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displayed at owner’s request as memorial to tsunami victims
(Oct. 2012) – Today the Harley-Davidson Museum unveils a special display
featuring Ikuo Yokoyama’s Harley-Davidson® motorcycle that drifted for more
than a year across the Pacific Ocean following the tragic tsunami that
devastated parts of northern Japan last year.
2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train, recovered off the coast of
British Columbia by Peter Mark, is being displayed at Yokoyama’s request. He
asked to have the motorcycle preserved in its current condition and displayed
at the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to those whose lives were lost or
forever changed by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
truly humbled to display Mr. Yokoyama’s motorcycle,” said Bill Davidson, Vice
President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “This motorcycle has an amazing story
to tell, and we are honored to be able to share it.”
remarkable story of the motorcycle’s survival and recovery made international
headlines after Mark found it washed ashore on a remote beach on British
Columbia’s Graham Island at low tide. He discovered the motorcycle, still
bearing its Japanese license plate, in a container where the bike was being
stored by Yokoyama.
with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and
Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with Yokoyama, who lost his home and
currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Still
struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama
declined Harley-Davidson’s offer to return the bike to him, although he was
grateful for the offer and touched by the outpouring of support from Harley
riders around the world.
Harley-Davidson Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., with the exception
of Thursday, when it is open until 8 p.m.
the Harley-Davidson Museum
Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and
provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it
before – through the lens of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The Museum, a top
destination in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin, is open year-round and
attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year. The 20-acre
campus offers abundant and free parking, and includes Motor® Bar &
Restaurant and The Shop. For more information on the Museum’s galleries,
exhibits, special events, tickets, and more, visit the new and improved