Born to be barking: St Bernard takes to the road in motorbike sidecar (wearing goggles and a helmet of course)


Born to be wild: Harley, a 17-month-old St Bernard dog, is living life in the fast lane after his motorbike-loving owners bought him his own sidecar

A petrolhead pooch is living life in the fast lane after his motorbike-mad owners bought him his own sidecar.

Harley, a 17-month-old St Bernard, even has his own crash hat and 'doggles' to go riding on the side of the family's Honda Gold Wing 1200 at speeds of up to 55mph.

Owners Alan and Tina Valkeith, who are both retired, bought the bike and sidecar because they couldn't bear to leave 12-stone Harley at home when they went out.

Enjoying the ride: Harley out on the open road with owner Alan Valkeith

Now the thrill-seeking pup accompanies them on two or three outings a week shopping in the nearby city of Peterborough and has even gone for a seaside day trip to Hunstanton in Norfolk.

'We are both keen on motorbiking and didn't want to give up our hobby once we got Harley as one of us would have had to stay at home and look after him,' said Mrs Valkeith, 47, from Turves, near Peterborough, Cambrideshire.

Family day trip: The Valkeiths with their sidecar companion, Harley, in his helmet and protective 'doggles'

'We didn't like the idea of leaving him at home all day while we went out as he would start to fret.

'So we came up with the idea of buying a sidecar and tried Harley in it up and down our road and amazingly he loved it.

'Now he comes with us wherever we go. As soon as he hears the sound of the engine he races to the garage and if Alan ever goes out on the bike without him he pines at the window.'

source: dailymail