Seattle, WA- (June 28th, 2023) – Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR), the non-profit organization dedicated to adventure motorcycling, has just released the trailer for their upcoming Black Hills BDR-X South Dakota Expedition Film. In an effort to raise program awareness and provide compelling content, the BDR team will debut this new route via a live YouTube broadcast at the Revzilla Get On! ADV Fest in South Dakota on Saturday, July 22nd. This special event will be enjoyed by both festival attendees and online viewers across the globe. The event will feature a 30-minute expedition documentary film screening, the release of the GPS tracks, printable map, and route resources, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the route's creation and inaugural expedition.
Following the event, rally participants will have the opportunity to be the first ones to ride the new route.
Black Hills BDR-X Live Route Release
Saturday, July 22
8:30 pm MTN
In person at theRevzilla Get On! ADV Fest in South Dakota
The Black Hills BDR-X marks the organization's sixteenth route and the fourth installment in the BDR-X series of shorter BDR-style loop routes. Complimentary GPS tracks, travel resources, and a downloadable/printable map will be available at www.RideBDR.com/BlackHills.
Black Hills BDR-X Weekly Drawing
Leading up to the route release, between now and July 14th, BDR will conduct a weekly online drawing for a prize package that includes admission to the Revzilla Get On! ADV Fest in Black Hills, SD (worth $400), a BDR Gold Supporter Package (valued at $500), and a $300 voucher for gear and apparel at Rev’It!.There is no purchase necessary to enter and winners will be selected at random on June 30th, July 7th, and July 14th.
For more details, visit the BDR website at www.RideBDR.com/BlackHills.
About the Black Hills BDR-X
The Black Hills BDR-X serves as the organization’s introduction to BDR exploration in the Midwest. Covering 355 miles, this route showcases the diverse landscapes of South Dakota, from vast prairies and lush pine forests, to distinctive rock structures, and majestic aspen groves.
“Our community has expressed a desire for a Midwest route, and what better place to start than the incredible Black Hills of South Dakota. We have carefully crafted a route that captures the essence of what makes BDRs special. Beyond exhilarating riding and scenery, the Black Hills BDR-X offers numerous attractions, such as hiking, waterfalls, wildlife, parks, and monuments. We are confident that this route will leave riders eager to return.”
- Michael Bielecki, BDR Routes Manager & Route Co-Architect
Riders embarking on the route will experience a variety of terrain, including gravel and dirt roads, challenging two-track and world-class stretches of pavement. Notable highlights include historic towns, Mount Rushmore, the picturesque Spearfish Canyon, the legendary Needles Highway and the scenic Custer Wildlife Loop, among other attractions.
Revzilla Get On! ADV Fest, South Dakota
The unveiling of this new BDR route will be a highlight at the annual Revzilla Get On! ADV Fest in the Black Hills. Join the BDR and Revzilla teams along with the ADV community for a fun weekend of adventure riding and camaraderie. Mark your calendars for July 20-23and experience an adventure unlike any other. Explore the captivating wilderness of South Dakota where the backcountry and front-country converge, offering a playground for thrill-seekers. The weekend extravaganza promises world-class adventure riding, test rides, seminars, entertainment, prizes, awards, and the latest gear and accessories for you and your bike. After the rally is over, take a few days to explore the new Black Hills BDR-X.
“People thought we were crazy to host an adventure riding festival in the same place as 'that other' motorcycle rally. But riders have discovered that what makes the Black Hills such a world-class destination for on-road motorcycle riding, is also what makes it one of the best places for adventure riding. We can't wait to share the Black Hills of South Dakota with more adventure riders and host the launch of the new BDR-X at this year’s festival.”
- Sean Laughlin, Get On ADV Festival Organizer, Comoto Family of Brands
For more rally information and to purchase tickets, visit https://GetOnFest.BuffaloChip.com
Zero Motorcycles’ DSR/X on the Black Hills BDR-X
The Black Hills BDR-X is presented in part by Zero Motorcycles who provided two of their DSR/X motorcycles to be tested on the route and featured in the film. As the world's pioneering electric ADV model, the DSR/X boasts industry-leading ground clearance, exceptional range, a 19-inch front wheel, a luggage-capable frame, and a rugged suspension package. These attributes make the DSR/X perfectly suited for exploring the challenging off-road terrain of BDR routes, and the BDR-X routes.
Zero Motorcycles' partnership with the BDR underscores their commitment to advancing the possibilities of electric adventure riding. To further support this endeavor, BDR has integrated electric charging stations locations into both the printable and digital maps of the Black Hills BDR-X.
“Backcountry Discovery Routes have been the key that unlocks two-wheeled adventure for riders from coast to coast for years and the Black Hills BDR-X lives up to that reputation in every way. Having such an iconic route be the first for Zero Motorcycles to be included on is an honor and we’re proud to bring a new element of adventure riding to the rich tradition of BDR and the world-class riding of the Black Hills."
- Dan Quick, Communication Director, Zero Motorcycles