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If You Have No Money For A Motorcycle We Recommend Beachcombing in British Columbia

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You want a Harley? Lack the requisite funds? Then just take a road trip to British Columbia’s lovely and scenic beaches and you’re wish may be fulfilled.  A somewhat rusty Harley Davidson sporting Japanese number plates was found washed up on an isolated stretch of beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island. The authorities think the bike drifted across the the Pacific Ocean before reaching Canada’s west coast after a horrific tsunami devastated parts of Japan nearly 14 months ago.

Japanese authorities are in the process of tracking down the owner of the motorcycle and determining whether or not that person is  still alive. One thing is clear; the bike is part of the 1.5 million tons of debris which has been transported on the waves across the Pacific. The Harley was stored inside a Styrofoam-lined container.

Experts are speculating that more flotsam and jetsam will reach the shores of Canada the the US coastal states over the next several months. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration adds that winds and ocean currents have scattered items to such a degree that it is no longer visible in low-resolution satellite imagery and that sitings of large debris fields are becoming more and more rare by vessels traveling across the North Pacific.

The motorcycle, which  suffered some salt water damage during its uncharacteristic voyage, was said to be registered in Miyagi Prefecture. That locale took the brunt of the tsunami damage in Japan and more than 11,000 people are dead or missing.

“The first thing that popped into my mind when I was looking at the scene [was] I really wonder what happened to (the owner of the bike). I really hope this person is OK,” said a witness to the discovery of the bike. “It’s quite a shock to actually see it … quite an eerie feeling, knowing what happened to Japan and to those people.”

The Canadian government have put together a Tsunami Debris Co-ordinating Committee with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. states from California to Alaska to develop a response to the tsunami debris problem.