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A Harley-Davidson crosses the Pacific

By Mario

Many tragic stories arose from the Japanese tsunami. This one too contains tragedy but also something utterly unexpected.

After the March 2011 tsunami hit Japan, all manner of things began washing up on shores around the world. In April the next year, 6,000 kilometres away on a remote beach in British Columbia, a Japanese-registered Harley-Davidson Night Train was discovered. Harley-Davidson Canada used the licence plate to track down its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, and Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee offered to replace his bike.

Check out the video, featuring Willie G. Davidson, for the remarkable story of its discovery, the conversation with its owner and how it ended up on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a memorial to those affected by the 2011 tragedy.

Watch the Harley-Davidson tsunami bike story

Harley-Davidson bike on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum  in Milwaukee Wisc