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Old 02-16-2014, 08:02 PM   #46
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Shouldn't be too hard. You might have to make your own out of local materials, maybe a rock and a log?

http://youtu.be/Q4tQhI5eO0I

Shorter, crashier highlight video here:

http://youtu.be/WJNf9s2PoeE

Sorry, I don't have much to add that hasn't been covered already. I'll just second the "Look before you leap" mantra.

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:53 AM   #47
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Thank you, I didn't have video of the time I did that on my DR350, the pond was a but smaller and I made it all the way across.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:41 AM   #48
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I never stumble into this section of ADV and look what i found, some fun stuff!!

Footdragger hit all the major points on resuscitating a drowned bike. Also if you use an oiled foam air filter you can generally just squeeze (not wring) all the water out of it and let it air dry whilst you go through the fun a ridding the rest of your bike of water. Air filter drying on the seat of the 690 in the background whilst we drain the water out of the exhaust.




I hate lifting 300 pound bikes upside down so i just remove the spark plug, drain the float bowl and then some on the removed spark plug to rinse the water on it off, allow the plug to air dry with your filter and I just kick the bike through a bunch of times until there is no more fluids coming out of the spark plug hole. With no spark plug, kicking (even a hi compression 570 KTM) is dead easy.

Rather than hauling the bike on your back across rivers too deep to cross just use some thick branches threaded through the wheels and carry.

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Old 02-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #49
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:13 PM   #50
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This thread is so full of awesome!
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:30 AM   #51
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I never stumble into this section of ADV and look what i found, some fun stuff!!

Footdragger hit all the major points on resuscitating a drowned bike. Also if you use an oiled foam air filter you can generally just squeeze (not wring) all the water out of it and let it air dry whilst you go through the fun a ridding the rest of your bike of water. Air filter drying on the seat of the 690 in the background whilst we drain the water out of the exhaust.




That pic summarized my preferred technique.

"Throw the KTM in first"


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Old 02-18-2014, 05:10 AM   #52
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That pic summarized my preferred technique.

"Throw the KTM in first"


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Old 02-18-2014, 05:37 AM   #53
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:32 AM   #54
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That pic summarized my preferred technique.

"Throw the KTM in first"


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Old 02-18-2014, 07:44 AM   #55
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mossy crossings can be so slick that you can not walk them.

There is an invasive moss known as rock snot. If you encounter it, do not cross, the next stream you hit may not be contaminated and you will spread this stuff. That is assuming you make it across at all, which is unlikely.

One drop of water is all that is needed to spread this stuff.

If motorcyclists get to spreading this stuff, expect many more closings.

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:50 AM   #56
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I don't have a lot of experience in water crossing but I would like to share an experience that might help. Back in September, I attended the BMW GS Trophy Challenge Qualifier. One obstacle was a fairly long water crossing (probably 100' long and maybe 20" deep give or take). The bottom was known to be slate rocks laid into the road and it was pretty even with no hidden protrusions. The water came to a point just below the intake of the GS bikes.

I completed this in a very uneventful manner by riding slowly through and keeping my revs up. I then waited on the other side to see how others did it.

The slow guys just plowed on through with little drama.

Other guys hit it a little faster and you could see a bow wake build in front of the bike. As they approached the end, the wake hit the bank first and started coming back toward the rider. As long as they kept up the speed, they were OK but if they had slowed at that point, the wake would have hit them before they rode up the bank.

Still others rode faster and created a big bow wake and then they accelerated and rode through their own wake, flooding the intake and stalling them in the middle. I think 5 guys did this out of 70 riders. One other tipped over in the middle.

The lesson was, the slow and steady worked with eyes on the far bank. Too fast, or inconsistent was the way to fail. Every flooded bike was a boxer engine. There were no F800's or 650's that got water in the intake. The new GS has a much higher intake as well.

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Old 02-25-2014, 09:16 PM   #57
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Make sure to have at least a couple of the carb vent lines routed as high up as possible. If all of the vent lines get submerged the bike will stall. Usually right in the middle of the crossing
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:45 PM   #58
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Make sure to have at least a couple of the carb vent lines routed as high up as possible. If all of the vent lines get submerged the bike will stall. Usually right in the middle of the crossing
If they are routed up, when you drop the bike and gas runs out, it will not drain out of the hose, the carbs won't vent, the engine will have troubles. Like not running anymore.

Hence the T mod for deep water. Mount one end of the T up near the snorkel someplace, the other down low near the stock location so any water or fuel in the line can drain out. The engine will run until the snorkel floods, it will run a long time in deep water if necessary.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:03 PM   #59
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Sometimes you just can't help but get wet.
This is how the best in the world do it:
http://youtu.be/EQHqXSn2MMI
I remember watching this at the time thinking that either

a) the locals just always know where to stand for a good show, or
b) they painted the causeway with pig phlegm.

Either way, i've never trusted my riding buddies not to have the same train of thought, so I always let em go first :)
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:19 AM   #60
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I will second the advice to look before you ford.

Sometimes things are a lot deeper than they look, and shit hits the fan rather quickly.

I was playing on my old 250 after a rainstorm, on an ATV trail following a powerline - pretty mild terrain. I was skipping through the puddles all day, as they were merely inches deep. I came upon this 'puddle' which looked the same as all the rest - murky and grassy. turns out that was some long grass, and a deep puddle.





Before I knew what happened, my 21" wheel disappeared and I went flying over the handlebars. I landed on the grass on the other side of the puddle. I was alone, and the bike was hard to get out. after about 15 minutes of farting around, it came out of the mud with a great sucking sound.

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