Step One - The Plunge
A) Have a conversation with a "trusted" friend that will assure you he made it last week when the water was this high too. Look at the crossing for your line through. Assess that you have only a 20% chance that you can ride on top of those moss-covered boulders and keep from sinking into 4-feet-deep water.
B) Make sure you do this early in the day. Who knows how long you'll be here!
C) Take the plunge. Stay on the pegs, feather the clutch, don't gas it too hard over those moss-covered boulders.
D) Know that only an insane person would attempt to do this, and do it anyway.
Step Two - Sunk
Oh, I know: to un-drown a dirt bike, first you have to drown it!
Darn! I guess I should have known that I was in trouble when the water started going over my front fender.
Ooops...aaa...by the way, having the "right" attitude helps.
And...aaa....yes, this was all planned. I was just demonstrating what not to do! Yeah, that's right.
Step Three - Relax
Hey, you're sunk, you're wet, but the weather's nice and you were hot from all that "tough" riding anyway....right?
So, relax and accept your fate.
Not for long though! Your friends are about to take off--so get off your butt and get that bike started!
Step Four - The Fix
How to re-start the bike (for 2 strokes)
This procedure takes less than 30 minutes (once you've done it a few times ;-) )
1. Remove your seat, air filter and spark plug.
2. Flip the bike upside down and manually pump the kick starter by hand 52 times.
3. Stand the bike up on its rear wheel to drain the muffler and pump the kick starter 12 times.
4. Flip the bike back upside down and pump the kick starter 21 times.
5. Re-install a new and dry spark plug.
6. Remember to re-install the spark plug wire.
7. Start the bike ... and that's all there is to it!
8. Oh, yes: dry out the air cleaner and re-install along with the seat.
End of Step Four. Now, go riding--and this time don't be so stupid! Unless, of course, someone says he or she made it through the creek here.... What? You chicken?