Some of us are more attached to our motorcycles than others.
Take, for instance, Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who was so enamored of his 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide that he spent years planning a funeral to feature his embalmed body aboard his beloved steed. "He was a quirky man," daughter Dorothy Brown told the Dayton Daily News of the man who enlisted his sons to build a casket for him based on a septic tank.
The structure was reinforced with wood and steel rods to handle the weight of the Hog and the body, and uses a Plexiglas case for viewing. Bill's son Roy says the structure was in Standley's garage for five years, and that Bill often showed it to visitors.
This isn't the first time we've seen a biker buried aboard his ride-- remember this guy?-- and it likely won't be the last, especially if a rider committed to making a post-mortem statement has the family, friends, and funeral home to support those wishes. The sentiment behind Bill's son Pete says it all: "He'd done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to."
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