Friday, March 16, 2012

Bikers' Final Ride - A Hog Hearse

A coffins rests inside Joerg Grossmann's motorcycle combination demonstrating how the coffin would rest inside, with a Kawasaki VN 1500 fitted with a sidecar on a road near Usingen, Germany, on Friday, March 16, 2012. The 48 year old Grossmann who calls himself a chauffeur for the deceased, developed his motorbike hearse for die-hard bikers who want a last ride to their final resting place. Grossman has only done one funeral with his motorbike hearse but anticipates many more orders for his bespoke funeral service and plans to build more Harley Hearses. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN (AP) — A German man says people are dying for a ride in the sidecar of one of his Harleys — literally.

Joerg Grossmann said Friday that his prototype hearse for die-hard bikers who want to ride until the very end — a special sidecar fitted to his motorcycle — made its first funeral run last month.

The original's a Kawasaki but the 48-year-old from near Frankfurt says 10 of his patented Harley hearses, each costing about ¬60,000 ($78,000), are currently being assembled and will be ready later this year.

He's counting on 1,000 bookings per year in Germany alone at ¬1,200 ($1,600) each, compared to ¬200 for a normal hearse, and already has a contract in Switzerland and is in talks elsewhere.

He says people are really excited about the Harley hearse: "It's something special."

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