them damn deer

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Oh2RideMore, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Had a family trip scheduled down to Texas from st Louis and asked routing questions on various forums. Rode down via suggestions and following best roads on butlers ozarks map that had not ridden before. spent 5 days down in Texas and then headed back. originally wanted to explore down south, but weather was changing and week of rain was coming.
    by Friday i had made it to mid arkansas on 7 and started looking for a tent site as night was approaching. at 7 and 60 lake nimrod had some sites. as i rode up and looked they seemed closed from recent flooding. setup at an upper site anyway as i was tired from a long day. some guy came by and told me they did not offer camping. tore down and decided to head up the highway and find other accommodations. somewhere on 7 and 60 area 3 deer ran out in front of me and I hit and killed em. I went sliding as did the bike, my 09 versys. somehow i managed to call 911 and it took them 30 mins to find me. I was loaded onto an ambulance and shipped to conway, the nearest trauma center.
    woke up later that night in critical care facility with collapsed lung, 8 broken ribs, broken left hand and wrist, broken collar bone on right front and back, fractured right shoulder, solid concussion,and road rash on hands, knees, and lower back.
    state trooper showed up to take my statement. he said they found me sitting on edge of highway all f'd up. gave it and he left me alone. spent another 10 days there, 4 in critical care until the surgeries on ribs, collar bone, and hand.
    fellow riders have taken care of bike and will trailer it back by end of weekend. Glad to be back home, have a bit of healing to do.

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  2. ntgarthok

    ntgarthok Adventurer

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    Sorry to hear about that!

    Gotta love the helmets!!

    Good luck on a speedy(ish) and complete recovery.
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  3. brgsprint

    brgsprint Been here awhile

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    Damn.

    Glad you are able to think and type.
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  4. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    so gear and how it faired
    helmet hjc fg-17, amazing well considering front impact and slide. snell rated lid, was pretty happy with that. not sure if i want a newer standard for protection concussion wise
    jacket: olympia expedition just bought this before trip, and did not put in good protection, a flaw. torso took brunt of deer impact with right chest 5 fractures front and 3 rear along with collarbone both front and rear fractures and right scapula. not sure more padding or d30 armor would have helped. liked the jacket and it survived slide, but not ems scissors
    pants: teknic monsoon goretex textile pants, old and worn, did not protect enough on knees and slid down exposing lower back to road rash. will not buy again.
    boots: gaerne adventure, no issues whatsoever. amazing, time to buy another, two straps abraded on slide
    gloves: mechanic style coretec gtx, felt great until slide, never again. huge road rash both hands, broke left hand 4 and 5 metacarpals. should have worn the gauntlets in case.
    overall gear saved me and will help with new gear selection.
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  5. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    Glad your here to report this.And glad you had gear on!
    Knowing that it was deer, is there anything that works to scare them away? I remember in the 70's and 80's my Dad used to have deer whistles on his car as he drove home every day on a road known for deer. Do they work? Is there anything new that works?
    This is a scary thing as it's completely out of the riders control and being into adv riding, the areas most ride have a lot of deer!
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  6. Snapper

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    Wow, that was a bad deer strike, glad you survived... and they didn't. Hate those forest rats more than anything, I've hit 7 - three while I was riding motorcycles and four driving cars, and in most of those strikes, they ran into my side!

    IMHO, the best way to avoiding them is to studying the deer strike stats (month of year, time of day), all my strikes fell into those peak stats. But even then, sometimes you can't stop the dumb shits from running into you even at a stand still!

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  7. retiredgentleman

    retiredgentleman Been here awhile

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    Wow..............that BC man in the video was targeted by that deer!

    Back about 5 or 6 years ago, I was targeted by a deer here in Calgary and it was inside the city limits. I was driving my bike past the COP at about 70 kms/hr, when all I saw was a blur of motion as the deer tried to T-bone me. I hit both brakes and my front wheel just clipped the back legs of the deer as it flew past the front of my bike. I survived and the deer survived (dam it).

    All deer are evil. Since that event, I now slow down whenever I'm passing an area where the trees are close to the side of the road. I know the deer are lurking in the trees, just waiting to launch an attack on unsuspecting bikers.
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Yikes, you had a nasty accident, glad you’re able to be typing up this report.

    I was in southern Utah last year and went for a road ride, I must have seen 10 deer dead on the sides of the road. I had my head on a swivel the entire time and made sure I was back in camp before dusk. Kind of spooky.
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  9. Chaostrophy

    Chaostrophy Been here awhile

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    The whistles don't work, a deer hears about as well as you do, if you can't hear it, neither can they.

    I've heard from several sources that this is the one place loud pipes do save lives, they make the deer startle at a safe distance.

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  10. STcorndog

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    I had almost the same injuries from the same creature in July 2016. I am typing with a crooked right wrist to remind me. Then spring 2017 I whacked my second Bambi on my replacement bike but did a better job of walking away from that one.
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  11. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motograffer

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    Glad you are still with us.

    I'm a Versys rider myself..... gulp!
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  12. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Bike is back and did slide on all 3 sides, top included. right and left mirrors bit it along with the switch gear on both sides. All larger front plastics are destroyed.
    Deer hair stuck in multiple cracks. all 3 cases are toast, one broke, rest rashed. Both front fender mounting points are snapped. Lots of parts to replace, looking totalled.
    sad to see it go. will post pics later.
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  13. JGT

    JGT Been here awhile

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    Maybe some day they will miniaturize these things for motorcycles:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/...he-headlights-your-car-may-soon-see-them.html

    I would not want it to apply the brakes for me, but an alarm of some kind letting me know there is a deer within 100 feet of me would be great. I'll do the braking myself.
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  14. Chinesial Les

    Chinesial Les n00b

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    In case anyone thinks this is only a US problem, my brain still re-runs a late evening drive by car into Barnstaple (SW England) when a large deer dived out of a high hedge and nearly landed on the bonnet (hood) of my car. I braked as it came down, but it was still in front of the car. Good job it could run fast!

    Hope you’re soon recovered, but I’ll bet your brain will re-run that encounter a few times..
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  15. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    The sad thing is I dont remember the accident or right before. The concussion has deleted or hidden this memory. Keep trying to think back to last thing remembered.
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  16. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Change of plans, after listing out parts needed, looks like the versys will be rebuilt. Have 2-3 more weeks of recovery, but bike teardown starts next week. ordered some of the handlebar switches and mirrors. not sure if handlebars need replaced yet or not. Planning on fork replacement as cast base screws for fender are broken and took a good hit even though forks look straight.
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  17. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Get yourself an airbag jacket. A worthwhile investment. Good luck to you mate, glad you are healing up!
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  18. TxTiger

    TxTiger Been here awhile

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    X2 on the airbag jacket or vest. I ride with a Hit-Air vest, Helite also makes one.
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  19. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Been thinking about an airbag jacket since the accident and a spot satellite transponder on solo rides. super lucky I had my phone on me as I was a good distance from bike after crash and unable to walk. Somehow phone survived in chest pocket and I was able to call. A spot unit would have been easier to use and saved me the 30 mins it took highway patrol to find me.
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  20. RoadEnd

    RoadEnd What's Around the Corner

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    Kept it up by extreme countersteering

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