Harley going to US museum

  • May. 25, 2012 8:00 p.m.

The Haida Gwaii Harley will not be going back to Japan after all.The famous motorcycle, found on east beach by Masset resident Peter Mark in April, made news world-wide after it became clear it had been swept away in last year’s Japanese tsunami.Motorcycle enthusiasts on Vancouver Island first offered to repair the bike and return it to its owner Ikuo Yokoyama, who had suffered tremendous losses in the tsunami, losing both his home and three members of his family. The Harley Davidson company then stepped forward and offered to repair and return the motorcycle to Mr. Yokoyama.Mr. Yokohama, however, declined the offer saying, “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 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives.”Mr. Yokohama also thanked Peter Mark and expressed his wish to visit Canada and meet him at some point in the future.