Starting with a military surplus four-wheel drive VW van, Heran remade the bus to precisely suit his needs working in the wild.
The first order of business was more power, so Heran ditched the 75-horsepower factory 1.6-liter diesel in favor of a modified 1.9-liter turbodiesel producing a heftier 120 horsepower to haul his living supplies, bikes, ramps and other necessary equipment.
He installed custom EMB off-road suspension that lets the VW clear large obstacles, and the locking front and rear differentials ensure that the four Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires will claw through whatever Heran encounters.
He uses the huge EMB-supplied roof platform both as a base for his ramp when he wants to set up a jump and as the foundation of his guest house. Heran sleeps inside the van, but when friends want to travel along with him, an inflatable tent atop the platform provides his mini motorhome with a guest house for them.
The van's satin matte metallic gray paint lends it the look of serious sporting equipment, along with the chunky black aftermarket front and rear bumpers and his heavy-duty rear bike rack.
Inside, the two front Recaro seats swivel around to face rearward, and the table slides into different positions to provide space for carrying bikes that aren't on the rear rack.
Heran's work with this ancient VW bus shows that a bit of work building a personalized vehicle can produce something every bit as exclusive and interesting as the most expensive new cars, so fire up Google and start looking for parts to upgrade the ride you have.