Riding Motorcycle in Floods

7:17 AM 9/1/2021

bike flooded road rides

Riding Motorcycle in Flood water is not recommended by the motorbike manufacturers and mechanics. If the water is mixed with sea water it may damage your motorbike in the long usage with corrosion and erosion. Flash floods in Nepal and Bangladesh used to damage lot of motorcycles every year due to the owners careless usage. Also riding a motorcycle through the flooded streets with dirty rain water too can damage your motorbike in many ways. Motocross (trail) Bikes can withstand the water filled roads and that is too not sure when there is sea water in the floods. Street motorcycles are made for commuting purpose on dry surface running and on good roads and not made for water filled road usage.

In Sri Lanka and in many other Asian countries people are running their street motorcycles' through the flood waters, without knowing that it can ruin their motorcycles. Most of them want to reach their homes even through the rain water. You must understand that most of the motorcycle moving parts are fitted at low height when compared it with a Motocross or off-road model motorbike. So when running in flood water, water can enter in to the hub brakes, chain drive, Exhaust pipes and some time in to the engine's oil sump tank, if it is not closed air tight. Water can enter in to the motorcycle Engine too through loose oil filling cap, Chain drive seal, through gear lever seal, kick start seal and through leaking packing’s. Also the front and rear shock absorbers too can suck small amount of water in to them and in the long run the accumulated water can make corrosion on the inside parts.

This kind of water exposure will make the motorcycle parts to get tear and wear (Chain, Bushes and Bearings) specially the chain link will lose its lubricating oil content.
If water had entered in to the oil sump, then you will have to pay large bill to replace all the moving parts of the engine and the repair cost.

Motocross and trail bikes can go through flood water where the water level is found below the chain level.
Even though using brakes in muddy water will make its parts to be worn out.

Don't Drive Motorcycle in flood water.

Furthermore you may fall in to ditches or large holes that are on the road that can make you to lose your balance and to fall down with your motorcycle. If the motorcycle falls in the water while its engine is running, pistons will suck water in as like a water pump before it stops automatically. Also you can run on sharp objects that are not visible to you on the flooded roads and they can rupture your motorcycle Tyre.

You may be think it is fun to run in water and can reach home quick. But avoid running your motorcycle in flooded waters for your safety and for the durability of your motorcycle.
If happened to run in water, take the motorcycle to your mechanic and ask him to check everything to be perfect and there is no water in the motorcycle.

Do following checks if motorcycle ran through flood.
Motorcycle submerged in flood. Must see Video.
Video. Motorbike rider is swept away by floods in India.
Motorbike riders ignoring flood water. Video.

Motorbike in flooded streets

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