2013 GSW vs Deer

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

  1. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    My conclusion is deer hunters are not very effective.
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  2. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Update: stitches came out today. Collar bone is healing very well, it's back in one piece! Doc was pleased. Another 3-4 weeks and I can ride. :) Probly gonna need that time as my arm feels weak as hell. Bike is being repaired, but the shop is still waiting on the handlebars from Germany. Ribs still hurt a little, scapula totally healed. Here is my tag: [​IMG]
    Ride safe brothers, wear your gear, for real, once you go down, you will be an ATTGATT rider forever. Fortunately, I was that kind of rider already. And please, you hunters, take out as many deer as possible this season!
    Cheers.
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  3. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Glad you are on the mend! Hope you can ride again soon.

    Rick G
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  4. matts1050

    matts1050 Tiger Rider

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    Glad you are OK. I hit a deer last summer. Luckily I was pulling away from a stop sign so I was only going about 25 when the deer jumped in front of me. I hit her in the ass literally knocking the shit out of her. Didn't go down, though. Broke the left panel and front fender on my wee storm. The worst thing was all the shit on me and the bike! There was a lady standing in front of her house and witnessed the whole thing. She offered me her hose to clean up a bit! This year I've only ridden about 4,000 miles-usually I ride 12,000 or more. My riding buddy can't quite understand why I'm so tentative out there. I'm going to sell my Tiger next Spring and hold onto the Strom but will limit my riding. Just can't seem to shake it.
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  5. PharaohScoots

    PharaohScoots Twist-N-GO

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    I was out last weekend in the country, where there are lots of horses kept at homes there. I was just approaching a turn glanced right and thought a horse was running along the road. Nope, biggest doe I have ever seen, lucky for me she veered into the woods but could have just as easily bound in my path. I have had two close calls this year, and want to credit the deer whistles I put on in the Spring for causing the deers to retreat, but it could also be luck.

    Any of you inmates have deer whistles on your bikes?

    Hope the recovery continues to go well.
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  6. stefan tilden

    stefan tilden Adventurer

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    Yah man it's serious business... I've never had a close call despite living in NH and outside of Pittsburgh.... but it really is Russian Roulette sad to say. But glad your generally ok.... best of luck!
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  7. JHB141

    JHB141 Adventurer

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    No whistles on the bike but I did have them on two cars when I lived in an area that was thick with deer. They seemed to spook more easily, like the whistles distracted them, and then the car coming scared them a few seconds later. After I took the set off the second car, they wouldn't spook, just look up as I came by and go back to grazing, so I don't use them anymore. Plus, a guy who worked in the audio biz told me that they have to be at least 3 feet apart to work right, something about the harmonics.
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  8. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    Sorry to hear about your accident. They are a real confidence buster. Years ago, I had a nasty low-side (@ night, on-ramp, 2up, diesel/hydraulic fluid spill). Although I healed pretty quickly from the roadrash and bruises...I wouldn't ride for months. I was too scared. But eventually I ventured out on two wheels again..."just to the store for a carton of milk" , or "just to work", and finally a longer ride to "help a buddy with his suspension setup". It wasn't until we headed out on a multi-day ride that the confidence made its way back to 100%.

    I came to realize that: 1) motorcycling is inherently risky, 2) sometimes regardless of (our perceived) skill level things happen that are outside of our control (i.e. no amount of scanning ahead, swerving, emergency braking, etc. could have prevented you from hitting that deer), and 3) the best thing I can do is be dressed for the crash.

    HTH,
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  9. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    The National Park Service did a trial on them on their vehicles back in the 90's when I worked for them. They kept statistics on deer strikes, found the whistles made absolutely no difference.

    I had the whistles on my private vehicles for some time before and during the test. Took them off after the results came in. I do wish someone would find something that works to cause deer to run the other way (besides a firearm). Deer are thick around here. I usually see several every time I go ride in the country.


