The BDR Mission

Since 2010, Backcountry Discovery Routes has inspired thousands of people – seasoned adventure riders and those new to the sport – to take advantage of the riding opportunities available in the United States.

Over the years, the BDR mission has evolved, and our core mission today is to create, preserve and protect off-highway motorized access to public lands. Through education, safety initiatives, responsible land use ethics, and positive financial impact on rural communities BDR seeks to preserve backcountry motorcycling opportunities for generations to come.

Backcountry Discovery Routes Films – Since 2010, we’ve been crafting a blend of short films and feature-length documentaries aimed at inspiring, educating, and advocating for safe adventure motorcycle travel in remote landscapes. These captivating productions have found distribution through esteemed partners like BMW Motorrad, Touratech USA, and Zero Motorcycles. Many of our films are readily accessible for live streaming on YouTube/RideBDR.

Our work is primarily focused in the following areas:


Develop & Preserve Adventure Riding Opportunities.
BDR has created thirteen mail routes and a number of BDR-X’s, shorter BDR-style routes that loop, comprising over sixteen thousand miles of verified and enjoyable terrain for adventure and dual-sport motorcycle riding. Land managers recognize this form of managed travel, and see value in the roads that are being utilized for recreation. This gives them a reason to protect these roads from closure.


Motivate People to Discover the Backcountry by Motorcycle
Through the use of engaging photos and story telling through videos and documentaries, the BDR organization has drawn motorcyclists and adventurers to this emerging form of recreation.


Be the Voice for Adventure Motorcyclists.
BDR is a voice representing the interests of adventure motorcyclists to managers who are stewards of the land and responsible for providing recreational opportunities to the public. The organization is also used by land managers and agencies to communicate important messages to our motorcycle community. The BDR is an effective way to get information to riders about safety issues, road closures and hazards such as wild fires, floods, and weather events.


Promote Safety, Share Knowledge and Inform the Community.
Increasing safety through education and boosting awareness for issues critical to having a successful experience in the backcountry. For example, our Ride Right campaign for reducing head-on collisions around blind corners. Using the buddy system and not riding solo in the backcountry. Carrying satellite communications. Tips and tricks to make things work smoothly while ‘roughing it’ in the backcountry.


Make Sustainable Economic Impact in Rural Areas.
Each new BDR route brings increased commerce to gas stations, general stores, hotels, and restaurants in small rural communities. It makes a significant positive impact to these fragile economies often suffering from lost mining or forestry industry. Keeping these businesses open is good for the communities, and also preserves access to remote areas by providing the fuel, food and lodging required for adventure motorcyclists to visit. Local businesses along the routes become important advocates for keeping off-road trails open to the public, because their livelihood depends on motorcycle tourists coming through their town.

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