Saturday, March 12, 2016
This late model Africa Twin has found its way to us in search of redemption and salvation, but I'm afraid it's in very bad shape.
It has suffered from neglect more than anything else, having lived near the seafront, although it was also dropped and is showing all sorts of signs of damage.
Perhaps more than anything, it is the corrosion from sea air that is the worst offender: the electrics and electronics are surely shot to hell, corrosion is so thorough and so severe that even the quality Japanese aluminum frame is rusting.
All plastic parts are covered in a nauseating, salty, sticky layer of filthy sea air, and are probably beyond repair or restoration.
Look at the decals and the windscreen, all faded and cooked by the harsh, violent, unrelenting Mediterranean sun.
All this to me is just more proof (right, as if I needed it!) that anything to do with the sea and the sun is just f***ing horrible.
Does the engine even run? How's the clutch? Do all gears engage? Who knows! And then there's the matter of the liquid cooling system, fans, thermostats, all controlled by an electronic brain that has surely suffered just as badly. Poor thing.
So, let's see what we can do with this, but don't hold your breath...