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Tsunami motorcycle hits Canada's West Coast, owner now found

The CBC is reporting that a Harley-Davidson's Japan Representative saw the story about one of their bikes getting swept out to sea and being found across the Pacific on the shores of British Columbia, Canada, and has tracked down the owner of the bike. The rest of the story with video can be found here.

Pretty impressed with Harley as they say they are going to repair and return the bike to its owner in Japan.


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Great PR for Harley but I can't imagine HD is a very recognizable brand in Japan. I would imagine their Japanese market share is on par with exotic brands like MV Augusta here in North America.
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Great PR for Harley but I can't imagine HD is a very recognizable brand in Japan. I would imagine their Japanese market share is on par with exotic brands like MV Augusta here in North America.
I'm going to go out on a limb and disagree... Harleys are iconic, and the Japanese, believe it or not, love American Icons.

Okay, I wrote that, then figured I better back it up-

There are about 50,000 Harley Davidsons on the road in Japan. About a 10,000 new ones are sold each year. A new Harley FLHRCI Road King Classic retails for $22,000.

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My nephew is stationed in Japan and some of the locals he's ridden with had a hard time his with lack of HD desire

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Last November my wife and I rented a Triumph Bonneville and rode around Oahu, Hawaii. At a rest stop we met a couple of young guys from Japan who both rented Harley-Davidson's because it was a dream for them and they both rode Yamaha's at home.


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If a Harley can float across the Pacific, guess that puts paid to them being called lumps of crap!

(I guess crap can "float", can't it?)

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If a Harley can float across the Pacific, guess that puts paid to them being called lumps of crap!
(I guess crap can "float", can't it?)
Kind of my thoughts too. How did a boat anchor manage to float across the Earth's largest ocean?

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Kind of my thoughts too. How did a boat anchor manage to float across the Earth's largest ocean?
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If a Harley can float across the Pacific, guess that puts paid to them being called lumps of crap!

(I guess crap can "float", can't it?)
I'm more impressed with the container! Imagine it being able to float all that way carrying a "lump of crap." But the most amazing part of the story is that the bike held up better than most Harleys!

It reminded me that when my daughter was very young, she called them Hardly Fergusons.

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one point to keep in mind with all the joking is that losing the bike was probably the least of his worries
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one point to keep in mind with all the joking is that losing the bike was probably the least of his worries
How true. Amen to that.

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Certainly the farthest a Harley has ever traveled without needing maintenance along the way...
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I'm torn on the story. It's great that Harley is going to restore it an return it to the owner, but he's lost so much and is still in a temporary housing trailer. He's lost a lot and he'll be spending years, if not decades, trying to get back into a home and recovering financially. It just makes me wonder whether he'll be able to enjoy/maintain the Harley.

I went to Japan last summer and saw the devastation and visited the temporary housing. It's rough and they're usually not in convenient places. I know some families had lost all transportation and the nearest grocery store was miles away. I saw a lady who cried when presented with a simple bicycle... I guess having a Harley would be even nicer though.

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Certainly the farthest a Harley has ever traveled without needing maintenance along the way...
Now that is ...COLD! LMFAO!


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Yep, the only way a hardly ableson made it that far was because of an amazing super buoyant mega container.....
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I like to bash Harleys as much as the next guy, but I have to admit my wife's sportster was more reliable than either her Vulcan or my Versys.

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