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Bikers compete to win free motorcycle from Harley-Davidson of Waco

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-02 18:26:42-04

The best things in life are worth waiting for. A group of bikers believes a free motorcycle falls into that category. 

Harley-Davidson of Waco is hosting its first ever Motorcycle Madness. The business is giving away a free motorcycle to the last person standing in the competition.

Contestants are required to keep one hand on their bike at all times. As long as they don't let go, the bike they're holding onto will go home with them.

The event started on Friday with 100 people. As of Sunday, there are just 12 people left.

Many participants took time off work to be in the competition. Jason Zidermanis quit his job entirely and even put in an application at the store. 

"I'm on hour 39 or 40, I lost count a long time ago," Zidermanis said. "My wife beautiful wife over there, we've already got our first few rides planned out so I have to win!"

Those participating can only step away from their bike if they compete in another challenge.

So far, the challenges have included a talent show, an eating contest, sitting for a tattoo and more.

Those who win can earn a free trip to Las Vegas or something smaller like a few minutes off the bike to shower and sleep. 

"Well there are some things we got to do to get in here, that's all that I've got to say, but I made it," said Jerry Davis.

Davis proposed to his girlfriend and got married inside the store to stay in the competition. If he wins, he plans on selling the bike and donating the money to four separate families in need. 

"A good friend of mine was in the Gatesville explosion," Davis said. "Another six-year-old boy, who I never got to meet, is fighting cancer, so I'm giving it all I've got!"

The bikes cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, making them well worth the wait for some.

"I think what's surprised us is the support," said Bryte Sellers, a Harley-Davidson of Waco employee. "They've had friends coming in and out to cheer them on, just to keep them going as long as they can!"

Sellers said they have not set an end date for the competition.

"We will go as long as we need to go," Sellers said. "So if that's today or if that's next week, it's really up to them how long they want to keep going!"

"Who in their right mind wouldn't want to deprive themselves of sleep and get a free Harley-Davidson," said Zidermanis.

A small price to pay for a free ticket to the open road.

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