The Rev Mark Prevett will be licensed as priest in charge of Merthyr Tydfil, St David and Abercanaid next week by the Archbishop of Wales.
The 54-year-old takes over from the Rev Martyn Davies, who left to become Area Dean for the Vale of Glamorgan.
Mr Prevett, who used to be a rally car navigator, joins the parish from the Diocese of Winchester.
As well as having the usual household contents to move across the country, the father-of-four also has two motorbikes and a motorhome to transport.
He said: “I have just got rid of one motorbike or I would have three motorbikes to get across country.
“Because it’s a town centre parish, I will probably be walking to most places – but my first choice of transport after that will be my bike.
“I used to have motorbikes when I was younger before family responsibilities took over but it was about 16 years ago that I started riding bikes again.
“It’s the freedom of the open road that appeals, when you are riding a motorbike then that is all that you can think about.”