The ongoing disaster in Japan has transfixed the world since last Friday, almost unimaginable earthquakes, historically severe tsunamis and a nuclear disaster that moves from bad to worse each day. Japan has been responsible for some of the most memorable bikes ever to grace the asphalt and with this in mind a charity called MotoForJapan has been established to allow fans of Japanese bikes the opportunity to give a little back to a small country that has given us so much. Click here to make a donation.

This project is the shared idea of Greg Hatton and Jon Bekefy. As motorcyclists and employees in the industry, we’re both incredibly aware of our debt to Japan. We love the sport of motorcycle racing, we’ve long earned a living in this industry, and we ride bikes built in Japan. The Japanese people have contributed to our passions and our livelihoods, and we believe, both as motorcyclists and regular humans, that we have an obligation to aid and assist them in this time of disaster and terrible loss.

Whether you’re a rider, a racer, an industry employee, or a fan of any of the Big Four, this is your opportunity to give back to one of the most important nation-contributors of all things riding and racing.

Every dollar donated through MotoForJapan will go directly toward funding the Red Cross’ relief efforts in that country. By giving, each contributor can be recognized as a motorcyclist who gave something back to the country that’s given us so much.

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