The bottom line is that Backcountry Expeditions is worth every penny, and I would travel with them again in a heartbeat.
I rode the CABDR 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 delivered 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.
- Michael Schwimmer
California BDR (Nov 2019), Colorado BDR (Aug 2020)