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Old 05-21-2012, 11:03 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post

Not sure if it's a wife tale/folk lore but bright yellow bikes/cars seem to attract more bugs.
My bike is Kawasaki Green. Last spring there was a day we were cleaning the garage out. My red truck, wife's blue suv, and my bike were in the driveway. I noticed a couple hours later that my bike was covered in bugs of all kinds (thankfully no bees or wasps), but there were no bugs on the other two cars...
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:04 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Do you use flowery scents?

No, and I'm pretty sure the bee can't smell me while I'm going 60MPH

It may be because I'm tall and my head is usually way up in the airflow and the turbulent air from the top of most windscreens hits me in the chest/neck area.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #18
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I think maybe once to twice ever.
I have hit more birds, they sting too.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:21 PM   #19
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Flew through a swarm once though. Thankfully I had just put down my visor before I started hearing and feeling the thump, thump, thump and noticed I was in the middle of a flying mass of insects. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:29 PM   #20
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Once in twenty five years of riding.

Last week I got stung in the hardware store while I was getting deck
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:00 PM   #21
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You guys are freaking me out! I'm highly allergic to those damn things and ride every day unless the roads are icy. I have to say though that I've never been stung while riding ( knock on wood) so 0 stings in 38 years. Considering the law of averages, I'm way over due....Now where in the hell did I leave my epi pens?
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:07 PM   #22
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Once every few years - usually in the throat.

The last one earlier this year was different. I took my jacket off when I got to work, then went to hang it up like usual. Grabbed the shoulder of the jacket, and grabbed a bee that was hitching a ride in the same spot.

Apparently, they don't like that type of treatment.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #23
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I have been stung once in 4 years of riding. At a stop light in the neck.

I was reading something about a product related to bee stings in the aerostich catalog, and I thought it was just some BS to get you to buy more crap. Guess it can be a problem in some areas.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:02 PM   #24
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It's been a while. The worst was in high school, on the way to the arcade. He flew up my sleeve and I didn't know it til I got off. Got me 4-5 times in the arm. Overall, a rare instance in 40 years of riding.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:23 PM   #25
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Birds and the bees

One time in three years, a bee of sorts got me in the ankle...

Last year on a long ride I got NAILED in the chest protector by a medium sized bird while doing about 60 on my KLX... Pretty sure it was trying to take me out, not much to do in that situation, didn't want to target fixate as I saw it b(ee) lining at me from about 50 ft. out so just held my line and WHAM... Made some of the guys fallowing me almost go down laughing when I spazzed out... good story ey!

Any other good bird stories out there?
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #26
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my wife got stung in neck this past saturday on a ride for the first time... funny finding this thread..
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #27
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Never that I'm aware of but have had the occasional bee find it's way into my helmet and walking on the inside of my visor until I flip it open.
It is indeed possible I have been stung and not know it as I seem very immune to bee stings and normal spider bites. Not that I'm about to test that theory by smacking a bee nest or searching out recluse spiders, just to see what happens.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:37 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by LuciferMutt View Post
On average about three times a year.

Always on the neck since it's the only skin showing....
Same here. I did get one right at the eyebrow once when I had the visor partly open, which I commonly do at lower speeds. I think it's mostly paper wasps I get stung by as I never find a stinger.

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Old 05-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by LuciferMutt View Post
No, and I'm pretty sure the bee can't smell me while I'm going 60MPH

Guess they could land on ya when stopped, then get blown off onto the neck.

Some scents really do attract little critters, so tell pillions not to wear'em.
This includes scented deodorants and even juicy fruit gum..

Google will confirm the above.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:34 PM   #30
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I wear an open face helmet with just prescription glasses for eye protection and no wind shield so 3 or 4 times a year I get stung on the ear when a bee gets inside the helmet. A loud buzz then ouch, but fortunately I'm not allergic and it only hurts for a few minutes. Add to that 5 or 6 stings on other parts of the body and my average is about 10.
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