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ADV NewsBDR and Zero Join Forces To Grow E-Powered Adventure Riding

BDR and Zero Join Forces To Grow E-Powered Adventure Riding

The alliance will see an increase of EV charging stations along backcountry routes.

Published on 10.20.2022

Along with the launch of the new DSR/X electric adventure motorcycle, BDR and Zero Motorcycles have teamed up to strengthen electric ADV riding along backcountry routes. This new multi-year partnership will not only help preserve ADV riding opportunities but also grow the network of charging stations along 13 existing and future BDR routes. The most immediate benefits of this alliance will include a library of achievable and available routes to follow on electric motorcycles from coast to coast. 

Backcountry Discovery Routes and Zero Motorcycles grow electric adventure riding
The DSR/X has a claimed range of up to 200 miles off-road. For even more range, Zero offers a Power Tank that increases battery capacity from 17.3 kWh to nearly 21 kWh.

To help riders plan their electric ADV rides, BDR has enhanced its website’s interactive maps to now display EV charging stations within a 25-mile radius of all BDR routes. This new feature will not only increase awareness about access to charging stations but also give riders confidence in their ability to explore some of the best backcountry roads on an electric motorcycle.

Another goal of the partnership will be real-world testing. Specifically, the ability of EV motorcycles having the range required for true backcountry exploration will be put to the test by the BDR on multi-day, long-distance scouting and filming expeditions. Most notably, the DSR/X will be challenged during the creation of the upcoming Northern California BDR (CABDR-North) and the Black Hills, SD BDR-X routes slated for release in the next two years.

Backcountry Discovery Routes and Zero Motorcycles grow number of electric charging stations


“We are excited to partner with Zero Motorcycles to help launch this new dimension to the adventure riding experience, ” said Inna Thorn, BDR Executive Director. Being at the forefront of the EV movement along with Zero Motorcycles presents major opportunities for the BDR and our community to help create an eco-system where EV ADV becomes the norm.”

This partnership highlights the growing infrastructure of public EV charge stations along proven ADV routes and builds a foundation for future infrastructure planning by identifying open service points along new routes currently under development. 

Backcountry Discovery Routes and Zero Motorcycles grow number of electric charging stations

As technology for charging and range improves at lightning speed, so do opportunities for OEM’s, advocacy organizations, public land managers, and government agencies to work together for the broader benefit of the outdoor community. BDR’s partnership with Zero is a precedent-setting effort and one that both organizations’ leadership hope will have a sustainable and positive impact on outdoor recreation and local communities alike.

Photos by Spencer Hill

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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