The last couple handful of months have been a bummer on the Truck and Bike front.
Last summer my beloved Intense 6.6 was stolen. I knew that bike so well and it was one hell of a capable rig for get out and about and even the occasional launching. In the last month it has actually been seen in Kelso, Washington (where it was stolen) being ridden by some “crackhead”. There is hope for it recovery as the locals are on the lookout.
Then about two months ago, my Tacoma was totalled when a bonehead thought that the red arrow on a left-hand turn was a suggestion. Man I loved that truck as I had it just the way I wanted it. A leveling lift, onboard air system, hidden off-road lights, In-Cab 115VAC and a tricked out infotainment system.
So while I was in Washington for six weeks all the insurance stuff was settled out and I was online shopping for a replacment Tacoma. I pretty much wanted the same truck I had before. Double Cab 4×4 with the Tow package and either the TRD Sport or Off-Road package. It also had to be in good shape and have descent miles on it. I found plenty in the category but hitting the price mark was the tough part as I was not interested in having a truck payment. Cash is king and the day after I got back from Washington I was able score a killer deal on a truck that meet all of my specs.
The new MBB Mobile. A 2007 Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 with the TRD Off-Road and Tow Packages. It even had a brand new set of BFG AT on it (My favorite all-terrian tires)
I had thought about a camper shell with my old truck but never got one. I’m still not sure wither I’m a shell guy or not but I going to see if it will work out or not. I can always take it off.
You may have noticed I have have a new website supporter/partner up on the site, BikeBling.com. Recently they have moved to huge place in Escondido and have a ton of goodies in the story. For users of my site you will periodically see MountainBikeBill promotional codes for BikeBling that are good for a discount on online purchases. A regular good for me – good for you relationship.
Part of the good for me relationship was that when I got back from Washington there was a brand new steed waiting for me. A well equipped Intense Uzzi.
A brand new set of SpinergyXyclone Enduro wheels were waiting back a Casa Del Bill to bring the build to its ready for launch state. Considering this rig has a 7″ travel coil fork up front and a coil shock givng 7.5″ in back this rig weighs in at a respectable 35lbs 6 ounces. This rig is built well above my skill level so it should be fun to see what kind of “trouble” I can get myself into with this beauty.
Closeup of the “Works Blue” finish that Intense did on this. The finish is slightly translucent which allows the weld mark to show through giving the finish a marbelized look that I think rocks.
Now the color of the bike was picked out long before I brought the truck and the color was pretty low on the criteria in the selection process. It is however pretty uncanny how the bike and truck are pretty much a spot on match. One thing is for certain they both need to be taken out and gotten dirty! I’m feeling pretty damn good about feeling blue!