With the arrival of the monsoon, the country is experiencing heavy rainfall that shows no signs of stopping. Many areas are facing flood-like situations. However, everyday tasks cannot be halted in the midst of this weather’s fluctuations. Whether it’s going to the office or a shop, people have to venture out of their homes. But the waterlogged roads and potholes are becoming a significant hassle. It is not only dangerous for motorcycle riders but also causes significant damage to their bikes.
Often, motorcycles get stalled in the midst of water-filled roads, and then they refuse to start. If you want to avoid such troubles, you need to keep a few things in mind. Let us tell you how you can easily maneuver your motorcycle through waterlogged roads without turning it off and without causing any damage to it.
- Do not accelerate too much while riding the motorcycle through water on the road. Maintain a steady speed.
- After entering the water, avoid changing gears repeatedly and ride the bike in first or second gear. Also, refrain from using the clutch during this time. Pressing the clutch can allow water to enter the engine through the silencer.
- Since the silencer of a bike is small and located at the bottom, it can pull water inside. If the water level is high, never attempt to ride the motorcycle through it.
- The engine of a motorcycle is exposed and positioned low, making it susceptible to damage if water enters and reaches the cylinder head. Furthermore, if water reaches the air filter, it can reach the engine, causing the bike to stall.
- After crossing the water, park the motorcycle on an elevated surface with the front wheel raised. Let it idle for a while and then stop.
If the bike stalls… If your bike stalls in the water, do not attempt to start it. Remove it from the water and park it on a raised surface with the front wheel raised. Open the bike’s air filter and check if there is any water inside. If water is present, remove the air filter and allow the area to dry. Then, make an attempt to start the bike. If it starts easily, let it idle for a while and consider purchasing a new air filter.
If the bike still doesn’t start, refrain from repeatedly attempting to start it. Doing so can damage the cylinder head, piston, rings, and crankshaft. Take the motorcycle to a service center immediately and have it repaired.