2013 GSW vs Deer

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by steelerider, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    While riding my beautiful red 2013 GSW last weekend in Central PA, a massive doe decided to run right out of the brush and into my bike. I was doing about 35 mph. It literally hit me like a cruise missle. Look down, look up, oh shit, deer, bang. It hit me hard from the right, knocked my ass off and threw me down to the left, to land on my shoulder. The bike skidded off on its left side. I stood up, and had the wind knowcked right out of me, struggling to breath, I calmed myself down and took a deep breath. I guess I was doing around 35-40mph. I knew instanly my left collar bone was broken, and my ribs were fucked. My first reaction was to be severly pissed that a deer hat taken me out with only 472 miles on my new bike
    :(. I;ve been riding for years, and barely have had even a close call.
    Sat down, pulled myself together and called 911. An hour, and a helicopter flight later I was in the ER. Had all my gear on, Olympia Xmoto jacket (one tough mother effer, not even a tear). Xmoto pants, (tear behind knee where pad rotated, with a decent puncture wound) triumph adventure gloves (small tear) Shoei Qwest helmet (trashed)
    Result - Severly pissed off. Fractured scapula, collar bone, ribs 2-5 (posterior) and a mild concussion. My gear did an amazing job. The ER staff could not believe that I had no lacerations, except the puncture wound on my knee. WEAR YOUR GEAR.
    BIke is at the shop, and the adjuster thinks its mainly cosmetic damage, and can be fixed.

    Watch our for deer guys, seriously, they are no effing joke.

    Cheers.
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  2. Navy Chief

    Navy Chief Long timer

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    Heal fast, glad to hear that you came out of this mostly okay. Deer are one of my biggest fears around here, I can deal with texting soccer moms; they very rarely run out of the underbrush along the road to take you out...
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  3. CharlieHorse

    CharlieHorse n00b

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    Glad you're ok - what a story. Did the deer get jacked?
    I ride past a heard of Antelope everyday on my way home from work. I'm always nervous during that stretch.
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  4. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Glad you didn't get hurt worse & that the bike ain't too bad. :freaky
    The fucking deer have taken a lot of the fun out of riding around here anymore. I still ride, but I'm on high alert for the damn things every second. Here they're out roaming around in the middle of the day...........all the time. Used to be dawn, dusk, & nighttime that you had to worry, now it's ALL the time.

    CW
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  5. brenter

    brenter Brenter

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    Don't feel bad about just your area. We are in sw Missouri and the same applies here. The deer population has exploded in the last 10 to 15 years. Getting really spooky out there. I would not even think about going any distance at night.
    I saw a car a month ago on a 4 land highway at 3 oclock in the afternoon that was trashed and they had just hit a deer. You have to watch for them all of the time now!!!
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  6. The Easy Rider

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    A question from a noob - does anyone put "deer whistles" on their bike?

    After doing $12k worth of damage to my van a few years ago I now have them on my "cages". Don't know if they work - but I have seen deer scurry away in the ditch when I approach.

    Just wondering if they work on bikes?
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  7. yarg

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    Deer whistles have been proven to be acoustically ineffective:

    http://advance.uconn.edu/2002/021118/02111812.htm
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  8. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Heal well. I bagged one in May and still feeling it. I'm happy to be here though. Same scenario, deer ran up the ditch and hit me from the front left. Didn't have a chance.
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  9. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    The "science" I've read is that the chance of the deer hearing the whistle over the roar of even the quietest of bike is unlikely, and there's apparently no evidence that deer are sensitive to any particular high frequency. I had one on my old bike, but don't on the current one, and the deer - the ones I see - run from both.
    I think the problem is that deer run when they perceive danger, and they run toward open space where they can make better speed - which is the roadway if there's cover next to the road. Grazers see to the sides, not forward like predators, so I guess running in the bush is tricky.
    Clear bush back from the road, and don't put salt down, and there'd be way fewer animal strikes. This is my theory - or blah blah blah.

    Best wishes to the OP - hope you heal fast and ride again soon.
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  10. acejones

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    Every state in the union should double the time deer seasons are open. The damn deer are a menace.
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  11. tornillo

    tornillo Motojunkie.

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    shit man! sorry to hear...something good is coming your way
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  12. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Just had my collar bone bolted back together. I ain't gonna, it hurts like motherfu$&@r right now. The only pleasant thing about this is that the nurse is lovely, and is doing everything she can to keep the pain at bay.
    Watch out for deer dudes. You DON'T want to hit one. At least the surgery is done and I can heal up and get on with my life.
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  13. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I had similar injuries from a dirt crash, just add the spine and spleen.
    Its tough, and its very nasty for about 4 weeks.
    Broken ribs suck, do not get a cold!

    My spine and shoulder still bother me 2 years later, mostly the spine, all the other stuff healed up well.

