WHILE many dream of getting their hands on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a group of North-East men and women are being challenged to keep them there.

Five people from the region have taken up a challenge set by Century FM and Just Harleys, of Newcastle, to literally cling on to one of the bikes, in a bid to win it.

The victorious contestant in the endurance test, predicted to last for several days, will be the one who manages to hold on to the stationary machine for the longest time.

Yesterday, Barry Leach, from Middlesbrough, Richard Appleby, from Whitley Bay, Val Tarbuck, from Cramlington, Elaine Sibley, from Craster, and Jimmy Loftus, from Hebburn, began the contest by laying their hands on the dream machine.

Century Radio presenter Paul "Goffy" Gough said: "This is a bizarre endurance experiment and one that will test the desire of the challengers to win to the extreme."

Dale Robinson, managing director of Just Harleys, said: "What a fabulous Christmas present for one lucky winner - a chance to live the dream and own a legendary Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra."