Harley-Davidson Donates $250,000 To Support Japan Relief Efforts

Harley-Davidson, Inc. announced a $250,000 donation from The Harley-Davidson Foundation to support relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Our hearts go out to all the people in Japan who have been impacted by these tragic events,” said Foundation President Gail Lione. “It is important to all of us at Harley-Davidson to support the relief efforts and help the country through this devastating time.”  

In addition, the company’s Harley-Davidson Japan subsidiary has established a local relief fund and has been sending food, water, and other necessities to the devastated areas. The Company also has the link to the Red Cross Website posted on its websites for employees, customers and others interested in making a donation. (A/P picture David Guttenfelder, town of  Onagawa, Japan 03/20/11 )

18 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Donates $250,000 To Support Japan Relief Efforts”

  1. 1 Dave Blevins Mar 23rd, 2011 at 7:42 am

    The most incredible bike photo I’ve seen in years.

  2. 2 CA WEST Mar 23rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Thank you HD!!

  3. 3 Gas Man Mar 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What a great thing that HD is doing here. The Harley culture over in Japan is huge. The following just as passionate about their bikes as we have.

    Cyril, thanks for using the picture I found/passed to you. The picture is perfect in the pairing of HD’s generosity. The emotions that are stirred from that picture are immense. The man in the picture lost everything when the tsunami took out his house. He returns to his destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan Sunday, March 20, 2011; to find the wreckage and is successful in finding his beloved 50’s Harley. It’s an amazing story and if you’re plugged in to the internet, more are to come.

  4. 4 Kirk Perry Mar 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Ahh, those Harley’s can take a dunking. I tried to navigate through a flooded road and my passenger and I tipped over into a running stream on my XLCH. She slipped off the back and out of danger, while the current started to drag me and the machine under the roadway culvert, until a football-player-sized fellow grabbed me by the collar and drug me and the Sportster up and out of the water.
    I shook myself off and started the Sportster with the crankcase filled with water, drove the bike 4 miles to home and drained the oil/water “emulsion” out of the tank and into the grass in the front yard, refilled it with oil, ran it, drained it, put fresh oil in it and ran it some more.
    That was in 1982, and a guy from NAPA last year, told me the machine was still local and ridden daily by the kid I sold it too.
    What is that machine he’s working on? A flat-side shovel?
    Looks almost knuckle from here. Does the guy need a service manual(s)? If it’s knuck or pan we’ll send him one or both as soon as he gets a new monniker.

  5. 5 bigitch Mar 23rd, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    they have a tragic natural event (tsunami/earthquake) in thialand , haiti, japan and the hands come out asking for cash and the bands get to gether and have relief concerts and it gets extensive coverage in the press and now the motor company is trying to relive their guilt of not being a good samaritian.

    but there was a tragic natural event in AMERICA SOMOA(tsunami) and NEW ORLEANS(huricane)
    but the bands didn’t come to play and there were no motor company donations and no one seemed to notice… why ? because it was in AMERICA?!?!?

    tragedy strikes everyday and there is a saying that goes with it:

    buy in a hole, live in a hole.

  6. 6 chopmonster66 Mar 23rd, 2011 at 5:13 pm


  7. 7 Richard Mar 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    WOW! It seems no good deed can go unpunished. It make your wonder how people can find something “bad” in something this good for these unfortunate people. Must be something wrong with them…Thanks HARLEY, it will do a lot for the people who are suffering in Japan.

  8. 8 Q-Ball Mar 24th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    To all the brothers and sisters in Japan,
    You have show the rest of the world true honor and spirit in your struggle.
    Here is wishing you all the best, and a speedy recovery.
    Long May You Ride,

  9. 9 Charlie in Marietta Mar 24th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Okay, I may sound like an insensitive cynic; but my comment is in the form of a question. How much help did the Japanese give to the U.S after Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11/2001 tragedy? And, they don’t have huge trade deficits or spiraling national debt. Why doesn’t “The Motor Company” lay out a quarter million towards reducing our debt?

  10. 10 Grey Beard Mar 24th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    God Bless him.

    Here’s a news video of that biker.


  11. 11 CAROLYN TOMAS-KIWI INDIAN MOTORCYCLES Mar 24th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you to HD for your generous donation in the relief effort for Japan. They are so devastated, & they are worried about the nuclear plant.
    Please keep the people of Japan in your hearts & thoughts.
    Everyone Ride Safe & Ride in Peace.
    Carolyn Tomas-Kiwi Indian Motorcycles & 4th generation Japanese American

  12. 12 James in NewZealand (Kiwi)( Wino) Mar 24th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    That Is a great thing HD is doing
    The human catastrophe there is huge.Not to mention the pets and wild life that has suffrerd.
    In our shake here our friends including the USA ( Japan Britain.Aus and others) came down to help us.When the US recovery teams leave ,they leave their specalist kit for the locals to use.
    That is their policy.

    What a great gift !!!!!!

    Please no one find anything negative about this generosity.That type of small mindedness hurts everyone.

    Take Care you all,civilisation is fragile.!!

    Clinging to a shaky island in the middle of the South Pacific

    James (Wino)

  13. 13 bigitch Mar 25th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    tell me james in new zealand, did the motor compqany come down there and donate to your relief effort????

    i’ll bet… no!

  14. 14 maroco Mar 25th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    All the best to Japan, in this dificult moments every help they can get is small.
    Big alert to the world natural desasters and nuclear power, not easy to deal.

  15. 15 live2rideaglide Mar 25th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I am amazed as well , but unfortunately not surprised at the few who always can find the black cloud in the silver lining. The article , nor the issue is about what Japan has or has not done for us during our disasters , but is about HD steppin up and doing a good thing because it needed to be done. The photo of the old Harley and I assume it’s rider amid the pile of rubble is inspiting especially to fellow bikers. I t seems like no matter what happens in our lives , it always helps to get on the scoot and face the wind. There is a place we go when we ride that gives us solace and , at least for a little while we forget the pain and just cruise in peace. Forget the malcontents AND WHINERS. When people are homeless , hungry and afraid real Americans understand that as a nation we respond , that’s part of what makes America what it is. I dont always agree with what HD does, but they got it right this time. glidin-proud.

  16. 16 Biker Mar 26th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Great freakin pic! It speaks volumes of the Biker Lifestyle, no matter where you are at, if it is in your heart, you will prevail!

  17. 17 James from NewZealand Mar 26th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Bi Giitch
    What a ridiculous question.

    You know the answer so why ask it ,our scale of loss for a little country is bad.
    But they have a million people with out homes.Many of those have no water or food.
    It is extremely cold there.There are people in danger of freezing to death.

    Quite a different scenario,

    Harley have had a quite interesting history with Japan including building bikes under licence there before WW2.
    There are great Bike Builders there.Many I would rate as as good as you can get.

    I hope they and their families are all safe

  18. 18 jatinder pal Mar 28th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Pic says it all,Good work by HD….god bless japan and mankind.

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