Birdstrike in Revelstoke BC

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  1. Big_Dan_G

    Big_Dan_G Untamed existance

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    This August 31st the GF and were on our way back home from a ride out to Salmon Arm, BC. We started a little side trip north of Revelstoke on HWY 23 towards Mica Dam. Last minute a turkey vulture jumps out of the ditch on my right and bounces of my windscreen, my right shoulder and hits the GF in the helmet. The internal sun visor on her HJC cuts her nose for 3 stitches worth. She gets a concussion and is off work at least two weeks. We struck the bird about 90-95 kph.


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  2. Merckx the Cannibal

    Merckx the Cannibal Been here awhile

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    Whoa! And you weren't going very fast. I hope your girlfriend heals nicely. There's a bridge, about an hour north of me here in South Florida, where turkey vultures congregate, and there's a sign warning motorists about them. Those birds sure do have a big range.
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  3. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Dang Dan, that's scary. Sad that your first post is in Faceplant! Welcome to crazytown!
    Not much of a recommendation for HJC - did it fit well (my wife hates snug helmets and tries to buy "loose" - we don't let her :wink:)
    Hope your GF feels better soon. The bird looks like it got the worst of it :2guns:robin
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  4. Big_Dan_G

    Big_Dan_G Untamed existance

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    We did buy a proper sized helmet. But I think we'll be getting her a new one. The HJC did its job as well as hoped. To bad it was new this year. I've lurked around here for awhile now. My buddy rob1313 said this was a good one to post.


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  5. GSPD750

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    Holy shit for a first post! Glad to hear that you are both somewhat ok and good job for keeping that bike upright the whole time....otherwise the rest of those vultures may have swarmed over you later. :D
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  6. Spetz

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    Birds suck.. I hit one when I was 18. Some mach 3+ Robin or something.. Hit my left leg in the thigh, felt like a bullet and then it went up and hit under my passenger's helmet, almost took him off the back.. Damn birds..

    Hope she heals up well!
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Young ravin. glad you walked away from it .
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  8. psmcd

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    Damn. Glad it wasn't worse. I had a couple pheasant scares in Oregon last fall. They're slow but look like rockets compared to that vulture's act. One more hazard to worry about.
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  9. stucknarut

    stucknarut Uh oh...

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    I took a sparrow in the chest once, hurt like hell, good job staying upright with a vulture. Could be worse, a friend of mine had one come through the windshield of his new truck and land in the front bench seat. When injured or scared they claw like hell and regurgitate. His upholstery was shredded, smothered, covered, and chunked, as they say at Waffle House.
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  10. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Good to see the post made it up over here. Hope she's still on the fast road to recovery.
    In regards to the helmet, did she have the main shiel open and just the sun visor down? Or did the bird mash the main visor and then the sun visor?
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  11. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    Wow,
    3 or 4 years ago I had almost exactly the same thing happen, popped right out of the ditch and into the road. The only difference was I was riding solo and my right shin took the brunt of the Impact..... stupid turkey vultures, some of him stuck to my exhaust





































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  12. Big_Dan_G

    Big_Dan_G Untamed existance

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    Both the sun visor and the outer shield were down. She rides that way most of the time.


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  13. Mcreviver

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    I came up on three vultures eating along a tight twisty section of rural road while moving at a fairly slow pace. They started their take off run down the road in front of me. There wasn't enough of a runway to either side of the road due to the dense foiliage. I paced them and adjusted my speed so I was close enough to almost reach the tail feathers of the trailing bird. About that time he must have decided to lighten his load so as to improve climb performance. I dodged the puke by inches. Sure wish I had a helmet cam for that scene and glad I didn't receive a taste of what ever well dead critter he was dining on.
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  14. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    Last year I was riding along in a line of traffic. I saw him swooping down, but didn't think a thing of it. He saw the truck in front of me and saw the car behind me. He decided to split the two. Doh! I caught him with the "beak" of my Multistrada. Fortunately, no real damage to the bike and substantial damage to the buzzard. :clap
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  15. tundra61

    tundra61 I wish I had a title

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    Close call - glad you are ok.

    By the way, the only birds I want to see in Revelstoke are "wirly birds" to fly you into that areas amazing back country skiing !
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  16. istephens

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    Hey Dan,

    Glad to see you on here!

    I recall killing a few starlings or sparrows - whatever little black birds they were - on Montana 232 north of Havre, MT last year. There would be dozens of them picking gravel bits on the highway and I guess their natural reaction to a threat is to scatter and fly around in random directions, changing direction constantly. If they'd just fly off to the right or the left, they'd be ok, but most would come pretty close to the bike.

    I never noticed the ones that got hit by the bike, they were just too small. But there were two occasions were I was hit by a bird. It didn't really hurt me, but I'm sure it was terminally painful for the bird.

    Ian
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    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Good job keeping the shiny side up!
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  18. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Glad you were both relatively OK. I have an HJC with the internal sun visor and I know that if I hit something, that damn thing is going to cut my nose. The problem is that the relief cut in the visor for your nose is really shallow. I'm not sure who it was designed for, but whoever it is has a tiny nose that barely protrudes from his face. I've been meaning to get at it with a Dremel and make some more room. I think I'll move that task a bit higher up my to-do list.
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  19. Herkmech

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    Regal bird taken out by a Regal (Herky) bird.


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