STAFFORD – Created for the Jesus Bikers group in Austria, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by Pope Francis recently raised $46,800 for Ugandan missions.
The 1570cc Twin Cam custom Harley was built by Würzburg Village, a Harley-Davidson dealer in Bavaria. The dealer worked with the Jesus Bikers to design the custom bike.
The bike is nicknamed the “White Unique,” and was blessed and signed by Pope Francis last July.
It features Chicano style detailing, gold-plated pieces, a wreath ornament, a cross, and the pope’s signature on the tank.
“We are incredibly proud to be entrusted with the sale of this unique motorcycle, set to benefit such an important cause,” James Stensel, Head of the Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles UK said in an interview with Ultimate Motorcycling.
“It’s fitting that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, (mobilizing people around the world for more than 115 years), should bring so many like-minded people together. This incredible machine would be a worthy addition to any collection while raising a substantial amount for a very worthy cause.”
The proceeds of the bike sale are funding an orphanage and school in Uganda in the service of abandoned children.
This isn’t the first Harley that Pope Francis has donated to charity. Back in 2014, a Harley owned by Pope Francis was bought by an anonymous phone bidder at auction for $284,000. The money was donated to a charity dedicated to serving the homeless in Rome.