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Author Topic: Waterlogged Stratoliner  (Read 735 times)

smithmd60

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Waterlogged Stratoliner
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:20:55 PM »
Has anyone ever had problems with their Stratoliner becoming waterlogged and failing to start after sitting out in a rain storm?

 I have a '14 deluxe that I rode 400 miles to Florida without a hitch. Parked it outside the motel, there was a rain storm during the night, and in the morning it failed to start. In fact, thought the starter would engage, it wouldn't completely turn over. I tried to jump it off thinking the battery was weak to no avail.

Leaving the bike for 24 hours, I went back and tried to crank it again. It turned completely over and eventually started. However, it ran poorly for the first 15 minutes after which it ran normally. All this has been puzzling.

I have however arrived at a diagnosis that I'd like someone to commit on. I'm thinking that my air box became waterlogged and the excessive water effectively locked the motor up. Then when it evaporated, it started.

I have Ivan's air box modification and have completely enjoyed it's benefits. Never have I before had any issues before ridding through rain or shine. Wonder if my prognosis seems plausible?

FYI, I'm not removing the air box modification even if it's the cause. An excellent mod.




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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 06:43:26 PM »
I've had this happen to me only once.  Had to leave the bike (Strat Deluxe) in a very heavy downpour.  Flooded roads were not safe to ride in.  I, too, have the lid off the air box.

Came back several hours later, and it would not start.  Finally, got a boost from a vehicle, and she right started up.  Perhaps, all the water somehow caused a power drain.

Never happened again.  It has not been out on such a downpour again, either.
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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 08:25:21 PM »
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Has anyone ever had problems with their Stratoliner becoming waterlogged and failing to start after sitting out in a rain storm?

I haven't had it fail.  I have had it be difficult.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 10:07:50 AM »
Haven't experienced this one, but I've got the PR BAK, so maybe something to do with the open-top box......?
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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 11:22:39 AM »
Is the air box under the tank like the Raider? If so there shouldn't be any water getting into it - water would not cause it to not turn over - sounds more like you need to check all of your connectors that might be exposed to make sure they are staying dry. Since you said after letting it sit it ran leads me to that conclusion.
If water was able to get into the air box while the bike is sitting still then it would be worse if you rode it in the rain  8)

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 10:19:26 AM »
Whenever I go on a trip the last thing I bungee down is the bike cover to the top of my trunk bag.  Have never wished I hadn't brought it.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 12:19:01 AM »
This happens to me every time there is a heavy rain. Light rain or washing at the car wash doesn't affect it. Haven't had any luck with a solution.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2017, 02:09:34 AM »
Interestingly enough, as a follow-up, when I changed my oil shortly after this event about 8 ounces of water came out of the oil pan.  Scary huh! Bike appears to be running fine though. Apparently all the water collected on the bottom. Never did have that typical milky look to the oil.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2017, 08:14:40 AM »
Interestingly enough, as a follow-up, when I changed my oil shortly after this event about 8 ounces of water came out of the oil pan.  Scary huh! Bike appears to be running fine though. Apparently all the water collected on the bottom. Never did have that typical milky look to the oil.

Wow, that is scary.  Well, the airbox does connect to the cylinder head breather.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2017, 08:32:33 AM »
Traditionally keep my scooters under cover (either under an actual cover or in a garage).  On occasion my old Roadstar would get left out and on occasion it would get rained on.  With hard enough rains I would experiences the same problem with it.  Cylinders would fill with water from the BAK and I would have to drain them and the carb.  I did not have the problem with the crankcase though. 

My best suggestion is to just buy something like this "Classic Accessories 73877 MotoGear Deluxe Motorcycle Cover, Cruiser" from Amazon (of your favorite vendor) every couple of years or so.  Outside of the occasional unexpected rain from after that late night out if you put something like this on whenever you park it you should be right as rain (forgive the pun). 

I keep a couple of them around in case one gets ripped.  They are not very expensive and worth the trouble, besides where I live the sun is brutal and if used regularly will deteriorate in 1 to 2 seasons (2 is pushing it if used daily) from UV exposure.

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2017, 09:33:47 PM »
I have a cover and keep it covered if it's to be left outside which is rare. But the lesson I had to learn was to make my wife leave that 1 extra change of clothes while traveling and instead take my bike cover...:-)

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 10:18:11 PM »
I understand.  I have had the same problem with trying to pack for trips.  Trying to choose what to take, leave behind, keep, get rid off.  Kind of like rain gear, cold gear, etc....  I just got rid of the wife.  Solved a lot of packing problems.
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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2017, 12:59:20 AM »
LOL

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Re: Waterlogged Stratoliner
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2017, 11:34:28 AM »
I understand.  I have had the same problem with trying to pack for trips.  Trying to choose what to take, leave behind, keep, get rid off.  Kind of like rain gear, cold gear, etc....  I just got rid of the wife.  Solved a lot of packing problems.

I have a cargo net (basically four bungees tied together) and strap the bike cover and both of our rainsuits to the top of my travel bag.  Don't have to worry about either of those getting wet and suits are right there on top in case they're needed while in route.