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Old 03-30-2014, 06:23 AM   #1
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Killed by Buzzard

The brother of a friend was killed yesterday by a buzzard, I haven't got all the details yet but seems Buzzard flew into him while in a turn and he lost control. I do not know what he was wearing or what he was riding at this time. Strange thing is I have been hit by Buzzards several times in my riding career and never thought much about it until now. Out here in West Texas HWY 90 is littered with road kill, so Buzzards are an every day occurrence. Lets be careful out there!!!! D.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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Wow - that's not one I would of ever thought about as a risk. Though last summer I had similar with a seagull - two up with the wife, cranked over in a corner - the bird came up off the road, bounced off windsheild and hit my helmet - I just stayed on line and tried not flinch. I guess I was lucky! Though a seagull is much smaller than a buzzard.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
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I've hit a Robin at 60mph right in the chest, it hurt and distracts you badly, I could imagine it happening on a corner.

Sad to hear it happening.


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Old 03-30-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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Hit a crow once at about 55 mph. Almost took me off of the bike. I had gear on and still had a big bruise to my chest for a couple of weeks afterwards. I hope I never hit any birds with my body again. Ever.

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Old 03-31-2014, 10:48 AM   #5
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Up here we have turkeys everywhere...definitely know that those have taken some guys down, and I've had a few close calls myself. 25lb bird at 70mph = trouble....
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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Very sorry to hear. Was he married, any children?

A Texas Motor Speedway, when they just finished paving the outer loop I was going pretty fast around a corner, over 60 mph, and was hit in the throat by a grass hopper. Just above the windscreen and below the helmet. Hurt like a SOB, and took a lot to hold the line and slow.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:32 PM   #7
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Terrible news about your friends brother. Sorry for his loss. This is what a wild turkey can do to a windshield at 45 mph. Shudder to think what would have happened if I had been on my bike.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:33 AM   #8
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What I have been told by eye witness was he passed a vehicle and just as he entered back into his lane a buzzard flew up from side of road and hit him in shoulder. Its only speculation but supposedly he never braked after impact, just wobbled around and ran directly into embankment. Yes he had wife and school aged children. I only met guy a couple of times but I talked with him a few days before accident. He was wearing a helmet but impact was at high speed. Sad for our little community. LETS BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. D.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:45 AM   #9
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Still very sad to hear. My heart goes out to his wife and children.

A guy I work with told me of his neighbor who passed away on Thursday. He was riding to work and was broadsided by someone who ran a red light in Addison, TX.

Very ungood.

And yes, we must be careful out there!
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:03 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by mikejjmay View Post
Up here we have turkeys everywhere...definitely know that those have taken some guys down, and I've had a few close calls myself. 25lb bird at 70mph = trouble....
We have them here too- a turkey population explosion.

A couple years ago we were getting a windshield replaced (common here with rocks coming up off the road from tires) and there was an 18 wheeler tractor in for a windshield replacement too. It looked like someone threw a bowling ball through the passenger side windshield piece.

Don't want to hit one of those
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:23 AM   #11
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Wow..sorry to hear this .
I tend to be wary of birds , I took a large turkey to the head a few years ago at about 40mph . Right in the eye port of my helmet resulting in me being separated from the bike (gravel road) . Wasn't fun
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #12
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Lost a family friend to a buzzard a couple of years ago. Full gear but came around a corner in a twisty mountain road and the thing was feasting on roadkill. Bad crash and rider didn't survive.

Condolences to the friends and family. Very sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:58 AM   #13
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So sorry to hear about this.


A bat once flew into my chest (with leather jacket) going about 60. The impact was painful and actually left a small bruise. I couldn't imagine something several times larger.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:02 PM   #14
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Yup, it happens. Luckily I haven't died from one yet:

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....4&postcount=81

And even death from a pheasant:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60588
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:47 PM   #15
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They are all over the place here in Florida. If you see any, or especially a venue of them on road kill close to the road, you need to be ready to take evasive action. I know of people who have hit them at speed on a bike, and I've just missed a couple myself. Slowing down, and preparing for the actions of a 'squirrel with wings' is the best solution.

Also, in a panic situation - they can 'lighten their load', and regurgitate almost on command. I know one person who can attest to how foul that can be.
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