A Harley-Davidson that was swept out to sea during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March and then discovered over a year later in Canada will be used to memorialize the victims of the tragic event.
The motorcycle company announced plans to display the weathered motorcycle at their corporate museum in Milwaukee this past week. After a being swept out to sea during in the wake of the Tsunami last March the motorcycle was discovered on Graham Island, off British Columbia in the middle of April.
Although it's obviously quite corroded and banged up after a year at sea, the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train was intact enough to track down its owner Ikuo Yokoyama from the license plate. When the Harley was found it was still in the container Yokoyama used for motorcycle storage—which explains how it was able to make the 4,000 mile journey across the Pacific.
Harley-Davidson had initially offered to ship the bike back to Yokoyama, but the Japanese man who lost three members of his family and his home in the natural disaster requested it be preserved as a memorial and a reminder of the tragic event.
Hat tip to $kaycog!