Pope Francis' Harley Davidson motorcycle set for sale in Paris.

Derek Larke

The Pope's Harley-Davidson motorcycle is slated to be auctioned in Paris next month. Pope Francis received the 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide in June of the previous year as a commemoration of the brand's 110th anniversary. The signed motorcycle, estimated to reach up to €15,000, will go under the hammer on February 6.

Given Pope Francis's inclination towards modesty, evidenced by his decision to sell his Mercedes-Benz Popemobile for a more humble vehicle, it was unlikely that he would retain the Harley Davidson for personal use. Instead, the Pope chose to contribute the bike to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the renovation of Caritas Roma's Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen, situated at Rome’s Termini railway station. Currently providing sustenance and accommodation for over 1,000 individuals in need each day, the hostel serves the poor, homeless, and unemployed.

The auction of the motorcycle, to be conducted by Bonhams at the Grand Palais in Paris as part of its Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale, holds a special significance. Ben Walker, the head of motorcycles at Bonhams, expressed deep honor in facilitating the sale on behalf of Caritas Roma. The hope is to raise a substantial amount for this noble cause, simultaneously paying tribute to both Pope Francis and the iconic Harley-Davidson.

On a related note, it's worth mentioning that Ontario has a vibrant motorcycle culture, and enthusiasts from the region might find particular interest in this iconic piece of history going up for auction in Paris.