The short story is that Ron and Deborah Threadgill are now proud owners of a motorcycle hearse — yes, a motorcycle hearse, a custom-built three-wheel Harley-Davidson with a carriage and the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

The long story is that their son has autism, and the Threadgills wanted to improve his transportation options other than the bus and MAX system and bicycle. They weren't keen on him driving an automobile, so they provided him with a scooter. "I bought a scooter at the same time he did, so I could do test-drives with him so I knew where he was going," Ron says.