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Cpt. Ron 09-13-2012 01:18 PM

Bear with me: Wish I had a helmet cam...
Just north of Hayfork on Saturday, straight and mostly level jeep trail. Cruising first in the group in 3rd gear on my 950 (about 35-40 mph) in the right tire track. About 20-ft in front of me, a small black bear flushes out of the bushes on the right side. Standing on the pegs, I have this image burned in my mind: Black bear in full extension run, front tire impacting just behind his left shoulder. No time brake. No time to swerve. No time to even chop the throttle, let alone say "Oh shit!"

Dirt and dust was everywhere. All of the proper gear prevented any abrasions. A couple of small bruises here and there popped up later. But boy did my knee hurt. I'm on my stomach, sucking dust, realizing that I'm OK (excepting the knee/leg). I slowly roll and take stock as I reach over and hit the bike's kill switch. The bike is still pointing in the direction of travel, lying on it's right side. Me, I'm rolling around like a whiny little girl, yelling epithets at a certain individual of ursus americanus. Fucker.

The rest of the crew shows up, baffled at the scene since there is no reason to crash there. The only sign of the bear is a few shit pellets at the site of impact. I didn't even have time to shit my pants, don't know how he managed it. Maybe the 950 IS that intimidating....Eventually got the bike started (that's another story), and tenderly rode out to Hayfork down some steep jeep trails. Finished the ride a couple of hours later (cut short) on easier roads, assisted with a tire change, and finally got back to camp to ice the knee as I drank beer. Right front turn signal gone, bodywork scratched, tank guard bent and scratched to hell, and the forks seem slightly twisted in the triple clamps. Rode it home to Sac on Monday.

Orthopedist is pretty sure it's a torn ACL. MRI to follow to confirm. If I only had a helmet cam. It would almost be worth it if I had video of it.

Scott_PDX 09-13-2012 03:16 PM

Bummer deal dude, but major props to scaring the shit of the bear. Not much you can do to avoid that short of don't ride...and that ain't gonna happen.

One of the funnier faceplant writeups (Short of the ACL).

Heal fast rider!

fifthcircle 09-13-2012 03:24 PM

So, you crashed on a flat easy trail and figured you'd blame it on a bear.... :rolleyes:


Sent from my fat thumbs on a small touch screen.

Cpt. Ron 09-13-2012 03:54 PM

If I had a buck for every time I've heard that, I could buy a helmet cam....

tedder 09-13-2012 04:00 PM

If you didn't brake or swerve, you hit the bear? Got fur?

Cpt. Ron 09-13-2012 04:24 PM

Front tire hit the running bear. Turned the wheel to the left, bike and me fell to the right. I did not endo nor did the bike hit the bear with anything else but the wheel that I can figure. Didn't have time (nor the inclination at the time) to see if the bear tumbled or where he ran off to. I wasn't up much for chasing him, either.

bobzilla 09-13-2012 05:10 PM

Hey Ron
at least we know that a bear shits in the road:lol3

i hope its not a torn acl.........did my left one sucks

NJ-Brett 09-13-2012 06:27 PM

Lucky the bear did not get mad.
Or hungry.

Or knew how to ride your bike.

AceRph 09-14-2012 06:59 AM

Holy cow, Cpt. Ron!

A fuckin' bear! Good news is that there's not much chance of that happening again. Right?

Heal up!

Cpt. Ron 09-14-2012 07:16 AM

Birds, squirrels and rabbits were getting boring....

I just wish I killed it. I'd have to bring back the confirmed kill stickers I had on my PD. I'd proudly wear a bear shadow on the 950 after this incident.

One of my 'supportive' and 'concerned' riding buddies sent me this:

AceRph 09-14-2012 07:40 AM

I guess since the chances are pretty slim that this kind of thing will happen again, the helmet cam is out, right?

Cpt. Ron 09-14-2012 09:51 AM

I've held off on getting a helmet video camera due to the time and energy it takes to edit and parse down to get just the good stuff. I have a hard enough time just getting ride reports done with still pictures.

Speaking of which, this is all I've got post-crash. By the time I took this, five of my buddies had rolled through the scene, so I didn't find any tracks from the offender. Just some pellets he squeezed out as my tire compressed his abdomen (or so I suppose). Just a piece of shit, I guess. In more ways than one....

Looking at how it's not a neat pile in one spot, I can hope I at least sent him tumbling. Back at ya, beotch! Of course, I did hurt him first, so maybe this is his back at ya beotch moment....

AceRph 09-14-2012 09:54 AM


I think I see some blueberries in there.

Cpt. Ron 09-14-2012 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by AceRph (Post 19593922)

I think I see some blueberries in there.

Better than my berries....

Come to think of it, if it was a honey badger, I wouldn't have even gotten that pic. Lucky me.

Ed_in_miami 09-20-2012 08:47 AM

Maybe bigfoot stole the bear cadaver...:lol3

Hope you heal fast!

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