The authorities are not speculating if the death was a result of a home invasion or if Don knew his assailant.
Titan was the first company to successfully bring manufactured custom motorcycles to the market on a large scale in 1995 when Harley-Davidson was unable to meet the demand of the motorcycle buying public. Two years later, Titan went public and appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine, the first motorcycle ever shown on the cover. Custom bikes were a hot item and Titan was riding a wave of success. Almost immediately, problems began to surface and Titan began falling apart due to shoddy workmanship claims and lack of factory support. Customer complaints began and when Big Dog and American Ironhorse entered the market, Titan was unable to compete. Titan filed bankruptcy in 2001. Donald Andrew Proudfoot, then a dealer in Florida bought the assets and intellectual property of the floundering Titan Motorcycle Company and tried to build it back up.
Don was never able to resurrect the brand, due to a number of problems but primarily because of a lack of capital. In 2007, Proudfoot filed for bankruptcy protection himself. In August 2007 an asset purchase agreement was signed between TMC (Titan Motorcycle Cie) debtor in-possession and Arizona Motorcycle Works as buyer where all assets of Titan were sold to Arizona Motorcycle Works. Arizona bank FNBA filed an objection to the proposed sale of Titan’s assets claiming it had first rights lien on Titan’s assets and that the sale price undervalues the fair market value of the property.
Further legal troubles hit Proudfoot when he was arrested during Bike Week this year for allegedly altering VIN numbers on bikes the company had for sale. He pled not guilty at his arraignment in August. The trial was set to begin December 17, 2008