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Old 06-20-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Water Crossing

I live in an area with a lot of high water markers, so I can see the approximate depths.

What kind of issues have folks had with water crossings at particular depths with the f800gs(a)?

Any key areas to seal up to get an advantage?
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:04 PM   #2
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Grease the wheel bearings before and after.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:45 PM   #3
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Pretty sure that anything over the air intakes is bad.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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FWIW, I always get off and wade new crossings that have even the slightest chance of a surprise. Fast entries make cool pictures, but a steady, controlled speed will see you across. Unlike 1200s our intake is fairly high. Riders nerve usually falls short of the 800s capability.

As noted above by a wise gent, bearings must be tended to after water crossings, ask us how we know.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:27 AM   #5
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:43 AM   #6
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Personally, I'm all in favour of throwing a KTM in first.

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Old 06-21-2014, 06:38 AM   #7
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:06 AM   #8
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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Even if I know the crossing I always come to close to a complete stop before motoring slowly across. Surviving water crossings was not high on the list of design priorities. The 800 is better than oilheads though. Dave
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:21 AM   #10
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Since I would rather spend my time not packing wheel bearings (that doesn't seem to be covered in my little booklet) I will try to avoid more than 8".
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:45 AM   #12
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:47 PM   #13
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If in doubt, wet boots and pants from walking it first are better than a drowned bike.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:26 PM   #14
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:07 AM   #15
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If in doubt, wet boots and pants from walking it first are better than a drowned bike.
This.

Water crossings make me nervous as shit.

On one that I crossed, the water was moving so fast that a buddy and I a most walked each others bikes across one at a time, on either side. Just to be safe.

In the end, "fuck it" prevailed and we rode across, but hindsight wisdom believes that walking them would've been the smarter decision as we were a very long way from home,
in an unknown area, with rushing water over our knees.

We got lucky.
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