Killed by Buzzard

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by DSTEVENS, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    The brother of a friend was killed yesterday by a buzzard, I haven't got all the details yet but seems Buzzard flew into him while in a turn and he lost control. I do not know what he was wearing or what he was riding at this time. Strange thing is I have been hit by Buzzards several times in my riding career and never thought much about it until now. Out here in West Texas HWY 90 is littered with road kill, so Buzzards are an every day occurrence. Lets be careful out there!!!! D.
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  2. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Been here awhile

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    Wow - that's not one I would of ever thought about as a risk. Though last summer I had similar with a seagull - two up with the wife, cranked over in a corner - the bird came up off the road, bounced off windsheild and hit my helmet - I just stayed on line and tried not flinch. I guess I was lucky! Though a seagull is much smaller than a buzzard.
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  3. jjxlrider

    jjxlrider Part time adult

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    I've hit a Robin at 60mph right in the chest, it hurt and distracts you badly, I could imagine it happening on a corner.

    Sad to hear it happening.


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  4. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Hit a crow once at about 55 mph. Almost took me off of the bike. I had gear on and still had a big bruise to my chest for a couple of weeks afterwards. I hope I never hit any birds with my body again. Ever.

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  5. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Up here we have turkeys everywhere...definitely know that those have taken some guys down, and I've had a few close calls myself. 25lb bird at 70mph = trouble....
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  6. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    Very sorry to hear. Was he married, any children?

    A Texas Motor Speedway, when they just finished paving the outer loop I was going pretty fast around a corner, over 60 mph, and was hit in the throat by a grass hopper. Just above the windscreen and below the helmet. Hurt like a SOB, and took a lot to hold the line and slow.
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    WAH III Been here awhile

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    Terrible news about your friends brother. Sorry for his loss. This is what a wild turkey can do to a windshield at 45 mph. Shudder to think what would have happened if I had been on my bike.
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  8. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    What I have been told by eye witness was he passed a vehicle and just as he entered back into his lane a buzzard flew up from side of road and hit him in shoulder. Its only speculation but supposedly he never braked after impact, just wobbled around and ran directly into embankment. Yes he had wife and school aged children. I only met guy a couple of times but I talked with him a few days before accident. He was wearing a helmet but impact was at high speed. Sad for our little community. LETS BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. D.
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  9. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    Still very sad to hear. My heart goes out to his wife and children.

    A guy I work with told me of his neighbor who passed away on Thursday. He was riding to work and was broadsided by someone who ran a red light in Addison, TX.

    Very ungood.

    And yes, we must be careful out there!
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  10. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    We have them here too- a turkey population explosion.

    A couple years ago we were getting a windshield replaced (common here with rocks coming up off the road from tires) and there was an 18 wheeler tractor in for a windshield replacement too. It looked like someone threw a bowling ball through the passenger side windshield piece.

    Don't want to hit one of those :eek1
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  11. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Wow..sorry to hear this .
    I tend to be wary of birds , I took a large turkey to the head a few years ago at about 40mph . Right in the eye port of my helmet resulting in me being separated from the bike (gravel road) . Wasn't fun
    Be careful in your journeys

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  12. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    Lost a family friend to a buzzard a couple of years ago. Full gear but came around a corner in a twisty mountain road and the thing was feasting on roadkill. Bad crash and rider didn't survive.

    Condolences to the friends and family. Very sorry to hear of your loss.
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  13. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    So sorry to hear about this. :waysad


    A bat once flew into my chest (with leather jacket) going about 60. The impact was painful and actually left a small bruise. I couldn't imagine something several times larger.
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    They are all over the place here in Florida. If you see any, or especially a venue of them on road kill close to the road, you need to be ready to take evasive action. I know of people who have hit them at speed on a bike, and I've just missed a couple myself. Slowing down, and preparing for the actions of a 'squirrel with wings' is the best solution.

    Also, in a panic situation - they can 'lighten their load', and regurgitate almost on command. I know one person who can attest to how foul that can be. :lol3
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  16. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    I hit one last year. It was a fairing hit and caused about $500 in damage. Three buzzards at dinner in the right lane. I decided to pass wide in the left lane. Two of the buzzards took off in a climbing right turn. The third made a climbing left turn and hit me solidly.

    I learned that they are slow to flight and stupid and can't be counted on to make sensible decisions. I also determined that my trying to pass them wide at road speed was not a sensible decision either. I give them more room now.

    Very sorry for the loss.
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  17. Taurkon

    Taurkon Been here awhile

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    RIP to your friend's brother. Very sad and definitely highlights the risks of riding that we cannot compensate for, yet accept each time we click into 1st.

    I hit a Canadian Goose a few years back. It launched it's self from the ditch, I tried ducking, and it bounced off the top of my helmet. It hit the road, I was fine, but boy the neck was sore for a few days.
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  19. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I took a buzzard in a glancing blow off the left shoulder and side of the helmet a few years back on my DR650. I had ducked and moved to the right, otherwise it would have been a square blow at 45-50 MPH. Scared the hell out of me. The buzzard stank like a combination of rot and ammonia.
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  20. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Yes they STINK, and there vomit will make you do the same. I knew a guy who hit a buzzard with his truck and it came around into his open window and commenced to puking all over him and the inside of his vehicle. They will attack you if wounded and you approach them, I grew up on a ranch in Texas Hill Country so buzzards were always eating on something, and we enjoyed tormenting them. D.
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