Wallaby

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Benji13, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Benji13

    Benji13 n00b

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    Wild life is a high risk to riding in Australia. Especially during dusk and dawn. I learned it first hand. I hit a wallaby a few months' ago. I was my normal Sunday morning ride at 6am, had breakfast at 7am in my favourite bikers' café. Continued riding at 8am. Thinking it should be safe by then to enter more rural roads. A wallaby jumped out from the left road side bush. [A wallaby is like a kangaroo but smaller. Had it been a kangaroo, I probably would not be here talking.] It was so sudden that I did not see it until the last moment. I was doing 95km/h. I could not do much more than a reflex swerve. I was lucky. It narrowly missed the front wheel. However it still hit the left side of the bike. The foot peg was gone. The cowl broke in a few places. It's silvery grey hair was stuck in the crack. A large hole in my left boot. It also hit the swing arm. The bike shook violently. I was lucky. I managed to stay upright. [Later the repair shop supervisor called me and asked if I did not fall down. He could not believe it after seeing the damage. He replaced everything including the whole swingarm.] I was in shock, mind went blank and did not stop the bike. I kept riding for another 5 mins before I stopped. I checked the damage. I also started breathing again.
    I did not go back on that road again for a few months. When I went there again recently, I kept telling myself that I was lucky on that day.
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  2. GETTHUMPER2

    GETTHUMPER2 Been here awhile

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    WOW,,,,glad you faired as well as you did, an off at that speed I imagine could get pretty ugly
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  3. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Outlaw wallabies now.
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  4. Benji13

    Benji13 n00b

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    We love our wildlife in this country. After the accident, the wives of my mates only asked about the wallaby, not me:confused
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  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Arent you suppose to check the pouch for off spring when you hit a marsupial?
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  6. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    I check myself for damage, then the bike and all the hits I've taken the little bastard has disappeared into the scrub before I could do anything else.

    The one time I did look for a body I turned around when I realized that the worst case scenario would be trying to finish the bastard off - with a four inch spanner from the underseat toolkit.
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  7. PapaDontPreach

    PapaDontPreach Adventurer

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    In context or out of context, this is one of the best quotes here... Seriously, words to live by.
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  8. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Throw it on the Barbie first, easier to finish off :jack
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  9. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Adventurer

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    Spanner, I don't even know her.
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