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Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 6:20 p.m.

Harley hearses to offer last ride for bikers

  • A coffin rests inside Joerg Grossmann's motorcycle sidecar near Usingen, Germany, on Friday.

    Michael Probst / Associated Press

    A coffin rests inside Joerg Grossmann's motorcycle sidecar near Usingen, Germany, on Friday.

  • Joerg Grossmann drives his motorcycle-hearse combination on Friday. Grossmann calls himself a chauffeur for the deceased.

    Michael Probst / Associated Press

    Joerg Grossmann drives his motorcycle-hearse combination on Friday. Grossmann calls himself a chauffeur for the deceased.

BERLIN -- A German man said 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 said 10 of his patented Harley hearses, each costing about $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 $1,600 each, compared to about $300 for a normal hearse, and already has a contract in Switzerland and is in talks elsewhere.
He said people are really excited about the Harley hearse: "It's something special."

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