With the experiences of the past two years, I would be astounded if some 2WTx did NOT pitch in to help someone get back. I know Jeff and I deliberately took a truck instead of riding down so that we could help someone (maybe one of us) get back quickly and as safely as possible. I feel sure that is why Wayland and company took the truck and trailer.
I would also be pretty sure that I'll be back and I'll be in a truck again. Same reason.
Good to hear from Don. It surprised me how badly someone can be hurt and still appear basically ok. Same with Jim last year. I do hope Don invests in just a little more protective gear on our next ride. I've started wearing the whole Robocop rig. Those ribs get hurt too easy.
Hummm. I'll tackle this.Any of the Unknown route riders (or anyone else for that matter) have the story to getting a waterlogged bike started while on the trail without permanently harming the bike?
We did have to drain Waylon's carb, at least 3-4 times. And we basically "boiled" all the water out of the oil by letting the bike idle for 45 minutes or so with the oil filler (mounted in the frame on the DR) cap off. It was steaming like a teapot for a good 30 minutes until the dipstick went from milky white to just oil. Probably had a cup of water in the oil.
Oil burns off at 500+ degrees, water at 212. Typically fully warmed temps are way over 250 in the crank. That's why highway mileage is good for vehicles...getting them up to full operating temp for a longer period of time boils off the moisture that accumulates in the crank each time a hot motor is turned off and it draws a vacuum and pulls in wet air. That's why oil manufacturers argue to change your oil periodically, even without mileage, because the water breaks down the long chain molecules necessary to protect today's close tolerance engines.