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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Gone swimming. First time in flooding streets with 2 wheels. Video.

No chance of rain on my end of town. Guess the other side of town had other ideas... Went to a get together with loud movie going so I never heard the rain. When I go to leave, the streets were already flooded. Here in Vegas, the streets flood if we get 0.05". I've never ridden in the wet, so this was a completely new experience for me. Learned a bit, totally stable, no issues. It was a lot of fun.

One stop light the water was over my ankles.... hah! My boots are still soaking wet!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2018, 05:39 PM
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western cities tend to flash flood whenever it rains more than a smidgen. never cross when the water is rushing.
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Like the waterproofs!
My only experience of serious water was on a Kwaka GT750 along time ago and the front wheel lifted up, started aquaplaning, scary when i think back. Your experience a little different as the water looks fairly deep.
I guess it'll keep the engine cool!!!!!
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western cities tend to flash flood whenever it rains more than a smidgen. never cross when the water is rushing.
Yep, Ive been living in Vegas for 40 years. Ankle deep water is no big deal. Its when its bumper deep that it has force. I had to take a bunch of detours to keep off the street I know flood bad and have swift moving water in it.

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Custom made by Aerostich! Hah! I actual left my gloves and jacket at the friends house no point in getting them all wet. We don't need waterproofs here. The only other time Ive ridden in the wet, it was literally enough to put 20 drops on my visor. Before you want to move here, remember on my way to the party at 7PM it was 46c seriously 114f.
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All that rain is from Evil Knievel pissing on Vegas because of Travis Pastrana...

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All that rain is from Evil Knievel pissing on Vegas because of Travis Pastrana...
I ride past a mural of EK on a power box everyday. I keep waiting for some enterprising soul to paint a frown on it after the Pastrana jump.
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A few years back I totalled my old Versys. I hydroplaned on braking with almost brand new Michelin Road Pilot 3 tires with that kind of water, in fact both wheels were in a very long (~200ft), shallow, puddle, of solid water, it is very easy to do, and was very unexpected. Suddenly the front wheel feels like it is on ice with front brake applied and you are approaching a stopped car so your immediate instinctive reaction is to squeeze tighter which causes the bike to low side. On the upside body sliding (in gear) on pavement that wet causes virtually no abrasive damage to gear or person. Learn from my mistake, be extremely careful to allow for slow, gradual stops on a very wet road. It was unexpected because the tires provided great traction in the wet, up until the point they did not.

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