NEW YORK – Harley-Davidson Motor Co. will display in its museum a motorcycle found last month on the shores of a western Canadian island and belonging to tsunami survivor Ikuo Yokoyama of Miyagi Prefecture.
“He requested that the Harley-Davidson Museum preserve it and put it on display as a memorial to this horrific tragedy,” said Bill Davidson, vice president of the museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company offered to restore the bike and return it to him, but Yokoyama, who lost three family members in the March 2011 disasters, instead asked that the vehicle be displayed to commemorate 3/11 victims.
“It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson was recovered in Canada after drifting for more than a year,” the 29-year-old said.
Peter Mark, 32, found the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train in an insulated cargo container April 18 while exploring an isolated beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island. He recognized the characters on the license plate, which the Japanese Consulate General in Vancouver used to locate Yokoyama.
The motorcycle was delivered to Steve Drane’s bike shop near Victoria, British Columbia, where Drane had offered to restore it. “I just wanted to reunite this bike with its owner,” the 57-year-old Drane said. “I’ve always felt Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a soul.”
The bike, currently housed in Vancouver, will be shipped to the Milwaukee museum.