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Next in the BDR series - AZBDR

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by eakins, May 8, 2013.

  1. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash Supporter

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    What are you feeding those print guys? (bowl of worms and spoon,right side of pic) Looks like something out of "Fear Factor".

    Kidding aside, thanks for putting this together. Solid effort. :thumb
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  2. Inna

    Inna Adventurer

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    Seattle, WA - (January 10th, 2013) Winter is the perfect time to set your sights on that bucket list, and start planning your next motorcycle escape. For riding ideas look no further than the non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes, and their latest project, the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). The AZBDR is the fourth installment in the Backcountry Discovery Routes series of trans-state routes created for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

    The AZBDR is a 750-mile scenic ride across the state of Arizona, beginning at the Mexico border and finishing at the Utah border. The route consists of mostly remote dirt roads, that pass through iconic locations including the Mogollon Rim, Sunset Crater National Monument, Grand Canyon and the Navajo Nation.

    “Arizona has so many different landscapes you can ride in a single day. We discovered very remote and seemingly untouched wild lands, pristine mountain ranges, and a surprising number of water crossings. I think the AZBDR is the most remote and challenging of the routes so far. It really takes the word ‘Backcountry’ to new levels for the Backcountry Discovery Routes concept.”
    -Paul Guillien, President, Backcountry Discovery Routes

    The AZBDR documentary provides an in-depth look into the creation and first expedition of the AZBDR. Follow a group of riders on adventure motorcycles including the Yamaha WR250R, KTM 990 Adventures, BMW F800GS, and the 2013 R1200GS as they camp from their motorcycles, tackle tough terrain, and enjoy the stunning and varied landscapes of Arizona’s remote backcountry, including historic old west towns, remote deserts, pine-covered mountains, beautiful canyons and Native American lands.

    The AZBDR release includes free GPS tracks and route travel information available on the BDR website, a waterproof map from Butler Motorcycle Maps, and expedition documentary on DVD produced by Noren Films.

    WATCH the Documentary Trailer

    The AZBDR DVD and map will be released March 1, 2014 and can be pre-ordered from Touratech-USA or Butler Maps.

    AZBDR Movie Nights at Motorcycle Dealerships

    The AZBDR Movie will be premiering at motorcycle dealerships across the U.S. staring February 1st. Call your local motorcycle dealer and have them contact the BDR organization to schedule the AZBDR movie premiere in your area.

    The AZBDR project is presented by Go AZ Motorcycles, the nation’s premiere motorcycle dealership, and the official dealer of the AZBDR.

    “The ADV community lives for the opportunity to take the road less traveled,” said Go AZ Motorcycles General Manager, Gina Marra. “Through our partnership with BDR we have been able to bring to light some of the most stunning and diverse roads in Arizona, routes we believe will fuel the riding experience for enthusiasts.”

    The BDR Organization could not have accomplished it's goals without support from our corporate sponsors including: Touratech-USA, Butler Motorcycle Maps, KLIM Technical Riding Gear, BMW Motorcycle Owners Association, NEMO Equipment, Inc., Trailmaster Adventure Gear, Noren Films, and other sponsors.
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  3. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Thanks :D

    Looks like chopped beets, but i have no idea.
    That is Ellen in the back, our back page graphic designer
    and Court Butler, up front, looking at the printer's proof sheet (on pulp paper).
    I won't tell her you called her a guy.
    The front page cartography work is done by Thad @ http://www.benchmarkmaps.com/

    Printer people don't proof, they just print & are not that cleanly dressed at work anyway. :evil
    Our maps are printed on top grade plastic paper (Hop-Syn G1 - National Geographic map grade)
    in Loveland, Colorado at http://www.visiongraphics-inc.com/
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  4. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    any day now it will be printed.
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  5. eakins

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    just found out i can go grab a copy at the printer (next town over from me) on tuesday. :D

    seems it won't get picked up by our company truck until after that. so outside of the printers them self, i'm the 1st person to see a hard copy in the US :evil stoked for this BDR for sure!
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  6. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I have Delorme Topo North America. Any pointers on how to get AZBDR into it? I got CO into it and forgot how.
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  7. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    inna, congrats on the touratec article, i enjoyed reading it.

    as for the azbdr,,, it looks like a great route for visitors, as its intended, as a local i am less excited about it. maybe its because ive ridden almost all of it more than a couple times, maybe i think its too much pavement. maybe i think the riding is too easy even though the scenery is great, i dunno.

    i would have chosen a few different areas, roads and sections, but again, thats me and i dont ride a loaded touring bike so i'm in a slightly different mind set on what i want in a ride.

    having said that, it is a great route, and it showcases the diversity this state offers pretty well.

    for that my hat is off to all of you that made it happen.
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  8. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i assume your software accepts/imports .gpx files
    or maybe you used GpsBabel to change it to a Delorme file format?
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  9. eakins

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    thanks! indeed the route was chosen for large adv bikes loaded with camping gear and thus "easier" but still a challenge in places.

    yes a solid rider on a light plated bike might find it too easy.
    ride it and let us know how the whole package of a route came together.
    it really does highlight all the zones that AZ has to offer & that was the goal.

    it's also designed to continue on with the UTBDR northwards and this summer we ride the IDBDR for a Mexico to Canada route by 2015.
    we have big goals with our BDRs beyond just riding a single state alone.
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  10. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    yessir i am well aware, and i think its pretty dang awesome!!!

    so, really one could make a giant loop running the bdr one way and the conti divide back with a heart of the west loop thrown in for goo measure,,, and if your on the east side of the country ride the trans am trail out here,,,, wow.
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  11. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    I think this is what we would all, a "complisult". :lol3

    S.C.
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  12. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Michhub...........when we going???

    I know you are lurking here.:lol3
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  13. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical Supporter

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    You talkin' to me...I'm no lurker....oh wait, yes I am....:dunno
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  14. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    i thought it was an insultament:D
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  15. eakins

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    eh, what ever ya label it, he took the time to say hi.
    our BDRs are never gonna be perfect for everyone, but most like em. :evil
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  16. fanatic291

    fanatic291 Desert Tortoise

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    I am really excited for the AZBDR. I want to ride this route first and then in a few years do the CDT. I will be at GoAZ on the 8th to watch the screening.
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  17. CBAT

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    Sounds like a great way to spend a summer
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  18. mr.slowpokey

    mr.slowpokey Been here awhile

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    Feb 8th is the screening? just walk in or reservations?
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  19. eakins

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    indeed. our long term goal is to have all these BDR and people connect them how they want.

    one idea is ride up the AZBDR then up the UTBDR then over to the COBDR and down it to the 4 corners and then down the New Mexico part of the CDR.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763745

    since we ride the IDBDR this summer, 2015 would be AZBDR > UTBDR > IDBDR > down CDR back to border. Epic!

    OR the GWT south back to AZ:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23349053&postcount=39
    ...and then back up the CDR after that :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

    S. Border > AZBDR > UTBDR >IDBDR > N. Border > GWT > S. Border > CDR > N. Border
    that would have to be one the best USA ADV rides of all time and maybe more epic than the TAT.