Deerslayer

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Tracker, Jun 1, 2003.

  1. Tracker

    Tracker Guest

    Major bummer this week! took off from eugene last tuesday on my new 03 V-Strom for a, 2 week 3k+ tour of the southwest - ore,cal,nev,utah,az,colo,idaho and oregon. zipping down I-5 to take 89 to start zig zagging along the high sierrias. only 250 miles into the trip, just past McCloud,Ca. a deer jumps out of the brush and I t-boned the damn thing. only doing 60mph (thank god) I guess my # came up after 35 yrs of riding and getting away from many close calls with deer. This one leaped out from the brush right into my path (never saw him!) no brakes, just BAM !!! Deer and I both flew 75 feet, killed deer (didn't even get any jerky,dammit!) put me into Mercy Med Ctr in Mt Shasta, Ca for 3 days -
    4 broken ribs, left side
    punchered left lung (from ribs)they cut me open for a drain hose.
    broken left sholder
    left eye hit hard swollen/bloodshot
    road rash left side- calf,knee,thigh,forearm,wrist. was wearing full riding gear. - waisted helmet,Tourmaster jacket,Corner pants. Sidi boots scuffed a little but ok..
    Thank God for riding gear !!!!!!

    Strom is in Weed, Ca. waiting insurance inspection.
    I,m bummed, but I,m Alive!!!
    Here's a couple pic's

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  2. Tracker

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    taken from Redding,Ca paper - hope you can read it , had to take a pic of it, as I doin't have a scanner.

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  3. Tracker

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    Ouch! the Tank... Boo Hoo! was just plastic till I saw this.

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  4. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    Wow, dood, I'm glad you're OK. Bummer about getting busted up and missing a great vacation, but at least you'll live to ride again! :thumb

    So with the roadrash, did the gear wear through, or did you "burn" from the friction heat?
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  5. Tracker

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    Kurt,
    some places wore thru, did have a burn on the calf.
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  6. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Bummer! Glad you breathe to tell the tale! I have been enjoying your posts and looked forward to seeing the Strom. Here's hoping the insurance treats you well and you are soon on the road again, better than ever.
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  7. Tracker

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    thanks RM. I was looking for you on my way back from the Eastern Wa ADvriderfest , on the Goldendale backroad, sorry we missed.
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  8. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    Wow Tracker! Sorry to hear about that. Thankfully you'll make a full recovery. Let me know if you need anything I get to Eugene fairly often and I am happy to help. I recently had a narrow escape from a deer on the Yachats river road. I am also interested to know more about how your gear worked. Was the sheild down on your helmet etc..
    Here's to a speedy and full recovery:beer
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  9. Snail-Darter

    Snail-Darter Slime Dog

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    WOW is right - glad to hear your still alive. Missed you in E. WA as I came in on Saturday evening. Really wanted to see the Storm.
    A deer - at 3:45 pm - you weren't even riding in the dreaded dawn or dusk deer time zones. Get well soon.
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  10. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Glad your ok.But, only 60mph!! Christ, if I ever hit something and say I was "only" going any speed, it better be like 10! You were running full highway speed and t-boned a deer without so much as a panic braking!:yikes
    Thank God for the gear. You seem to be taking it alot better than most who have something like this happen.:thumb
    :beer Here's to a speedy recovery!
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  11. RockinRobin

    RockinRobin F'er Girl

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    Tracker, I am sorry to hear about your accident. I am grateful you are ok. I would not enjoy hearing about the demise of an ADV rider.

    On a lighter note..........Ask Lone Star about his run in............I think he is now called the Wild Turkey Slayer.
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  12. dr650bc

    dr650bc Been here awhile

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    Hey tracker, sorry about your encounter. Sound like you got banged up more than the bike. Hope your healing goes well.

    I constantly think about animals on the road up here in BC due to an accident at sportbikewest last year. A group of sport bikes went by a horse in a field at the side of the road. The pipes on the lead bike scared the horse and he bolted across the road (no fence)right in the path of a couple on a sportbike. The resulting crash threw both riders quite a distance and one serious injury resulted.

    Even low speeds can be dicey when deer are around. Yesteday while at the Glacier Creek Road at Mt. Baker Wa( see Mt baker post), a young deer bounded out of the bush about 30' in front of me. If it was any closer, I may have swerved- not a good thing on a one lane road with steep dropoffs at road edge.
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  13. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    VERY Glad you're ok. Heal quickly, and good luck with the bike!


    hmmm....I'm heading down that same road tomorrow...my first long ride since I hit a deer. :uhoh
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  14. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    Sometime if you have a chance and still have the stuff, post some pics of the gear. Would be interesting.
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  15. Slaniac

    Slaniac Martini elbow

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    I agree. Also, the deer's dead, your alive (but hurting), fuck it, the bike can be fixed or replaced. You took a big hit and now healing. Stay in touch, let us know how your doing.
    Makes me wonder when and where Bambi is going to get me.:confused
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  16. kehale

    kehale Been here awhile

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    Glad you're alive!
    Got any pics of the deer? :)
    Poor Bambi...
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  17. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

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    Glad you're still with us. May your recovery go smoothly.
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  18. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

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    Glad to hear you are recovering fine, keep the mood in high gear.
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  19. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    Good to hear you were able to tell the story. I'm in Northern California and there's always deer on the side of the road eating cigarette butts, it's like candy to them. Sometimes people panic and avoid hitting the deer but cause a head on collision or simply loose control. I put the deer whistles or (deer sensors) on my bike just to play it safe. Hope you heal well!
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  20. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Scary story. I too am interested in seeing your gear, if you have any photos. That was a hell of a collision. Your vacation was ruined, but you may have a stronger memory of this event that of a sightseeing tour! Glad you survived, man.
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