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BMW bikes in the OCEAN.... YIKES

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/6283965.stm

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Yep, all those guys waiting for ASC and TPMs on their new BMWs.


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Yep, all those guys waiting for ASC and TPMs on their new BMWs.
Yeah, thanks, Jeff.

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Yep, all those guys waiting for ASC and TPMs on their new BMWs.
at first.... when you say that... folks might want to chuckle a bit
but..... your statement is 10000% true

sad stuff
and highly weird
can't think of it EVER happening before

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Sorry Griff

You can pick up your new bike if you have SCUBA gear...

Then again .. Let's Salvage !!!!


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BMWs Float Ashore

It even started!

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The locals are all BMW owner`s now, low mileage slight salt damage as in this BBC news vid
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With all the electrical/electronic components on these bikes, they will soon be a nightmare of problems.

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Thanks for the heads up on that article. A side benefit of looking there was the Bennett's Babes link to the right!

Of course BMW can't actually sell those bikes, I'm sure they'll be put in a crusher and the cargo line's insurance carrier will be paying them for the loss.

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I just saw this posted on the IBMWR mailing list

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I just went through my list of "in transit" bikes, and none was on that ship. Turns out the Napoli was on the way from Belgium to Portugal, so U.S. buyers, at least, won't have much to worry about in terms of expected bikes or cars.

Look mom! A free motorcycle. And FREE BEER!!!

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Look mom! A free motorcycle. And FREE BEER!!!

thanks for the info

where did you get that picture

forgive my naivete..

is that real?

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Free BMWs on the English coast!

I was just watching a newscast about a wrecked cargo ship on the British coast. The ship was towed to the low waters in order to prevent the hull from breaking. Few containers fell off the ship and obviously floated (!) ashore.
Locals decided that let's do favor and clean up the mess. In the containers there was dog food, toys, baby diapers, car parts - and at least 15 brand new BMW motorcycles!
The newscast showed a Datsun pickup with a new R 1200 on the bed with factory tied downs driving away from the shore. Fourteen other bikes are gone as well.

Just watch, soon there will be "special offers" on the eBay on BMW bikes - or some newbies on this forum asking questions like "how to fasten the front wheel on a new R 1200 RT". Unless the police cuts in and spoils the fun...

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Exclamation Damaged Container Ship at least 15 BMW Bikes Overboard

Just read on CNN.com that at least 15 BMW Motorcycles had been taken off the beach in England where containers containing them had washed ashore from the listing container ship.

Thats a different way to become a BMW owner.

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One report indicates that one BMW motorcycle was estimated at over 25,000 pounds!

We finally get the true wet weight of our beloved machines.
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And, according to cnn.com, Reuters news agency put the value of one motorcycles at $29,610.

Must have come with a cup holder.

I am sure that if BMW could get that from the insurance, they would wish more would wash up on the beach.
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broward posted it here just a few entries back this particular thread.

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This story is funny and sad at the same time.

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thanks for the info

where did you get that picture

forgive my naivete..

is that real?
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Here's a BBC video. This is surreal!

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Latest on the news tonight was the whole area is being locked down. many of the containers had chemicals, and at the moment they don't know what was in them because the labels have been washed off!

But if I was there, I'd sneek down under the cover of darkness and grab me a BM or two.

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Not sure if it still holds true, but according to Maritime law, the first one to the wreck site is the wreck master. After dispensing moral and legal obligation to save live and limb, they are entitled to full 50% of the salvage.
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As Seen On TV!

Just finished watching the 6:30 pm news. Had an interesting video clip of people taking barrels of adult beverages (beer? whiskey?), BMW bikes, and other goodies.

The British police were on hand to arrest and cite all they could catch, as they ran with their booty off the beach. I thought this was strictly an American behavior and would not be committed by our staid, distinguished British brethren.

One guy got the whole family involved: they loaded up a pallet with all the goodies they could and dragged it off the beach.

The report also said 10,000 containers a year wash overboard.

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You must be joking.

