Volunteer Opportunities for BDR Ambassadors

1. Local Route Representatives


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Nathan Fant

Location: Gresham, OR


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.

Tracy Jeffries

Location: Kirkland, WA


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.

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.

Cody Mccallister

Location: Sandy, UT

BDRs Completed: Parts of IDBDR, UTBDR and AZBDR

Bikes: 2018 Husqvarna 701 enduro, 2018 KTM 300 xcw

About: Cody started riding dirt bikes at age 42 and soon found himself entering in desert and enduro races as well as following friends in some “hard enduro” trail riding.  

Wiel Penders

Location: Kirkland, WA


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:  Durango, CO

BDRs Completed:  All

Bikes: BMW R1250GS HP, BMW R1200GS Rallye, KTM 450 EXC

About: Neil is the CEO & Founder of Backcountry Expeditions, one of BDRs Preferred Tour Partners & Sponsors. He is a retired British Special Forces Veteran with over 23 year’s 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. 

Kristina Fant

Location: Gresham, OR

BDRs Completed: CABDR, WABDR, and parts of UTBDR

Bikes: KTM 690, Beta trainer

About: Kris Fant enjoys all things motorcycling and volunteering. An opportunity to do both at the same time for the BDR organization is a dream come true!

When she is not working her day job as

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


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.

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.

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


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


Bikes:  Yamaha WR25OR, Yamaha Tenere 700, Yamaha WR450F

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. 

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.

Shalmarie Wilson

Location:  WA


Bikes:  BMW F650 GS, Honda 250X

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

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


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.

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. 

Eric Hall

Location:  Irvine, CA


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. 

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. 

Clark Denny

Clark Denny

Location: Morrison, CO


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


Bikes: KTM EXC350F, KTM 1090 Adventure R

John is the owner of Motoride Tours

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


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.

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.

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.

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

John DeCarlo

Location: Branford, CT

BDRs Completed: MABDR, Lots of WABDR and waiting for NEBDR

Bikes: Triumph Tiger 800, BMW R1200GS

About: John DeCarlo spent 35 years as a police officer. In 2010, he retired as a chief of police in Connecticut. Since then he has been researching, writing about and teaching criminology, criminal justice and police management,

Craig Palen

Location: Middletown, MD

BDRs Completed: MABDR

Bikes: 2014 Suzuki Vstrom 1000, 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500

About: Craig has been riding for 50 years, mainly off road. Beginning riding a Benelli mini bike on their farm in Michigan far from a paved road. He moved to Alaska in the 1970s and raced Motocross and

Erica Carrell

Location: Chattanooga, TN

BDRs Completed: MABDR

Bikes: BMW F800GS, Honda CRF250L

About:  Erica firmly believes in the BDR’s mission and is excited to be a part of the team! She is eager to help and encourage all riders, especially women who may initially be intimidated by the sport. 

Matt Manuel

Location: Surrey, BC

BDRs Completed: Oregon

Bikes:2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

About: Matt has been riding adventure bikes for the past 20 years and loves exploring anywhere with anyone. An advocate of riding in general, and especially adventure riding, he helps organize local rides for all skill levels and

Jeff Nash

Location: Berkeley Springs, WV

BDRs Completed: West Virginia

Bikes:2013 KTM 690 Rally Raid ADV Bike, 2013 KTM 500 XC-W Dual-Sport

About: Jeff is a Lifetime Member of the AMA.
He’s been riding and competing on motorcycles for 50+years.
Eats, Sleeps, Dreams, Lives & Loves Motorcycles!
40+ year MC Industry Veteran and a has had

Devon Pelkie

Location: Bellingham, WA

BDRs Completed:WABDR x 2, MABDR

Bikes: R1200GS, DR650SE

About: Devon began motorcycling 13 yrs ago, multiple trips thru PNW, BC, Vancouver Island. Last years retirement trip took him to Newfoundland, enjoying MABDR along the way.
Operator of thetooltube.com since 2009, offering adv moto accessories worldwide to like minded travelers.

George Karl

Location: Poulsbo, WA

BDRs Completed: Washington and 70% ish of Idaho. Some unofficial Oregon routes, an unofficial Northern CA route

Bikes: BMW R1200RT, Yamaha TW200, Honda NC700X

About: 50 years ago, it started with George and his Dad building a hand-built mini bike, all 3.5 hp of it. As they say, the rest is history… from a teenager through adulthood, George continued on to semi-professional motocross racing, sport touring, and  

Cameron Smith

Location: Geneva, Switzerland


Bikes: Ducati Multistrada, KLR 650

About: Cameron started riding at the age of 12 and has been hooked ever since. Coming from a family of desert racers in Southern California, off pavement riding is

Jeffrey Berrong

Location: Escondido, CA


Bikes:KTM 1090R / 500 EXC

About: Jeff’s first motorcycle was a secondhand Honda SL 70 that he rode growing up in Idaho. An

Kirk Lakeman

Location: Dawsonville, GA

BDRs Completed: MABDR, Major portions of Colorado, Utah. NEBDR planned for September 2020

Bikes: KTM 790R, KTM 350 XCF, KTM 1190R, Montesa 4RT

About: In over 40 years of riding (trail riding, racing off-road, adventure bike riding) I have gained considerable off-road and

Chris Bashaw

Location: Frederick, Md

BDRs Completed: Mid Atlantic bdr

Bikes: Bmw F850gs, Suzuki dr650

About: Chris is a navy veteran and has been riding for over 30 years. He has a background in

Chris Cawein

Location: Moscow, TN

BDRs Completed: UT, CO, ID

Bikes: 2016 BMW R1200 GS, 2020 KTM Six Days EXC500, 2008 KLR 650

About: Chris recently retired after 35 years at FedEx. He held various positions in management and project management. A lifelong

Jose Real

Location: Fort Meade, Maryland

BDRs Completed: MABR, NEBDR

Bikes: Tiger 800 XC, Africa Twin DCT

About: Discovered Adventure Motorcycles while in the Military touring cruising motorcycles in Europe. Now

Robert Pack

Location: Johnson City, TN

BDRs Completed: MABDR and NEBDR; just finished riding the MABDR + NEBDR back to back July 11-24 2020; previously rode the MABDR in 2018.

Bikes: KTM 790 R & Husqvarna 701 enduro

About: Rob Pack rides ADV bikes as often as possible, preferring long, multi-day adventure routes with good friends and challenging terrain.

Rebecca Ann

Location: Tonasket, Washington

BDRs Completed: WABDR

Bikes: Honda Shadow Aero 750, Yamaha TW-200

About: I have relocated to Tonasket, WA, perfectly in line with the beginning/end of the WABDR. Tonasket is also

Johnathan Langley

Location: Gilbert, AZ


Bikes: BMW GS1200 Rallye, KTM790 Adventure R, Husqvarna TE300, KTM 500 EXC, KTM 1190 Adventure R

About: I’m a lifelong lover of motorcycles and traveling. After spending 25 years in the powersports industry, I’m now splitting my time between the Canadian Rockies and the Sonoran Desert, riding everywhere and everything in-between.

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