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(CNN)   The Harley motorcycle found washed up in Canada has been claimed. Harley Davidson will restore for free and return it... Excuse me, I got motorcycle dust in my eyes now   (news.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 52
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2012-05-03 09:57:27 AM  
If it had only been louder, the tsunami would never have hit it.
 
2012-05-03 10:07:17 AM  

Sliding Carp: If it had only been louder, the tsunami would never have hit it.


+1
 
2012-05-03 10:10:25 AM  
I just want to give credit to our local H-D dealer, a really good guy, who raised $10K to ship the bike back to Japan, where the restoration will take place. (Story and photos in link)
 
2012-05-03 10:11:40 AM  
Harleys are buoyant?
 
2012-05-03 10:17:09 AM  

Sliding Carp: If it had only been louder, the tsunami would never have hit it.


LOL, over in one.
 
2012-05-03 10:21:39 AM  

markie_farkie: Harleys are buoyant?


Doubtful, but storage containers that they're kept in sure are.
 
2012-05-03 10:23:25 AM  
Rusty Shakleford

That's really cool. I'm sure my local HD dealer wouldn't do something like that. They're awful.
 
2012-05-03 10:24:32 AM  
Which is lovely heartwarming story the media is focusing on, while ignoring there are another couple billion-odd tons of trash and debris headed for the US Pacific coast in the next little while, which will cause an environmental disaster that will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen, and we have exactly no plan, and no funding to clean any of it up.
 
2012-05-03 10:26:49 AM  

markie_farkie: Harleys are buoyant?


I dunno, but the typical rider sure is.
 
2012-05-03 10:29:41 AM  

Magorn: will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen


drama queen

Most debris has already submerged - the marianas trench is DEEEEEP
 
2012-05-03 10:32:28 AM  
"First I thought, this has got to be the craziest thing anyone has ever found," Mark told the CBC. "Then I looked a little closer and the license had Japanese writing on it. The wall of the trailer had Japanese print on the tags. And the first thing that popped into my head was this is likely from the tsunami in Japan."


www.more-japan.com
 
2012-05-03 10:35:27 AM  

markie_farkie: Harleys are buoyant?


Didn't you know that shiat floats?
 
2012-05-03 10:37:31 AM  

Slartibartfaster: Magorn: will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen

drama queen

Most debris has already submerged - the marianas trench is DEEEEEP


The Marianas Trench is south of Japan, and the Pacific gyre goes north.
shiat's coming, yo.
 
2012-05-03 10:37:40 AM  

Magorn: Which is lovely heartwarming story the media is focusing on, while ignoring there are another couple billion-odd tons of trash and debris headed for the US Pacific coast in the next little while, which will cause an environmental disaster that will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen, and we have exactly no plan, and no funding to clean any of it up.


i46.tinypic.com

They are on the job.
 
2012-05-03 10:38:32 AM  
I rather suspect that the man would prefer the cash than the POS.

That's TEN bird shirts!
 
2012-05-03 10:40:47 AM  

Slartibartfaster: Magorn: will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen

drama queen

Most debris has already submerged - the marianas trench is DEEEEEP


And the rest is forming a brand new tropical island out in the middle of the Pacific.
 
2012-05-03 10:43:07 AM  

Magorn: Which is lovely heartwarming story the media is focusing on, while ignoring there are another couple billion-odd tons of trash and debris headed for the US Pacific coast in the next little while, which will cause an environmental disaster that will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen, and we have exactly no plan, and no funding to clean any of it up.


I'm glad you were able to spin this heartwarming story in order to victimize north 'merikuh. It's awful not being the centre of attention - isn't it?
 
2012-05-03 10:45:34 AM  

markie_farkie: Harleys are buoyant?


Crap floats.
 
2012-05-03 10:47:01 AM  
I hereby declare the "dusty" meme stupid. So you should all feel bad and stop using it.
 
2012-05-03 10:49:06 AM  

Turbo Cojones: I rather suspect that the man would prefer the cash than the POS.

That's TEN bird shirts!


Sorry, H-D gets to spend it on good publicity for both sides of the Pacific and for that matter parts H-D sells, installed by labor on the American side. There isn't any particular reason for them to award the guy 10K because his flotsam grounded here.
 
2012-05-03 10:49:23 AM  
Was it the whole motorcycle or just the kickstand? if you catch my meaning.
 
2012-05-03 10:51:49 AM  
I can almost almost understand why someone would want a Harley here.

I cannot understand why anyone in Japan would want one. That's, like, where bikes come from, man.
 
2012-05-03 10:54:12 AM  
Rusty Shackleford: I just want to give credit to our local H-D dealer, a really good guy, who raised $10K to ship the bike back to Japan, where the restoration will take place. (Story and photos in link)

I was hoping the owner would be alive and get his bike back, good job to the HD people responsible for sending it back. But they pledged 10k for the restoration, not the shipping, I would imagine it costs a lot less then 10k to ship.

like I mentioned in the first thread, I was hoping they would replace only what was needed in order for it to be in good riding condition, but leave the rust and dings for character.
 
