Motorcycle from Japan washes up in Canada

A couple weeks ago, Peter Mark of British Columbia found a Harley-Davidson in a white shed washed ashore this Harley-Davidson buried in the sand on one of the islands of British Columbia. Tracking the license plate led Mark back to the bike's owner. In Miyagi, Japan. Apparently, the March 2011 tsunami, which destroyed Ikio Yokoyam's home and took the lives of three family members, washed the motorcycle out to sea. From BBC News:

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The shop that sold the motorcycle to Mr Yokoyama is now hoping to ship the Harley-Davidson back to Japan and restore it.

The motorcycle is among the first items in a wave of debris heading to the west coast of North America. Most of the debris is expected to arrive in 2013...

Lighter items, such as buoys and bottles, have been among the first to wash ashore on the continent.

In March, an Alaska man found a football and later a volleyball from Japan.

"Tsunami survivor claims Harley-Davidson found in Canada"


    1. Um… Did you read the story I linked to?

      “Mr Yokoyama’s bike was inside a large white container he was using as a storage shed, which eventually washed away, leaving the bike partially buried in sand.”

      1. “A couple weeks ago, Peter Mark of British Columbia found this Harley-Davidson buried in the sand on one of the islands of British Columbia.”

        ok…so someone went back later and took another picture of it after the container washed away – my bad. PM still didn’t find it as you stated.

        1. StickR6, this article you linked to does clarify it for me. Thanks. I’ve corrected the sentence.

  1. Any piece of steel mechanical equipment that’s been washed in salt water is a waste of time to restore.  Every nut and bolt and electrical wire is rendered worthless.  Even the aluminum on the bike will have oxidized.  As a mechanic, I’ve worked on cars that have been in close proximity to surf and the salt rots them away.  Remember this when you drive your new car on the beach!

    1. By what vector would a motorcycle, washed out to sea days before the reactors failed, become radioactive?

    1. Erm, I’m not sure if you’re serious, but when they refer to having the “chopper” shipped back, they are using “chopper” as slang for a cruiser-style motorcycle, not implying that the bike will be shipped via helicopter.

      As a parenthetical note, the reason bikes of that style are referred to as “choppers” is because the (typically) v-twin engines are typically very loud, and the sound can be somewhat reminiscent of a helicopter in flight.

      1. Actually, the term “chopper” comes from an earlier era of motorcycle customization, where it was common to “chop” the fenders short.  

      2. Er, nope.
          Chopper refers to a custom bike that’s had its frame heavily modified (“chopped”, get it?), most often increasing the rake of the headstock.    
        Gawker was taking liberties with the term as this tsunami bike is relatively stock-appearing. Not all loud HD’s are choppers and not all choppers are  HD’s or even v-twins for that matter (see Truimph &  Honda CB750 choppers of the 60s/70s)
        Here’s a tip, kids, don’t come to BB for tips on biker culture. Or just take a peep at Wikipedia, even. 

    2. I’m a little disturbed by all of the publicity around this.  Three of his family members died and now IT’S A MIRACLE that he’s getting his bike back.  The need to find something good about this gigantic tragedy seems a bit desperate.

      1. Family members can be a real PITA, but a good motorcycle just keeps on giving smiles all day long.

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