Pope Benedict's Holy Harley Davidson Goes to Auction
Here’s a bit of a ludicrous question: if the Pope were an avid biker, what kind of motorcycle would his holiness ride? One can immediately rule out the likes of the Ducati Diavel and Monster for obvious moral reasons, and three-wheelers like the Can-Am Spyder just don’t seem to fit the pontiff’s style. Rather, it appears the Pope is a Harley Davidson man, or at least was into Harleys. A 2013 Harley Davidson 1690cc Heritage Softail Classic previously owned by Pope Benedict XVI will be auctioned off at Bonhams’ Grand Palais event on Feb. 5. Any takers? RELATED: Check out this incredible 1912 Harley Davidson X8E once owned by Steve McQueen
In the rundown to Harley Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebration, the American motorcycle dynasty presented two commemorative motorcycle gas tanks to Pope Benedict. The Bishop of Rome signed both and returned the pair to Harley Davidson headquarters.
One of the signed tanks made its way onto a special two-wheeler, currently on display at the bike-builder’s museum in Milwaukee, WI. The other found its way onto this Softail Classic, destined to be revealed in front of Harley Davidson fans at the group’s 2013 anniversary. However, that particular day wouldn’t come. Due to Pope Benedict’s abdication of the papacy in early 2013, the Softail was given to Pope Francis instead.
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All proceeds from the blessed motorbike will be donated to Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka, a Polish non-profit organization that provides care to children and families in need. A 1,585cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide presented to Pope Francis sold earlier this year at Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale. The auction house estimates the gavel will drop on his holiness' second Harley between $19,000 and $31,000.
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