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Tandem Hearse

There are some unusual bikes out there but as a working bike goes the tandem hearse appears to us as being the strangest of them all.

Our interest was spiked by coverage in the national press of a tandem hearse owned by former vicar, Rev Paul Sinclair, who runs a motorbike sidecar funeral company. His bike is featured in the pic above.

The bike hearse

Typically a tandem hearse has a sidecar attachment which carries funeral coffins but there are other bike hearses that can be tricycle based or be double tandem machine based with a coffin trailer attached as seen here. There is also a company in Birmingham that also currently offers a tandem hearse funeral service in UK.

Not fit enough anymore

Rev Sinclair is actually thinking of selling the bike as he and his wife Marian are no longer fit enough to ride the machine despite cyclist funerals on the bike being popular.

His bike cost £2,250 to build and Rev Sinclair was hoping to get that and more from the sale but after the hearse got a bit of national coverage he is now reconsidering and may hire someone to ride the bike for him.

“I said I wanted to sell it because I was struggling to ride it. But I have had so much interest in it since I said that, and people saying ‘Oh, I’d like to use that’, I think what I should be doing is hunting out someone fit enough to ride the thing for me,” Mr Sinclair told the Press Association.

His tandem hearse, which is currently on display at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Exeter, Devon, has so far been used eight times for actual funerals.

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