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Old 03-24-2010, 05:55 PM   #106
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Originally Posted by james996
Yep this is why I had a snorkel made up for mine. Of course when I posted the pics on this forum all I got was grief...

If someone is willing to post my pic again pm and I will email the pics to be post here.....
This is the ADV rider forum, we specialize in grief!

Originally Posted by summerinmaine
When you get too old to serve as a bad example, you can always give bad advice.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:21 AM   #107
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:40 PM   #108
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A little over two years later, and this thread needs updating.

Clues come in small hints. The first clue went un-noticed. Two days after flying the motorcycle to Bogota, from Panama City, I noticed an occasional loss of power. It wasn't a huge loss of power, just a little. On the long ride from the Colombia/Ecuador border, to Quito, I rode with an Ecuador guy. He was on a brand-new R1200GS. I couldn't keep up with him. Usually, the old 1100 can hold its own, but this day, it couldn't.

The mountains there are high- well above 10,000 feet. It was raining. I blamed the loss of power on the altitude, and I thought that the air filter was wet.

A few more times over the next few years I noticed the same problem, but it would go away.

A few weeks ago, the bike lost the ability to go faster than 65.

It turns out that it was running on one cylinder.

I didn't know what the problem was, so I started this thread:

Now it seems that the problem was caused by submerging the bike. Which just goes to show you, these bikes aren't made to be treated like submarines.

No more river crossings for me. If the water is hub-deep, then I'm going around.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:16 AM   #109
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Originally Posted by bananaman View Post
So, if I've done $1500-$2000 damage crossing that stupid river, plus the cost of wrecking the left-side Zega, that qualifies as "wrecking the bike," right? But I'll fix it. I owe it to the bike. I know the bike isn't "alive," but it got me here, you know?
This kind of thinking gets you into lots of trouble spelled $$$$$$$$. I know because I have exactly the same problem. My $800 XT600 (easily $3k total outlay) got me through some tough trips so when the engine exploded this summer I had no choice but the fix it. Completely illogical, but I don't care. Can't even consider upgrading to a different bike for the same reason. This is also the reason why one bike is never enough.
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