Harley with connection to two Popes to be auctioned for CharityA very special 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic is headed for the auction block as part of Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais auction in Paris on February 5, 2015.
It is to be offered with no reserve and has an estimated value of €15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600, $18,728-$31,214).The bike’s auction proceeds will be donated to Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish volunteer, independent, non-profit organization that offers care and support to children and families in need. To learn more, click here.The bike has provenance as unusual as it circumstances. It starts as part of a special countdown to Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations, when two commemorative motorcycle petrol tanks were presented to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.These were signed, and returned to the motorcycle legends US headquarters where they were mounted to their respective motorcycles. Of these, one remains in the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, USA.The remaining motorcycle – the FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic destined for Bonhams 2015 sale – lay waiting for a special ceremony where it would be presented to the Pope at the 2013 110th anniversary celebration.However, in January 2013, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI abdicated. Subsequently this saw the Softail Classic presented to the newly inaugurated Pope Francis.“In February 2014, Bonhams sold 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide signed by His Holiness Pope Francis. Now we’re delighted to offer a motorcycle received by both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; it was present during a pivotal period in the papacy of the Catholic Church, and we expect a lot of interest in it.” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department.“It’s an honor to have been selected to sell this fantastic machine. We expect a lot of interest, and hope to raise some spirited bidding for the very worthy charity selected,” he added.With some incredible vehicles already confirmed, Bonhams is still accepting select consignments for the Grand Palais Sale.Sellers interested in consigning rare and important motorcycles to this internationally attended auction can contact Bonhams motorcycle representatives click here.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!