The infamous Harley-Davidson motorcycle from northeastern Japan that was lost in last year’s tsunami disaster and spent over a year making its way across the Pacific Ocean to British Colombia, Canada, has now reached its final resting place. Found on a beach by local Peter Mark in late April, the owner of the 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train was tracked down and found to be Ikuo Yokoyama of Miyagi Prefecture, who survived the March 2011 disaster. His motorcycle is now part of a display, unveiled this week, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The bike was of course found in a disastrous state, covered in rust, but once the Harley-Davidson company go wind of the story, they offered to completely restore it for Yokoyama at no charge. Amazingly, the 29 year old, who lost three family members in the tsunami, declined the offer, and instead asked that it be preserved how it was found in a museum as a memorial to everyone who was lost or had their lives affected by the disaster.
Harley-Davidson Museum vice president Bill Davidson spoke at the unveiling, saying that they were humbled to display such an item, and honored that Yokoyama asked them to share it with the world. When the March 11th earthquake and tsunami hit Miyagi Prefecture, Yokoyama was storing the motorcycle in a cargo container behind his family’s home. It is understood that the walls of the container were packed with enough material that allowed it float across the ocean, eventually being opened by 32 year old Peter Mark. The Japanese license plate was still attached to the Harley-Davidson, allowing Yokoyama to be found.
[via Business Journal]
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