FYI for WR electric start and water crossings
Posted June 10, 2004 - 01:05 PM
I pulled it out quick and without thinking---hit the starter (When you get the magic button-one forgets that there is a kickstarter) Long Story Short: Water logged and the motor did not turn over using every water trick from 20 years of riding. Took it to the dealer and ends up that the crank/rod/piston etc... ruined/twisted/tornadoed by "hydrolock".
I have great relationship with my dealer and worked it out for parts and payment. Try that with your Canadian/Internet purchases... but I digress.
Moral of the story. DO NOT use the electric start if you are close to water or will be crossing water. Other than that the WR is bullet proof because I got the bike back day before two-day ISDE qualifier in Idaho City and rode 125 miles/6 hour days each day and the bike was awesome.
Posted June 10, 2004 - 01:29 PM
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Posted June 10, 2004 - 06:26 PM
Thanks for the warning. I'm serprised however that the starter has such big power. Are you sure that the hidro shock did not happend before you shut down the engine???
Sometimes my autodeco did not engage and the starter has no power to even fight the compresion and cannot make single revolution. I think water entered the engine as it was still running and boom!
Breated hoose is not the isue here as the water is in the cylinder, not in the oil/engine_cases/head cover e.g. However you are right that we must not start our engines in deep water without rerouting breather hoose. I did mine when I noticed that I have dirth all the way to the/in engine
Posted June 10, 2004 - 07:24 PM
Sounds like you sucked in quite a bit of water in through the breather hose. Well known issue for deep crossings. You can have the hose re-routed to the air box.
Actually to hydrolock the engine you have to get water in the cylinder so it would have to come in through the air box or the exhaust. The breather hose would just get water in the crankcase.
Posted June 10, 2004 - 07:44 PM
Water had made its way through the filter and into the cylinder and bent the rod
lets just say work wasn't that impressed with me
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Posted June 11, 2004 - 06:15 PM
Idaho City and rode 125 miles/6 hour days each day and the bike was awesome
How did you do? Are you planning on qualifying for 6 days? Im hoping to go in 06 (New Zealand) That is if I can Qualify! I went to Brazil last year with my girlfriend who qualified and it was awesome!