The bike in question was found washed ashore in the Queen Charlotte islands after supposedly drifting across the Pacific in a floating container after Japan’s 2011 tsunami. Despite the bike’s deterioration from seawater, the licence plates were still legible, and authorities figured they could track down the owner.
Now, Harley-Davidson officials say they’ve found the man who owns the bike, 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama. He bought the machine five years ago and was storing the motorcycle in a cube van in his yard when the tsunami hit, and it was washed away. The bike was hardly his greatest loss, though – he also lost three family members and his home in the catastrophe.
The word on the street is that Harley-Davidson is going to try to restore and return Yokoyama’s bike. If we learn any more newsworthy details, we’ll let you know.