What is the strangest thing you hit/almost hit?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cherokee, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Adventurer

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    On a Honda S?100 about 1975, slid around a corner found a cow standing across the dirt road; cow went right, left a horizontal stream of manure hanging in mid-air...split it wide open before it hit the ground. Truly scared the sh_t out of that one! :D

    Year or so later topped a rise on a CB200 and found myself in the middle of a herd of pigs...bounced off several before I finally "had to lay her down". :huh

    1000's of miles & 100's of drops, no gear but a 3/4 helmet and shield, little bit of road rash...damn being a teenager was fun!
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  2. Tome

    Tome Been here awhile

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    I don't know if UK roads are more well kept or I've just been very lucky but my 2 closest calls are animal ones. First was a badger on an unlit country road, it just bolted across the road as I was mid-corner. The other was in Richmond park, a dog scared a deer and the deer ran across the road, fortunately the low speed limit is quite strictly enforced and I could stop in time.
  3. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Almost hit. Heading back from Cuchillo in New Mexico, see a raptor flying above with its' dinner clasped in its talons. Sucker let go and the snake fluttered down landing on the side of the road as I zoomed by :evil

    Oh and I did hit a semi's road gator. Was running 70-75 on the interstate in too much traffic with a semi in front of me. Wasn't his tire but came out from underneath and I whacked it doing a low side into the yucca filled median. Bad shoulder that eventually required some surgery, a couple sprained ankles, a couple small fractures in the hand (the the bastards initially neglected to find in the x-ray, and a bit of rash on the knee. The gator was unscathed. Eventually I collected on my uninsured motorist insurance as it covers unknown motorists as well.
  4. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    Almost hit a black bear cub in northern Alberta. I often wonder what would have happened if I injured the cub and crashed the bike. Angry momma bear? :eek1
  5. Navy Chief

    Navy Chief Long timer

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    I am guessing that it would not have ended well. :D
  6. GDI

    GDI Adventurer

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    A couple of years ago I'm on my trusty ol' ST1100 headed east (south) on I94 just north of Black River Falls, WI when we get into a road construction zone. There's a semi truck in front of me, and a car immediately behind me. The car is pretty tight on my six, so I decide to back off the truck a little to give me some room if we should have to stop suddenly. I had been in the right wheel-track--not sure why now, but probably pavement issues in left wheel-track. Anyway, at some point I decide it would make more sense to be in the left wheel-track. I no more than make my move when an orange barrel rolls out in to the traffic lane from the right-hand side of the road behind the semi. It's still in the right wheel-track as I pass unharmed. The car immediately behind me was not so lucky because the barrel had only made it to the middle of the traffic lane, and so the car hit the barrel!

    If I would have stayed in the other wheel-track, I would've smacked into that barrel myself! :eek1 Two wheels good, four wheels bad! :lol3 :freaky

    GDI
  7. Marylander

    Marylander Been here awhile

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    Earlier in the thread I told a story of a bunch of geese flying into the path of some tour buses and nearly taking me out. I was pretty sure they were big enough to possibly even kill me. Well, yesterday my wife had one fly into the windshield of her car. The damage to the windshield was so severe I can push my finger through the windshield without much effort now.
    [​IMG]
  8. Cruisin'Carolina

    Cruisin'Carolina Been here awhile

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    I just got caught in a downpour about 1 mile from home. A real turd-floater. I entered my hood and ran over 2 6' snakes that were trying to escape the flood I guess. My ridiculously small motorcycle evidently does not/did not weigh enough to kill them........
  9. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I caught a buzzard yest and have no idea how it didnt break the window. Dumb animal was eating dead animal in the middle of my lane, I weaved WAY to the left and of course he came up at me. Destroyed my drivers side window wiper and blade. Big sucker he was.
  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    :eek1 Maybe this thread is a curse, just found it two days ago and today I let my attention wander for a second, young cow wandered on the road. I was breaking trying to figure which way it was going to go. I went right, it started left then went right. At pretty low speed we touched on my left side, had my wife on back, stayed up, not a big hit. The collision only popped a fairing nut but nothing else that I have discovered yet. I think the cow may have learned something about staying off the road, nah. It was an open range area that I caution others about. Guess I'll be keeping better focus.
  11. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    On vacation in Costa Rica, with my family, driving at night on the Pan American Highway:

    People walking on the road.

    People walking on the road at night.

    People walking on the road at night in the mutherfucking rain.

    They are walking so far onto the road that I have to dodge into the oncoming lane to avoid them. I'm in a rented car with crappy headlights that illuminate all of 10 feet of the road in front of me, and all I can think about is, "I am going to hit someone, end up in jail, get raped in that jail, and never get to go home again."

    I'm already planning our next visit. I'll be packing a screwdriver so I can adjust the headlights :clap
  12. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    This happens in the ghetto areas of Florida. I know this because I used to commute through such an area back when I commuted 80 miles a day, and it happens now if I take a certain route (after dark) with the commute that is much closer to home.

    I let people believe what they want to, but there is only one reason I installed bark busters on my bars, and that's because I've had far too many rainy night close-calls when, if it were not raining, or daytime, it never, ever happens. (No, I'm not gunning it nor even traveling the speed limit when it happens... it's as if it is a game for them to try to see how close they can get.)

    I was even going to install bark busters on my cruiser, but I sold it before that became necessary.
  13. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    One almost took me off my bike on my way into work last week. I hadn't even gotten two miles from the house and was still in a heavily residential area when I came around a curve and saw at first what I thought was somebody's ratty shawl by the side of the road after trash pick-up. I didn't think much about it until it suddenly erupted from the ground and revealed itself to be a huge buzzard with a wingspan at least two and a half feet across. I had obviously interrupted a fine dining experience on the remains of a small mammal of some sort, and he was suddenly satiated and needed to get some air.

    :eek2

    Of course, Bird Brain thought it made perfect sense to cross in front of me as he struggled for altitude, and I was so sure I was going to hit him that I began thinking about ordering out for some ribs... and a humerus, a radius, and an ulna or two. And a scapula. Yep, might need to replace one of those, too. :huh

    Fortunately for both of us, a collision was averted and we went our separate ways. But however brief the scare was, it had been intense enough that I had a little moment of clarity and suddenly realized how assless chaps could have some merit. They're bound to be easier to clean. :lol3
  14. tapdiggy

    tapdiggy Been here awhile

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    I almost hit a turkey that flew in front of me, while I test riding a Triumph Tiger 800. That absolutely tightened up my bumhole.
  15. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    Then I'm afraid assless chaps would have been of no benefit to you. :nah





    :lol3
  16. tapdiggy

    tapdiggy Been here awhile

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    Wow. :clap, slowly
  17. Joe

    Joe Debaser

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    I just about hit a tree a beaver was dragging accross the road. It's the risk you take living Canada.
  18. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    12' alligator. Almost....
  19. Redcloudisalive

    Redcloudisalive Adventurer

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    Once I rode through a very large flock of birds. It was surreal. Time seemed to slow down. Fortunately, I was only slightly bashed by a couple of them.
  20. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    The other night coming home from the restaurant at about 11:30 through the canyon I'm pretty positive I was hit in the helmet/face by a bat.

    I don't know if that's common, cause I don't do a lot of night riding on the pavement.