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Old 07-06-2007, 05:51 PM   #1
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Riding through deep water/Heavy rain

I rode in some pretty heavy rain today. Also ran through some high water (8-10"). Are there some things that I need to do to the bike now? Is it possible that water got into the wheel bearings or other important parts?
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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clean and lube your chain, check your brakes and I'm sure people will post additional info.
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Chain is the biggest factor. Clean and lube well.

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Water.. It can get in your chain past the o-rings, it'll also get in your shock linkage joints/bearings and your swingarm bushing/bearing. I've found water getting into all those places on my bikes.

Most wheel bearings are pretty well sealed so I don't worry about them too much.

A vented rear drive will let water in the vent, and all your cars have one of those, good to change the gear oil in the differential and transmission if you've gone through water over your tires.

Good idea to check those out once a year, or sooner if you do a lot of water crossing.
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denhou.......dont you post on chron.com too? lol think i seen your sn on there
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:44 PM   #6
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THat's nothing compared to the folks on ADVRider! They go in tank-deep!
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:34 PM   #7
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I rode through about 8 inches of water in a couple of different places. One was at an intersection where I stopped for a red light. That sucked for my right foot.

I know how I'll be spending my Saturday. Cleaning and reoiling the bike. Knew I shouldn't have taken it yesterday..:BangHead:

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that sucks.. i ride in the rain almost every time it rains..
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If I were you, I would spray down the entire bike with lubricant/wd40 or grease in every joint, and cracks.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:13 PM   #12
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wd40 + chain = bad! cleans but does not lube
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:49 PM   #13
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wd40 + chain = bad! cleans but does not lube
wd40 displace moisture but doesn't lube well. Oxidation is the killer of all metals.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:16 PM   #14
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wd40 + towel = clean chain. what level5 says, wd40 also acts as a coating to pretevent rust...unfortunatly it ends up drying up so it can only help so much. after cleanin up the chain use some actual chain lube and your good to go. You can never over-lube the chain, just make sure the chain is super clean before lubing it.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #15
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Yeh, me and marlena rode through a foot and a half of water in lake jacksonville on our way to oak hill.. this thread will some in handy when she goes to clean the chain
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WD40 won't ruin a chain - what ruins an O-ring or X-ring chain is excessive grit and/or water that ruins the rubber bushings so the grease leaks out or grit gets in.

Keep your chain clean. And don't ride in high water.
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:50 PM   #17
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Wheelie through it next time and you will only have to check the rear of the bike.
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Looks appropriate to me.
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