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Tips To Start A Submerged Bike

  • Tips To Start A Submerged Bike

    Every other rider looks forward to the thrill of riding motorcycles in the rain, especially after a hot summer.

    Lush green surroundings, gurgling streams and a cool climate are what beckons every wandering soul. Riders tough it out through muddy ditches, negotiate over slush and slime and traverse through water-crossings during their monsoon rides. Incidences involving the bike and rider to crash in water aren’t few, yet they manage to get on the bike and ride again just as swiftly. Yet, there are times when the bike gets partially or fully submerged in water and has issues starting thereafter.

    start submerged bike tips

    Water-crossings are not the only reason for a submerged bike, it could be owing to river floods, or the basement being flooded. If the bike wasn’t submerged entirely, you can leave it to dry completely before attempting to start it but if it was thoroughly submerged never make that attempt. It will only damage your bike further.

    In such a case, you could do one of the two: either call your mechanic or disassemble the bike yourself!   

    Just in case you are riding the bike and notice the bike going down in water, first and foremost, switch off the engine before the water touches the exhaust pipe – use the kill switch ASAP or switch the ignition key.

    Immediately move the bike onto dry ground and remove the spark-plug and air-filter. Drain the air-box by twisting the plug below it (use a newspaper to catch any leaks.) After that, twist the carburettor screw and drain water from the bowl. If you suspect any dirt, you may remove the bowl, clean it with some fuel and replace.  

    Dry all the contact points of wires, put your spark-plug back in and dry the air cleaner and put it back. Now, try starting your bike. Most possibly it should, but just in case it does not, you may try flipping the bike too.

    If yours is a light moto-cross bike, your buddies could help you to spin it over – first the front wheel up, lets you drain the exhaust. Then let it sit on some soft material tank-side down, before making it flip right back up. That helps it get rid of any water lodged inside. Just as amazing that it sounds, it works too!

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