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Old 04-16-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Kangaroo Hunting!

Hey guys n gals!

On the 7th of this month, a mate and I embarked upon a day trip to Whitfield and back. I had a funny feeling about the ride, but who can say no, especially on a nice day!

10km out of Whitfield, we came out of a corner (me in front), and, according to my mate (I have no recollection of it), a kangaroo hopped straight out in front of me, I got 2metres of braking in before impact (100km/h), supermanned over the handlebars and proceeded to tumble/slide for 72 metres.

Result was a night in hospital, a broken collarbone, and one written off cbr 954.

I thought about putting this up and obviously went ahead with it. I'm notputting it up to try and gain sympathy or anything... I just want to warn people!

It was 11.50am, on a sunny day, you n ever know, I guess!

I had full gear on. I had bought new leathers and boots the day before, in fact! You might just be going out for a Sunday cruise, but please people, anything can happen! If I had of been missing any bit of it hadn't of held up, I either wouldn't be here, or would be in a lot worse of a state than I am.

Full comp just saved me a fortune!

As it stands, I am a very lucky rider, there was no one coming the other way, and I slid down the road and not into anything. The fact it was not rider error in any way is kind of annoying, but I can't complain!

I will attach some pics of both my gear, and the bike, as well as the culprit!

Remember, you never know what is around the next corner! Stay safe on the road!

The destination is but an excuse for the journey!
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:39 AM   #2
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Wow, that is some damage...glad you are in as good shape as you are!

Looking at that picture of the helmet, I don't think that many would look at that and think "Wow, I really want that design on my head" and carry on riding without a helmet.

Glad things turned out as they did and it just proves that full comp can be worth it! (I judder at the thought of repairing that bike out of pocket).

Ride safe and heal well,

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:53 AM   #3
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True! I see more dumb and active roos during the day than at night! Hit two with the car during the day at, oh, roughly 11am. Nearly hit one near Broadford about the same time of day too. Glad it worked out "OK" in the end for you.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:39 AM   #4
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Wow, glad you are OK, that looked bad judging from the damage to bike and gear. I'm guessing the paramedics cut your helmet and clothes off? And the second ambulance is for the 'roo? Looks like it's still kicking in that photo...

We have white-tailed deer around here that do fun stuff like that. I cannot figure the damned things out - their behavior seems totally random to me sometimes. Rather than stand on a hillside and watch you go by, they'll run down the hill and jump right in front of you! They are known by a lot of derogatory names such as flying forest rats and ditch donkeys. I have placed my name on a pre-order list for auto-firing phasers to take out the deer and hope some brilliant person can design and build some sooner than later. I want to immolate the ferking things from a safe distance so all I have to do is ride through a cloud of scorched ditch donkey dust.

I'm 100% with you on the need, EVERY time you ride, for proper gear. I feel naked without it. I get a little tired of paying insurance on everything I own sometimes, but all it takes is one claim and you're glad you've got it. Was the bike totalled?

Heal well, hope you get back on a bike soon!

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:53 AM   #5
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" I had a funny feeling about the ride..."

The older I get, the more I try to listen to my gut. There have been a few times I was already suited up, helmet in hand when I decided to heed that inner voice; same with that last run down the ski slope.

Heal up!
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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Roo steaks tonight? Looks delicious. Glad you are OK and that you made the right decision about gear. It obviously was the right choice.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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i'd make a pair of gloves and boots outta that sumbitch!
and a sammich or three

Glad you are ok
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:02 PM   #8
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Yowie! What's the "little" FF weigh? He looks alive in that pic but I'm assuming he's dead and not posing for a picture.

Glad you survived.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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You should get one of those Roo Guards from a road train and mount it on the front of the bike.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:24 AM   #10
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THe bastard survived!
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:52 AM   #11
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Wow, that's a lot of material taken from the helmet. Heal up!
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:18 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by enigma-- View Post
THe bastard survived!
You need heavier boots
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Well it was a car this time #L/tib & fib in the same place as the previous F wit crushed it
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:46 AM   #13
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Bring back culling the Roo's.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #14
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Normally the Roo will bounce away... like ELK... really dense... i was getting a ride in 2001 out of Tibbiboura, NSW (up by The NW corner for non Aussies) ... my 1150gs had lost its clutch line in the middle of nowhere... well at night in a 10m flatbed semi truck we hit two at the same time.. the big one got it by the front bull bars... but the little one was too small to get caught by the bars... hit square on the tire... i had a bruise on my lap from the seat belt... since it was like hitting a bowling ball at speed...

I also has a small one rub the front tire of the cycle at 45kph or so up in the Snow Mountians
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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it was a small roo

They can get much bigger than that one.

It is the small ones that dart out late and low that can put you down when they hit your front wheel. Ask me howI know? My ribs are busted and my bike is bent.

Time for revenge. Roo steak is back on my menu. Cook it rare and it tastes good.
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