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1/14/2014 (1 year ago)

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Bike was gifted to Pope Francis by Harley Davidson on its 110th birthday

Pope Francis has eschewed bullet-proof "popemobiles" in order to better interact with the public. It's highly doubtful, however, that Francis ever took his Harley Davidson for a spin. The bike was originally gifted to Pope Francis by the Harley Davidson company last summer in celebration of the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle brand. The pope is going to auction the bike for charity.

Many agree that such a flashy vehicle is simply not the pope's style. He opted to ride a bus the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland of Argentina instead of taxis.

Many agree that such a flashy vehicle is simply not the pope's style. He opted to ride a bus the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland of Argentina instead of taxis.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Harley Davidson, auction, charity


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The pope will sell off his 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, embellished with a signature on the tank that reads "Francesco," according to Bonhams auction house.

"I suspect that it will (have) a very limited mileage," Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams told reporters.

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The money raised from the motorcycle's sale will go toward Catholic charity Caritas Roma's renovations of a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome.

"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," Walker said.

It's estimated that the motorcycle could fetch anywhere from $16,000 to $20,000 in U.S. dollars.

After the Harley is auctioned at the Grand Palais in Paris on Feb. 6, a Harley Davidson leather jacket also signed by the pope will be sold separately.

"We are incredibly honored to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma," Walker says. "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 Harley Davidson motorcycle has a rough-and-ready outlaw reputation, the favored method of transportation by such gangs as the "Hells Angels."

Many agree that such a flashy vehicle is simply not the pope's style. He opted to ride a bus the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland of Argentina instead of taxis.

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