Deep water crossing prep?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by TBob, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Wallowa

    Wallowa Diver Down

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    I use a UNI filter [Oz variety] which is a foam/oiled set-up...a little vapor on the back side would not hurt it..

    If someone was worried or was using a dry [OEM] filter you could put an extension on inside of airbox to a lower point in box..

    Now to find a place to buy smooth bore tubing for snorkel..any ideas?

    Also sealing the junction between the snorkel and air box [where clips are] is going to take some doing...it needs to also be watertight
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  2. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Don't forget to wear your gear,,,,,,, ATGATT!!

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  3. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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  4. Wallowa

    Wallowa Diver Down

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    Great idea, I have some waterproof wheel bearing grease that will stick and seal...Thanks!
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  5. Samruay

    Samruay ADV for ADV sake

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    Tbob,
    I am sure this is not proprerly the answer you're looking for .... however this is my opinion too... it is not healty to "dive" with a motorbike, unless in case of real emergency,
    :dunno

    Cheers,
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  6. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    Sam this thread isn't about opinions on right or wrong should or should not's. It about preping the GS for water.
    I'm not going to wait until and emergency to see if my bike will make it through a water crossing - if that's your style great, to each his own.


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  7. azgsa

    azgsa Dude

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  8. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    :lol3 don't expect me to built that shit for you!

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  9. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Hey now thats got real possibilities:evil R1200 pontoon boat:eek1
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  10. Samruay

    Samruay ADV for ADV sake

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    Sorry dude:D ... it was just a past (bad) experience with one of my previous bike, not an opinion... !
    That said, good luck for your project :wave
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  11. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    How 'bout like this:
    http://www.shuttlebike.com/

    "HOW TO TURN A MOUNTAIN-BIKE INTO A WATER.BIKE. EVERYTHING IN A SMALL RUCKSACK. SHUTTLE-BIKE<sup> </sup>kit<sup> ®</sup> is made of a set of "fixed" clamps universally adaptable to the different bikes on the market with circular section frame. Permanently fastened on the frame, they do not hinder the use of the mountain-bike on the road. These universal clamps come with a series of plastic bushes that, other to prevent damages on the frame paint, adapt to any diameter.
    These clamps are designed to be quickly fastened on the SHUTTLE-BIKE<sup>® </sup>frame without using any spanner or tool.
    It must be stressed that the SHUTTLE-BIKE<sup>® </sup>can be assembled in about 10 minutes, being its technique extremely streamlined.
    The floats can be blown up by means of a small pump especially designed and patented for the SHUTTLE-BIKE<sup>®</sup>. This pump will allow you to inflate the floats by pedalling on the spot, since the bike, thanks to the kit frame, is lifted a few centimetres from the ground.
    The equipment is made af a set of assembling quick clutch elements that form a floating structure to which the bike is anchored. It then becomes a floating vehicle having an excellent manoeuvrability even in wave or stream conditions.
    The propelling device movement is produced by a roller that adheres to rear wheel.
    From there the movement is conveyed, by means of a wire, to the propeller placed beneath the front wheel. Such a propelling drive allows an excellent manoeuvrability through the steering action. Then by turning the handlebar 90°, you can rotate the Shuttle-bike on its axis and reverse direction.

    Given the roller position that adheres to the rear tyre, it is moreover possible to exploit the different bikes' speeds of the gear box according to one's own abilities and the type of path chosen."
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  12. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Raise the air intake for safer water crossing 44.28%
    Looking at the results from the poll , Looks like most owners never envision themselves in a situation where avoiding a water crossing is not a practical option. Sure you could backtrack, or you could have a bike you can trust to get you through. I'm not asking for a submarine, just move the intake to a place less likely to gulp down water so the GS is capable of going the places we all drool over in Ride Reports. ​
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  13. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Time for a mod cleanup... Crap pruned to EH.

    Keep it civil or we'll see you in a week... :ban

    F bombs are not to be used in the Bike forums. Last warning.

