This story is too powerful not to share. I have been following it for some time. On April 18th Peter Mark was riding his ATV on Graham Island in Canada, when he cam upon a small storage container that had washed on shore. Inside the container he discovered a heavily rusted Harley Davidson with license plates from Japan. This motorcycle had travelled over 4000 miles for over a year across the Pacific Ocean. It was traced back to the owner in Japan, Ikuo Yokoyama.
Harley-Davidson offered to return the rust-encrusted bike to him and to restore it to running condition but Yokoyama respectfully declined, the company said.
“Since the motorcycle was recovered, I have discussed with many people about what to do with it. I would be delighted if it could be preserved in its current condition and exhibited to the many visitors to the Harley Davidson Museum as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives,” Yokoyama was quoted as saying in Friday’s press release.
The 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle will be permanently housed in the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wis., as a memorial to the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which swamped several coastal towns in northeastern Japan and left more than 15,000 people dead. The tsunami destroyed Yokoyama’s home in Miyagi prefecture and also claimed the lives of three family members, according to Japanese media reports. Yokoyama currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi prefecture.
I wish Mr. Yokoyama the best while he rebuilds his life in Japan. I know he will ride again.
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