Motorcycle Built to Carry Casket
May. 02, 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.''