Tsunami Night Train part of exhibit at Harley Museum

October 24 2012

The Softail that travelled 6,000 km from Japan to British Columbia following the 2011 tsunami finally ends its journey at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

The 2004 Harley-Davidson Night Train, once registered to Ikuo Yokoyama, began its journey following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011.

The bike made worldwide headlines after it washed ashore on Graham Island, British Columbia, where it was discovered by Peter Mark. The trip across the Pacific Ocean took more than one year to complete.

With the assistance of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, Yokoyama was contacted and Harley-Davidson offered to rebuild the machine and send it back to him.

Still recovering from the effects of the earthquake and residing in temporary housing, Yokoyama turned down Harley’s generous offer, and instead said the bike should be used to commemorate the 2011 tragedy.

The bike now resides in the Harley-Davidson Museum, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as part of the Tsunami Motorcycle Display, which opened on October 24. Museum info can be found  here.

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