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Now on exhibit at the Milwaukee-based museum, Yokoyama-san’s motorcycle remains in the same condition it was found along the beach of Graham Island in British Columbia by Canadian Peter Mark. “We’re truly humbled to display Mr. Yokoyama’s motorcycle,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “This motorcycle has an amazing story to tell, and we are honored to be able to share it.” The Harley-Davidson Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, when it is open until 8 p.m. If you are in the area, we highly recommend seeing the exhibit.

The first major piece of debris to hit North American soil from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, there is a happy ending to the story about the Harley-Davidson motorcycle that ended up floating across the Pacific Ocean over the past year after the Japanese natural disaster. Using the VIN and license plate, which were still readable on the motorcycle, Ikuo Yokoyama was ultimately identified as the owner of the Harley-Davidson Softail Night Train, and efforts were put in place to put the motorcyclist back in possession of his Harley-Davidson, but this is where the story gets interesting.

Well, 2011 as a year is finally over, and for the motorcycling community it was quite a year. As we begin 2012, we here at Asphalt & Rubber are of course not immune to the desire to summarize and highlight the passing of 2011. So we accordingly assembled 11 of the most important events that shaped motorcycling this past year and changed the way the sport, the industry, and the community will grow in the years to come. Picking only eleven moments in a single year is no easy feat, though some of the events in our selection are obvious choices because of their magnitude. Enjoy and a Happy New Year to our loyal A&R readers.