ELU Guest Rider Program



Introducing the Explorers Like Us Guest Rider Program.


Explorers Like Us Cinema and Sound is capturing America’s wildest spaces with pioneering lifelike surround sound audio technology in The American Sound Bank project. To acquire these aural environments, field recordists rely on adventure motorcycles for their economy, flexibility and light footprint in natural environments. Overall, adventure bikes provide the perfect platforms for the demanding work.

Recording and filming has been traditionally relegated to the most robust film talent from the remotest corners of the planet. Explorers Like Us is changing that. We’re inviting passionate adventure bikers to join recording adventures through our new Explorers Like Us Guest Rider program. Guest Riders aren’t passive players; they help plan routes, cook, contribute their knowledge and skills and participate in recording activities and experience surprise adventures along the way. So, if you’re ready for adventure of a rarer type, the Explorers Like Us Guest Rider Program may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Each exploration typically consists of a group of 5 Guest Riders selected based on a variety of criteria in addition to 2 or more recording team members. Riders often camp along intended routes or campgrounds, but sometimes opt the relative luxury of hotels. As you might expect, food sourcing is variable with riders bringing basic camping gear and cooking utensils. All of our crews are avid fly anglers, so fishing gear is highly encouraged. Luxury it ain’t. A brilliant adventure with a purpose it is!

Now, if you’re expecting to ride under oceans and over snow-covered mountains; you’ll be bitterly disappointed. To increase safety, reduce acquisition costs and schedule more efficiently, Explorers Like Us records environments primarily from lonely back and farm roads, fields, wildlife refuges, fire, logging and maintenance roads and most of America’s more than 55,000 miles of established off-road trails. It’s about as close as you can get to the middle of nowhere without actually going there!

So, do you have what it takes to be considered? Our average Guest Rider is in his or her 40’s. Gymnastics are not required, but you must be able to hike several miles of variable terrain with minimal discomfort and without assistance. You’ll be required to pass a simple background check and be in average physical condition capable of saving yourself, if required – and the letter from your physician will verify that. Because of the ever-present threat of fire, you must be a non-smoker and illicit drugs of any type are out of the question; drinking and riding are strict no-no’s. And yes, you’ll need an insured street-legal adventure bike in excellent condition, proper riding gear and tires to play. Simply add a great attitude and your desire to experience America’s wildest spaces first-hand to complete the mix. More importantly, there only costs for selected riders are personal costs including fuel, lodging, food and other expenses.

So, how can you participate? If you’re a supporter of the Explorers Like Us American Sound Bank on Patreon, (support non-profit The American Sound Bank project for as little as $1 a month on Patren.com/TheAmericanSoundBank), you’re invited to apply to be considered! Once you become a supporter, you can access our Guest Rider profile page to put your name in the lottery. You will receive details once we’ve received your application. Explorers Like Us will start sending out information to interested parties starting June 1, 2018.

Another benefit is expedition teams often host impromptu one-day meet-ups in areas around expedition areas. These meet ups attract riders from states near and far and all Guest Riders are invited.

ELU Guest Rider Application

By completing this form, you understand that you are simply submitting your name for consideration in the Explorers Like Us Guest Rider Program. Your submission does not guarantee inclusion, and if included, does mean you will be invited to participate in any particular expedition based on the requirements of that expedition. Explorers Like Us reserves the right to refuse the participation to anyone for any reason. If you are chosen to participate in this program, additional requirements must be completed by you. This program is limited to citizens from the United States of America and Canada in the 2018-2019 expedition season. All riders must be minimum age 25, have at least 3 years of riding experience, the proper equipment and meet additional requirements. You must be a supporter of The American Sound Bank project at https://Patreon.com/TheAmericanSoundBank for as little as $1 per month. All fields are required.

This program available exclusively to Patreon Supporters of the American Sound Bank Project. To support this non-profit project (if you don't already),, please use the link below to access our support page.

Support the American Sound bank Project on Patreon for as little as $1 USD per month.

Personal Certifications

The following certifications are required to be considered for the ELE Guest Rider program. As with all information, the information below is secure, strictly confidential and never used for any purpose other than helping us pre-qualify you for participation in our Guest Rider program. The safety of all participants is our primary consideration for all participants. Participation is available to United States and Canadian residents age 25 and older having a motorcycle license and a minimum of 3 years of recent riding experience of moderate off-road proficiency. If selected, you will be required to pass a criminal background check as well as meet other requirements.

ELU Guest Rider Acknowledgement

By completing and submitting this application, you certify that all information provided is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You acknowledge your submission does not guarantee inclusion to the Explorers Like Us Guest Rider program and that Explorers Like Us reserves the right to refuse participation to anyone for any reason. If accepted to the program, you will be required to provide a background check, a letter of acceptable health from a physician and provide the equipment necessary to participate as a guest rider including but not limited to an acceptable insured adventure motorcycle, appropriate riding gear and other items. There is no charge by Explorers Like Us to participate in this program, but you are responsible for all costs you incur including fuel, lodging, maintenance, food and more. Other limitations apply.
Thank you for your interest in the Explorers Like Us Guest Rider Program. We look forward to hearing from you soon!