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ADV NewsBDR Makes Its Entire Documentary Film Library Free To Watch

BDR Makes Its Entire Documentary Film Library Free To Watch

Grab a cold one and get inspired by the unique riding experience of each BDR!

Published on 07.11.2022

Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has been creating off-road routes for dual sport and adventure motorcycle travel for over two decades now. In fact since 2010, the non-profit company has introduced a new route for the ADV community every year, amassing a total of eleven main trans-state and regional rides across the U.S. so far. 

Besides the free resources such as GPS tracks and interactive maps, each route has been released in conjunction with a feature -length documentary film of the expedition which the community can rent or buy. Now, the BDR organization has just made its entire library of eleven BDR expedition documentary films available for free on YouTube.

Backcountry Discovery Routes makes entire film documentary library free to watch.

From the first BDR route in Washington to the latest in Wyoming, viewers are treated to the unique adventure riding experience of each backcountry area with the majority of the films produced by noted ADV filmmaker and BDR Co-Founder Sterling Noren of Noren Films. 


“It was a big goal for the organization to be able to offer all of the BDR film titles for free to the community.  Now anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection can watch these films and get inspired to ride a BDR,” said Inna Thorn, BDR Executive Director.

Here are all the BDR documentary films available:

Washington BDR

This 575-mile route thoroughly explores the Cascade Mountains beginning in Stevenson, Washington. Views of the massive volcanic mountains from the dense forest in the southern part of the route are stunning and the open arid pine forests of the central part of the route showcase the diversity of the state. 

North East BDR

The NEBDR is a motorcycle expedition from upstate New York to the Canadian border in Maine, through 7 different states. This 1,400-mile route leads riders through nearly a dozen state forests on rustic dirt and gravel roads, challenging seasonal roads, and class IV roads throughout. Asphalt roads are kept to a minimum and the ones included are twisty tarmac to keep things interesting.

Utah BDR

This 871-mile route will take riders through unforgettable landscapes, including iconic places like Valley of the Gods, Moab, the Abajo and La Sal mountains, Onion Creek, 9 Mile Canyon, and the Wasatch Mountains. 

Colorado BDR

Colorado’s combination of majestic snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys and rugged mountainous terrain make it an off-road paradise for Adventure Riders. With several passes over 12,000 feet, there is no shortage of views on this route — just shortness of breath while taking in the sights in the thin air of Ophir, Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, Cinnamon, Cumberland, Cottonwood, Weston and Hagerman passes.

Arizona BDR

A 750-mile scenic ride on remote dirt roads across the state of Arizona. Blessed with a surprising number of mountain ranges, the Arizona BDR is more green and mountainous than many people expect. The route begins at the Mexico border of Southern Arizona and finishes in Utah. It can be ridden in either direction, passing through some of the most iconic locations Arizona has to offer.

New Mexico BDR

Relive the Wild West riding through areas where the notorious outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’ made history by evading authorities and see the land the same way he did because not much has changed in many of these places. Wild horses, landscapes that roll on forever and the tiniest of towns highlight this route.

Idaho BDR

 The route runs south-to-north across the state of Idaho and covers more than 1,250 miles of mostly off-road tracks. Some of the highlights include two historic back roads — the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway. The route travels through several rustic mountain towns, including Yellow Pine, Burgdorf Hot Springs, Elk City, Avery, Wallace, and Clark Fork.

Wyoming BDR

This 950-mile backcountry route is the most remote adventure of all the BDR’s to date. Tracks take riders through five mountain ranges and explore vast high-desert regions on public dirt roads and primitive double-track. Expect scenic views, endless forest roads under a canopy of trees, high-desert terrain, flowing curves, rocky expert-only sections, and alpine elevations reaching 11,000 feet.

Nevada BDR

 A scenic 900-mile ride across Nevada, beginning in Oatman, AZ, and finishing in Jarbidge, NV. Experience historic saloons and relics from Nevada’s rich mining history, along with ghost towns, artifacts, desert sculptures, murals, the world’s largest car forest, jackrabbits, antelope and even wild mustangs. Most importantly, meandering two-track roads that are just perfect for spending time on an adventure motorcycle.

Mid Atlantic BDR

The 1,080-mile route primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes, to lead riders through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.

Southern California BDR

This 820-mile south-to-north route uses rugged two-track and remote dirt roads primarily to lead riders through majestic canyons, rocky riverbeds, and sandy washes of California’s famous deserts and national preserves. Experience quirky desert enclaves and ghost towns, visit historic mines, see ancient petroglyphs and intaglios, dip in healing mineral hot springs, and ride among the unique Joshua trees in the Mojave National preserve. 

Downloading or streaming the films commercial-free is still available on Vimeo on Demand for a small donation to BDR. Some titles are also available on Amazon. For more, visit BDR’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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July 12, 2022 12:30 am

I’m surprise how little riding footage is in a lot of these. Lots of talking around campfires and time off the bike, but relatively little riding footage.

Marcelo Zimmer (@marcelozimmer)
Marcelo Zimmer (@marcelozimmer)
July 12, 2022 5:44 am

I just found that playlist on their youtube channel and already watched 3 of them, The CA, NE and NM ones. I’m on the CO video right now and dreaming to travel to USA as soon as possible to rent a bike and try some BDR. Even a few legs would be a dream come true. Thank you to the community and the organisers that realized that the freeing those videos on youtube would overeach around the world.


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