Entries in Harley-Davidson (2)


Harley-Davidson Sets Up Japan Tsunami Memorial

Sankei/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- More than a year after the Japanese Tsunami, a 2004 Softail Night Train Harley-Davidson bike washed ashore on British Columbia’s Graham Island.

When the bike was found in an insulated cargo container 4,000 miles from where it came from, authorities were able to trace the bike back to its owner from the Japanese license plate.

The owner, Ikuo Yokoyuma, 29, lost his home and three relatives in the tsunami. Harley-Davison offered to restore the bike and return it to Yokoyuma, but the owner asked that the bike instead be preserved as found and displayed in the Harley-Davison museum.

"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.”

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

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Harley-Davidson Reports Increase in US Bike Sales

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- More people in the U.S. are getting their motor running on new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as sales of the iconic bikes are up.

The company says it saw a 7.5 percent increase in U.S. bike sales in the last three months of this year compared to 2010. It's the sales boost for Harley in five years.

The biggest jump came among women buyers, African Americans, and people younger than 35 years old. The company says it's still cautious about the overall economy.

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