This is the part of England where people used to build fires near cliffs and rocky shores to confuse the captains of passing ships, making them think they were lighthouses.

They used to live off the proceeds, until unemployment benefit seemed like an easier way of not making a living.
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The British police were on hand to arrest and cite all they could catch, as they ran with their booty off the beach. I thought this was strictly an American behavior and would not be committed by our staid, distinguished British brethren.
Ever hear or read about the stuff that goes on between the fans at some of their football matchs. But I still not going to be to hard on them, I like football that's been around for more than 100 years.

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You must be joking.

This is the part of England where people used to build fires near cliffs and rocky shores to confuse the captains of passing ships, making them think they were lighthouses.

They used to live off the proceeds, until unemployment benefit seemed like an easier way of not making a living.
No, just naive.

I'd like to think the empire is inhabited by distinguished and polite stiff upper-lippers who don't resort to looting. Guess I'll have to live with the disappointment. The scenes of New Orleans residents looting after Hurricane Katrina were broadcast all around the world, and now we see the Brits doing it.

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You must be joking.

This is the part of England where people used to build fires near cliffs and rocky shores to confuse the captains of passing ships, making them think they were lighthouses.

They used to live off the proceeds, until unemployment benefit seemed like an easier way of not making a living.
Being an Irishman meself I have never had the least little bit of good to think about the English.
You just changed that, Thanks Charles
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....This is the part of England where people used to build fires near cliffs and rocky shores to confuse the captains of passing ships, making them think they were lighthouses.

They used to live off the proceeds, until unemployment benefit seemed like an easier way of not making a living.
I love to see socialism destroying other countries BESIDES just ours!

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The law says -

The only reason to remove an item is to put it in safe storge for the owner. You are entitled to a storage fee (maybe!) but you must return the item to its legal owner or the wreck master within 28 days. If you do not you risk imprisonment and up to a £2500 ($5000) fine.

Those guys all have their picture with their 'retrievals' so it's easy to track them down...

There's a lot of confusion in the UK about salvage 'rights' (there aren't really any), and whether something can be clasified as jetsam or not and exactly where you picked it up from - on the foreshore or between high and low water marks, etc.

Incidentally, everything on the beach above high water mark belongs to 'the crown' and anything taken from there could technically be stealing from the state! Before you start, 'the crown' does not literally mean belongs to the queen, it means it belongs to the state. The royal family have their own personal assets, just like the rest of us - and yes they now pay taxes as well.
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Look mom! A free motorcycle. And FREE BEER!!!

I bet they're glad that isn't an LT they are trying to push off the beach!
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Nasty Chemicals On The Beach

When this story first broke, the authorities were all over the news stating that everyone should stay away from the area as the containers all contained dangerous toxic chemicals.


Yeh right!

I wonder where the BMs were going to?

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You´re welcome !.

They will have a problem registering them, won´t they ?.

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...They will have a problem registering them, won´t they ?
I would speculate if you're willing to steal an expensive bike you're willing to risk riding it without registering it. Or maybe you'll sell it for a fraction of the cost and let someone else take the chance. Of course, they will have to buy it without a title.

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Just to let you know those three guys have been contacted by the police and they said they were "only out for a bit of beachcombing along with everyone else and had every intention of returning the bike". Yeah, right!
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You´re welcome !.

They will have a problem registering them, won´t they ?.

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They may have a problem, I wouldn't, registration is just a number and a paper, or another way for the Gov to tax you.
I'm riding down the street see a rattrap 350 Honda in the yard. What caught my eye was the recon plate riveted to the neck.
Kid came out wanted $100. bucks, title in my hand checked that the number matched. Went to the truck got out my cordless drill, gave the kid a C note took the plate and title. Left the bike told him to ride it in the woods. Now I can title that on any bike I want, I keep things like that for just such occasions.
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Here are some additional pics.

I love this one: "Hi mom, I just got a new motorcycle for free!"
Based upon several of your pic's, Eljeffenator, it would appear that not only did the crates float ashore, there was little or no water damage to the bikes.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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