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post #1 of 9 Old 06-13-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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fording depth limit?




a little above front wheel/knee height. i deemed it safe for the bike, but not for me. i walked the whole thing, no holes, but some head sized rocks that can toss me around, and worse case scenario pin me under a bike in water. if i weren't traveling solo i'd have video for this one!

but anyways, what's the limit? by theory or experience. top of the tire? bottom of the seat? top of the bars? thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-13-2010, 10:47 PM
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I think Black Lab will have a useful answer for this one.


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This is too deep for a Strom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoF0gvh4_38

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When the air intakes go under, you're done, if the ignition doesn't quit first..

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The air intake is about 5 inches below the top of the triple clamp. You can go about to the top of the seat if you are carefull. If the water is moving very fast at all that is a lot of water though.

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Well

I don't recollect seeing watertight seals in the hub bearings or the swing-arm pivots. Nor do most of the electrical connections appear to be especially well-sealed. And this is a fuel-injected bike. In theory, you could ride it in until the air intake goes under. But I wouldn't do it to my bike. And there is the aspect of riding a bike too heavy to pick up, or get off you if you're under it. I guess it depends on how badly you want or need to get to the other side.
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Those head-size rocks would be the biggest problem for me. My DRZ400 decided to take a nap in the middle of a creek when I hit one of those this spring. After I pushed it up the bank, it took me about an hour to remove the side covers, seat and tank to remove the spark plug and dry the airbox. I suspect the Strom would have taken a good bit longer.

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This is too deep for a Strom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoF0gvh4_38
That thing was still running,as indicated by the puffs of exhaust, just apparently didn't have enough power to push thru the water.
Deepest I've gone is just over the hubs. wasn't thrilled about the prospects of submerging my calipers, but, fun is fun.
The added resistance of the fender and forks pushing water is like deploying a chute, slows you down real fast.
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That thing was still running,as indicated by the puffs of exhaust, just apparently didn't have enough power to push thru the water.
The bike didn't appear to be running. He tried to start it several times indicated by the headlights going off/on. The puffs of exhaust you see appear to be just initial steam from the hot pipes. once the pipes submerge, there's no indication of exhaust.
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