Last weeks Bike Of The Week was a 1912 Pope. The 1912 Pope was touted as light, silent and reliable. Pope Quality has never been questioned. The Pope was an innovative machine in it’s day, featuring plunger rear suspension, mechanically operated inlet, exhaust valves made from chrome nickel plated steel, and a leaf spring fork that incorporated quarter elliptic springs. FUN FACTS: Back in 1912 the average income was $1,209.00. A new car went for around $650 a new motorcycle went for $215 and the price of gas was a staggering $.11/gallon.