CABDR-North Video Released

Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) is about to announce the layout of their latest creation, the Northern California BDR, or CABDR-North. The new route completes a continuous BDR from Mexico to Canada. The reveal happens on Saturday, February 17, when their feature-length film premieres in Sacramento, California. Meantime, whet your curiosity on the trailer. Watch as the BDR group attacks rocky roads, enjoys a ride through the pines, and climbs to the sky for the big view.

CABDR-North Film Presentations

Feature film showings are scheduled in motorcycle shops across the country from February through April, with more likely to be added. SoCal riders can enjoy a special event on March 16th at the Bike Shed, home to a restaurant, bar, and retailers. However, anyone that can’t make a showing will be able to see the film on BDR’s YouTube channel (@RideBDR) sometime in June. Coincident with the feature film debut, BDR will make GPS tracks and a digital map available on February 17. That’s also the date the paper map will go on sale at their online store.

Where Do I Start?

CABDR-North begins in Mammoth Lakes, California, a ski town nestled in the Sierra Nevada. From there, the route crosses the backbone of California, taking riders nearly 1,000 miles “from high-desert sagebrush hills to dense alpine forests, unique historical sights, stunning views, with incredibly flowy pavement.” It terminates in the northeastern corner of the state. The BDR folks are calling it a good route for first-time BDR riders.

CABDR-North Creators

BDR is a non-profit organization that dedicates its efforts to adventure touring. Its success in creating routes and keeping them safe depends on support from both industry and the riding public. Their tiered supporter program provides incentives to join at every level.

BMW Motorrad USA is presenting their third BDR route and is ready to prepare riders for the rigors of a BDR at their U.S. Rider Academy. In addition, Zero Motorcycles supplied their DSR/X electric ADV bike to be tested on the route. Edelweiss Bike Travel and Outback Motortek also made large commitments to the project, which is backed by over 20 ADV related businesses.


CABDR-North Intel

As for the route itself, all is hush-hush so far, with the exceptions that Stephan Edwards noted last November. The news that there will be very little sand will no doubt be music to some ears. The option of formidable challenges along the way will please others. Overall, it looks to be a winner for everyone. Snow will likely close parts of the route into June or later, so there’s plenty of time to plan your ride.

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Photos by Ely Woody, courtesy of BDR

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Arden’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha Enduro, obtained while in high school. It set the stage for decades of off-pavement exploration on dual-sports and adventure bikes. Camping in the middle of nowhere became his favorite pursuit. As a former whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal employee, Arden believes in wilderness, wildlife, and being kind to the earth. A self-taught writer who barely passed English classes, he has contributed adventure stories and tested motorcycles and accessories for Rider Magazine and other outlets for nearly 30 years. In that time, he’s worn out two KLR 650s and is currently following the road to the middle of nowhere on his Ténéré 700 and an aging but reliable DR-Z 400S.