Ooops.We've been playing ice racer on our frozen beaver ponds here in Eastern Ontario, because there is nothing as awesome as sliding a bike sideways.
A bit of snow last Monday meant I had to clean the track off. The whole pond has about 6" of ice on it, Ok, that's on the thin side of safe but I checked in a number of places.
However, I happened to drive over a pocket where there was only about 2 inches, which was strong enough for the front end but not the rear. In it went- into 2 1/2 feet of water. I just stepped off the high side, shut the ignition and petcock off and started planning how to get it out. I should have put it in neutral, water got into the transmission and froze, stopping the wheels from turning (as I found out later), greatly complicating the task. I figured it would take a day to get it out but complications from a seemingly bottomless bottom, melting temps for 2 days (the hole kept getting bigger) and then 24 hours of -17 C meant it took 3 days of hard physical labour with chainsaw, axe and come-alongs to extract it.
Success! Most of the credit has to go to the mechanical advantage a come-along (also known as a hoist puller) can give you.
All good except now I have to drain the water out of it and get it running again. And an upside, we have about a weeks worth of good firewood! Who has more fun than me?
Three days later, the temperature is way up, it's pouring rain and the site looks like this.