I picked up The Beast in summer of 2009, after a rough 15 month deployment to Iraq where I nearly met my maker several times over. In the last month of my tour, I was directly struck for the fourth time by an IED while deliberately searching for them in Baghdad. This time I was hurt, my back was broken. The war was over for me. As well was my ability to carry on with most of my hobbies, such as dirt bikes, BMX, skating, surfing, climbing and a host of other extreme activities. I purchased The Beast as an outlet, a hobby, and a form of expression. She was bone-stock when I got her. She has since undergone some fairly extensive modifications and renovations.