Sunday, May 06, 2012

Tsunami Harley-Davidson arrives in Victoria Sunday for shipment to Japan for restoration

MEDIA ADVISORY                                          Sunday May 6, 2012

Most famous motorcycle in the world - Harley-Davidson swept to sea in March 2011 Japanese tsunami and washed ashore on British Columbia’s Haida Gwai - to arrive in Victoria Sunday May 6 at Steve Drane Harley-Davidsonbefore shipment back to Japan for restoration
Tsunami Harley-Davidson at Prince Rupert ferry terminal
after arrival from Haida Gwai - Ralph Tieleman photo
Close up of Tsunami Harley-Davidson engine - Ralph Tieleman photo
And the Tsunami Harley-Davidson arrives in Victoria this afternoon!
VICTORIA – The most famous motorcycle in the world – the Harley-Davidson swept to sea in the March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami and washed ashore in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii islands – will arrive in Victoria today.

Steve Drane Harley-Davidson will prepare the 2004 Night Train motorcycle for shipment to Japan, where it will be restored by Harley-Davidson Japan at no cost and returned to its 29-year-old owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.

Yokoyama, of Yamamoto, lost three family members in the tsunami that devastated Japan.  “This is unmistakably mine. It’s miraculous,” Yokoyama told Nippon TV after seeing photos of the motorcycle. Its license plate number identified Yokoyama as the owner.

The Harley-Davidson was being stored in a large container packed with Styrofoam, which allowed it to float across the Pacific, carried by currents to Haida Gwaii, where Masset resident Peter Mark it discovered it on the beach of Graham Island.

The Harley-Davidson was shipped by boat to Prince Rupert and is being transported by truck to Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in Victoria by volunteer Ralph Tieleman, a Tofino motorcyclist moved to help by the story.

The arrival time is approximate – please check with Steve Drane later today for more information.  Steve Drane Harley-Davidson is not open Sundays but will receive the motorcycle there when it arrives.

Website: http://www.stevedraneharley.com/   


Bill Tieleman with Tsunami Harley-Davidson
Saturday May 5 in Vancouver - Ralph Tieleman photo








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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

No need to publish this, but you should fix the typo in your title.
Swept to "see" I believe you meant sea?

Bill Tieleman said...

Thanks Anon - typed up in a hurry and missed it - now fixed!

Anonymous said...

Sheesh. Another photo op.

Wonder how long someone is going to blame the BC Liberals for this one? Perhaps Bill or some left winger will complain the Harley wasn't licensed for BC roads, or that it didn't pass Aircare??

Sheesh Bill..

What's next? A photo op with one of the NDP MLAs before the Harley goes to Japan?

and Bill. the Harley will have to pass through YVR. You know, that awful evil airport with all of those workers that work at the place and facilities funded by the Airport Improvement Fee you love to hate.

Mike Corbin said...

Forget the naysayers Bill. Cool story, thanks for sharing.

DPL said...

Maybe anon is put out that he or she isn't included in the picture taking for the story. The guy in Japan lost family members, and it was luck of the draw that somebody found it, Healey dealer is getting it ready to go back to Japan for refurbishing. Nice PR for sure, but think for a moment about the owner and how he will be starting to rebuild his life.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe anon is put out that he or she isn't included in the picture taking for the story."

Another nutty supposition.

"The guy in Japan lost family members, and it was luck of the draw that somebody found it, Healey dealer is getting it ready to go back to Japan for refurbishing. Nice PR for sure, but think for a moment about the owner and how he will be starting to rebuild his life."

Sure and so Bill can get some self congratulations on being able to "be there" when the bike is off loaded to go into the shop.

Also worth noting in relation to Bills recent project:

- The Cargo Facility at YVR will receive the bike. There, the workers will prepare it for boarding onto aircraft.

- The aircraft itself will be loaded by union workers, the container which holds the bike included.

- Meanwhile the aircraft will be refuelled and provisions stocked by contracted company workers.

- The aircraft will be moved out of the holding area by unionised workers.

- The aircraft will be directed to the takeoff position by YVR airport ground controllers (also by the way union)

The aircrfct will take off and be directed to its flight path by air traffic controllers at YVR.

All using equipment, facilities and resources partially paid for by Bill's hated AIF.

Bill Tieleman said...

Anon 6:38 a.m. - you are just making yourself look small and ridiculous. I was pleased to play a small part in assisting my brother and Steve and getting the word out to the media. This is a feel good story that is making people happy around the world - other than you.

Anonymous said...

Bill in case you hadn't noticed and myself and others have, this story had already made it to mainstream media both here and worldwide before your post to your own blog. I can see the owner getting his life back with his getting his bike back without the aid of left wing political blog to.do it

Ralph Tieleman said...

I'm somewhere to the right of Attila The Hun....this story isn't about politics...it's about getting a guy's bike back....if it was Obama's bike or Romney's I'd do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 6:38: you forgot to mention that the "socialist hoardes are at the gates" again.
If it really sucks here, then why are YOU here?
Why don't you get your own blog? Call it the "I hate Jim Sinclair" blog.
Get a life.

Not anon DPL said...

Lots of people have blogs, some are worth reading, some not so much. The motorcycle event included Bill's brother, who we understand is a biker. So why try to crap on the Tieleman's for helping out? Negative comments in some folks input gets a bit dull. If you can't stand Tieleman why not go read stuff from the BC Liberals page. And even better still, identify yourself so your cunning whit, won't get lost in with the other anons comments.

DPL said...

It seems that Bill's brother went on a round trip of over 300 km. to pick up and deliver the bike. Would any of us go to that much trouble to help someone we didn't know? I figure the answer for most of us would be no. Jack Knox has an article in the T/C today , it's worth reading

Bill Tieleman said...

This is a feel good story - someone continues to try and post endless negative comments about it and while I've already allowed some, that's it. Start your own blog and build a readership if you don't like it. But don't waste your time sending more stink bombs - not posting.

DPL said...

I left off a few numbers on the trip Bill's brother took it was actually around 3500 Km to do something nice for someone he never knew. Sorry about my error.