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Biker baby gets brand name

HarleyDavidson Mauricio Alaniz is newest model for proud parents

February 26, 2003

Mauricio Alaniz wanted to give his first-born son a name that would say
something, a name that would be tough and resilient like the infant who
was born three weeks premature. He thinks he did.

Nurses and doctors crowded the room of his wife, Emma, at Doctors
Regional Medical Center to read the birth certificate application and
see the baby named HarleyDavidson Mauricio Alaniz.

"It's a strong name," Alaniz said.

HarleyDavidson was born on Feb. 15 and weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces.
His parents, both big Harley-Davidson motorcycle fans, shocked their
families when they chose the motorcycle-inspired name.

"They were a little freaked out," said Emma Alaniz, 24. "I think they
thought we were kidding at first."

But for 35-year-old Mauricio Alaniz, who spent about $300 to deck out
his newborn son in Harley-Davidson gear, it was no joke.

Now, when he straps on his own leather gear, it will have even more
meaning for him.

"I'm wearing my son's name across my chest," he said.

Sharon Cherro, manager of the motor clothes department at the Corpus
Christi Harley-Davidson store, said customers are loyal and many go to
great lengths to show it.

"You hear it all the time people name their kids, their dogs Harley,"
she said. "But I have never heard of someone keeping it all one word
that's funny."

Cherro, who has also worked at Harley-Davidson stores in Florida, said
the lines of baby merchandise are popular. Top sellers include booties
and blankets, as well as infant T-shirts.

Mauricio Alaniz said he used to ride in local fund-raisers and hang out
with friends from different bike clubs before police confiscated his
Harley-Davidson motorcycle five months ago.

He said that during a routine traffic stop, police discovered serial
numbers on some parts of his bike that didn't match and took it in
because they thought it might have been stolen. Mauricio Alaniz said
that several months later he was able to prove that it wasn't stolen,
but rebuilt by a friend.

With a baby on the way, he couldn't afford to pay the impound fees to
reclaim it and it was auctioned off just days before his son was born.

"I couldn't get my bike back, and I couldn't afford to buy a new one,"
he said. "But now I can tell people I have a brand new 2003 Harley
waiting for me at home."

Submitted by: DCain.