Tsunami-tossed Softail Night Train finds new home in Harley-Davidson MuseumOctober 27, 2012 by: Rita Anand Bhatt
Ikuo Yokoyama has donated his Tsunami-wrecked Softail Night Train to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The bike was the 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train was lost in Tsunami and was later found 4,000 miles away from the Japanese shores.
Harley’s original plan was to restore the bike and hand 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,” Yokoyama, who still lives in temporary housing, had said earlier.
“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.
The Harley-Davidson representatives in Japan had found out the owner of the bike, Ikuo Yokoyama, who lives in Yamamoto, Japan, in Miyagi Prefecture, which was the worst affected area during the Tsunami. Yokoyama survived, but Tsunami took away three family members and he is still living in temporary accommodations.
In an interview he said he was thankful that his motorcycle was found by a British Columbia, Canada resident Peter Mark.
We can understand it must be pretty emotional for him to recover something out of the tragic Tsunami, it will have many memories associated with it.
A shipping container holding the bike with Japanese plates wad found on the shores of British Columbia, Canada.
Beachcomber Peter Mark discovered the container while riding his ATV along an isolated beach on Graham Island, an island south of the Alaskan Panhandle.
The Harley-Davidson Softail bears a license plate registered to Miyagi Perfecture.
Since the container was made of Foam it traveled the continental distance.