    I never hit a deer, or had one hit me, and hope I don't ever.
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  14. Rick G

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    Glad you are basically ok. To hell with your bike, they can be replaced. Good folk can not!!

    My deer incident 2years ago also happened in PA. PA is overrun with those damn forest rats!!!!

    I also had the right gear on and "only" suffered 10 broken ribs, collapsed lung and mild concussion. My gear saved my life as yours probably did yours.

    Something needs to be done about the deer population. It is out of control.

    Heal fast so you may ride again soon.

    Rick G
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  15. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Rick,
    How was your state of mind getting back on the bike for the first time?
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  16. Rick G

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    My accident was 7/27/11 and my Ducati ST3 was deerstroyed. Though I still had my GS at that time, I was ready to replace the Duc that fall. I think I needed to do that to give myself closure for the accident. That it did not beat me. It was around late Sept or early Oct when I took my first ride on the GS to ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to a dealer so I could take a test ride on a Multistrada 1100.

    My accident was on a back road and I almost never took the turnpike to Pgh where I have lots of connections and would ride backroads all the way to the Burgh. I took the turnpike that day. The Multi did not work out for me and ended up buying a Bonnieville T100 locally a couple of weeks later. I put about a 1000 miles on the Bonnie before winter, mostly day rides.

    Before the accident I was riding at least 10,000 miles a year. In the two years since the accident, I have only ridden about 3,000 miles per season. It is funny, but when I am riding I am OK and ride with confidence, but the desire to get on and ride or go on tours has been knocked out of me a bit.

    Ironically, my first big ride after the accident was last summer to BYOB and not 3 miles to the motel on the way down, I came around a bend to see a deer in the middle of the road. I remember thinking to myself, NO, NOT AGAIN!! and somehow I did all the right things, braked and swerved to miss the bastard. The rest of the trip was uneventful and again I rode with confidence the rest of the weekend and since. But again, I just don't seem to have the burning desire to ride the big rides like I use to. This season I think I have put more miles on my Vespa in the city than on my Bonnie touring. I sold the GS earlier this year.

    I still crave reading about bikes and I am sure that my desire to ride and tour will come back and my mileage will start creeping back up.

    So I guess what I am saying, it will take some time to get back to where I was before the accident. Hope this helps.

    Good luck!

    Rick G

    PS My buddy who was behind me and witnessed the incident was even more spooked than I was. He sold both of his bikes the following spring and did not ride at all last year. This spring however his "ride" came back and bought another bike, but he too is not riding as much. I guess you can become as traumatized seeing a bad accident as you can from being in one.
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  17. riddare

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    I am still recovering from aug. 9 deer and bmw collision. The desire to ride like I did before the wreck is not there anymore. I rode 20,000 a year up until this happened. Spent 25 days on a road trip last summer. The love of riding is still in me but the desire to ride on the deer infested roads of America is gone. The more I read from members here, and the deer, will keep me on my dirt bikes and not replace my street ADV. bike. Been riding since 1962 but will not be riding back roads on anything less than a pickup. I wish you well on your recovery and all others that have recently been thru this as it is more wide spread than one thinks until you start researching it. Alan
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  18. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I have to ride. And I have been dirt riding since my last bad crash, I just picked a better tool (tw200). Now I am looking for something low, light under suspended and low powered...

    I cant think of a deer proof bike, the only thing I think you can do is limit riding in places and times where deer are likely to be, and that is very erratic....
    Not over riding your sight lines and looking for the bastards also helps, but if they are going to banzai you, what can you do about it?

    They are all around, even in my yard sometimes, but do not seem to get hit much. They seem a bit street smart, maybe the wild ones are stupid?
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  19. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Dang, sorry to hear.

    Same thing on my 2012 Guzzi Stelvio @ 5200 miles. Doing 60, deer hit ~me~ in the ribs, took me out. I win, deer is dead. Locals were gutting it before they loaded me in the bus.
    Broken fibula, bruised ribs, splenectomy in the ER, 8 days in ICU/rehab. Fully recovered and riding new 2013 Stelvio. Arai helmet saved my life, Klim gear saved my skin (EMS cut it off me at site...NOOOooooo!)

    Sometimes you don't hit them, they hit you.

    Something to read if you are post crash. Helps explain a few things: http://www.bikepsych.com/
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  20. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Thanks for the insights guys. I can't not ride. Even as I sit here through the pain of recovery, I am dreaming of riding my GSW, it's honestly the best bike I've ever owned - as I'm sure all of us would say with any brand new bike. My new helmet has already been ordered, (Shoei RF1100) to replace my Qwest which saved my life. I know that the first few rides, I am going to be shit scared, but I can't let fear dominate my life. I think another think is that I will feel much better when my bike is home, and in the garage. It will bring some closure and the bike is probably some sort of metaphor for me. One things for sure, I will never ride through a state forest alone again, and I will be staying the hell away from any deer infested area - difficult to do here in PA, but the state game lands are teeming with them.
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