What our clients are saying
"ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! From the moment I was collected from my hotel to the moment I was returned back to the airport for my flight home, the whole Backcountry Expeditions experience was just flawless, and the riding was even better than that!!! I traveled all the way from Scotland for the trip so my expectations were high, but in the end, they were exceeded in every way. I completed the Arizona BDR with company owner Neil over the course of a week and the riding was simply some of the best that I have ever done. All throughout the trip, Neil was available to provide coaching and guidance and we always seemed to ride at just the right pace. At times we would push on and make the most of the bikes, and at others, we would slow it right down to practice skills and enjoy our surroundings."
"The pace is always up to you and there is never any pressure to do anything you are not comfortable with. Backcountry Expeditions provide everything you need for the trip from a perfectly prepared BMW bike of your choice, to first-class camping gear, to the amazing food that we cooked on campfires at night. They also make sure all the safety stuff is covered, and Neil’s military background means that everything is planned to perfection. Would I recommend Backcountry Expeditions - absolutely!! I have already booked my next trip with them for summer 2019 and I think that says it all."
- Angus Duncan
"I've done several rides with Backcountry Expeditions and have had a blast every time. As a matter of fact I'm planning my next trip with them right now. Neil the owner and the guide is a former military guy, and an all-around cool dude who really takes the time to get to know his clients and tries to create a memorable experience for them. Different types of trips are available and can be designed, from camping to staying in hotels. The support crew is always excellent and goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. The bikes used are BMW GS models, either the 750 or the 1200 and are fully insured. Gear for camping and roadside adventures are included, as is transportation from and to the airport.
I started with the lessons package, then I did the Arizona BDR, then the Colorado BDR which was epic, and now I'm planning on doing the California BDR and the Idaho BDR. Do yourself a favor and do at least one trip with this outfit, you won't regret it and more than likely you'll get hooked (like I did)!!"
- Tom Moshiri
"Having done BDR adventure rides in the past, it's my opinion that there is no such thing as a bad off-road adventure. But riding with the Backcountry Expeditions team takes the experience to a new level. Their level of preparedness is top-notch, making the rider's safety the top priority. The team ensures that the level of challenge was commensurate with our level of skill, all the while keeping it interesting and weaving in plenty of photo ops.
Neil and the team leave nothing up to chance. The entire experience ran like a finely tuned machine. I look forward to our next ride with Backcountry Expeditions. Keep up the great work!"
- Gill Horowitz
"I recently returned from a great backcountry trip on the Colorado BDR with Neil Taylor, of Backcountry Expeditions. Apart from the fact that Colorado offers some of the most amazing riding backdrops, Neil and his team planned the perfect mix of riding on the many known trails and scouting all-new riding opportunities. I have done a lot of riding over the years and have never experienced a more professionally run operation than Backcountry Expeditions. Neil is extremely attentive to the needs of his clients and adjusts the itinerary on a daily basis in order to meet those needs.
Looking forward to riding with Backcountry Expeditions this winter on the Arizona BDR."
"My wife and I just completed the Idaho BDR two up with Backcountry Expeditions. We have been fortunate to take many guided trips over the last several years as well as doing many all on our own and these guys rank right up there with the best of them. Their equipment is top-notch as was everything about the entire trip.
Neil and Julia were great company and gave very personalized support and service throughout. We always looked forward to spending time with them at the end of riding each day. Conversations and company were fun and genuine and you could tell they really love doing what they do. One of the key things we loved about backcountry as opposed to other trips we have done was the super small size of the groups."
"We were fortunate enough to have been the only couple on this trip but generally they cater to small groups of four which really allows you to have more flexibility and a much more personalized feel. Having done a Peru trip of about 12 riders that smaller group is much more enjoyable. Neil is certainly a very experienced rider and you never feel like you’re being pushed to ride faster than you want nor held back if you want to move quicker. We were on an executive trip which meant we only did a little bit of camping but even when we did, those nights were spectacular and in fact, my next trip will be mostly camping."
"My wife really enjoyed having Julia along on the trip as a support person because she was super friendly and we thought gave a great feel to the trip by having her there as opposed to a group of all men. I’ve already booked another trip with them and we’re discussing the next two up trip with my wife. If you are considering a BDR or any other custom trip and don’t have time to plan all the logistics then these guys are the way to go. Neil and Julia make sure you can really relax and enjoy the experience."
- Jim & Heather Ballard
"I went with Backcountry Expeditions on a Colorado BDR adventure. It was most definitely an experience of a lifetime. Colorado is simply stunning.
I can't say enough about the level of professionalism of Neil and the entire Backcountry Expeditions team. They are very attentive to customer's needs.
Neil is a great teacher. There were definitely times where riding got challenging for my skill level. Every time, Neil was able to coach me through challenges in a manner that alleviated my anxiety and was very confidence-inspiring. I can honestly say I came back from a trip as a much more skilled and confident rider."
"I really like the small group format Backcountry Expeditions follows and the amount of individual attention Neil is able to provide during the trip. I am certain that if I've gone with a larger group, my Colorado motorcycle adventure experience would not have been as great.
I can't wait to go on another trip with them soon! Most definitely will be a customer for life."
- Janis Braslins
"Neil and his team are true professionals, they planned and coordinated our entire trip to fit what we were looking for and that was to stay in Vegas and ride through Death Valley. We went as a group of 7 fathers and sons and could not have asked for a better experience. We got picked up at 7 am in the hotel lobby to get in a van loaded up with breakfast sandwiches and coffee to then drive about a half-hour out of Vegas. There we geared up and got on a mixture of beautiful BMW GS 800s and 1200s. The route that Neil had mapped out and planned for us was perfect, it ranged from wide-open road to super technical loose sand/dirt spots and always a good spot with a view to stop for lunch. After a day's ride, we were then dropped back off in Vegas. If you are looking to adventure ride, Backcountry Expeditions is the only way to go."
