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      Japan Quake: Motorcycle Industry Relief

      Many around the motorcycle industry have provided financial assistance to the relief efforts in Japan, including America's iconic V-Twin manufacturer Harley-Davidson.

      And on Wednesday, three industry associations have partnered to provide additional financial assistance in Japan. The boards and members of the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America are collectively donating $10,000 to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund.

      All three motorcycle organizations are also encouraging its members to make contributions, and have links on its websites so the riding community can easily donate.

      Tim Buche (President and CEO of MIC, MSF and SVIA) says: "Thanks to the support of our boards and the contributions of our members, the MIC, MSF and SVIA are able to make a substantial financial contribution to assist the people of Japan.

      "We also wanted to provide a way for the riding community to contribute, which is why we established website links."

      Interested in assisting? Log onto MIC.org. rockmoto.com, motorcycles.org, MSF-USA.org, SVIA.org or atvsafety.org, and click on the "2011 Japan Relief Fund" tab. The MIC says visitors will be directed to a page with more detailed information and a link to the Japan Relief Fund donation page on the Japan America Society of Southern California website.

      The JAS-SC created the 2011 Japan Relief Fund as the country continues its relief efforts, attempting to recover from March 11's 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which subsequently triggered a tsunami in the Northeastern region of the country north of Tokyo.

      As of Thursday, the death toll is more than 9,000 and there are over 16,500 people missing. There is also fear of a nuclear power-plant meltdown due to the quake.

      The 2011 Japan Earthquake is considered the deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people.

      Tim Buche says: "The devastation is too much for any country to deal with alone. Japan is a vital part of our industry, now it is our turn to help them."

      All donations will go to experienced non-governmental disaster relief agencies in Japan that have a proven track record of emergency humanitarian relief and restoration work.

      And this news deserves special attention

      Harley Donates $250,000 to Japan Relief Effort
      Harley-Davidson hasn't been impacted by the Japan earthquake nearly as much as motorcycle manufacturers like Honda and Kawasaki, but the Harley-Davidson Foundation is still stepping up to help the Japanese relief effort. The Harley-Davidson Foundation announced today that it was making a $250,000 donation to Japan.

      Harley's donation will go to the Red Cross and will help the overall disaster relief efforts 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."

      Harley-Davidson's Japan subsidiary has also set up a relief fund. The Japan subsidiary has been sending food, water, and supplies to disaster areas.

      If you'd like to donate to the Japan relief effort, you can do so at RedCross.com.
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      Hi RG, you follow the bike world so closely, and this is a nice piece of information you shared here, (not the tragic incident; but the donation part)

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      Thanks Shayam (shyamhegde), I do infact follow most of the news in automotive industry, its just that I'm contributing my $$ on motorcycling & cents on others
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      great news , the japs are something when it comes to such situations the other day when i was reading the papers it said that the people are not getting down to stealing what ever they get in such situations ,people are actually sharing what ever they have with everyone . i bow down to the people of Japan and its really good to see that HD stepped up on this occasion.

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      Even appuchan gave a line of thought that, all we donate to the cause of this will go to the right hands & most importantly, reach the cause. Damn!!! I'm feeling I should do atleast some online donation
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