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Long trip for a Harley

MILWAUKEE, May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A Harley-Davidson motorcycle
recovered on the coast of British Columbia after drifting for more than a year
and 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following last year's Japanese Tsunami
will be preserved by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as a memorial to
the tragedy that claimed more than 15,000 lives, in accordance with the wishes
of its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120525/AQ14007)

The remarkable story of the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle's survival
and recovery by Canadian Peter Mark made international headlines after he found
it washed ashore on a remote beach on British Columbia's Graham Island at low
tide. Mark discovered the motorcycle, still bearing its Japanese license plate,
along with several other items in the remains of an insulated cargo van
container where the motorcycle was being stored by Yokoyama prior to the Tsunami
that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Working with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson
Canada and Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with 29-year-old Yokoyama,
who lost his home and currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture,
Japan. Harley-Davidson offered to return his bike. But still struggling to
rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama respectfully
declined. Although grateful for the offer to repatriate his motorcycle and
touched by the outpouring of support from Harley riders around the world,
Yokoyama requested to have it preserved in the Harley-Davidson Museum in honor
of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the disaster.

"It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson motorcycle was recovered in Canada
after drifting for more than a year," said Yokoyama. "I would like to take this
opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Peter Mark, the finder of my
motorcycle. Due to circumstances caused by the disaster, I have been so far
unable to visit him in Canada to convey my gratitude.

"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. I am very grateful to
Harley-Davidson for offering me an opportunity to visit the museum, and I would
like to do that when things have calmed down. At the same time, I would like to
meet Peter, who recovered my motorcycle, to express my gratitude. Finally, I
would like to thank all people around the world once again for their
wholehearted support of the areas hit by the earthquake and Tsunami. I would
like to ask them to help convey messages from the Japanese people about the
tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was a disaster of historic
proportions."

"My heart really goes out to Ikuo Yokoyama and all the survivors of the Tohoku
earthquake and Tsunami for everything that was taken from them. I cannot even
begin to comprehend the loss of family, friends and community," said Mark. "I
think it is fitting that the Harley which was swept across the Pacific Ocean by
the Tsunami will end up in the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to that
tragic event. It has an interesting and powerful story to convey preserved in
its current state.

"I look forward to one day meeting Mr. Yokoyama face to face. I would also like
to express my gratitude to all those that have taken part in the retrieval of
the motorcycle, especially Ralph Tieleman, Steve Drane, and Deeley
Harley-Davidson Canada."

The motorcycle was recovered by Mark with the help of friends and transported to
Victoria with support from Ralph Tieleman and Steve Drane of Steve Drane
Harley-Davidson. It has since been transferred to Deeley H-D Canada in
Vancouver. Plans for its transportation to and display at the Harley-Davidson
Museum are being developed.

"I've always felt Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a soul, and their owners
obviously have an emotional attachment to their bikes. I just wanted to reunite
this bike with its owner," said Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in
Victoria, B.C.

"The Harley-Davidson Museum is honored to receive this amazing motorcycle to
ensure that its condition is preserved and can be displayed as a memorial to the
Japan Tsunami tragedy," said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the
Harley-Davidson Museum.

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