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News & Views - May 28th, 2012
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Remember the Harley Davidson that was washed up in western Canada in April?

Its owner, 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama, had so far been unable to get to Canada to retrieve the bike, or thank finder Peter Mark in person, but he has now agreed to the bike staying in Canada.

Mark found the motorcycle, with its Japanese license plate still legible, while driving on an isolated beach on Graham Island, on the west coast of British Columbia on April 18. The Harley was inside a rusty cargo container that had drifted more than 4,000 miles across the Pacific.

Harley-Davidson has been trying to get the bike back to Yokoyama but he said in a news release on Friday, that “since the motorcycle was recovered, I have discussed with many people about what to do with it. I would be delighted if it could be preserved in its current condition and exhibited to the many visitors to the Harley Davidson Museum as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives.”

So that’s where it will stay. The 2004, FXSTB Softail Night Train Harley will be permanently housed in the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and become what the company says will be a “tribute and to those who suffered in the Tsunami and earthquake.”