What’s the Pope’s favourite ride? Not a Harley-Davidson
by FFE EU News Staff
Pope Francis is known for his habit of taking unusual modes of transportation. But it seems like he won’t be roaring through roads in a motorbike anytime soon as London auctioneer Bonhams announced it will be selling his Harley-Davidson next month.
American motoring company Harley-Davidson gave the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide to the pope last June to mark their 110th anniversary. In November, the pope donated the bike to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma. The sale of the bike, which is expected to fetch €12,000 to €15,000, will benefit the charity group’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based in Rome’s Termini metro station.
Bonhams head of motorcycles Ben Walker said ‘We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma. We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause.’
The pope, who just turned 77 last month, has never ridden the Harley, a brand famously used by biking gangs like ‘Hells Angels.’ Instead, he is more a fan of buses and the petite 1984 Renault — modes of transportation he regularly used back when he was still in Argentina.
The Harley, which bares the pope’s signature on the petrol tank, will be auctioned on 6 February at the Grand Palais in Paris.