Oregon BDR 2017

August 6th-12th

Ride is complete now here are some pictures from our adventure

Favorite Pics


You might enjoy this video from Touratech and GlobeRiders. Our ride is largely based on the routes they put together. We will do some of this, but no camping or cooking for ourselves this time. The water crossing and tougher stuff will be optional. So, enjoy their video

I have put together a great summer Oregon ride based on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. The ride will be a one week adventure ride around some of the coolest parts of the state. This ride is designed for riders that want a scenic adventure with a mix of dirt roads. This is not a ride for expert riders, but rather a scenic ride. The riding will average 120 miles per day, with my guess about 75% of that being dirt roads. The ride starts in Ashland OR and ends at the Washington border in Cascade Locks OR. Each evening we will spend the night in a lodge.


This ride now includes a support Van, so riders do not have to carry all their own gear on their bikes.

Signup info:

The cost to join this 6 day ride is $695. This covers your lodging for the 6 nights during the ride. This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Refund Policy

Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.

Ride Details

I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!

Ride Description Oregon BDR 2017

Ride Yoda's

Yoda gpsKevin Yoda Jeffrode Support Van Yoda Greg

View the ride on the Satellite Maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN COBDR Routes

The Red lines are Hard Alternate Routes

The Green lines are Easy Alternate Routes

Black lines are out and backs to gas and towns

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.



Who is going on the ride?


Any and all riding is on you own

Conditions change and Routes may not be navigable

Legal access can change and is not guaranteed. Riders must assess the local conditions.

Weather can make the routes impassable.

Riders must obey all local laws

gpsKevin assumes no liability for these rides or your actions.

Vaudois H, San Diego

KLR 650

Scott M, Chatsworth CA

Africa Twin

Jeffrey G, Escondido CA

Yamaha Super Tenere


Africa Twin

Michael D, Richmond, CA


Jimmy L, Turlock, CA


Brian L, Turlock, CA

KTM 690

Joe H, Danville, CA

KTM 1190