Riding in a flood

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Riding in a flood

Postby 1CheeseLouise » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:30 am

I have not ventured out on my Goldwing this last week as we had 18 inches of rain in 2 days. The roads were flooded. but not very deep on my street. How deep is too deep to ride a Goldwing? I did not want to take my SUV in anything over 6 inches. Anyway that's the situation in Western Palm Beach County, Loxahatchee, Florida.

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Re: Riding in a flood

Postby st4r50 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:44 am

IDK if there's a perfect answer for your question. The best answer is likely, no riding in water at all.

I have personally ridden my GL-1500 in water deep enough that it was splashing up over my wind screen. I wasn't trying to do that, I didn't think the water was that deep across the road, in the dark I couldn't see. It wasn't raining either, this was after the rain earlier in the day. I was scared and didn't stop to measure the water but It sure felt deep to me.

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Re: Riding in a flood

Postby Possum51 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:33 am

My personal rule, if its deep enough to cover the bottom of the tire or touch the bottom of the frame ... DON'T .. go through it, go around if at all possible.

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Re: Riding in a flood

Postby themainviking » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:32 pm

I have it on experience that at fifty plus mph, fourteen inches of water will cause a GL1800 to surf on the engine casing and plastic parts... Right off the road. But I agree with a previous poster that if the bottom of the tire is covered (ie: four inches, or even less) it is not safe to ride through at any speed.

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