    To the OP: Expect some major ribbing when you're back in a year or two or more or less and you're wondering why your splines are rusting and some bearings are shot... Some inmates on here have long memories and they'll be digging up this thread.. Been modding here too long.. seen this a few times :lol3
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  14. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    my apologies - I'll be sure to be more tolerant of the asshats in the future.

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  15. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Damn- I used the f-word a few times, and holy crapped my pants when I saw Gadget Boy's warning!

    Other than the not-unexpected pissing and moaning, this is my new favorite-thread. Camo's mod is my next project.

    The OP's original question was about getting ready to ride through water. My concern isn't just water, it's rough roads, sand, high-loads, and great distances between fuel.

    I'm going to strengthen my frame (already have hardparts, but I've seen the frame break anyway); install a ceramic clutch; replace the flywheel and starter and those darn (I wanted to say fucking, but I don't want to get banned for a week) bolts that hold the flywheel on; and clean/lube everything from the transmission back. I might get a different final-drive ratio to improve fuel economy, but 1st gear is already high for those crepping water crossing. It doesn't take much to creat a bow wave!

    There's something strange going on with my temp gauge/RID connector, so I'll fix that. It started a few hundred miles after the drowning, but I'm not sure if it's related. (Of course it's related, buy I'm in denial.)

    I'm still searching for the perfect lights. Maybe some good marine ones will be best, including marine-grade tail lights....
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  16. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    would be interested to here more about the frame mods - wasn't aware that was a problem.

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  17. Wallowa

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    You may have these or you may not get much out of them..I found nuggets in both...and of course some fluff..some stuff is applicable some info is not..

    Advenutre Motorcycling by Robert Wicks [Page 62 for snorkel in use]
    Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scott [My favorite no BS book]
    The Essential Guide To Dual Sport Motorcycling by Carl Adams

    And live your adventures...a few broken parts mean nothing..just try to make those busted parts be on the bike and not you!:wink:

    Ps...Watch LWR and a lot of the other adventure tours on DVDs you will see the rear sub-frame on the GS and GSAs if overloaded and slammed a lot will break...many roadside welding jobs..
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  18. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I'm on a 13 year old R1100GS with more than a few hard miles. Although I didn't ride it to Alaska, the original owner did. There were a few hard miles on the way to Ushuaia, and the bike was very loaded. It tipped the scales in Buenos Aires at something like 700 pounds, and that was without the spare tires I'd carried most of the way (22 pounds total), without 11 gallons of fuel (about 50 pounds of fuel!), and without my fat ass sitting on it (add another 200 pounds, for a gross weight of close to half a ton!). I know the rear sub-frame is stressed. How-stressed, I don't know, and I don't want it to break while I'm on it.

    There's a welding modification that puts a piece of steel across the weak spot below the pillion. This is in addition to the touratech hard-parts that strengthen the transmission housing. I'll do this when I have the frame apart when I get at the clutch and flywheel.

    I don't know what kinds of frame issues (if any) the 1200s might have. I'm scared of them fancy 1200s.

    What I do know is, if you're loaded for a transcontimental adventure, and you're going to be out for months, you'll be carrying a lot of crap. The roads won't be good. You will beat the crap out of your bike, even when you're trying to baby it. Getting to the water, and back again, is just as important as getting through it.
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  19. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    gadget boy - sorry about the f bomb. didn't know it was a no no. wasn't directed at anybody, just a word i sometimes use. i'll try next time to leave it out with my tea and crumpets.
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  20. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    Don't expect any - I'm not so stupid as to not go through the bike after doing something like that. Tearing into the final drive currently - Oh, oil was crystial clear by the way. I was sure to let the FD cool before making the crossing. To be quite honest I would rather use my bike and have to deal with small issues down the road than sit at home web surfing telling other what they should and shouldn't do. If there wasn't such great wealth of knowlege on here I wouldn't be able to tolerate the trolls.




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