Public Land and Seattle Parks Foundation. 

John Hax

Location: Golden, CO

BDRs Completed: COBDR, UTBDR, NVBDR

Bikes:  BMW F650GS

About:  John was in the Marines where he had the opportunity to explore the world. 

Clark Denny

Clark Denny

Location: Morrison, CO

BDRs Completed: COBDR, UTBDR, IDBDR

Bikes: Triumph 800XC, KTM 350 EXC, Polaris RZR 1000

About: Clark started riding when he was 9 and jumped into motocross racing in his teens.

John Ciribassi

John Ciribassi

Location: Carol Stream, IL

BDRs Completed: MABDR, COBDR

Bikes: KTM EXC350F, KTM 1090 Adventure R

About: John has been riding since he was in grade school, riding mostly motocross (Yamaha YZ 125 and CZ 250).

Paul Dragoo

Bill Dragoo

Location: Norman, OK

BDRs Completed: AZBDR, NMBDR, UTBDR, IDBDR, COBDR

Bikes: 2018 R1200 GS Rallye, 1992 R100 GSPD

About: As a moto-journalist, certified BMW factory-trained off-road instructor, flight instructor and certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach, Bill Dragoo never strays far from adventure.

Kumi Suzuki

Kumi Suzuki

Location: Snohomish, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR, Portion of IDBDR

Bikes: HUSQVARNA 701, KTM 300

About: Kumi has been riding motorcycles since 2013, and her first bike was a Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Jayson Stangel

Jayson Stangel

Location: Golden, CO

BDRs Completed: NMBDR, AZBDR, COBDRx3 most of UTBDR

Bikes: KTM 1090 Adventure R

About: Jayson Stangel got into Adventure Motorcycling after being in the Overland community for many years.

Kane Wagner

Kane D. Wagner

Location: Youngstown, OH

BDRs Completed: MABDR; sections of AZBDR, UTBDR, & COBDR

Bikes: Suzuki V-Strom, Husqvarna TE310

About: Kane has always had a passion for adventure and the outdoors and when he purchased his first motorbike in 2012, he was hooked.

Tim Paul

Tim Paul

Location: Orangevale, CA

BDRs Completed: Looking forward to scouting a future Northern California route.

Bikes: 2017 Africa Twin, 2016 CRF250L, 2005 KTM 525 EXC, 2004 Honda ST1300

About: Tim is an avid ADV rider from Northern California who’s had a long career in manufacturing as a Machinist, Fabricator, CAD/CAM Application Engineer and Product Designer in the motorsports, aerospace, and other high-tech industries.

Rob Newman

Rob Newman

Location: Kent, WA

BDRs Completed: WABDR (partial) IDBDR (partial)

Bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 XC, KTM 500 XCW

About: Rob has a long history in the backcountry, hiking, backpacking and these days by motorcycle.  

Jason Priest

Jason Priest

Location: Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada

BDRs Completed: IDBDR

Bikes: KTM 1190 Aventure

About: Jason works for a North American valve manufacturer and has ridden motorcycles for the last 18 years.  

Fernando Casos

Fernando Casos

Location: San Marcos, CA

BDRs Completed: CABDR – South

Bikes: KTM 350 EXC-F, BMW G650GS

About: Fernando began riding motorcycles in his teens, making the leap to adventure riding in 2015 on a trip through Southern California and Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon.

Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

Location: Nottingham, NH

BDRs Completed: MABDR

Bikes: BMW R1200GSA, BMW F650GS Dakar

About:  Andrew Phillips has been riding motorcycles for more than 35 years—including nimble dirt bikes on wooded paths, vintage racing, hill climbs, and long excursions on GSAs.

Eric Milano

Eric Milano

Location: Burlington, VT

BDRs Completed: AZBDR, NMBDR, UTBDR

Bikes:  Beta 500, Honda XR400, BMW GS

About:  Born in NYC, Eric now resides in Burlington, VT and is the owner of MotoVermont.

Victoria Zandonella

Victoria Zandonella

Location: Bridgewater, CT

BDRs Completed: MABDR, Scout on NEBDR

Bikes: Yamaha XT250, BMW F650gs

About:  Victoria has been riding off-road since age 10 with an undying passion for the road less traveled.

Nathan Fant

Location: Gresham, OR

BDRs Completed: WABDR, CABDR, UTBDR

Bikes: Husqvarna 701 Enduro, Yamaha YZ250

About:  Nathan has been riding motorcycles since 2006, and he still has his first bike – a Yamaha YZ250. Although he still enjoys riding dirtbikes in the woods, his passion is adventure riding.

Kirk Young

Kirk Young

Location: Redding, CA

BDRs Completed: WABDR, COBDR, IDBDR, AZBDR, Oregon

Bikes: KTM1290R, KLR650, DRZ400, CRF450x, Yamaha SR500

About:  Since the age of 16, Kirk has owned at least one motorcycle. Over the last 40 years he’s experienced all kinds of riding.

Scott Lovern

Scott Lovern

Location: Buford, GA

BDRs Completed: Parts of CABDR and COBDR

Bikes: R1200GSA

About:  Scott started riding on his grandparent’s property on a TK70, and then progressed to a 250 and rode as much as he could.

Todd Polonsky

Location: Neversink, NY

BDRs Completed: MABDR, UTBDR, parts of WABDR, COBDR, NMBDR

Bikes: BMW 1200 GSA, KTM 690

About:  Todd started riding dirt bikes at the age of 8. He is a lifetime member of the AMA and has ridden Enduros on a competitive level.

Jeff Drawe

Location: Meridian, ID

BDRs Completed:Idaho x 2

Bikes:2015 KTM 1190 ADV R, 2019 KTM 300 XC-W TPI Six Days

About: Jeff is a 20 year military veteran on the cusp of retirement. With over a decade of ADV and Enduro experience in the Idaho back country, Jeff wanted to

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