sealing water out of cylinders on an r100gs?
several weeks ago while riding the TAT, i hit some nasty oklahoma mud and my bike careened into a ditch of standing water up to my knees. after finally locating someone two hours later who could help me wench it out, the engine wouldn't turn. presumably this was because there was water in the cylinder, since once he blew it out with a compressor, it cranked right up.
so two questions for the knowledgeable:
1) how can i better seal the engine, if at all, both for water crossings and possible situations like this? am i correct in assuming water entered through the spark plug?
2) when you're standing there with a water-logged 500 lb bike and no one around has a big air compressor, what can you do?
thanks very much for your thoughts