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    Hi friendly offroad guys,

    I have a question about ford crossing.

    I mean the ford is very small, the dept is around half a foot, the water speed is slow by my lame standards about 1-2m per second.

    I have done it with my 4x4 and my only concerns is when I do it with the 4x4 sometimes I kind of feel wheels sliping feels like the car goes a little sideways. The surface beneath is a rough concrete. I think the slip is due to the surface and small camber or I may be wrong is it possible to be from the water flow pressure?

    Do you think the Fazer FZS 600 will be able to do it?


    Any tips how to do that I have never done offroad. What can go wrong

    Do I need to pin it or go slow in 2nd gear?


    https://goo.gl/maps/m1et2

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    Default Re: question about ford crossing

    That's a lovely one. Used to ride through it all the time (lived in Henley, MOTs in Winnersh ).

    Just like any ford , don't be cack-handed. I've gone through it on all sorts of things between a BSA Bantam to a BMW Rockster.

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    Sounds like the concrete is slimy, you'll be fine on a fazer, just ride through smoothly, you should try knobblies on wet concrete, much more lively

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    The key to fords is momentum. Enough to get you through without needing big hands full of throttle. Not so much that the front slides out of control. Get any turning done before you enter (eh Windychris? ) and pick a straight line through it.

    The other important point is to scope it out first. Water levels change and the surface underneath deteriorates.

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    Try Castle Acre (Norfolk) in winter, it's usually seat deep on a DRZ, the drop as you go into it adds to the fun.

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    Heres a few to try http://www.wetroads.co.uk Can recommend the ones in Terling and Little Baddow, Essex. Can easily get a couple of feet deep. Normal convention is to wheelie through them, you don't get as wet as the front wheel is in the air so doesn't splash the water up.

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    Default Re: question about ford crossing

    Smooth concrete bases are the worst, they grow weed and get slippery. If there are loose rocks though, they can put you off balance if you're not prepared. 6" deep shouldn't give you any real problems though, just keep your feet up, trickle through in 2nd gear and steady throttle not overtaking your bow wave. As you emerge be careful with the throttle as wet approaches can also be slippery.

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    This ones a slippery little bastard, as my missus, KHH and Mac can confirm.
    http://goo.gl/maps/ev1Bs

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    Another fun one here : https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7744...99,18.5z?hl=en

    Saturday afternoons you get an appreciative audience from the pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziPaul View Post
    Heres a few to try http://www.wetroads.co.uk Can recommend the ones in Terling and Little Baddow, Essex. Can easily get a couple of feet deep. Normal convention is to wheelie through them, you don't get as wet as the front wheel is in the air so doesn't splash the water up.
    That make sense. If you wheelie and step with your feet on the back seat/rack too you can actually keep yourself comletely dry innit?

    Seems legit to me


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    Believe it or not it is, more for proper off-road bikes when trail riding than road bikes on a day out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    Another fun one here : https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7744...99,18.5z?hl=en

    Saturday afternoons you get an appreciative audience from the pub.
    Funnily enough I had lunch there last weekend (the pub not the ford)

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    There's pictures of me up to the seat in a ford in Wiltshire somewhere. I think Jimbo may have taken them.

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