Originally Posted by fm61
I know Touratech sells that hose. I just wonder if it really is a problem.
Has anybody ever had water in the cardan oil?
I've done quite a lot of fording with the water level over the FD box and haven't seen "white coffee" emulsion in my FD oil so far.
Yet I have some UK friends who speciefically find the most and the deepest fords they can find for crossing and they occasionally have emulsion in their FDs.
I think it takes quite extreme fording to acheive this, or being stalled dead for minutes in the water, or complete fallover in the water, then it slowly water pours into the FD box when exposed for a very long time that deep. At least the vent opening on my 1100GS FD is very small and for the extreme need I could tape it closed I suppose.
Hence for normal travellers or riders I don't see the point adding that hosed long vent with extra weight, bulk and complications. I guess it's useful only for those fanatical specialist "fording" people in practice.
Just me 2c.