The adventure motorcycling non-profit, Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR®), has just released the trailer for their upcoming Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR) documentary film. The feature-length film premieres on February 4, 2023, at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon, kicking off a monthslong tour with over 70 film screenings planned at motorcycle dealerships and clubs across the USA.
The ORBDR represents the organization’s 12th route for adventure and dual-sport motorcycle travel, with free GPS tracks, travel resources, and Butler Motorcycle Map scheduled to accompany the film’s debut. Dealerships and clubs interested in hosting an ORBDR film screening can reserve their tour date on the BDR website at RideBDR.com.
Riders looking to help BDR continue on its mission of creating and preserving ADV riding opportunities should consider joining the BDR Annual Supporter Program featuring exclusive BDR swag and industry discounts from over 40 adventure brands.
About The Route & Film
The ORBDR expedition film features members of the BDR team and special guests from BMW Motorrad USA, Mosko Moto and Edelweiss Bike Travel as they take a first run on the all-new ORBDR. Starting in the high desert landscapes of southeastern Oregon, and exploring North, into the Cascade Range, the crew tests their endurance, riding cross-state through 750 miles of lava rock, silt, sand, and steep mountain roads.
Highlighting the state’s many natural wonders including hot springs, pyroducts, caverns, buttes, and glaciated volcanoes, the route and film showcase why traveling by motorcycle is one of the best ways to discover the backcountry of Oregon.
“I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have always been fascinated by volcanoes. The ORBDR is a route filled with natural wonders of the volcanic kind. We designed the ORBDR to show off different regions of the state and keep the route ever-changing. Oregon has vast high desert in the southeast, sparse pine forests in the central part of the state, and densely forested mountains in the Cascade Range. It almost feels like three BDRs packed into one,” said Bryce Stevens, Oregon Route Architect and BDR co-founder.
The Film Premiere
The Official Film Premiere of the ORBDR documentary will be on February 4, 2023, at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Ore., including an on-site mini-expo featuring BDR, BMW Motorrad USA, Mosko Moto and select industry partners and journalists.
While the film will only be viewable to those at the theater, for those not in attendance, BDR is inviting adventure riders from around the world to join in the festivities via a live YouTube preshow that will include interviews with the film’s cast and crew, a look at exclusive behind the scenes outtakes, and a live unveiling of the route’s free GPS tracks.
Additionally, in partnership with BMW Motorrad USA, multiple BMW Motorcycle dealerships throughout the United States will support the route release effort by hosting their own film premieres, also on February 4.
Check here for the schedule of upcoming ORBDR premieres and join your fellow adventure enthusiasts for an exciting evening of adventure motorcycle film entertainment.
BDR partnerships with major industry brands made this project possible. BMW Motorrad USA is presenting their second BDR route, with the Lead Motorcycle Instructor from the BMW U.S. Rider Academy (in Greer, South Carolina) joining the ORBDR filming expedition.
“The BDR Team has set out on a fantastic mission, helping keep public lands accessible to the adventure community. I am very proud and excited about the relationship between BDR, BMW Motorrad, and the BMW US Rider Academy. Having the opportunity to be a part of the Oregon BDR has helped build my experience as a rider and a coach. Overcoming the challenges along the ORBDR reinforced to me the value of the skills we teach daily at the US Rider Academy. Backcountry Discovery Routes offers properly trained riders an opportunity to put their skills to the test. The Oregon BDR is a ‘challenge and reward’ riding adventure,” said Ricardo Rodriguez, Lead Motorcycle Instructor at the BMW U.S. Rider Academy.
Mosko Moto, the luggage and apparel manufacturer headquartered in White Salmon, WA endorsed the project, and is perfectly situated at the end of the ORBDR. Riders can cross the spectacular Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River and find the Mosko Headquarters just a few miles down the road, along the main thoroughfare. The showroom at Mosko HQ is also very close to the start of the Washington BDR (WABDR), and for BDR riders, Mosko offers free camping at the Bates Mototel – about 5 miles from downtown White Salmon (reserve a site by email). Mosko’s Brand & Creative Director Ashley Myhre joined the filming expedition and rode Oregon’s tough terrain like a champ.
“Our moto-community is so passionately driven by the BDR, and WOW.. look at all of the opportunity and education that’s been gifted to us! It was such an honor to take part in watching the magic of the BDR crew, from the extensive route planning to the way everyone meshed together so effortlessly, not to mention the execution of documenting our journey so that it can be available to all.. just wow. It still feels a bit like a dream, and you know what? I’m gonna’ go ahead and call it – I think the ORBDR will quickly sail to the top of the stack, as fan favorite among the routes,” said Ashley Myhre, Brand/Creative Director for Mosko Moto.
Edelweiss Bike Travel, Austria-based premier world-wide motorcycle tour company, has been a BDR industry supporter for many years. Edelweiss’ owner Tobias Wachter joined the BDR team in Oregon and said, “Having had a chance to be a part of the ORBDR expedition gave me lots of joy, and not just for the technical riding – which I love – but the things you see along the way. The beauty of the desert and mountains, and the feeling of accomplishment you get when you cross the finish line are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”