Travel Photo of the Day (January 25)

Can anyone explain how a bike melts like this. I saw it on my walk the other day in London. Did someone torch it? And how did they prevent the fire or explosion from spreading?

Can anyone explain how a bike melts like this. I saw it on my walk the other day in London. Did someone torch it? And how did they prevent the fire or explosion from spreading?

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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48 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (January 25)

  1. AussyDog says:

    The initial damage was likely caused by a bad battery/electrical short, and most of the damage was to combustible parts (upholstery, plastic, etc). Despite all action movies telling you otherwise, it’s pretty rare for gas tanks to explode into massive fireballs. It’s likely that the gas tank wasn’t in any real danger. =)

    • TBM says:

      I have to wonder how much gas a little bike actually holds. I’m more surprised since most motorcycle parking areas are packed and lately people are using covers on their bikes that none of the others were damaged. When I walked by, there were other vehicles there. But I don’t know when this fired occurred. Hopefully there aren’t more victims and I hope the owner of this one had insurance and can replace it soon.

  2. Dounia says:

    Wow. How does that even happen??

  3. pattisj says:

    Wow, that’s crazy!

  4. Beth Ann says:

    Oh my ……that is pretty incredible..I will be interesting in knowing the answer.

  5. hmmmm–makes one ponder the possibilities

  6. IsobelandCat says:

    No idea. Certainly not due to recent weather…

  7. bocafrau says:

    Wow. definitely looks burned. Crazy…

  8. Northern Narratives says:

    I think they had those new batteries that they tried to use on the airplanes.

  9. nrlymrtl says:

    For most vehicles, a sudden, excessive impact is needed in order for the gas tank to explode. Most car fires are from some electrical issue that lights the combustibles on fire, which for whatever reason is not noticed, and continues to burn the vehicle into only so much twisted, tortured plastic and metal.

    • TBM says:

      And it was parked in motorcycle parking with several other bikes that have covers on them. I’m glad the fire didn’t spread. How it wasn’t noticed since from my experience this area is always hopping. However, maybe it happened in the middle of the night.

      • nrlymrtl says:

        My man once lit a plastic chair on fire (accidentally – there was a metal helmet and a candle involved) but the fire started well after folks were asleep (having left the candle going). We lived in a residential area at the time, burning chair on the front porch, and none of the neighbors noticed. Tho the housemate did when he finished his night shift and got home. He put it out by throwing the nearest dirt on it, from my flower bed.

      • TBM says:

        Your poor flower bed. I’m surprised that a plastic chair would burn–but same thing here since a lot of it is plastic. Crazy that no one really noticed either incident–but goes to show how much happens at night unnoticed.

  10. dadirri7 says:

    oh dear, it looks fatal … to the bike!

  11. Nate says:

    I’d say that the little scooter was traveling so fast that it nearly liquified itself. Those tiny 50-150cc engines can really propel a 120kg. human being to warp speeds.

  12. lynnsbooks says:

    OMG – it looks like spontaneous combustion! May that little bike rest in peace!
    Lynn 😀

  13. The Hook says:

    I bet the Human Torch flew by…

  14. Wow… I wonder if anyone is going to collect it? I think the council will dispose of it…

  15. Novroz says:

    wow…just like everyone here…I wonder what had happened

  16. petit4chocolatier says:

    How awful for the owner. Interesting.

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