Harley-Davidson announced yesterday it plans to fully restore a rusted motorcycle that washed ashore in British Columbia after being swept away from Japan's Miyagi Prefecture during last year's tsunami.
The announcement followed the identification of its owner, 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama of Yamamoto, who was tracked down by Harley-Davidson Japan after they learned of the bike's discovery through the media.
Haida Gwaii resident Peter Mark first stumbled upon a container housing the motorcycle last week while walking along a Graham Island beach. Golf club, tools, and camping gear were also found inside.
"I would like to thank the man who found my bike in person," said Yokoyama, who lost three family members to the tsunami. "Thanks for coming back buddy," he added, referring to his bike.
Harley-Davidson will arrange to have the chopper shipped directly to Yokoyama once it has been restored.