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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Harley-Davison motorcycle that drifted 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean after last year’s tsunami in Japan will be preserved at the company’s museum in Milwaukee.

The 2004 Softail Night Train bike was found after it washed ashore in an insulated cargo container on a remote beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island. The motorcycle still had its Japanese license plate which was traced to its owner Ikuo Yokoyama, who had
lost three relatives and his home in the tsunami.

When Harley-Davidson offered to restore the bike for Yokoyama, the 29-year-old decided it might better be preserved in Harley’s museum as a memorial to the tragedy that claimed more than 15,000 lives.

The man who found the bike, Canadian Peter Mark, says it’s fitting that the motorcycle be preserved in its current state at the museum.