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VH1 Classic Auctions Def Leppard/Journey Motorbike for Cure Autism Now

September 06, 2007

VH1 Classic has partnered with Def Leppard and Journey to auction off a custom, autographed motorbike. The bike, designed by Cory Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles, is signed by each member of both bands.

From Jan. 29 through Feb. 11 online users can visit to view photos and bid on this rock-n-roll machine. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Cure Autism Now (CAN).

The bike went up for auction last November, as the bands were wrapping up a national tour, but is again available to the highest bidder.

"We are humbled by the generosity of these two legendary bands and VH1 Classic's commitment to raising awareness and funding for autism," says Peter Bell, president and CEO of Cure Autism Now. "Anyone that has ever played air guitar to 'Rock of Ages' or 'Don't Stop Believin' and rides a motorcycle needs to seriously consider bidding--it's a one-of-a-kind."

Beginning Jan. 29, VH1 Classic will air promos about the auction showing Neal Schon of Journey and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard test-driving the bike.

"VH1 Classic is happy to harness the power of these two iconic bands and Arlen Ness Motorcycles to help drive awareness and research of this rapidly growing disorder," says Eric Sherman, senior vice president and general manager, VH1 Classic and VH1 Digital Networks.

The bands are equally excited about this unique fundraiser, which enables them to lend their voices to the fight against autism.

"The custom Journey/Def Leppard bike that Arlen Ness Motorcycles created is one bad-ass, wicked-mean bike with all the frills and best parts that money can buy. A lucky fan will own this bad boy in just a few weeks. Best of all, the money is going to Cure Autism Now," says Neal Schon of Journey.

"I concur with Neal that this is not just a bike but an absolute work of art...some lucky person is going to own this bike and I will be forever jealous of the fact that it won't be me! But I will take some comfort in the knowledge that the money we raise will be going to such a worthy cause," says Joe Elliot of Def Leppard.

Cory Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles, who worked with Schon and Elliott on the design of the bike, was thrilled to have the opportunity to create both a tribute to these legendary musicians and a first-class cruiser.

"It was an honor and privilege to build a motorcycle for these rock icons. Neal Schon and Joe Elliott not only rock, they know how to design a motorcycle," said designer Cory Ness.
For more information, additional photos and to bid, visit