1. Many ODSC rides are cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 situation.

What now?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Setup' started by dean.f, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. dean.f

    dean.f Limited User

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    Anybody have an innovative solution to pull your bike from deep mud alone? (Other than the obvious "bring a friend")

    I went for a quick ride this morning close to home and ended up buried past the wheels. It took a lot of pulling and prying with logs, along with plenty of cursing and sweat, but I got her out and home.

    There has to be a better way, so let's hear what you've got.


    Dean
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    brucedwilson ODSC Executive

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    1. Remove luggage.
    2. Pull it over onto its side (depending on consistency of the mud), to get the wheels out and drag on its side.
    3. Having some strapping/cabling/rope is often worth it too. It depends on what you have for anchors around where you are (trees? rocks?). Bringing it out by inches, slowly, is sometimes faster than yanking and lifting.

    I've been there. Discretion is better than learning this lesson.

    Bruce
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    dean.f Limited User

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    20170819_094552.jpg Well I definitely skipped step 1. Would have made life easier.
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    all that cursing and sweating was totally worth that awesome picture!!!!!!
    :cool:
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    ecarnell ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I've burried a Dr650 before like that...
    Best to bring some sort of saw (folding preferably ), cut a long pry log and that you can pry under bike to lift it up , and other small 12" pcs to place under wheels to get traction/hold it up.
    Slowly but surely , bike will come up and out of mud.
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    Chef ODSC Executive

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    So I've already added a small hand saw to my list since I had such a hard time finding any downed wood to use.
    I really like the Stuckmate design because it doesn't allow you to lose ground and automatically retracts. I actually saw the MRS when doing some google searching, the concept seems practical, and I like the light weight-small package.

    I forgot to mention I actually had to turn the bike around to get it out because that was the shortest distance to solid ground. If I had been thinking straight I probably would have rigged the rope I carry to try and stop the bike from sliding back into the rut every time I stopped pulling. Mechanical advantage is definitely the key. I think if it was a bigger bike I would have abandoned it.

    I sure wont be attempting another one of these obstacles alone any time soon.

    Thanks for the replies so far, I'm sure its a helpful subject!


    Dean
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    You definitely earned yourself a beer.
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    Turns out prevention is the key to success.... 20180701_092620.jpg
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    If you've got nothing else but rope and your in, or near, some woods... this is ingenious. The flip-flop winch.
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    folding saw 100 ft of paracord, a carabiner( to work as a pully) and one camlock tie down you can build what ever you need.,
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    michel mondou ODSC President

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    I've been there too on the Seguin trail: got the KLR stuck so bad I couldn't lay the bike on its side or even spin the rear wheel, real sticky muck. after trying & trying & pulling my back I walked out to a cottage where I found an old guy with a Jeep and a thick strong rope, he managed to pull me out very slowly, inch by inch so as not to break the rope or bike.

    Lessons learned: don't ride through mud holes alone, bring a good rope and maybe even a come-along. I like the idea of that flip-flop winch.

    Thanks for the story & pictures Dean ;)
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    Man, if I get stuck that bad, I sure hope I have a cell connection and battery to watch that video.

    Bruce
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    So it's been a couple of years since I learned this life lesson, I've since sold the KLX and moved to a DR650. I can't imagine getting my new bike stuck like this, so far I just avoid this trail, I rode in to take a look at the end of October and chickened out.

    I certainly carry a bit more rope now as well as a saw and will add a carabiner or 2. I also learned to tie a couple different friction knots by memory. I hope I never have to use them for this type of situation. I tend to stick to twisty gravel and mild road allowances with the DR since that's where I find it the most fun, but I'm bound to push the limit eventually, it's just my nature! Maybe I should study that video closely
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    Ryan ? at Fort Nine has a good vid. on this subject .
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    I believe this is the one you refer to?

    Some interesting concepts for sure.
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