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Old 01-14-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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any tool to help picking up your adventure in the mud when you are by yourself?

Hello
I dropped my 1150 adventure more then once, I can pick it up and I know the methods of doing that.
but few day ago I dropped it in the mud, there was no way I could pick it up by myself, the mud is too slippery and you can't get a hold on the ground. I tried a lot, I was lucky and some people passed by after an hour or so and helped me.

I wonder, is there a solution for this situation in the form of some tool that can help? I can think of a lift handle or some kind of air bag or something, does anybody know of something like that?

Thank you.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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a rope at the very least
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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What methods are you using? The only two methods I'm accustomed to are lifting and pushing. I can understand pushing is traction-dependent, but lifting is not, except theory and real-world applications don't always mesh. That said, my limited knowledge might be more or less expansive than yours and "common sense" and "common knowledge" never really applies.

I can squat lift quite a bit of weight, but I've been blessed with strong legs. Because of that, I may not have pursued other avenues of lifting my GS.

Think of mechanical advantage. Can I use a lever or a pulley?
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:56 AM   #4
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What methods are you using? The only two methods I'm accustomed to are lifting and pushing. I can understand pushing is traction-dependent, but lifting is not, except theory and real-world applications don't always mesh. That said, my limited knowledge might be more or less expansive than yours and "common sense" and "common knowledge" never really applies.

I can squat lift quite a bit of weight, but I've been blessed with strong legs. Because of that, I may not have pursued other avenues of lifting my GS.

Think of mechanical advantage. Can I use a lever or a pulley?
i can lift my r100gs quite easily.But i can assure you it is quite a different proposistion if the ground you are standing on is not flat AND is slippery.As you lift the bike up you push with your feet to get it from mostly horizontal to mostly vertical.If the ground is slippery you cant.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:27 AM   #5
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Not a GS, but yeah, similar problem with my bike.

Get some seatbelt webbing (ebay or car wreckers) and some large D-rings (ebay). Get the D-rings sewn into one the end of the webbing so it's like a helmet fastener.

Rolls up to about the size of a ciggy packet.

Unroll, thread one end through the frame or crash bars, adjust the length, slip the loop over one shoulder, cinch it up and stand using the loop of belt material and your leg strength to lift the bike, makes it a LOT easier. It can also be used to drag one end of the bike around though I've never needed to do that.

I have a slightly lighter bike than a GS, but it falls over further without the jugs sticking out the sides. Getting old, office job, so not particularly fit or strong and that makes it relatively easy to lift the bike solo.

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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I hate to state the obvious, but this is exactly why I don't do that sh!t when I'm riding by myself. I'll ride gravel but no sugar sand, no deep mud, without a buddy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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I hate to state the obvious, but this is exactly why I don't do that sh!t when I'm riding by myself. I'll ride gravel but no sugar sand, no deep mud, without a buddy.

I understand, but sometimes you either ride through the mud or turn around and sometimes turning around is not a good option or even possible.

The problem of mud is a real one. While I carry pulleys and a rope, you still need an anchor point. It will be interesting to hear of solutions and options.

Before anyone cries "idiot", I also do ride alone, off road and way out beyond help...my choice, but I try to be well prepared for issues like this one. Amplify that by sliding downhill on a steep slope. Sometimes walking out is the last option.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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I understand, but sometimes you either ride through the mud or turn around and sometimes turning around is not a good option or even possible.

The problem of mud is a real one. While I carry pulleys and a rope, you still need an anchor point. It will be interesting to hear of solutions and options.

Before anyone cries "idiot", I also do ride alone, off road and way out beyond help...my choice, but I try to be well prepared for issues like this one. Amplify that by sliding downhill on a steep slope. Sometimes walking out is the last option.
Not riding in the first place may be the obvious solution, but your bike is still in the mud. Hopefully there might be better solutions presented. :)
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #9
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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tow truck, crane?
Man, only someone from the 'Delta' would suggest that ....well that is better than 'stay home and don't ride'...you forgot a helicopter extraction..
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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Before anyone cries "idiot", I also do ride alone, off road and way out beyond help...my choice,
Me too and if there is water and/or mud, I walk the trail first to find the best line. But there is always the possibility I could lose my bike or more. I am aware of it and accept the possibility.
Last year was a bad one for me. I dropped the bike 3 times, twice on grades with the top of the bike downhill. I was able to muscle the bike up but I don’t know how I did it, desperation I suppose.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:18 PM   #12
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So if there is no anchor point to play with, there really isnt much more option but to lift it out of the mud. No clever mechanism or winch will work without an anchor point.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:23 PM   #13
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The lift bag has merit. They use them to move barges. What around is portable, tough, and fillable with what? I dunno, just relaxing on the couch, glad I have a little 650.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #14
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http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/...upersingle.htm

Only issue with this the bike needs to run to operate it...running it on its side is not optimal.
It might operate on pumped air though as well.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #15
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If it's deep enough, the bike isn't going anywhere even if you pick it up.

I have seen at least one inmate that carried a ground anchor and a come along when he rode in questionable places. There is that small electric winch you could mount as well. Biggest issue is finding things to attach it to.

Obviously my asshole level suggestion is to use a lighter bike for riding like that. It's probably one reason nobody is doing the TAT on an 1150.
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