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Old 05-24-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hit by a wild turkey this morning

25mph on a dirt road heading to work the scenic way. Standing on the pegs to better negotiate a path thru some ruts caused by heavy rains the night before. The turkey, a hen of around 10#, exploded out of the brush to my right and hit me mid-thigh, causing me to sit down hard on the edge of the pillion seat. Never lost control, but was disappointed that the bird hadn't him my Jesse bags. She might have been in the freezer right now!

Stiffening up now. Time for Motrin and beer.

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Old 05-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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suicidal criiters can sure suprise, good thing it was't a doe! Had a rabbit, jack, jump out of the woods a few days ago and whack my boot and rear wheell, scared the crap out of me. Wabbits are big out here.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Glad you're ok. Turkey hunters can't get them to come in. They should just try a motorcycle call instead.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
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I've had two close calls with turkeys (birds) this year... a couple more close calls with turkeys driving cages...

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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This past weekend, I came around a turn on a gravelly road only to find myself confronted with a pair of Canada Geese and their dozen goslings, right in the road. I slowed down cautiously, and the male came at me, hissing and spreading its wings. Managed to get around him without contact.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:40 PM   #6
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Most of the turkey's I've encountered, though admittedly not on my bike, are frozen. Getting hit by one of those would hurt.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:56 AM   #7
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Wild turkeys (bird not booze) can do some damage.

3-4 years ago daughter and I took her VW to have a cracked windshield replaced.

At the auto glass place they had a tractor trailer combo parked. The passenger side of its windshield looked like someone had thrown a bowling ball through it. Wild turkey had hit it at highway speed.

Can't imagine hitting one at 70+ mph while on a bike.

Good that you kept it upright and only banged up a bit. Wild turkeys are all over the place here east of the Ct river too.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
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Whoa there girl!

I ride alot in the Francis Marion Nat Forest near Chas SC. The place is crawlin with turkey-birds. It's a hoot to have one blast out of the woods next to you and fly down the road ahead of the bike. They're smart as hell, but you wouldn't know it the way they drag race me down the road! I let them win whenever it looks like I'm gonna get shit-on!
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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me too

I rode in the GranFondo bike ride in New York last Sunday and just missed a wild turkey. Would have been a mess, no ATGATT on the bicycle, just fingerless gloves and helmet. Spandex does help you slide though.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:04 PM   #10
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Pilot training in the air force many years ago, classmate hit a turkey buzzard at 250kts right side of canopy, instantly killed the instructor pilot. Bird was estimated to weight 20 pounds, after taking instructors head off bent ejection seat back 90 degrees. Not a pretty sight
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:10 PM   #11
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Turkey caused hard brake in Cali

Had to brake hard on our way to Mendecino when one crossed the road right in front of me. A non issue really but funny because I was expecting a deer to do that....
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:40 AM   #12
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One of my dad's customers was killed by a turkey on a father/son trip. It hit him in the head and he was wearing gear.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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NEVER used to see turkeys around here but I saw two while riding today.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #14
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yea Wild Turkey can be pretty dangerous. Its best to stick to something smoother like Old Crow!
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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Got back from 1850+ miles May 20th and the only close call I had was a turkey running out in front of me, somewhere in eastern GA.
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