2012-05-03 10:57:32 AM  

Maud Dib: Slartibartfaster: Magorn: will make the Exxon Valdez look like a leaky pen

drama queen

Most debris has already submerged - the marianas trench is DEEEEEP

The Marianas Trench is south of Japan, and the Pacific gyre goes north.
shiat's coming, yo.


The pros certainly think so

(the head of the AK organization dedicated to cleaning up thier coastline)::
"In my opinion, this is the single greatest environmental pollution event that has ever hit the west coast of North America. The slow-motion aspects of it have fooled an unwitting public. It far exceeds the Santa Barbara or Exxon Valdez oil spills in gross tonnage and also geographic scope. (I was in Prince William Sound during the during the Exxon Valdez oil spill and so have a sense of comparison).

Tens of thousands of miles of coastline from California to the Aleutian Islands are going to be hit with billions of pounds of toxic debris. NOAA's latest estimate is that 1.5 million tons of largely plastic debris will hit the western United States coast. That is 30 billion pounds. We expect Alaska to get the largest percentage of that with much of it lodging on northern Gulf of Alaska beaches. Most of this will be plastic which is full of inherent toxic chemicals that will leach into the environment for generations.

Possibly worse are the millions of containers full of anything from household chemicals to toxic industrial chemicals that are floating our way. They will eventually burst upon our shores...in sensitive inter-tidal spawning and rearing habitat, endangering shorebirds, marine mammals, fish and everything in between. We are already finding empty and partially full containers of tsunami related chemicals and fuel drums along the northern Gulf of Alaska shoreline. The heavier fuller containers will come later because the wind doesn't push them as fast toward the Gulf of Alaska as they are more current driven. The light-weight, high-windage debris such as Styrofoam, buoys, bottles, empty containers and drums have already arrived in staggering quantities.

Omar COMIN'
 
2012-05-03 11:02:25 AM  

ph0rk: I can almost almost understand why someone would want a Harley here.

I cannot understand why anyone in Japan would want one. That's, like, where bikes come from, man.


Away, philistine!
 
2012-05-03 11:03:01 AM  
I'm wondering how it ended up floating all the way to western Canada without sinking.
 
2012-05-03 11:05:50 AM  
Attn: Spirit Airlines

This is how PR is done.
 
2012-05-03 11:08:05 AM  
Why doesn't that fat fark Paul cover it in 9-11 shiat while screaming at his kid?
 
2012-05-03 11:15:18 AM  
Why?

Here in the states, Harley riders are useful because they are generally affluent, middle-aged white males. They are a huge demographic and they vote and spend. That keeps the politicians from using motorcyclists as their excuse to continue passing superfluous laws or making empty campaign promises to show they are tough on safety (a variation on the "won't someone think of the children?" BS). Not to mention it raises awareness of motorcycling in the cager world. Everybody knows somebody that has a Harley, right?
They are a nice shield for the rest of us who actually love wrenching on and riding our bikes. Sure, it's a double-edged sword, what with all of the dumbasses wrecking every weekend and the loud-assed pipes but they keep the attention off of the rest of us by their sheer numbers and financial clout.
So, my hats off to you, Mr. Weekend Warrior. We understand and appreciate you and you give us a never ending source of entertainment!
 
2012-05-03 11:17:07 AM  

KatjaMouse: markie_farkie: Harleys are buoyant?

Doubtful, but storage containers that they're kept in sure are.


Ohhhhh, I was wondering how it washed up but was too lazy to look it up.

/anyway, i'm glad the guy will get his bike back and restored.
 
2012-05-03 11:20:05 AM  

ph0rk: I can almost almost understand why someone would want a Harley here.

I cannot understand why anyone in Japan would want one. That's, like, where bikes come from, man.




I can almost understand why someone in Japan would want a Toyota.

I cannot understand why anyone in Michigan would want a one. That's where cars come from, man.
 
2012-05-03 11:23:29 AM  
HD wouldn't do a damn thing about my cam bearing issue but they'll restore this?? Assholes.
 
2012-05-03 11:24:49 AM  
Victory would have just given him a new one.

/ducks
 
2012-05-03 11:27:13 AM  

LDM90: I hereby declare the "dusty" meme stupid. So you should all feel bad and stop using it.


3.bp.blogspot.com

\would say "this" just to p*ss you off, if it weren't so wrong
 
2012-05-03 11:45:53 AM  
Sin_City_Superhero: ph0rk: I can almost almost understand why someone would want a Harley here.

I cannot understand why anyone in Japan would want one. That's, like, where bikes come from, man.



I can almost understand why someone in Japan would want a Toyota.

I cannot understand why anyone in Michigan would want a one. That's where cars come from, man.


