The Pope’s Harley

The Pope's Harley

Last June His Holiness Pope Francis was presented with a customized 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide by the manufacturer to to mark the motorcycle brand’s 110th anniversary. The Holy Hog will be auctioned by Bonhams in Paris on February 6th and proceeds will go the toward renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen run by Caritas Roma.

You may recall that Pope Francis doesn’t like to use the “Popemobile” limousines and drives himself around Vatican City in a secondhand Renault 4L. After he auctions off the Harley, maybe he can find himself a nice used Vespa.

Actually, H-D gave the Pope a leather Harley jacket (not the one pictured above) and that’s on the block, too.


“Highway to heaven: Pope auctioning his Harley Davidson chopper for charity,” Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

“The father, son and the Harley ghost: Pope proves he’s no Hells Angel by selling his Harley Davidson to give proceeds to the poor,” Chris Pleasance,Daily Mail


“Pope Blesses Hundreds of Harley-Davidsons,” Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

“The Political Genius of Pope Francis,” Candida Moss, Politico Magazine

“Dead Biker Buried Riding Harley in Giant Transparent Casket,” Taylor Berman, Gawker


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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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