Bobby Petrino's Busted Motorcycle Is for Sale!
Whether it's for a radio station or print/Web publication (both of which are entities from whom I draw a paycheck), it's always good to be the resident expert at something. Ever since Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle into that wood pile on that fateful Sunday afternoon in early April, I've morphed into the resident expert on all things "Petrino extramarital affair"-related.
A money-making opportunity.
And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. Here's the latest....
If you want to own a little piece of Petrino history (and quite frankly, when you consider the ripple effects this item caused, it's really a piece of college football history), the motorcycle, the very vehicle on which Petrino careened into that ditch, is available for purchase on an auction on the site copart.com.
(NOTE: As of Thursday afternoon, the direct links to the listing now go to copart.com's main page, so I'm not sure if the listing has been removed or is being modified. However, we will press on with this post as if the motorcycle is still buyable.)
As of early Thursday morning, the latest high bid was up to $5,600 and the auction still has a solid three weeks to go (ends at noon on May 30, 2012). Among the handful of caveats is the fact that the bike comes "as-is," which is significant because it has a repair cost from the Petrino-inflicted damage of over $18,000.
But let me say one thing (before I try and bring you in on an exciting investment opportunity!) -- if you are buying this motorcycle to repair it and then ride it, you're an idiot. If you're going to buy a Harley to ride, go buy a Harley from a Harley store somewhere (preferably 1560 sponsor Republic Harley-Davidson in Stafford, Texas). If you're buying this particular Harley, you're buying it because of its historical significance and the fact that this was the bike that ended Petrino's Arkansas coaching career.
This level of authenticity can only be maintained by leaving the bike in its crumpled state. Leaving the bike fully damaged is also the only way to recoup your investment in buying the bike. What am I talking about? Well, stay with me here.
Imagine you own (or are part of a small LLC run by me which owns) the mashed-up Petrino Harley (which, by the way, is hilariously named "Hawg Wild"). Now imagine bringing the bike to a different SEC game each weekend (including several Razorback games, obviously) and perching it in a prominent spot near the highest-traffic tailgating area.
Now imagine the number of drunk frat boys, entitled sorority girls, shitfaced alums and general people walking the grounds who would want to have their picture taken sitting on Bobby Petrino's bike. Now imagine charging each of them $10 for the right to do so.