• May 22, 2010
Motorcycle Hearse – Click above to watch video after the jump

Given the level of dedication we've seen from the dead when it comes to their motorcycles, it comes as no surprise that somebody has given one the Munsters treatment and created the world's first motorcycle hearse. Built in Auckland, New Zealand by an automotive engineer, the bike can carry up to 440 lbs in an underbelly cradle. Push a button and the rig slides out to let the pallbearers do their thing. A complex system of hydraulics helps stabilize everything, and two riders are needed to get the deceased from place to place.

Power comes courtesy of a 1,350 cc Harley-Davidson engine, and the motorcycle hearse's inventor, Mike Price, says that he originally wanted to partner with them on the project. Harley wanted Price to sign a lengthy contract before they'd even look at his design, however, so he politely told them where they could stick that dotted line and built the bike himself after work. Are there classier ways to get to your final resting place? Sure, but few are any cooler. Hit the jump for a check out a few videos.

[Source: Papakura Courier, YouTube]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good way to end up with 3 dead guys instead of 1?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a life-long rider and this doesn't in the slightest interest me. It may be only a prototype waiting for someone to back some production but to my eyes it's not classy enough. Plus, it seems weird that it takes two riders to control it. Must be a Harley thing! Give me a different, more exciting engine. The use of a Harley motor is well past its prime. This thing is just too cobbled together and odd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a design for one of these almost 10 years ago. I have sent emails to every custom cycle builder in North America and non have emailed me back. Maybe one of them will email me back now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So.... is it loud enough to wake the dead?

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Far from the first as we have had a guy here in Canton Ohio that has been doing this for a while.

      He had a three wheeler Harly with a glass enclosed hearse back. Kind like you would see in the late 1800's.

      The biker gangs and other have used his services often. He even has been to car shows advertising.

      He is a part of a group of 29 other around the country that offer Motorcycle Hease services.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure i've seen what you're talking about. I'm from around akron. I'm looking for a bike now, know anyone looking to sell a used bike?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have one in KC as well. I have a photo of it somewhere from a charity ride in September.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you are planning to shop for a new 50cc pocket bike, you need to know what exactly it is you are searching for, and the right questions to ask before you visit a store, or even before you shop online, if that’s your preferred method. Not paying especially close attention to specific features, or not asking the right questions can result in you buying a 50cc pocket bike that you don’t really want, or even worse, can’t use.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suppose they should have used a Buell engine. Would have been more appropriate. Harley's business is slumping. Or should I say slumbering?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, they are just shifting their product lines to follow their againg demograpic
      • 4 Years Ago
      Options are nice. I'm sure some would like nothing more than to take the "last ride" on two wheels. I personally would like the black horse and carriage treatment. But I don't think it really matters and I would rather that my survivors use the $$ for something better.

      I once helped a funeral procession pack a friend up a mountainside and physically place the coffin and vault in the excavation of a family cemetary. That was an experience I will never forget. Coincidentally, the man died after wrecking his Harley.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not by any means "the worlds first motorcycle hearse"

      Can't you guys you google to double check?

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Motorcycle-Hearse.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only 440 lbs, eh? I guess that excludes some of the customer base here in this country...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what happens if you ride your bike without a helmet. You get to ride one of theses.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pfft. And they say riding a dead body in between your legs is immoral.
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