Japanese Harley-Davidson working its way back home

This Harley-Davidson with Japanese plates washed up on the Queen Charlotte Islands in a moving van container. Photo: Peter Mark/CBC

Ikuo Yokoyama’s motorcycle is working its way back home on an epic road trip, without even spinning its wheels.

The Japanese man’s motorcycle made headlines last week when B.C. resident Peter Mark found the machine in a shipping crate, washed ashore in the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Japanese licence plates suggested the 2004 Harley-Davidson Night Train had been washed to sea during last year’s devastating tsunami. Harley-Davidson officials did a little research and found the machine’s owner, who confirmed their guess; Yokoyama had lost his bike, his home and some family members in the natural disaster last year, and was living in temporary quarters.

Now, his bike is working its way back to him. Volunteers have managed to get the bike off the remote beach, driving a 4×4 about 60 kms off-road to get to the machine. They then drove it from Prince Rupert to Victoria, about 1,600 kms, to drop it off at Steve Drane Harley-Davidson.

The good folks there are getting it ready for shipment to Japan, where local Harley-Davidson workers are planning to restore the machine before they return it to the owner.

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