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What is BDR?
BDR (Backcountry Discovery Routes) is a non-profit advocacy organization that creates off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Their work includes rider education, safety campaigns and promoting responsible travel for motorcyclists traveling in the backcountry. BDR’s volunteer-powered organization works with agencies and land managers to keep trails and remote roads open for motorcycling. Each route generates new tourism that delivers sustainable economic relief to less-advantaged rural communities. This creates local stakeholders who will help fight to keep access for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles in these incredible backcountry areas.
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Once you have completed the training levels, you’re going to want to put your newfound skills to the test and experience some of the greatest off-road motorcycle trails the world has to offer. And lucky you, many of the best trails are right here in the United States.
Austin Moto Adventures offers two types of guided tours.
Austin Moto Adventures offers guided tours in partnership with BDR (Backcountry Discovery Routes), a non-profit advocacy organization that creates off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Current BDR tours offered include tours in Colorado, California, Utah and Wyoming.
Continental Divide Tours
Similar to the BDR Tours, these tours are a bit more challenging, tend to include at least a couple of nights of tent camping, and they can be longer (about 10 days or so).
BDR TOURS & CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TOURS
About the beautiful off-road trails of America
What to expect on an Austin Moto Adventures tour
The main idea of the BDR tours is getting the rider onto the off-road locations that often are too far to hike, and not accessible for even four-wheel drive vehicles. The result is that you get tosee places that many people never get to see.For many of the BDR tours, you can expect a variety of intermediate challenges, from dirt or rocky trails, to smooth tarmac roads.
For many trips, we stay in motels along the way, but for some trips we do camping along the trail. Regardless of the nature of your ride, Austin Moto Adventures (AMA) handles all the logistics for you, including motel reservations, food, any special permits required (such as for national forests), and more. We even can provide a motorcycle for rent.
You focus exclusively on the trail
Each ride has an AMA rider at the head and the tail of the pack, to ensure complete safety. We also have a support truck and trailer that accompanies each ride and carries all luggage and bags for participants. This support vehicle rides ahead to each destination to check riders into their motel and have everything ready for them when they arrive. The AMA motorcycle and support vehicle riders are in communication by radio at all times to ensure there are no issues with accidents or equipment failures.
What happens when a bike breaks down?
If a bike needs repair, our roadside mechanics typically can fix almost anything along the trail. If a bike needs a more significant repair, we put it on the trailer and haul it in for repairs. It’s all aboutgiving the rider the best possible experience and ensuring they get back onto the trail as quickly and safely as possible.
How are the Continental Divide Tours different from BDR tours?
The AMA Continental Divide Tours are very similar to the BDR tours in many ways. Here are some things to know:
- Most importantly, these tours tend to be a bit more challenging than some of the BDR tours, and definitely are meant for more advanced riders. If you have completed AMA training levels 1-3, you might be able to handle these tours.
- The Continental Divide Tours typically are about 10 days and nights. Some of the spots along the way are so special and stunning that we strongly encourage riders to skip the motel and enjoy the camping experience.
- We might have 13-14 riders, which is a bit more than the BDR tours, but eight riders is ideal.