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German offering motorcycle hearse for last trip

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POSTED March 17, 2012 1:17 a.m.

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 ‚Ǩ1,200 ($1,600) each, compared to ‚Ǩ200 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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