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Motorcycle-Eating Tree
Back in July I posted about a bicycle-eating tree in Washington state. That tree is real. Now here we have a motorcycle-eating tree. I don't have much information about it. According to the site I found it on, the picture was taken in Thailand. I'm inclined to think it's real. After all, there are trees that grow quite fast, and this motorcycle does look rusted.
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Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 21, 2006
Hmmm, I am sceptic. I would suspect the motorbike to be ripped of any useful parts.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  03:22 AM
Hmmm. . .I've seen things like this in person often enough, especially with some of the faster-growing tropical trees like fig trees. So it could be real. But whether this particular instance of it is or not, I have no way of telling; all I can say is I don't see anything against it being true.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  05:07 AM
My money's on real, but not chance - probably an artwork of some kind.
Posted by outeast  in  Prague  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  08:37 AM
I guess the problem is how to define "real". In the bicycle-eating tree in Washington, the story that goes with it (that the tree "ate" and lifted a bicylce that was left leaning against it) is certainly not true.

In this case--I'd bet that someone wedged the bike between structures of the tree which later grew to grasp it more firmly.
Posted by JoeDaJuggler  in  St. Louis, MO  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  03:43 PM
I don't think its true... I heard trees don't like the taste of motorcycles.
Posted by coit  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  11:06 PM
No way that bike was not stripped of everything valuable and usable.

pepe
Posted by pepe nero  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  06:48 PM
I looked at the pic on the linked site. Having been in Thailand, granted 30+ years ago, I remember fast growing trees there. I think this is real, the motorcycle was leaned against the tree, left for a while (a stupid stunt) and the tree grew around it. The roots "in front" of the cycle look like they grew down as the tree grew. My guess is it took about a month or maybe a little less.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  07:19 PM
Is that a Norton Commando? What a waste.
Posted by beezle  on  Sun Sep 24, 2006  at  06:56 PM
The bike-eating tree has followers! Maybe it'll found a religion.
Posted by Meerkat  on  Thu Jan 18, 2007  at  04:21 PM
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