Tsunami-tossed Harley-Davidson from Japan heading to MuseumMay 29, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
The 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train was lost in Tsunami and was later found 4,000 miles away from the Japanese shores. It is now being taken to the Harley-Davidson Museum as requested by the owner.
Harley’s original plan was to restore the bike and handing it over to the owner, but he requested it to be placed it in the museum in memory of the 15,000 lives that were lost in the disaster.
“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,” says Yokoyama who still lives in temporary housing.
“I am very grateful to Harley-Davidson for offering me an opportunity to visit the museum, and I would like to do that when things have calmed down,” says Yokoyama. “At the same time, I would like to meet Peter, who recovered my motorcycle, to express my gratitude. Finally, I would like to thank all people around the world once again for their wholehearted support of the areas hit by the earthquake and tsunami. I would like to ask them to help convey messages from the Japanese people about the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was a disaster of historic proportions.”
The bike was found by beachcomber Peter Mark on an Island in British Columbia, Canada after a year of the disaster.
Via: Blog.motorcycle.com Via Harley-Davidson