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Motorcycle Built to Carry Casket

May 2, 2002

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) _ At 46, Al Skinner says he hasn’t given dying much thought. But when he goes, he wants to roar out to his gravesite on a chrome-plated Harley-Davidson.

To that end, Skinner has custom-built a motorcycle sidecar strong enough and large enough to carry a casket. It is believed to be the country’s only ``motorcycle hearse″ of its type.

``Firefighters are carried to their burials on fire trucks,″ Skinner, of Wrightsville, said this week. ``If you ride, why not go out on a bike?″

Skinner, who insists the idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds, doesn’t plan to wait until he dies to put the motorcycle to use.

For $300 _ plus mileage of $1 per mile _ he will make it available to others, promising ``the ultimate ride for motorcycle enthusiasts or those in search of an extraordinary farewell.″

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