Lol. I ride a Suzuki SV 650, my 2 bikes before that was a GSX-R750 and KLR 250, all made in Japan. Oh yeah, I had a Yamaha Warrior too. Japan does make the best bikes IMO. I've always liked HD, but never enough to actually buy one. I always thought of them as old technology and way over priced. Last summer me and my brother went to a dealer who was having a ride event, you could ride any new Harley they brought. I chose the XR1200 since it was the most similar to my SV, I had no time to sit on it and figure out where anything was because the group was leaving as soon as I was on it. Well anyway, that was a sweet ride and I would have loved to take it home, it was the easiest bike I ever rode. But for a 1200, lacked in power and was way too much $. My 2001 SV is a little faster, costs almost half as much, so I guess I proved to myself they are still over priced, but much better then they used to be. As for HD management idiots, that's another story.
 
2012-05-03 11:54:29 AM  
Not dust in they eye, probably a small bug.
 
2012-05-03 12:12:43 PM  
And here we've been blaming BP for that massive oil leak for all this time....
 
2012-05-03 12:13:24 PM  
That's awesome.
 
2012-05-03 12:13:31 PM  
And when they get done restoring it it will still be a piece of shiat.
 
2012-05-03 12:49:37 PM  
I'm wondering how it ended up floating all the way to western Canada without sinking.

Guess how I know you didn't RTFA or the thread.
 
2012-05-03 01:38:58 PM  

Bob16: And when they get done restoring it it will still be a piece of shiat.


Given that they have so many Japaneese bike manufacturers, how common do you think Harleys are in Japan? And it's not just ANY Harley Davidson, either, now is it? It'll be a factory-restored Harley, in Japan. And a very historically-significant one, at that. You may not like Harley Davidson motorcycles, but this one won't be "a piece of shiat". I wonder what the auction value on that thing would be?
 
2012-05-03 01:39:12 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Why?

Here in the states, Harley riders are useful because they are generally affluent, middle-aged white males. They are a huge demographic and they vote and spend. That keeps the politicians from using motorcyclists as their excuse to continue passing superfluous laws or making empty campaign promises to show they are tough on safety (a variation on the "won't someone think of the children?" BS). Not to mention it raises awareness of motorcycling in the cager world. Everybody knows somebody that has a Harley, right?
They are a nice shield for the rest of us who actually love wrenching on and riding our bikes. Sure, it's a double-edged sword, what with all of the dumbasses wrecking every weekend and the loud-assed pipes but they keep the attention off of the rest of us by their sheer numbers and financial clout.
So, my hats off to you, Mr. Weekend Warrior. We understand and appreciate you and you give us a never ending source of entertainment!


As a life-long, now grey-bearded, motorcyclist I have managed to become almost immune to the stupid stereotypes emanating from the non-riding public, but I am really annoyed when they come from fellow riders.

Since I started riding in the '70s, I've owned excellent bikes from Japan, England, Italy, Germany, and lately from the US. I have also found that the stereotypes we associate with each tend to be pretty innacurate once we actually get to know the people we apply them to.

Enjoy your ride, wave to others, and don't be an a$$
 
2012-05-03 01:59:16 PM  
Enjoy your ride, wave to others, and don't be an a$$

Obviously, he cannot help himself.

/Harley owner
 
2012-05-03 02:43:02 PM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I'm wondering how it ended up floating all the way to western Canada without sinking.


Presuming that the end was open when he found it (likely), then my guess is that it ended up open end up, partially full of water (and motorcycles, etc). Barring getting swamped, filled with rain, or leaking from the bottom, it is essentially a boat with ballast. The alternative would be if it were turned upside down with the opening downwards and air trapped in it, but the motorcycle (unless tethered), would have been long gone.
 
2012-05-03 02:48:10 PM  

Turbo Cojones: I rather suspect that the man would prefer the cash than the POS.


I'm guessing he would like those 3 family members and his home back, too, but you can't always get what you want.
 
2012-05-03 03:21:44 PM  

good_2_go: you can't always get what you want.


But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.
 
2012-05-03 05:03:57 PM  

LDM90: I hereby declare the "dusty" meme stupid. So you should all feel bad and stop using it.


But he found his motorcycle.. and someone told us about it. How are you not bawling like a little baby right now?

Reminds me of the time my uncle Larry went to jail for 3 years and nobody started up his Camaro. When he finally got out and tried to crank it up, the battery was dead. He went to the parts store and got a new Autocraft battery. Sure enough, it started right up.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need a moment. I cry for at least an hour every time I tell that story.
 
2012-05-03 05:41:31 PM  

ph0rk: I can almost almost understand why someone would want a Harley here.

I cannot understand why anyone in Japan would want one. That's, like, where bikes come from, man.


THIS!
 
2012-05-03 05:51:01 PM  
So a pirate claimed his S.S. Hardly-Ableson? His local HOG is going to be so proud. Assless chap celebration to commence shortly after the 2 mile ride to the local watering hole.
 
2012-05-03 06:43:48 PM  
Cyclonic Cooking Action: So a pirate claimed his S.S. Hardly-Ableson? His local HOG is going to be so proud. Assless chap celebration to commence shortly after the 2 mile ride to the local watering hole.

The Blue Oyster?
 
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