Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tsunami bike

There is no Royal Enfield involved in this story. But it has universal motorcyclist and human appeal. By now you probably heard that debris from the tsunami in Japan is reaching the American coast. Inside a floating trailer was a badly damaged Harley-Davidson. Its owner was identified (and was alive!) and Harley offered to restore the bike for free and return it. However, Ikuo Yokohama "respectfully declined". He asked that the bike be kept unrestored in HD's museum, as a memorial to the victims. And he refused the offer of a free replacement bike by HD as it would have singled him out when "others had lost as much or more". A lot of Japanese people have displayed remarkable grace and courage during the (still ongoing) crisis. Mr. Yokohama is certainly one of them.

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