Canadian Harley dealer helping to return 'tsumani' motorcycle that washed ashore

Publish Date: 
May 2, 2012

A Canadian dealer is attempting to return a Harley-Davidson swept away by last year’s tsunami back to its owner -- 4,400 miles away in Japan.

The crated motorcycle washed up on the shore of British Columbia in mid-April. A Harley-Davidson representative in Japan who saw a TV broadcast about the waterlogged motorcycle used the license to track down the owner, who survived the disaster. Ikuo Yokoyama, 29, lives in the town of Yamamoto, in Miyagi Prefecture.

The man who found the bike contacted Langford Harley dealer Steve Drane for assistance. Drane told the Vancouver Times-Colonist he secured $10,000 worth of pledges to restore the bike, which The Motor Co. has offered to do at one of its Japanese facilities.

Drane hopes to give the public a chance to see the water-ravaged bike when it arrives at his store. Before it's sent home, he wants to include some Victoria mementos and a handwritten note in Japanese for Yokoyama.

Yokoyama lost three family members, his home and all his possessions when the tsunami battered Japan's northeast coast March 11, 2011. Posted by Holly Wagner

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