- Sean Winters
"I rode the California BDR last week with Backcountry Expeditions. And it's both true and insufficient to say that Backcountry Expeditions is a very unique and special operation that delivers an amazing adventure motorcycle experience. It starts with Neil Taylor whose attention to detail is second to none, beginning with all the pre-ride consultation where answered every question patiently (and I had my share) - and more important - he asked me key questions to make sure I was fully prepared for the experience in order to get maximum enjoyment. His suggestions, for example, to use soft luggage (vs. hard panniers) and ride with high adventure boots (vs. my touring boots) saved my legs and equipment more than once while on the trail. Neil's military background is not a gimmick: his level of planning/preparation, attention to detail and ability to improvise the daily plan as necessary is like nothing I'd seen before."
"He is a consummate professional. On the trail, he is considerate and thoughtful, providing a range of options to consider along the way, so you feel like you have control over your experience and you're not getting pushed through a strict itinerary. Beyond that, Neil offered great riding tips along the way specifically tailored to my riding skills, which improved immensely by the week's end. Off the trail, Neil and his wonderful wife and partner Julia have all the details taken care of, from hotel check-in, meals, snacks, hydration, etc... Julia's involvement in ride support makes the entire experience both personal and enjoyable. The bottom line is that Backcountry Expeditions is worth every penny, and I would travel with them again in a heartbeat."
- Michael Schwimmer
"Whether you are new to adventure motorcycle riding (which is what I am) or an experienced rider; this is a great experience. Pre-ride services were more than expected. From the initial call to get my riding experience and what I was looking for, to providing updates and advice prior to the ride. Support: From being picked up at the airport, information and safety briefing, rooms already reserved and ready to go, food and drinks provided, provided gear and being dropped off at the airport; you can’t find any better support. I also appreciated the personal touch and interaction. This is not a corporate... give me your money operation. Neil truly cares about you and your experience. Instruction and riding: First-rate instruction from bike orientation to riding techniques and safe practice and training prior to hitting the trails. I never felt pressured to ride outside of my abilities, but felt encouraged to push my limits to get better, knowing that Neil had my back. I will definitely do this again if my schedule permits it."
- Brain Buechner
"Excellent experience - the team is very professional and courteous from the initial inquiry on the website and pre-ride consultation to a once in a lifetime experience riding the Utah BDR through to post-ride follow-up. Neil finds fun and exciting routes while keeping safety number one priority - all while he shares helpful hints and advice from his vast riding experience. Bikes, gear, supplies, humor, etc. were in impeccable condition. I am already working on organizing the next ride..."
- Anders Hove
"Absolutely outstanding from initial contact via email (the response was almost immediate) to delivering what can only be described as a trip of a lifetime, completing the Colorado BDR. Neil's understanding and knowledge of off-road expedition motorcycle riding is second to none. He provided all the equipment and intimate knowledge of the route... If adventure motorcycle riding is on your list of things to do, Backcountry Expedition is the only company doing it right. 5 stars is not enough!!"
- Simon Powell
"Being new to adventure riding, I reached out to the Backcountry Expeditions team for support and mentoring on the Mid-Atlantic BDR®. Neil provided great advice on packing and gear selection before the ride and was fantastic at leading our week-long expedition and developing my riding skills and confidence along the way. I’m already signed up for another adventure...out West this time!"
- Dash Stevens
"I got my first motorcycle (BMW 310 GS) earlier this year and am fairly new to riding ON & OFF Road. My boyfriend, Adam, who already has several years of experience booked a 4 day guided trip with Backcountry Expeditions for us to explore the Ouray/Silverton area of the Colorado BDR. Neil Taylor did such a wonderful job putting together a schedule & planning rides that would more than accommodate both of our varied skill levels. Our morning training sessions on Days 2, 3, & 4 were held on the grounds of an abandoned mine just off Hwy 550 with plenty of space, little to no traffic & beautiful views!"
"Did I ever drop my bike? Yup, sure did – at least once a day. Does my bike have battle scars on it now? Yup, it sure does. Did I conquer Ophir Pass & Animus Forks on my 2nd & 3rd day of off-road riding on my steel pony 310 GS? Yes, I DID – SAFELY and SECURELY with Adam by my side & the utmost professional instruction of Neil Taylor. Julia, his lovely wife & business partner, made sure we never had a want or a need from the time we checked into our hotel, hosting us for dinner every evening, and making arrangements for us to pick up Adam’s personal R1200 GSA which allowed us to continue smoothly on to our next destination, Phoenix, AZ. We cannot thank the Taylors enough for putting together this amazing experience for us. It was a trip of a lifetime and the best way to ring in my 41st birthday! Already looking forward to future trips with Backcountry Expeditions."
- Lizelle Restar
"We were looking for a company that could build a product to meet our specific needs and found an excellent provider in Neil and the Backcountry Expeditions team. The training and experience they provided met all of our objectives. Team building and leadership mentoring were delivered in a very professional manner that was valuable for the management team while being enjoyable for each participant."
- Colin Campbell
"With a company heavily involved in environmental monitoring in some of the most inhospitable and inaccessible parts of the country, we needed a training provider to ensure our staff could conduct their business safely and effectively. We approached Backcountry Expeditions for advice on vehicle procurement and logistic considerations, as well as practical off-road training in representative environments. The information, advice, and training we received was excellent and delivered by instructors who clearly had real-world operational experience. With the peace of mind, our contractors can go about their business fully prepared, I highly recommend Backcountry Expeditions for your corporate training needs."
- Adam Watts