Friday Fudge

Welcome to Friday Fudge. If it’s weird, funny, or strange motorcycle news, or it just plain won’t fit anywhere else on the site – you’ll find it here.

Papal hog

How much is a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic worth? If it’s one that was signed by Pope Francis, it’s worth €46,000; at least, that’s what a 2013 model that was originally supposed to be signed by Pope Benedict went for at auction.

It seems Francis’ scrawl doesn’t have the same draw as his predecessor’s because last year, a Benedict-signed bike sold for around €243,000. No word on whether the two clerics have traded gibes over the disparity in pricing. There’s also no word on what the collector who bought the latest machine plans to do with his acquisition, but it’s fairly safe to assume he isn’t going to ride down to Tim Hortons on it; after all, a spilled double-double would smear that sacred signature.

Aftermarket advert

We’re not really sure that this product works, but the claims sure are bold!

Here comes the Spider-Man

Readers of the classic Spider-Man comics from the 1960s and 1970s remember Peter Parker always had a cash-flow problem. Despite his strength and spidey-senses, he never could pay the bills and was always forced to work some scam to make ends meet, usually because Aunt May was in the hospital suffering her 43rd heart attack.

Well, this video looks like it could have been ripped straight from the pages of a Stan Lee-penned tome (lettered by Artie Simek! Pencils by John Romita!), with Spidey hooning around on a motorcycle. In the story, of course, a sleazy promoter would scam him out of the proceeds of the stunt show, and Peter Parker’s bike was probably only capable of a wheelie if you strapped the Incredible Hulk down behind the rear wheel.

Bad deal

A not-so-economical choice.
A not-so-economical choice.

What makes a savvy consumer? Generally, you’re considered a savvy consumer if you save money, and according to SW-Motech, if you buy their Traveller Eco seat pad, you save money. To quote their press release directly “TRAVELLER ECO recommends itself as the product of choice for cost-aware buyers.”


Take a closer look at that seat cushion. Like the other, pricier Traveller Pro seat cushion, they both seem to be rebadged Airhawk seats. No big deal. But are you really making a “cost-aware” choice by buying what appears to be a pillion pad, for roughly $50 US more than the Airhawk equivalent? Especially if you buy it expecting a rider’s seat, and find it’s designed for a pillion. With that in mind, we’re suggesting you disregard Traveller Eco’s self-recommendation, and stick with Airhawk.

Gone to the dogs

What we’d like to know is – how many times did this guy screw up before he got the balance right for this trick?


What happens if those guys meet the riders below on the road? The results could be dangeresque!

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