As far-fetched as it may seem, the owner of the Japanese Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up on the coast of Canada has been found. Beachcombers sent photographs of the bike to Harley-Davidson, which managed to track the registration to Ikuo Yokoyama in Miyagi Prefecture. Yokoyama lost three family members and his home in the tsunami that struck Japan a little more than a year ago and assumed his bike was gone forever. But the beachcombers have extracted the bike from the remote shore, and at its own expense, Harley-Davidson reportedly plans to have the machine shipped back to Miyagi, where it will be restored and returned to its rightful owner. Yokoyama is still living in a temporary shelter.

The bike drifted some 3,100 miles across the Pacific ocean in the back of a cube van. Yokoyama was using the box as storage for the bike on his property. Harley-Davidson says that despite plenty of corrosion, the motorcycle is in surprisingly good shape given what the machine has endured.

Miyagi Prefecture was one of the hardest-hit areas of Japan, where the disaster left 11,000 people dead or missing. Click past the jump to watch a CBC report on the remarkable story.



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      Azaghal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some small comfort in the wake of such a massive tragedy. I was glad to read the part where Harley was going to restore it.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice gesture by Harley.
      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to the man for finding the motorcycle and Kudos to Harley for their willingness to ship it back and restore it for the owner who lost so much. I'm sure it means a lot to him.
      benjammin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lost 3 family members and his home, but at least he gets his motorcycle back!
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad there are people with hearts around these days
      jestess409
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not a Harley fan, but I applaud HD for stepping up and going the extra mile for this man. He lost a lot, but at lest he gets something back. Too bad HD cannot give him his family back as well, but I am sure they would if they could.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, this is heartwarming. I'm really sad for what Mr. Yokoyama lost in the tsunami, but hopefully this will be a nice bright spot for him after a really hard year. Bravo to Harley-Davidson and the beachcomber!
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice one HD and Wisconsinites
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad homeboy right here is graced with the thoughtfulness of HD........He may be bruised and battered but HD is doing what they can and that is an incredibly awesome gesture
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        Agreed they are having it shipped to him and restored. That does wonders for the public outlook of the company
      dytimmys
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is how everyone on the planet should act
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a great story. Other than the Tsunami and his loss of family of course. My empathy and sympathy goes out to him. And what a nice gesture by everyone involved. This just goes to show us all that the celebration of the good in life triumphs over everything else.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      God bless that Japanese owner of the Harley Davidson bike. When they get done restoring it, dude, ride safe, and ride to live!
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