Originally Posted by eatpasta
how'd you keep it from completely filling up with water?!
Hee hee - we didn't...
But as Seth says, it's pretty straightforward to empty out a bike if it does happen (you can see in the third picture in the series above, Julie desperately hitting the kill switch with her right hand!)...
We got it upright and to the bank, then hoiked it up on the back wheel to empty the water out of the exhaust (the bike had been completely submergered for a good couple of minutes before we recovered it)... then took off the tank, took the plug out and kicked it over about 50 times to make sure all the water was out of the cylinder... the first couple of kicks send a stream of water shooting out!
We also emptied the airbox, wrung out the filter etc... I don't remember if we pulled the float bowl, but anyway, reassembled everything, and kicked it a few times... and eventually it fired up on the starter - result!
Poor Julie was soaked to the skin mind you, and we still had to ride over 50 miles back to where the trailer was parked, in March!