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Anyone here ever fool with flood bikes? I was looking at several bikes online over the last few days and have located a number of flood victims. On a modern bike what would you expect to not come back to life after being underwater? The bikes I am somewhat interested in are a 2010 Ducati 858 or 959 (don't remember which), a 2014 Ducati Scrambler and a BMW GS. They also have a 2010 or 2011 RT but I am scared of it as it seems to have been in current where the others seem more like they were inside a flooded building. Thanks, Steve
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I probably wouldn't touch it if it was salt water.

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Depends on several factors:
1) how deep was the water and how long was it under water.
2) Is the water realatively clean or full of silt, mud, salt, etc.

Having dealt with snowmobiles going through the ice in clean water and under for less than a day the ycould typically be saved.

Cars in dirty silty flood waters typically have far more problems develope over time due to the silt and crap seeping into every crevis, electrical connector etc.

At minimum you are looking at pulling the oil pan, and heads to remove the wtaer and inspect for crud. Electrical components is a crap shoot.

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I probably wouldn't touch it if it was salt water.
All indications are the bikes I am interested in were in fresh water for a limited time. I am assuming these bikes were in the Columbia SC flood. Seller will not verify anything, sells rebuildable vehicles as-is. Steve
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Depends on several factors:
1) how deep was the water and how long was it under water.
2) Is the water realatively clean or full of silt, mud, salt, etc.

Having dealt with snowmobiles going through the ice in clean water and under for less than a day the ycould typically be saved.

Cars in dirty silty flood waters typically have far more problems develope over time due to the silt and crap seeping into every crevis, electrical connector etc.

At minimum you are looking at pulling the oil pan, and heads to remove the wtaer and inspect for crud. Electrical components is a crap shoot.

Dont think they were under very long but no way to know. No signs of salt. Steve
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Every ball bearing needs replacing or re packed. Every electrical connection and switch needs opening and cleaning. Engine and transmission needs several oil flushes and anything else you can think of. Anything that is a compartment for electronics, ABS, all that kind of thing.

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I'd stay away.

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I have had a yacht service business for over 25 years and have seen lots of water damaged wiring. It doesn't take long for it to seep into harness connections. Cleaning them is a crap shoot. Usually replacement is necessary. Switches, bulb sockets and the like are probably history. Starter motor, alternator, abs. All that stuff doesn't like to get wet.

Others have mentioned the mechanical issues.

The fact that they are not disclosing where or how long the bike was submerged is not a good sign.

If they are giving it away and you are looking for a project it might be worth the price. Otherwise, I wouldn't even consider it.

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There are very good reasons why insurance companies declare cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. a total loss after being emersed in water and dump them to salvage buyers.

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Thanks guys, The bikes are cheap which is what interested me but after a bit of research I am following the popular advice here and walking away. Thanks, Steve
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Seller will not verify anything, sells rebuildable vehicles as-is. Steve
Well that should tell you all you need to know!

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Well that should tell you all you need to know!
In his defense he is a clearinghouse for several insurance companies and is not familiar with each vehicles history. I understand him taking the position he has and I would do the same in his shoes. Its not like he is hiding info, just doesnt have the info usually. I still think the bikes are tremendous deals especially for someone parting them out but after pricing the electrical stuff one could be upside down very quickly trying to rebuild one. Add the value loss for the salvage title and it could get scary really fast. Steve
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Not beating you up but South Carolina has very strong laws regarding damaged motor vehicles. Included in the law is a requirement to disclose both amount and type of damage. So your guy should have access to that information.

http://www.scdmvonline.com/dmvnew/de...lvage_vehicles

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