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Pope's Harley at auction: Feeding the hungry trump visions of the open road

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The Pope's Harley is on the auction block and expected to sell for somewhere between $16.000 and $20,000 and that money is going to a soup kitchen and the homeless. While the Harley Davidson was a gift donated by the founder of Harley Davidson's grandson, apparently the Pope's vision is feeding folks in need rather than doing his own version of "Easy Rider."

According to Boston.com on Feb. 5, Willie Davidson, who is a retired designer for the company his grandfather started, was the person who presented the 2013 Dyna Super Glide to the Pope as a gift.

It is not known if the Pope ever rode the Harley, but with the way auctions go, the bike would probably fetch more money if the Pope had taken it for a spin. The bike was at least signed by Pope Francis across the gas tank.

You can't ask for much more of a religious protection than a vehicle sporting the Pope's signature. Many bikers attend a yearly blessing of the motorcycles, which are held across the United States and in other countries of the world. This is like the cream of the crop when it comes to a blessing, it was the Pope who blessed the bike with his name!

The auction house Bonhams is organizing the sale on Thursday at the Grand Palais and the money will go to feed folks at the soup kitchen and help support a hostel for the homeless through the charity Caritas Roma, which is based in Rome.

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