DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An Iowa motorcyclist is drawing a lot of attention on Des Moines roads for his unusual side car passenger -- a 150-pound Great Dane named Elvis.
Des Moines resident Willy Sears said Elvis keeps watch over him each day when he spends several hours working to repair and restore his classic motorcycles, and the canine will inevitably grow impatient.
"He badgers me to go for rides every day," Sears told WKBT-TV.
He said the dog's passion for motorcycle riding started when Sears was working on restoring a sidecar.
"Last year, it just kind of happened. I had bought a side car that needed to be refurbished and when I had it taken apart, off the bike he was very interested in it," Sears told KCRG-TV. "I had him sit in it and I'd give him a treat he enjoyed it."
Sears said he makes Elvis wear safety goggles, which the canine doesn't love but is willing to tolerate for his daily rides.
"My wife felt it was a piece of safety equipment we couldn't go without," Sears said. "He doesn't like them, but he knows he has to have them to ride."