Life on the Bus with Allan Cooke
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Getting to travel the country for BMX is pretty nice, but Allan Cooke’s bus makes it even nicer. This rig has become a staple on the major BMX contest circuit and is one of the most plush and fun ways to get from one side of the United States to the other. Vital BMX asked Allan what it’s like getting around in this rig, and how he got it in the first place. 

When and why did you first get the idea of getting the giant RV?
When the Dew Tour was first announced in 2004, all I could think about was how bad it would be to show up at the airport and my bike not showing up or destroying something on my bike that I didn’t have a spare for. So I was trying to figure out how to avoid those problems and buying the bus was the best thing that I could come up with.

Allan Cooke Step Down FlipHow difficult is it to buy something like that? Is it as difficult as buying a house, and how did you decide what you wanted?
It’s not very hard, it’s like buying a real expensive car. It was a bus or a Lambo; unfortunatley I couldn’t get a Lambo with a queen-size bed, fridge, microwave, stove, shower, and enough room to bring eight friends on a cross-country road trip. I researched for about a two months before I purchased one.  
How many miles have you put on the bus since you've had it?
As it sits at my house it has 63,778 miles on it. That’s a lot because I only drive it about seven months of the year.

What's the best thing about using the bus for travel?
No lost bikes, no airport security, getting to travel with my friends, and my hotel is usually parked behind the roll-in. Sometimes I put my pads on before I brush my teeth.

What's the worst thing about the RV?
The worst thing is driving in high winds—the thing is like a kite and you have to fight the wind the whole time. The other downfall is the extra time I have to be away from my wife and home.

 What's it like driving the rig? Do you need a special driver's license?
It's a little tricky in tight areas but once on the highway it almost drives itself, unless it’s windy of course. You need a Class C license if it’s 40 or more feet; mine is 38-1/2’ so no special license is needed.

With a high-profile rig like that, how much attention does it attract on the road?
A lot. Lots of people fist pumping with their skateboards hanging out of the car. Lots of thugs asking if Big Black is in the bus. When we pull up to a skatepark all the little kids get so excited and run over to the bus just to get bummed out when we come out with bikes, but we still hook them up with stickers.

When the bus is parked at a contest, what's some of the stuff it gets used for?
Sleeping, poker, watching movies, and cooking meals, but the best is when a thunderstorm rolls in it’s the closest dry place to the course.

Allan's Bus with Pop Out Have you ever wished you had bought something different? Are you still happy with it?
If I could afford a better one that would be nice, but honestly it has everything I could ever need.

Have you or anyone driving gotten any speeding tickets, or any fun encounters with the law?
I don’t think the bus has ever been pulled over, but it has had a few Police escorts to the fun part of a couple small college towns while on a trip.

Where are some of the best places you've taken the rig, either for BMX or just for fun?
My aunt’s cabin in Spokane, WA. Myself, Chris Doyle, Diogo Canina, Quinn Semling, Rob Wise, Brian Purdy, and Gator went there for four days before a filming trip. The cabin is on a lake with a boat, BBQ, family that I don't get to see very much, and no cell phone connection. It was the middle of the contest season and was the perfect thing for me to recharge. I plan on returning every year.

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