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Old 06-30-2010   #1
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Cool Deep Water Dual-Sport

Ok.. so I had one of those dumb ideas this evening, that turned into an "Oh Sh!t" moment. I crossed through a creek that I thought was about 1-foot deep. It wasn't. It was much more. Not only were my wheels completely under water, but so was my exhaust, carbs, and most of the bike. As I was standing on the pegs, the water came up to my knees (and over my boots). That is just shy of 3ft deep. 3ft doesn't sound that deep, but... it is. At the point where I chose to cross, my path took me downstream for 20ft before I could cut back over. I was as committed as I could get and there was no turning back. When the bike disappeared under me, I thought for sure that I was totally screwed, but I just kept on the throttle and it kept chugging away. With the exhaust under water, it was doing plenty of gurgling, but I do not believe that I sucked in any water. The airbox is mounted high. I know that I had to be cutting it extremely close though, because the top of my airbox is at about that height and pulls in air from the front side. I was only at that depth for about 10 seconds, maybe a little more. Any deeper or any longer, and I think the outcome would have been very different. It was definitely and Oh-Sh!t moment (more like "Oh sh!t, oh sh!t, oh sh!t!" moment), but when I emerged on the other side, I said "Wow, that was cool!". I'm not sure if I'd do it again intentionally, but I have to ask... is that my limit? COULD I do that again, at that depth? Provided that I'm not sucking in any water, am I hurting anything?
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Old 07-01-2010   #2
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Re: Deep Water Dual-Sport

I swamped my DRZ in a mud hole on a quad trail so I am much more careful about puddles now. There is a pic in my photos here.

Particularly with an air cooled bike I think the relatively cold water could be a bad thermal shock to a hot engine - at least in theory.
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Old 07-01-2010   #3
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Re: Deep Water Dual-Sport

Sounds like a "I rather be lucky than good most days"!!

That's a good story for sure and I know the feeling when you start thinking "man this is stupid, shit!! oh I've don't it this time!!! then you make you and WOW how cool was that!!!

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Old 07-01-2010   #4
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Re: Deep Water Dual-Sport

I found myself in a similar situation last Sunday in Switzerland County IN. Let me clear up any doubts, an XR650L will run in water that is up to the top of the tank for at least 25 ft or so. Good times for sure!
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Old 07-01-2010   #5
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Re: Deep Water Dual-Sport

Tom, I blew the headlamp and tail light bulbs on a MZ crossing a DEEP creek.

I installed new bulbs and sold it to some sucker on E-Bay.




It won't hurt anything. Have fun.
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Re: Deep Water Dual-Sport

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Tom, I blew the headlamp and tail light bulbs on a MZ.
Benny, we don't want to hear about what you blew, just fix the damn things.
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