Earlier this year, we all watched in amazement as a Harley Davidson washed up on the shore of British Columbia’s Graham Island, more than 4,000 miles from its original home. The famous motorcycle was lost after the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March 2011. A year later, the motorcycle was discovered at low tide by Peter Mark with its Japanese license plate still intact. Harley Davidson was able to track down the owner and offer him his bike back.
The owner was 29-year-old Yokoyama who lost three of his family members and his home in the horrific storm. He was pleased that his motorcycle was found a year later, and although Harley Davidson offered to return the bike to Yokoyama, he declined their offer. Instead, he wanted the Harley Davidson museum to display the motorcycle in its current condition as a tribute to all of those men, women, and children who lost their lives in that fatal storm.
The 20 acre Harley Davidson museum provides motorcycle buffs with an incredible glimpse into the past, present, and future of Harley Davidson. Thanks to Mr. Yokoyama, the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train Harley Davidson is now on display and preserved as a part of the permanent collection.
One year after the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the statistics are staggering. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed over 1.2 million buildings and cost Japan an estimated $574 billion. In addition, over 19,000 people lost their lives that fatal day, 3061 of those are still missing. Over 27,000 people were injured and those numbers continue to rise, even a year after the event.
Our hearts go out to all of those families affected by the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year. We know that the devastation still continues for many of these families as they attempt to rebuild their lives and their futures. We are all deeply touched by Yokoyama’s decision to have his motorcycle remain in the Harley Davidson museum to honor those who were lost in the 2011 tsunami.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®