Killed by Buzzard

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

  1. Wyodrill

    Wyodrill Deer Slayer 800

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    Really sorry to hear this story. I was riding out to Daytona a few weeks ago and the Buzzards were everywhere. I thought I was going to have a bird strike one time. He jumped up in front of me off the road just as I came by. Luckily the wind from my windshield blew him up the few extra inches to clear my head. I had already flinched and was braced for impact! To my surprise he just blew right over me.

    Lucked up for once.
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  2. Pansy

    Pansy Not much of an Adventurer

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    My sympathies to the fallen rider's family & friends.

    I know how large those birds are close up, scary! I barely ducked hitting one a year ago in the Texas Hill Country... nasty thing had been chowing down on skunk.
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  3. _Davi_

    _Davi_ Adventurer

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    I took a pigeon in a half-open helmet getting on a highway in Italy last year.... Only had it up to 70 kph or so but damn that hurt! Can't imagine much larger without doing some damage.... Sorry for your loss.
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  4. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I took a robin to the leg, beak made one heck of a puncture wound. Took a night hawk glancing blow to the helmet years ago, that one was close to a wreck, neck hurt for weeks. I got hit by turkey wing tip on my bicycle helmet. Made me wobble. No way would I have wanted that on the motorcycle.

    There are many hazards other than the loose nut behind the handlebars. That one is bad enough.

    Rod
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  5. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    Not a bike, but here is the carnage a few years ago when one of my ex-wife's co-workers hit a turkey on I-75 in GA. The driver was uninjured, but it looks like it could have been bad.

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  6. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    +1. I've been lucky with the vultures / buzzards / etc. Usually slow down a bit & mash my horn button x-x-x-x. Another excuse for a good LOUD horn.
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  7. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Amazing picture of damaged van! I rode my bike for first time in 7 months last week, and guess what flew right over my head? A Turkey!!!! Wife and I hit a Buzzard couple weeks ago with school Suburban, wadded it up in front end replacement bumper. What was that old series on TV years ago where guy said to the patrol cops, ''OK PEOPLE LETS BE CAREFUL OUT THERE'' or something like that.:D D.
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  8. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    R.I.P. rider.
    I installed a very small and loud air horn on my bike, which I use frequently. Works on cagers too.
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  9. LongRifle

    LongRifle n00b

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    This type of thing worries me almost as much as cagers. Some animal darting out of nowhere. I am VERY sorry to read this post. I am sorry to read most posts on Face Plant, but it is good information to have.

    Since others are offering experiences, I have taken 2 small birds. One to the helmet, and one the arm. Tiny, so no big deal.

    The one that is so hard to believe is that I was hit by a carp (or carp-like) fish one day riding in the Mackay island area of NC. Really big fish. Hit me in the right foot and it was like someone hit me with a padded but heavy baseball bat on that top of the foot. The only plausible explanation is that an osprey was carrying the fish and dropped it. If that had hit me in the chest it would have been serious.

    Keep safe everyone.....
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  10. LordSmoke

    LordSmoke Been here awhile

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    So very sorry to hear this.

    "Buzzards", or, technically, "Turkey Vultures" (Cathartes aura), are the most ever present and real danger on most of my rides. They are big, they are plentiful, and they sit in the road until the last minute before taking whatever random action their little brains decide. Always assume the worst with vultures.

    ...and yes, they will "lighten their load" in a most unpleasant way at the most inopportune time.
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  11. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    This exact thing happened to me the other day. Riding along about 60mph. Saw bird in left lane, as I rode by it decided to take off across my path, dropped whatever it had nearly on top of me. Luckily I avoid all of it.

    Sorry to hear another suffered a much worse fate. RIP
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  12. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Something else to think about, I almost got hit by a taxi in Mexico while slowing and riding around four or five vultures on the shoulder. Hoping to avoid hitting one, I forgot all about checking my 6 for vehicles. Scared me pretty good. Taxi was going about 80.
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  13. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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  14. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    I've hit two in northern Mexico. The second destroyed my Aeroflow windscreen. Feathers, guts and crap on the outstretched BMW cylinder.

    Interesting how only one out of a group of three hung in so late.
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  15. kenbnt

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    About 16 years ago I had a gsx 1100f and had it at my mother inlaws. My sister inlaw was there and ask for a ride and said she couldn't be scared with a motorcycle. Well, I being a lot dumber back then set out to scare her. I had us going way to fast on a 2 lane paved road and came around a curve doing about 60+ and there were 5 or 6 turkey vultures on a carcass they then lifted off to fly at our approach. Thankfully I slammed my full face helmet into the tank and Susan slammed her helmet into my back as we ducked the vulture that was so close it brushed us as it went over and I smelled its awfull stench. Needless to say my attempt to scare her only scared myself. I then carefully drove back to my mother inlaws and wrung the piss out of my pants.:eek1
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  16. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    RIP to your brothers friend. I had an acquaintance in Texas hit one on his sportbike and he went off road and was severely injured. Bad timing can get us all.
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