WRECK TO RICHES?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

It’s just over 10 years since the MSC Napoli lay stricken off Branscombe beach on the Devon coast, spilling its con­tents into the sea. Among the items sal­vaged were nap­pies, empty wine casks, per­fume, and a few BMW R1200RTS and K1200SS. Most of those bikes were reg­is­tered and made their way on to the pri­vate mar­ket, but one has been kept ex­actly as it was when it was dragged from the shore.

The bike is cur­rently owned by a Devon busi­ness owner who stored it away in his garage. Al­though wish­ing to re­main name­less, he said, “I put the bike away all those years ago. It has been cov­ered over since then.

“On the night the first con­tain­ers were washed up I went down to the beach straight from the lo­cal pub with some friends and found an open con­tainer smashed up.

“I couldn’t be­lieve what I saw when I got in­side. The con­tainer was on its side, so the bikes and other items were not easy to ex­tract, but once we freed a bike I found the key, which was se­cured to the rear of the bike in a plas­tic holder. I pushed it in, pressed the starter and it roared into life.

“It is good to go on the road but I want to keep it in its bril­liant orig­i­nal state, which I think must make this bike re­ally rare. It is the only ex­am­ple of those bikes that is still in the same con­di­tion as it was 10 years ago.”

Sal­vaged goods need to be re­ported

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