    Namaste'
    Doug in Kentucky
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  10. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    After 45-years of riding without hitting a deer, I joined the club a week-or-so ago when I hit a small deer just S of Silver Lake Oregon in the Oregon Outback. Fortunately, it was a small one and I hit it a glancing blow - didn't go down and only contact with the bike I could ascertain was the front wheel. I suspect I broke one of its rear legs.

    During a 10-day tour of OR, NV, UT, CO, WY, and ID, I saw perhaps ten or so deer. No close calls, but there were a couple times where I'd come around a corner and one would be standing in or near the road. I don't mind rolling the dice, but at some point the odds become too great.

    I've mostly been depending on avoiding dawn/dusk/night riding and slowing down in the deeper woods. I'm starting to have my doubts that this is enough to have a risk level I can live with. I may have a small convertible in my future.

    - Mark
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  11. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    The recovery continues, and now it's the bikes turn. Stopped in at the dealer on Monday and it was up on the lift having the new parts installed. Still waiting on a luggage rack and new handlebars. Also, they found a tiny plastic mounting tab on the LED headlight assy that was broken. The shop had already called the insurance company, and got the additional parts approved and paid for. Good job guys. I can't tell you how therapeutic it was for my soul to see her being put back together. :) Almost there. :). [​IMG]
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  12. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I missed a deer by inches not too long ago. It was just instantly there, running across my bow from right to left - so fast I didn't even have a chance to brake.:huh

    I have never had such a close call.

    Next week, I'll be riding from CT to PA and back, and it is making me nervous as hell due to all the deer.
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  13. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Yes, that is exactly what it is like. By the time I saw the deer it was too late.
    Ride safe! If it were me, i would try to avoid roads thru any state forests as hunting season starts Oct 5.
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  14. krautman

    krautman Been here awhile

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    Glad to here you are on the mend I grew up in lititz pa deer were always everywhere ! They should have lengthened the season years ago !!!
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  15. Wyodrill

    Wyodrill Deer Slayer 800

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    I have killed two deer last year. Have slowed down the speed but not the amount I ride. I did put new Remus exhaust and silencer, the throaty sound really gets the deers attention. I have been grabbing the clutch, rev the engine on my F-800 gs and they run away instead of at me. I live in Wyoming and hit the deer in the day and evening. There are alot of depressed deer out west.
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  16. Xciler8

    Xciler8 n00b

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    I also hit one a few years ago. Blew it in half at 70mph. I slid 250 ft. ATGATT also saved me.
    A month later I left for a 2 month solo 4-corners USA motorcycle trip.
    I did change my riding habits though. No morning or evening riding (only 10am-4pm) unless I was in a city. And unfortunately I also used mostly interstates. At least I was still on a bike.
    I still ride every day, year round, but I am back on the backroads again although I still follow my time of day rules to help my odds.
    Anyway...glad to hear you're still going to ride and that both you and the bike are healing well!
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  17. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The only guy I know with deer whistles on his bike is also the only guy I know who has hit two deer. I don't think they help...
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  18. Bleemus

    Bleemus Long timer

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    Deer are plentiful here in Vermont. I try not to ride at dusk to reduce the chances but when I do I go a lot slower and keep a finger on the Wolo Bad Boy horn button. They hate that horn and i believe it has saved me a few times this season.
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  19. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Update: Bike is home and almost all fixed. Last visit to the doc today, and he is happy with progress. Now for some PT to get all the movement back on my shoulder. Here are the before and after pics of my collar bone. You can see how my ribs were busted to hell as well. Took the bike out for a ride this past weekend.
    Thanks for all the well wishes, looking forward to moving on from this event. Cheers mates.

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  20. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    While I agree with the idea it will not work. Here is the issue. Deer have become very good at living very close to people. I live in Central PA, deer central. The reason is that the hunters can not go to where most of the deer are, literally right next to houses. During hunting season I have deer nesting in my backyard, They may be stupid but they are not dumb. If you go to more rural parts of the state the deer are basically hunted out. You just do not see any.

    What we need is more predators, like coyotes, which are doing quite well in PA, we just do not have enough of them yet, and people tend to get pissed off when their kitties and doggies disappear. Had a neighbor lost three yap yap dogs in two months. Coyote buffet!
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