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Old 07-02-2012, 07:40 AM   #31
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hi craneguy

thanks for the link.
if you check out the thread "zambian joyride" on the forum here you will see that its already been done.....




This is so excellent!
Excellent! Now all we need are some bolt-on paddles and you could ride across!
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:50 PM   #32
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nah! i need some handy locals to pull the whole thing in the right direction!
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:28 AM   #33
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Please keep the ideas about floating your bike across a water body coming, as this is a situation that stops many of our rides, so the collective interest is surely high.
I'm sure within short order, several great options will materialize, or an inmate will pick up the challenge and solve this problem by producing a dedicated product for us.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:00 AM   #34
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Like this?

The water stuff starts at about the 3:30 mark, but DAMN, I wish they'd imported those Trickers here to the US of A:

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:42 PM   #35
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i am looking to see where i can get a pair of floats made up out of lightweight but durable material. stay tuned!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:22 AM   #36
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Darien crossing

Once I read about some mototravelers who were engineers and took a KLR and an old small boat and adapted both of them so the bike would power the boat and cross the Darien Gap. If I recall correctly, They reported that were about to get the boat sank due bad weather, and the salty water generated some rust... although they DID cross it!

I am about to start my trip to SA and that idea keep popping in my mind... but with a variant of having some inflatable "thingys" like the ones described here.

This thread is really good.. keep the ideas flowing!!

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Old 07-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #37
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Once I read about some mototravelers who were engineers and took a KLR and an old small boat and adapted both of them so the bike would power the boat and cross the Darien Gap. If I recall correctly, They reported that were about to get the boat sank due bad weather, and the salty water generated some rust... although they DID cross it!

I am about to start my trip to SA and that idea keep popping in my mind... but with a variant of having some inflatable "thingys" like the ones described here.

This thread is really good.. keep the ideas flowing!!

Just like these two.

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After crossing the Sahara these two guys turn their bikes (KTM 640
Adventure and Yamaha TT600) to paddlewheel powered rafts made
of empty oil barrels. Then sail towards Timbuktu (930 miles away) on
the Niger River until the KTM's top end fails weeks later.


More at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2015912
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:34 PM   #38
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A great read and I'm liking the ideas being thrown out there. I think who ever mentioned the truck inner tube may be onto a good solution. Light weight, strong, heat resistant. I'm looking at dropping my money on one of these inner tubes and running some tests (in shallow water first of course)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/70-Truck-Tir...-/110944151398

At 25lb, one could easily carry this along on the back of their bike. I don't know how small it would collapse to but I'm hoping not much larger than a good sized sleeping bag. Volume calculations based on the given dimensions say this tube should displace approx 423l of water. My farkled dr650 weighs in at 190kg with a full 32l fuel tank. I weigh in at 90kg without riding gear so we're at 280kg. The tube is 46cm in diameter so assuming the bike and myself are on the tube it should be about 2/3 of the way submersed. That leaves 12cm or so of elevation so if the water is relatively calm we should float across high and dry.

I will probably buy a guide line to secure. Would hate to drift into a submerged tree branch, boulders etc or downstream for that matter. I figure a good length 150m+ of 600lb dyneema or similar spear gun line would be perfect (light weight and compact) Also the end of a paddle and an exhaust adapter to pump up the tube would complete the kit.

The system
remove all gear from bike
assemble the paddle using a suitable tree branch
Inflate tube via motorcycle exhaust adapter
Loop line around a secure branch
paddle across and secure both ends of the line at opposite bank under tension
pull myself back across while checking the course of travel for any snags
Load up the bike and pull myself to opposite bank
unload bike + untie line
Ride off into the sunset


A couple concerns I have

Saltwater crocodiles - This is the reason I can't walk/swim the floating bike across.
I have no idea if they'd take a liking to a truck tube. I guess the croc breeding season would be the worst time to attempt such a trip as I hear territorial males will attack almost anything that floats by Any top end locals want to chime in here?


Loading the bike - strength isn't the issue for me but practicing good technique so as not to drop the bike in the drink might be. I guess in the event someone is nearby to offer assistance it shouldn't be too big a deal.

tube bursts - I guess this is always going to be a possibility. Not too sure there's an effective plan B here.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:12 AM   #39
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Tube like this is big and heavy, and you need a BIG compresor to fill it (as a kid I used a tube like this as a boat on the creek and I spend all afternoon to fill it with hand pump) . You can get used tube for free at tire workshop (I did) .
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 AM   #40
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I have seen a 250 Ya,aha floated across a river in Australia on a single air bed. Lay the bike down exhaust aide up and away you go!
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:00 AM   #41
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you would have to lie the bike down on its side and it still may turn turtle
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:04 AM   #42
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Paddle tire and speed is all you need. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0nkL1pScXQ
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #43
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The first blokes who did the Cape York trip floated BMWs over The Bumiga on truck tubes,I think,no ferry in those days,that was late 60s.Less crocs then.Shooting was still done.Still bloody game to do it.I am thinking Dave Sands.Story in an early Two Wheels
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #44
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you would have to lie the bike down on its side and it still may turn turtle
I think the heaviest part of the bike (engine/tranny/tank) would be pretty well centered in middle of the tube which would keep it from turtling.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #45
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Check the Ultimate North Canol thread in Regional/Canada, as this has been discussed extensively and a few good conclusions reached. Very remote trip, 3 major river crossings, multiple minor river crossings.
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