In Rome Harley-Davidson Presents 2 Motorcycle Gas Tanks To Pope Benedict XVI For His blessing

Yesterday October 3, Willie G. Davidson and his son, Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum, launched the countdown to Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary event in Rome (June 13-16, 2013) by presenting 2 commemorative motorcycle gas tanks to Pope Benedict XVI. The tanks will be signed by the Pope, Willie G. and Bill Davidson and mounted on two motorcycles, including one that will be displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum while the other will be auctioned to support the Good Samaritan Foundation.

Next June, tens of thousands of Harley-Davidson riders and fans are expected to make their way to Rome, Italy, as part of the company’s 110th anniversary celebrations. It will include a party in the Port of Ostia, a parade through the heart of Rome, two headlining concerts at Stadio Olimpico and a papal bike blessing at St. Peter’s Square.

24 Responses to “In Rome Harley-Davidson Presents 2 Motorcycle Gas Tanks To Pope Benedict XVI For His blessing”

  1. 1 WTF??? Oct 4th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Dumbest thing I’ve ever read…..MoCo getting a man, plain and simple, a &^%$ing man to bless metal. What’s next, the dalai lama kissing the frame?

  2. 2 Steve The Producer Johann Oct 4th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Wow what a hoot.

    The ability of any person to get to shake hands with the Pope says a lot about a company and it’s role in the lives of people around the world. Good for Willy and company.

    With 1 billion Catholics it’s quite the marketing coo to do this type of thing, Not being a Catholic myslef I still think its quite an honor for them to be able to do this. Oh and they should raise a lot of money through auction as well.

  3. 3 The Copper Kid Oct 4th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Willie G,

    Did Pope Benedict XVI mention me during confession,
    and that it is me you need to seek absolution from?

    That is, if you believe in God.

    Still stings after all these years Willie!
    You know who I am.

    “What we do in life, echos in eternity”.

    The Copper Kid.

  4. 4 Troll Oct 4th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    The belt to chain conversion kit for a sporty makes more sense than this…

  5. 5 Harl Oct 4th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I didn’t know that the MoCo was catholic !

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Oct 4th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    The beginning of a new paint scheme for the Screamin’ Eagle Holy Roller Edition. Chrome, billet, rosary beads on the handlebars. The bible thumpin’ will sound like potato, potato.

  7. 7 Mad Dog Oct 5th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Barking Mad

    There is no god, it’s just an imaginary friend

    Could solve MoCo warranty issues though if church blesses bikes, do they then assume liability?

    New models coming soon –
    Pious Dyna
    Righteous Softtail
    Allah Sportster
    Heaven King – Touring
    Devils V-Rod

  8. 8 TW Crash Oct 5th, 2012 at 3:49 am

    After fighting back the urge to vomit my first thought was just how much money changed hands for that weak azz handshake, a couple of signatures & a photo op!!!!!!!!?????????? The next thought was who payed the money and how glad I am that I don’t allow some MAN to have so much power over me! It makes me sick to think the MoCo would stoop down to this level, is the next photo op in Iran with the Ayatollah??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9 Joe Rockhead Oct 5th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    This should be the ‘Joke of the Week’ because this weeks joke is lame and this is hilarious. I wonder what the Harley guys in India are now thinking?

  10. 10 Joe Rockhead Oct 5th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    This should be the ‘Joke of the Week’ as this week joke is pretty lame and this is hilarious not to mention rediculous. I wonder what the Harley guys in India are now thinking!

  11. 11 Faar V Oct 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    You guys are all retarded… I sit here laughing my butt off with all of you saying “what’s next the dalai lama kissing the frame, or didn’t know MoCo was catholic, oh! and that best one so far – There is no god, it’s just an imaginary friend” quotes, but yet it’s safe to say that ALL OF YOU have one of those stupid bells hanging from your frame for your “Imaginary spirit” that will do away with evil doers on the road.. Please people, do something productive and get back to work. If you can do something better then do it. Actions speak louder than words.


  12. 12 Matt Oct 5th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Not even the Pope can turn down corporate gigs.

  13. 13 CafeSportyTC Oct 5th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Later that day there was a cover up with involving a cardinal and allegations of “Tank Molesting”

  14. 14 yankee.cracker Oct 5th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Is this the JOkE of the week or what

  15. 15 Kroeter Oct 5th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Would Jesus autograph a gas tank? Me thinks not.

  16. 16 Gerry Oct 5th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    My rabbi is getting pissed off !!

  17. 17 Blackmax Oct 5th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hey I’d rather for the Pope in Italy to bless them,
    than to set up shop in Iran, Afganastan, etc, etc like that article from last week.
    Besides I know a couple of priests that ride H-D’s. Nicest guys in the world
    (Lay off the pedophile jokes ! )

  18. 18 izadore007 Oct 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    What a Jerk Off session. I think that HD has done a real good thing here. I JUST DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS.. Isn’t Willie G, Jewish?

  19. 19 Woody Oct 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    @faarv-the only bike I have with a bell is the CB750AMEN chopper w/no shocks, front brake or speedometer. (no sense taking chances, right?) ☺

  20. 20 Charlie Lecach Oct 8th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Maybe Willie G. thought he was talking to the big boss of the Pope Motorcycle Company, resurected after going down in 1918 !

  21. 21 Mark Oct 8th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    You guys realize that the only reason they did this was because of the 110th anniversary party in Rome right? And if you are in Rome, what is the biggest thing in town? The Pope. So they do a standard handshake and blessing to kick off the 110th anniversary. Plus they’ll make some good money for a charity. Whats not to like?

    So just calm down.

    Now I need to figure out how I get to Rome for that party, its going to be an awesome one.

  22. 22 Kauai Clyde Oct 8th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Just because the pope is blessing some”thing” does not mean that God has blessed it. Catholics believe that the pope is as close to God as a man can get – but in reality, a man that pulls over and dismounts his ride to help a child is blessed more than a thousand men blessed by the pope. But if it makes anyone feel better that the pope is out blessing a machine part rather than a man, woman, or child, then I think there is something wrong about that whole catholic priest thing. Plus – I was not aware that gas tanks had a living soul…..

  23. 23 Mike Greenwald Oct 8th, 2012 at 10:10 pm


    Weak comeback IZZY. Jesus was a Jew, too.

  24. 24 L.C Oct 9th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Well, this might account for the good sales record lately !!

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