Preparing the 700xx for Deep Water crossings
2 days before my first ride, the area we went received 8" of snow. Was nearly 60F when riding though. Between the extra moisture melting and the general amount of clay in the ground there was some rather deep water. Deep enough that an 850 Sportsman got a wet belt and the owner thought he was going to swamp his machine.
Not so amusingly, I ran out of gas while crossing > 16" of water. Stalled right in the middle and of course scared the crap out of me. Made me realize that I didn't prepare right up front and I would like to now. If you know you are going to have to deal with deep water, how do you setup your machine?
I assume I should get an Outerwears/EHS intake lid, apply dielectric grease all connectors and spark plug; but what else? How deep is ok? Is there a way to ride through it more effectively if it is deep? I put my feet up on the front fenders to keep them dry and clutched in and out of first to put through. If I have to wheelie are there boots/pants setups that keep your feet dry?
I would love to hear what you guys do...