The Backcountry Discovery Routes Organization Partners with Honda and TravelNevada to Release the Nevada BDR Project

Seattle, WA - (January 26, 2017) - Since 2010, the adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has created six trans-state routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.  Now, BDR announces its seventh route, the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route (NVBDR), produced in partnership with the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and TravelNevada, Nevada Division of Tourism.  The NVBDR release includes free GPS tracks and route travel information on the BDR website, a waterproof map from Butler Motorcycle Maps, and expedition documentary DVD produced by ColorBlind, and BDR Documentary Films.

The project will be unveiled at the NVBDR World Premiere & ADV Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The NVBDR movie tour presented by Cyclops Adventure Sports, begins February in theaters and dealerships across the country.   View the NVBDR Movie Tour Calendar.

The NVBDR Route Documentary & Map
The NVBDR is a 900-mile route that starts in Oatman, AZ, and ends in Jarbidge, NV. The documentary captures the raw experience of the group of riders as they make the first expedition of this remote and rugged route. Viewers will get a glimpse of the history and wildlands that are just beyond the Vegas Strip. High-definition aerial footage will captivate the audience as they get a birds eye view of wildlands and majestic places most people never see, as the team explores Nevada’s remote desert landscapes, alpine vistas, and open sagebrush valleys.  Discovering the state’s maverick spirit, the team encounters ghost towns, historic wild-west saloons, relics from Nevada's rich mining history, desert sculptures, murals, and the world’s largest car forest. Most importantly, the film reveals miles of meandering two-track roads that are just perfect for spending time on an adventure motorcycle.

The waterproof and tear-resistant map from Butler Motorcycle Maps contains the main route, detailed sections on the back, information on points of interest, gas stops, camping, elevation profiles, climate guide, and much more. The NVBDR Map and DVD are available through Touratech-USA and Butler Motorcycle Maps beginning March 1, 2017.  

NVBDR Partnerships
The BDR organization is proud to announce support from new partners this year. American Honda Motor Co.  Inc. has committed to help the BDR create and preserve riding opportunities through 2018. The collaboration allows the BDR to test and showcase the off-road capabilities of the new CRF1000L Africa Twin in a BDR environment. Through this partnership, the BDR also gains the knowledge and experience of JCR Honda’s own, 11-Time Baja 1000 Champion, Johnny Campbell, who joined the NVBDR expedition team, and appears in the documentary.

”The NVBDR is going to knock your boots right off the pegs! Once you have watched this inspirational film on our Nevada expedition, prepare yourself and equipment properly, and go explore a ‘True Adventure’ through the road-less-traveled and experience the REAL Wild West.”
- Johnny Campbell, 11-Time Baja 1000 Champion

The BDR organization also received support from the Nevada Division of Tourism in the form of a grant, to help create the Nevada BDR and promote adventure motorcycle tourism in the state of Nevada.  The BDR team estimates that in its first year, the NVBDR project will bring over $1million in revenue to rural Nevada communities including Primm, Pahrump, Beatty, Tonopah, Austin, Elko, and others along the route.

“Some of the most thrilling, inspiring landscapes in Nevada are best seen from a backcountry trail or rugged mountain road, and the NVBDR celebrates the beauty of Nevada in a visually compelling format. This is exactly what our grant program was designed to support: projects and organizations that can take the raw material Nevada has to offer and present it to potential travelers to generate revenue for every corner of our state. We are proud to have been a part of this project.”
- Claudia Vecchio, Director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs

NVBDR World Premiere & ADV Expo in Las Vegas
The NVBDR Movie tour kicks off with the world premiere event on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Cannery Hotel & Casino, located at 2121 East Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030.
5:00 pm - ADV Expo featuring Nevada dealerships, businesses and organizations that serve and support the adventure motorcycling community.  
6:30 pm - Movie premiere, followed by Q&A with the NVBDR expedition team.
8:00 pm - VIP Reception at Vino's Ristorante, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with the BDR team and local dignitaries.
Tickets are $15 per person for the Expo & Movie; $50 for the VIP reception package. Purchase Event Tickets.

The Inaugural Tour of the NVBDR
Local tour company Great Southwest Moto Adventures is running the Inaugural NVBDR tour of the Southern part of the route, the day after the premiere (Feb 16 - 21).  The tour is led by Curtis Cummings, owner of GSMA, BDR Ambassador, and creator of the route.  The tour participants will receive VIP attendance to the premiere on February 16th with overnight stay at the Cannery, and depart for the tour the day after the premiere. Visit GSMA website for more information and to register for the tour.  Only $1,950 for an all-inclusive 6 day-6 night NVBDR vacation.  Space is limited to 8 riders!

Special Thanks
Creation of each BDR route requires an enormous commitment of time and resources from BDR volunteers, annual members, and donors, who keep the BDR movement rolling.  

The non-profit organization thanks the BDR community and the following companies for making the NVBDR possible:  American Honda Motor Co., Inc., TravelNevada, RideNow Vegas (the Official Dealerships of the NVBDR), Touratech-USA, KLIM Technical Riding Gear, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, BMW Performance Center U.S. Riding Academy (BDR Preferred Training Partner), Cyclops Adventure Sports (Movie Tour Sponsor), SENA, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Butler Motorcycle Maps, Trailmaster Adventure Gear, NEMO, Great Southwest Moto Adventures, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures, BMW MOA, ADV Moto Magazine, James Howard Creative Group, and other sponsors.

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