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post #1 of 4 Old Jun 24th, 2016, 3:17 pm Thread Starter
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Low water crossings

I live in Austin TX and the first few LWC I went through gave me no problem. I was very confident going through them on my 2002 K1200LT. However while having a passenger on the back I went through one just outside of Johnson City and I was on my back before I knew what happened! Algae! We were both OK, but it broke the linkage on the gear shift and cost me a pretty penny.
I rode my bike last weekend to my family reunion in Glenrose TX and was forced to go over another LWC. I made it through but I was puckered up pretty good. My front in twisted, I put my feet down and they slid but somehow I kept it upright. Going back I just found that there was no algae on the very far side of the road and I crossed safely. It may just be easier and safer to turn around if that's an option.
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Re: Low water crossings

I had the same experience, also near Johnson City, a couple of months ago, also on an LT. I haven't been through another one since (and glad of it!), but a friend recently said to try to stay in the tracks made by cars going through - that generally there is less algae there.
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I live in Austin TX and the first few LWC I went through gave me no problem. I was very confident going through them on my 2002 K1200LT. However while having a passenger on the back I went through one just outside of Johnson City and I was on my back before I knew what happened! Algae! We were both OK, but it broke the linkage on the gear shift and cost me a pretty penny.
I rode my bike last weekend to my family reunion in Glenrose TX and was forced to go over another LWC. I made it through but I was puckered up pretty good. My front in twisted, I put my feet down and they slid but somehow I kept it upright. Going back I just found that there was no algae on the very far side of the road and I crossed safely. It may just be easier and safer to turn around if that's an option.
How was the process of picking the bike up in the water? How long did it take you?
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Re: Low water crossings

Truth is, I have my rider get off the bike and walk across, stay in the auto track and use my feet as pontoons as I cross. Has always worked so far. That algae is slick stuff. Sorry for your misfortune. I can't imagine trying to pick the big girl up once she's down in that.

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