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. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    I nailed this poor thing several weeks ago. Despite some cauliflower looking stuff oozing from his head he finally moved on down the road after about 15 minutes.

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  2. St_rydr

    St_rydr Strider

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    I-90 south bound near Portage WI three lanes of traffic all of a sudden I see traffic swerving to the right and left in front of me in the center lane. All of a sudden when the last car to move in front of me is a electric stove. :eek1
  3. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Sad stuff man.

    I just had a Dwarf Caiman die from gut rot. (bad fish, must have had a stomach worm)

    Wish we had em' wild in Colorado. I did come across I think a box turtle on my property the other day. That was cool. if it's true about counting the plates on their backs to tell their age, he was about 13 years old. I don't know if that's true though, never paid much attention to turtles. I haven't seen one around this neighborhood since I was a kid. I figured they were long gone. Must be the fact I'm just far to busy with my life anymore to walk up and down creeks and ponds for 12 hours a day.. What has my life come to? :lol3
  4. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Had several collisions with wildlife ..as a teen ager years ago I was woods riding with a couple friends when a large black snake dropped from a tree ..and wrapped around my neck . I screamed like a girl , let go of the bike and was ran over by my buddy . Got a couple scars from that one .
    Rounding a corner and hit a deer in the head with my knee. I couldnt walk for two days and the deer ran off seamingly unscathed . The scariest on was about 5 years ago .. cruising a gravel road at about 40mph when something flashed in my right eye..a turkey had taken flight off the hillside and hit me right in the face , I went down , thought I broke my neck and the turkey was caught under my visor flogging the shit out of my head . A few seconds of panic to dislodge the angry beast and a few minutes to regain my composure I rode home . The turkey ran off into the woods , I am pretty sure he wasnt in good shape . Scary moment ..
    Talking about people in the roadway .. when I lived in Baltimore I was traveling along a main route through the city in a not so savory nieghborhood. Suddenly a women stepped into traffic and removed my mirror off my van with her face . I stopped , jumped out and found her laying in the street , face was a bloody mess . Her boyfriend looked me in the eye and said " She'll be alright.... the bitch should have been watching where she was going "

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  5. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Pretty sure that's what the experts recommend in a situation like that. Good thing there aren't many snakes around here! :eek1
  6. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    When worlds collide.:cry
  7. k5mitch

    k5mitch Been here awhile

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    I managed to catch a planter on my left mirror/hand/windshield. One of those things that you can buy bulk plants/flowers in at your local landscape shop.

    I had just merged onto a local highway (4 lane divided, 65 MPH). I found myself a couple cars behind a landscaper's truck and trailer.

    Shortly after merging onto this road, things started flying off this trailer! :huh First was a giant pot that ended up on the shoulder. Soon after that came three empty planters. These things were the size of a medium desk-top. Traffic around me slowed and swerved. I ended up with one floating into my lane; a quick glance at my mirror showed someone way too close to my rear, so I took my escape route to the shoulder.

    No sooner had I swerved to the shoulder (causing the planter I dodged to break into pieces on the car behind me) that another one floated up from the right side of the car that was in front of me.

    No more escape route left, and I was unsure what chaos was going on behind me, I decided some body damage to the bike was better than trying to swerve back into traffic, risk getting rear-ended from the car that was target-fixating on me, or getting caught in the gravel at 65 MPH.

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    After that impact I managed to get back into my lane, and promptly took advantage of an opening in traffic to get around that landscape trailer. I didn't look at the speedo during the pass, nor did I try to get a name/number/plate from that truck. I was just more interested in not encountering airborne landscaping supplies.
  8. fuelish

    fuelish Been here awhile

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    A propane BBQ grill. It fell out of the truck in front of me(over the tailgate, in a turn). I managed to avoid it, the suddenly stopped truck that it fell out of, and the guy that jumped out of the truck as it stopped.
  9. BrianRC

    BrianRC Adventurer

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    First post on here and nothing super odd to report on the bike yet but I remember driving in southern Colorado, turning a corner to see HUNDREDS of ground squirrels running back and forth across the road! Should have taken a picture, I have never seen anything like it! :huh
  10. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    This thread needs to come back to life, so BUMP :D

    So far I think the strangest thing I almost hit would have to be a single new looking shoe in the middle of the highway. Not too strange, but there you go.
  11. Seth650

    Seth650 Been here awhile

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    Wild turkey hen that bolted from woods right into my front wheel spokes, and layed an egg on them.
  12. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    We were cruising a back road in New Mexico at 100+ speeds and I don't think he properly estimated our speed, was likely used to more law abiding drivers. I just got his tail feathers. Beep beep :clap
  13. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    Old mattress...happened so fast I wasn't even scared but when I realized how lucky I was to have gone over it, it was really an eye opener.

