Harley-Davidson Museum® Unveils Tsunami Motorcycle

Motorcycle displayed at owner's request as memorial to tsunami victims

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Harley-Davidson Museum unveils a special display featuring Ikuo Yokoyama's Harley-Davidson that drifted for more than a year across the Pacific Ocean following the tragic tsunami that devastated parts of northern Japan last year.

The 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.

"We're 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."

The 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 in a container where the bike was being stored.

Working with representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with Yokoyama, who currently lives in temporary housing. Still struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama declined Harley-Davidson's offer to return the bike, although he was touched by the outpouring of support from Harley riders around the world.

The Harley-Davidson Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., exception for Thursday, when it's open until 8.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee, and is open year-round. The 20-acre campus offers abundant and free parking, and includes Motor® Bar & Restaurant and The Shop. For info on the Museum's galleries, special events, and more, visit h-dmuseum.com.

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