Originally Posted by iomatic
I just want a lllllllittle more confirmation no one's had water lock problems on exposed/water covered intake filters?
I've experienced problems with water ingestion due to wet filters, admittedly it was a worst case scenario. I've had foam pod filters on my bike for over 30,000K's now and generally water is not a problem, I've ridden in heavy rain and it doesn't bother them at all BUT, you do have to be careful when washing the bike.
I always remove the sidecovers and put plastic bags over the filters before washing the bike to prevent the filters getting wet. You must remember to remove them after washing though otherwise your bike will refuse to start
(ask me how I know).
The scenario in which I experienced water ingestion was after riding the bike all day in pouring rain while I was on tour, the following day I washed the bike and rinsed it off by throwing buckets of water over it. That night temperatures were very low and there was a heavy dew which meant that the filters did not get a chance to dry out at all. Oblivious to all of this I jumped on the bike early the following morning and attempted to start it.
The bike cranked very slowly which I put down to the cold conditions however the bike was refusing to fire at all and after much cranking one of the other guys on the tour noticed that vapor was escaping between the head & cylinder while I was cranking the bike. I had blown the head gasket and I was 1,000 miles from home.
Under the circumstances I consider that I was lucky that all I did was blow the gasket as far worse could have happened had the bike fired at all.