Damn Minnesota deer...

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by humvee, May 14, 2013.

  1. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    I was riding down echo trail at 70 kph, maybe 15 minutes from Ely when a deer runs at me from the left side right into the handlebars. His head was at eye level with mine. THUMP.

    I don't remember hitting the ground, but I hear a loud noise and open my eyes. The pavement is sliding an inch from my face. Profanity is said.

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    I'm still sliding and I turn to realize the bike is on my leg and we're sliding together. I pull out my leg at about the same time we come to a stop. I get up and check myself out. I hurt, but everything seems to work. I wrestle the bike up in case a car comes and to stop the gas from leaking.

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    I see blood and hair on the road. I don't think its mine, but i know there's a small pool of blood in my glove. I don't see the deer, but i see my watchband on the road (but not the watch)

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    It's been about 10 minutes and no one has come by, this is a quiet country road. The bike starts and seems ok. I head back to Ely for a hotel room and to patch myself up. I miss the hotels and see the hospital sign. ok, lets go in. I'm buzzed in. No lineups, just me. I tell them my story and they put me into a room to take my gear off. I give them a list of where I'm hurt. They are impressed with the gear...saved me a bunch of pain.

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    So the tally:
    Body
    road rash Left elbow
    road rash right ring finger
    fractured right pinkie (handlebars must have come down on it)
    fractured right elbow
    bruised right ankle

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    Honestly, the pinkie hurts the most.

    Gear
    Fieldsheer Adventure Jacket: left elbow shredded, bottom back shredded

    Aerostich AD1 pants: Right pantleg shredded (no lower body injuries except foot...love those pants) The pads in the pants are outstanding.

    Sidi OnRoad boots are worn, but still pretty good considering a 400lb bike was weighing it down on pavement. Right boot now looks like suede :lol3

    Alpinestar Tech Road gloves held up well. Right pad shredded but did get through the leather. Small hole in ring finger caused a cut, no idea how that happened.
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    Arm is hurting so I'm gonna wrap this up.

    I get a hotel for the night.
    Miserable ride home on Saturday. Freezing and right arm is buggered.
    Slept better last night. iced and kept arm in a sling today.
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  2. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Wow, that is scary, sorry to hear all of this, but really glad you are ok with minimal damage.

    this truly seems like a reason to get good gear such as yours, you can tell the gear saved you lots of damage. :clap

    You planning on replacing the torn up gear now?
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  3. humvee

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    I'll replace the AD1 pants with another set. I was actually in Duluth trying on a Darien earlier that day "for when the Fieldsheer wears out" :lol3

    Boots I suppose I'll keep, provided they are still waterproof. Gloves will be replaced with more Alpinestars. Helmet was a Scorpion and has chin, visor and forehead damage. I was very happy with it but they don't make that model in hi-viz anymore, I'm gonna try on a Shoei Qwest later this week.

    ps. Don't tell my wallet, but it's about to get a serious workout :eek1
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  4. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Uff da.
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  5. GSingWI

    GSingWI Been here awhile

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    Enough about you...

    How's the bike?

    Just kidding. Glad to hear you're OK! :clap. Fricking forest rats! It's a good reminder to watch for deer-now that spring is finally here.
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  6. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Barely a scratch. Tweaked steering, fork edge ground down. Rode it to the hospital after the crash and rode it 6 hours home Saturday.:huh
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  7. Jays-f800gs

    Jays-f800gs Been here awhile

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    Does your insurance pay for gear?
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  8. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Glad you are not seriously hurt. It pays to wear gear! I had a similar deer accident 2 years ago and I know my gear saved my life or at least more injuries and even more pain. Unlike you, I spent almost a week in a trauma unit for multible broken ribs. I have made a full recovery BTW.

    The deer population is getting out of control! My accident happened just before noon when they are suppose to be sleeping. I am not an animal expert but I believe that over the years the deer migratory patterns have been slowly changing. They are no longer afraid of humans and have few if any natural predators. They now roam freely at all times of the day.

    As riders, we need to constantly be on the look out especially in rural areas where my accident occured.

    Anyway, heal fast!

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  9. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Been given differing answers. I find out tomorrow when I meet the adjuster.
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  10. gunny_usmc

    gunny_usmc Semper Fi

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    Agree with Rick, I hit my deer on my trip back from Moab in '07. , 1:30 in the afternoon on a hot sunny day. The end of may and into June are the worst in the north east as the does are up at all hours looking for a place to give birth.

    I hit Bambi doing 70mph an slid 120 feet on the pavement, no rash, cracked a few ribs and broke a bone in my thumb in 5 places, the gear works, I'd rather sweat than bleed any day


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  11. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Ditto Gunny. Closest I've ever come was at 2 in the afternoon. That one was so close I could smell deer in my helmet for a week. :lol3
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  12. lineareagle

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    Assume jeans, chaps, work boots, fingerless gloves, loose jacket (orange and black maybe?) and half a lid.

    Now review the damage to your gear and think of the damage had you been wearing the above.

    You wouldn't have picked up your bike somebody else would have picked you both up.

    I cringe when I see guys and gals riding bare assed.

    Scary, I came off on a low side at 70 mph and if I had had my left foot tucked in I wouldn't have broken my leg. I had absolutely no other damage.

    Me too, sweat a little save a lot.
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  13. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    The folks at the hospital definitely noticed how well I turned out, indicating most of their deer strike victims don't look as good. (no helmet law, etc)

    They get about 12 a year, I was the first for 2013. :ilmostro
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  14. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Glad your ok and on the mend!

    Just last week a riding buddy hit a deer as we were riding. He came out just a tad better than you...no injuries - very sore.

    His his full ATGATT gear set was really rashed up. Does not take much to think about doing his slide without proper gear...and we saw a lot of riders in shorts & tees the same day.

    Seeing is beliving...thanks for posting!
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  15. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Same here. The hospital personel would look at my chart, see I had a deer motorcycle accident and would ask where the road rash and damage was? I would reply that I was wearing proper gear but the poor deer was not. My damage came from the impact of the deer landing on my back, smashing me into the tank and breaking a whole bunch of ribs.

    My gear looked a lot like yours. They all gave their lives to save mine.

    Ain't it grand that we are alive to talk and even laugh about it?

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

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  16. humvee

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    More x-rays said the pinkie has some loose pieces of bone and cracked open "like the end was hit with an axe". Hello titanium screw...

    Cast comes off tomorrow.
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  17. Kafn8td

    Kafn8td Been here awhile

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    Glad you're ok. For those that don't know, Minnesota deer are substantial in size. He and his buds were probably standing in the woods having a beer laughing at how he took you out.:freaky
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  18. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    Glad you're okay and the bike was okay enough to get you home.
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  19. hardwaregrrl

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    Rode the Echo from Buyck MN back in 2011. My buddy Mike was running in front and had one of those large Minnestoa deer leep out in front of him.....that sucker was a big 'un!!! Glad you're ok. Love the Echo, met a pretty strange guy out for a "drive" at 1 am, came up on us camping on a helipad. Freaked me out....but still loved that ride.
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  20. oscar23

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    Hitting a deer is nothing like hitting a dog or a raccoon. Deer will jump right before impact and take out the rider. Just about every state has the same problem. Their habbits have changed from moving in the mornings and evenings to moving all day long. Due to lack of predators, disease, tree huggers, and urban sprawl. They no longer fear humans. In the last 3 years I have lost two friends to deer accidents. They both were killed hitting a fixed object after impact.
    Sure glad your ok, and I really need to get better gear I know that. The comment on sweat vs bleeding is so true.
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