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Harley lost in Japanese tsunami found in Canada

May 3, 2012
Filed under Features, News

A Harley-Davidson lost in the March 11, 2011, tsunami in Japan has been found washed ashore in the back of a cube container on a beach in British Columbia, Canada, and against what seemed like insurmountable odds, its owner has also been located.

An ATV rider found the container on Graham Beach on April 18, according to a report from The Province of Vancouver, B.C. Upon looking inside he found the 2004 Night Train motorcycle with a Japanese license plate, along with few other items. The ATV rider reported the find to authorities, who began a search for the bike’s owner.

Ikuo Yokoyama, 29, was identified by Japanese media on Tuesday as the owner of the bike. Yokoyama had been using the cube container as a garage, storing the bike he had owned for five years inside. He lost his home and three members of his family in the tsunami.

Harley-Davidson is now working with Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson on Vancouver Island to return and restore the motorcycle. Drane originally planned to restore the bike himself, estimating it would have cost more than $40,000 to repair it due to salt water damage, but now that the owner has been found, he’s simply going to help facilitate the storing and shipping of the bike, so it can be restored in Japan.

To read the full story from The Province, click here.

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