German offering motorcycle hearse for last trip

German offering motorcycle hearse for last trip
Joerg Grossmann rides his Kawasaki VN 1500 fitted with a hearse sidecar on a road near Usingen, Germany.
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 euro 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 euro 1,200 ($1,600) each, compared to euro 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."