Carl Haren from Duarte, CA, is a motorcycle enthusiast who races bikes and works on carburetors as a hobby. In 2000, Haren was excited to inherit his uncle’s vintage motorcycle that he remembers using to chase geese off the family farm in Illinois as a young boy.

Not knowing what was actually given to him until his friend and fellow motorcycle racer, Scotty Parker, saw it and realized that Haren owned a running 1912 Pierce motorcycle.  This bike is so rare that there are only five in the world that still run including Haren’s, according to experts.  Similar bikes have sold for as much as $500,000, calling Jay Leno…

Haren, has no intention to sell the bike despite legitimate offers.

I have been offered a lot of money for it, but it is not for sale. Once it goes into a collection, no one ever sees it again and I don’t want that.

He enjoys being able to show the bike at various motorcycle events, schools and museums and still rides it around the neighborhood.

Any day I get up is a good day. I don’t care about money. If I got 35 cents in my pocket and a full tank of gas, I have plenty of money.

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  • jan

    very cool, its better to own it than to say you used to ..

    keep it in the family…x

  • Mike Patrick

    Carl Please send me the picture that you were riding me on my Norton A copy
    Thanks mike PS nice chatting with you