Landers Harley-Davidson has a motto: We'll trade for just about anything.

Really? Anything? One Arkansas man decided to test that motto himself when he called the dealership to see if they'd trade him a motorcycle for a meteorite. Wait... a what?

Jim Griffey was out minding his own business, planting trees in his backyard, when his shovel hit something solid. Out came an unidentified rock and in went the tree. That rock, though, was unlike anything else Griffey had ever seen, and had some rather strange magnetic properties.

Sensing something was awry, Griffey took his find to a local expert, who concluded that this unassuming chunk was actually a meteorite that had fell from the sky and embedded itself years ago into Griffey's backyard.

Seems that our man had more use for a Harley-Davidson than he did for a rock from outer space, and, luckily for him, Landers Harley-Davidson agreed to make the trade as long as Griffey could get documentation that his trade-in really was a meteorite.

Our take? Depending on the retail price of the motorcycle in question, we're thinking Landers has made a rather shrewd move. After all, regardless of the value of the actual meteorite, they can just take the price of the bike out of their annual marketing budget... it's darn near impossible to buy this kind of publicity. Click past the break to watch a video from Griffey's local CBS affiliate.



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      pennyboy7
      • 3 Years Ago
      That rocks!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely much better publicity than not honoring Ebay auction like some other dealers mentioned on the internet numerous times. Thumbs up for a dealer.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool story bro, Now they can really say their trade-ins are "out of this world!!!!"
      milkysen
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks more like a oddly shaped petrified turd than anything else. "Man trades turd for motorcycle"
      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of all things to trade your meteorite for, a Harley? Why didn't he trade it for a REAL bike, like a Boulevard or a Star?
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maverick
        You do know started the cruiser class, right? Doesn't get more real than an HD. All other cruisers, like Boulevard or Star are quite literally imitations.
        RudyH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maverick
        I think they were giving away Frappuccino's with Boulevard or a Star's
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool story, but a 5 1/2 minute slot in the news for this? Must not have much going on there. But nonetheless, better seeing stuff like this over corrupt politics & murder 24/7. *goes to check backyard for fallen meteorites*
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha thats awesome! I believe one of the cable networks had a show where these two guys would go out hunting for meteorites and would get pretty decent money off of them. Depending on the content within it could be a fair trade.
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I once worked at a (Hyundai)dealership where we took in a Vietnamese miniature pot-bellied pig on trade. I seem to recall it's worth of a few hundred dollars. Also took in a tanning bed once.
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