    It had fallen off a truck in front of the car in front of me and that car rolled over it, thank goodness, because it was laying flat as I went over it. If it had been upright and still flying, OUCH!
  14. homme de fer

    homme de fer Been here awhile

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    I hit a bear last June while riding my Ducati SS. Broke my wrist and totalled the bike although I did ride away from the crash given it happened in the Adirondacks in the middle of the night (wasn't my idea to ride at night). I survived and have a story told by many.
  15. WayFar

    WayFar Been here awhile

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    I almost hit a large aluminum ladder on I75 near Port Charlotte, FL back in 2008. The problem was, it was at the crest of the Peacr River bridge, which has a slight bent at that location. Flashing past the ladder at 80mph, I had a vision of myself flying off the bridge and splashing down in the water far below. It wasn't any sort of skill that allowed me to avoid it. It blended in well with the road, and I just happened to see it right when I was right on top of it. Lucky day.
  16. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    One of the weirdest things I've hit was never fully identified. It was an Unidentified Fleeing Object.

    It was at night back in the late 1980's while riding Eastbound on I-10 between San Antonio and Houston, just past mile marker 666 on the last leg of a ride that started earlier that day in Fort Davis.

    Suddenly, something black and big enough to take me out appeared immediately in front of me in the headlight moving quickly from left to right. Too close to even react. Not even enough time to think or even blink, all I felt was something lightly brushing my right boot or leg. By the time I applied the brakes it was all over and I was still upright and rolling at speed.

    I was happy to have avoided a collision, shaken a little by how quickly it happened and having been on the bike all day I pulled off at the next town to get fuel and to catch my breath. Adrenalin was flowing and I was a little dazed from the ten or twelve hours I had been riding that day.

    The bike was a fairly new 1986 BMW K75C, and the right side (rubber mounted) case guard was, um, er, missing. Like completely gone from the bike. (Nice job on that design BMW, a breakaway case guard. How confidence inspiring is that?)

    My best guess is that the UFO was a dog, but, it could just as easily have been a Chupacabra. Either way, it got my case guard and probably a bruise or broken bones, and I got quite a scare.
  17. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    El Chupacabra!

    Had to be.
  18. The Chief (tm)

    The Chief (tm) Adventurer

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    On my way from SF Bay Area to Anchorage, AK. Had been on the road for about ten days. Crossed out of the Yukon into AK. On my left were wonderful, distant views of the Wrangell mountain range; there was sun and rain and even snow, but luckily the latter wasn't sticking so I soldiered on.

    In the middle of a wet curve, a GIANT rabbit bolted out from the left side of the road and ran directly into my path; I even lost sight of it below/in front of the bike. The thing was huge, the road was wet, and I was keeled over already -- had I hit it I knew I would have gone down. Imagine successfully riding 3,000 miles only to be taken out by a rabbit?
  19. wyobohunter

    wyobohunter Been here awhile

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    Snowshoe hares can grow quite large...

    In about 2000 or 01' I was riding my 80's Kawasaki 750 down I-80 at about 70 mph (as fast as the old girl would go into a strong headwind).

    The windshield snapped off and slammed into my face. I wobbled but regained control. I slowly turned my head and it flew off. I bought plexi glass and used a large pipe and weed burner to mold it into shape.

    Edit- just realized I already posted this quite a while ago in this same thread... I'm leaving it.
  20. ZJeepMI

    ZJeepMI Been here awhile

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    I was riding a back road in northern Michigan on my TW over the summer, fully tucked at 65-70 MPH (trying to beat the rain, I was 5 hours from home nearing my destination) when a big ass great blue heron flew right out in front of me, and had I not been tucked down I'm pretty sure I would have hit it with my head :rofl