A Japanese man is set to get his favourite Harley restored and returned --- more than a year after it was swept out to sea in the deadly earthquake and tsunami that claimed three family members.
Ikuo Yokoyama of Yamamoto, Japan, lost his bike, packed in a styrofoam-lined container, in March 2011.
Ocean currents carried it across the Pacific to British Columbia's Haida Gwaii Islands, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, to be found by Peter Mark.
Motor cycle enthusiast Ralph Tieleman moved it to a dealer in Victoria, where it arrived Sunday.
"I just couldn't leave that bike laying there on the beach," Tieleman says. "That just didn't seem to be an option.
The bike --- a 2004 Harley-Davidson Night Train --- is in rough shape, understandably.
Some parts of the chassis, incredibly, still shine in the sun.
Others are rusted almost through.
The front wheel spokes have pretty much disintegrated.
Handlebar streamers, an etched Harley-Davidson logo, and licensing information written in Japanese are also visible.
Steve Drane, the owner of the Harley Davidson dealership the bike was delivered to on Sunday, says he was speechless to see it.
"Obviously it's had a long time and see here, holy smokes..." he says as it arrives.
Drane's dealership will prep and pack it up and ship it to Japan. Harley-Davidson Japan will fix up the bike for free and return it to its owner.
Drane says he was moved by the story of the bike's owner, who lost three family members and most of his possessions.
"It's been floating around for year, did a 7,000 km trip over to here, so the best we could do is return it to him," he says.
"I thought, somebody owns that bike, and they really feel for it, and it would really make their day if somebody like us got together and took what you see here and bought it back to life."