The Leicestershire motorcycle hearse company that offers bikers a suitable dispatch

Everyone has their own ideas of what they want at their funeral, whether it’s bright clothes, no flowers, or their favorite song.

But one thing that is usually a constant at funerals in the hearse. A formal black car that leads the procession to the service and then to the burial or cremation.

A company in Measham, however, offers something a little different.

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Motorcycle Funerals, based on Mannings Terrace, does exactly what its name suggests – it offers a variety of hearses on two wheels that take you to your final resting place.

The company was started by the late Reverend Paul Sinclair after he and his wife, Marian Sinclair, were involved in a motorcycle accident.

Thinking about what he would want to happen when he died, he realized that there was no possibility for the bikers to have a good start.

The company’s Facebook page explains this in more detail: “Nobody puts an Everton fan in a Liverpool gang when they die, so why should a motorbike enthusiast be last seen in an automobile?”

So, after designing a prototype with the help of an engineer, the first fully enclosed motorcycle and sidecar hearse was manufactured, and the company was established in 2002.

Now, 20 years later, the Reverend has since passed away in 2019, but the business is now in the hands of Marian, with 14 bespoke hearses in their fleet.

Marian said: “My late husband used to lead a church in London for over 15 years and basically after a motorbike accident which we were both involved in he was given nine months off and he thought “that could have been me gone”.



Marian Sinclair who owns and runs the business these days following the death of her husband, Reverend Paul Sinclair in 2019.

“There’s nothing for bikers – Sailors are buried at sea but what do bikers have? Nothing.

“So he started the search and the closest he could find was someone in America who had a patio next to the bike and that was it.

“He was a sheet metal worker and he was very good at drawing, so he started putting together drawings.

“With the help of an engineer, in six months he imagined a fully enclosed motorcycle and sidecar hearse because he felt very passionate about motorcyclists.

“He wanted to serve not just bikers, but anyone who wanted something different. He was born out of the need to take over funerals during such a difficult time, when families are going through such a difficult time.

“When that hearse arrives, whether it’s a Triumph or a Harley, when it arrives home, just seeing the smiles on the faces of the family takes a bit of the spice out of it. I think it’s just wonderful. .”

The company is incredibly popular with motorcyclists as well as motorcycle enthusiasts, as well as people who just want something a little different.



Reverend Paul Sinclair started the business in 2002 after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
Reverend Paul Sinclair started the business in 2002 after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

After his death, Reverend Sinclair was able to fulfill his wish that had inspired the company all those years before, by organizing a procession that included the entire fleet of bicycles.

Marian added: “On the day of his funeral we took out all the hearses and it was just an amazing sight, he would definitely have approved.”

The company offers a wide range of bikes depending on what you want to ride, whether it’s the classic Triumph Bonneville, a Harley Davidson or even a Boom Trike.

Marian said: “We have the Bonne (Triumph Bonneville), which is very popular with older people who had sidecars.

“The first funeral we did was a dispatch rider during the war, she was from Coventry who was 100-101, and it was just amazing.

“So we have the Bonne, which is popular with old-timers, we have the Harley Davidson, and we also have the Triumph Speed ​​Triple, which is the original one.



The fleet now numbers 14 hearses in total and travels throughout England, Scotland and Wales to bring something different to motorcycle enthusiast funerals.
The fleet now numbers 14 hearses in total and travels throughout England, Scotland and Wales to bring something different to motorcycle enthusiast funerals.

“Then we also have the Thunderbird, as well as a tandem bike hearse, and also the Boom Trike. There’s a selection for everyone.

“We have 14 in the fleet, and we have more than one of each bike, so we have enough. We travel all over England, Scotland and Wales, we cover the whole country, really, and it’s a real honor and a real privilege that we can serve families in this way.”

If you want to use the company’s services, it is advisable to contact your funeral director rather than go to the company as it is easier for them to work directly with the administrators.

Marian said: “Anyone who wants to know more about us, look on our Facebook page, PageInstagram, Twitteror our website.”

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