Who here has hit a deer?

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by kicker13, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. cdhall

    cdhall Krishl

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    2000 ST1100 on Blue Ridge Parkway, near MM 179, August somethingth, 2000. Bike went down on left side, I came off, bike slid and bounced 75 yards, I slid 75 feet (paced them off once the excitement was over), deer bounced off the bike and died.

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    The ST was totaled due to cracking the frame near the head bearing.

    More photos.
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  2. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    FJ1100=1 Deer= 0

    Michigan, in the UP
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  3. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I wanna buy me one of those this spring. :nod
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  4. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Try to get the 1200 if you can, they have quite a few improvements.
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  5. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Yeah, I'd been reading up on that. 17's, rotors, few other refinements. Can pickup an 11 for as low as 1800 in the trader down this way, so that has some real appeal. Looking for a mile muncher, and one that I can throw a hitch on so I can tow my single rail with the katoom aboard. FJ's suit the bill for me.
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  6. Trinity

    Trinity Byron in Texas

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    Riding my '01 K-bike, I hit a small doe just outside of Marathon, Texas about 18 months ago. It was about 10:00 am in the morning and it seemed to materialize out of thin air in front of me. (My riding buddy just ahead of me said that he had seen it coming at a dead run...) I did a slight reactionary jerk which allowed me a glancing blow to the hindquarters only. The bike did a violent headshake, but gyroscopic action was my friend that day and I didn't go down. :wings I stayed off the brakes and coasted to the side of the road to catch my breath and clean out my underwear. :eek1 :eek1 :eek1 The only damage was a broken bulb in my Motolights and a broken headlight guard. I count myself as one lucky camper...

    Needless to say, I am now MUCH more careful about scanning the roadsides ahead and am more alert to any movement. :huh
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  7. native

    native You got to hold on

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    A few years back my girlfriend and I were out riding in the Texas hill country with Lyle Lovett and a few friends. We were on my 900ss and going about 90 down a straight, flat section of road. I see a deer lying in the leftside ditch, it hops up and starts running away from the road. For some reason it does a 180 and runs right into my front wheel. Bike does a quick wobble and straightens out and we ride away. I was worried the deer was gonna be thrown behind us and in Lyle's path. The group slowed down and pulled over to assess the damage - none, I couldnt believe it. Lyle said the deer spun off the road after I hit it and they couldnt believe we didnt go down.
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  8. Hawk

    Hawk Pretentious Fukwit!!

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    Third day I had my new KTM on my way to work BOOMright next to me on the right was a spike buck, came out of nowhere. He was running along side me, I nuked the throttle just as he turned into me. He passed behind me. Weird that I never saw him until he was running beside me almost close enough to touch.

    I hit a Beagle over a year ago on my Triumph, not ATGATT, totaled the bike. Road rash sucks. ATGATT now every ride. Aerostich ROCKS my world.
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  9. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Sept 15th/05. Iron Butt ride. 4:00am, 10 miles east of Ritzville, Wa., Interstate 395, westbound. I was on reserve, so I had slowed to 55 mph from the 75mph average. Because I was a bit slow, a Dodge pickup passed on the fast lane and slowly merged in front of me into my slow lane. 10 seconds later, he slams the brakes, then a male black tail basically blows up into his truck. I run over the rear legs and entrails, and the majority of the deer slides across the fast lane and hits the wire median separator where it blows up some more. I pull into Vantage WA, kind of rattled. There's deer shite all over my bike and lower legs. The guy in the Dodge didn't even slow down.
    Summer 2000. Just outside Nespelem, WA. Norton Rally is the destination in Olympia WA.. We're in a nice curvy bit, rallying nicely, and going around a right corner, there's a cow moose standing in the middle of the road. Doing about 65 mph on a Norton in a corner, you're commited line wise, and with minimal brakes. Basically with me doing body contortions, and the moose shooting sparks off her feet getting out of the way, I came within a foot of her extended rear hoof as she jumped off into the bush. That one would have hurt.
    Ciao, Steve G.
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  10. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Now, now.... no need to be so modest..... why don't you show'em the pix of your "other" deer strike :lol3 :huh
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  11. big-t

    big-t Been here awhile

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    :waysad You mean this one....

    Taking a left hander around the apple tree and all of a sudden,K-bam,I lurch to the left....WTF..look on the ground and little Bambie is rolling around with hooves thrashing in the air.A half a second later,he's up and gone.I guess he was hiding in the brush and got a little confused about which way to run.:smile6
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  12. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Does hitting a dead deer count??

    Probably some lessons to be learned from this example.

    Following a truck at night in the mountains on my KLR. We hit a twisty section and this guy thought he was gonna lose me. He was moving pretty good, but come on dude, I'm not even trying. I'm sure I was riding closer than I should have. About mid corner on a set of s turns at a good lean angle I hit somthing solid. Lifted the front end in the air and the rear hit hard. The front wheel came down and I brought the bike back in line.

    What the heck was that? I was sure it was a piece of lumber or somthing that passed under the truck. My curiosity was killing me so I did a u-turn and went back to the scene. Sure enough a small deer. I never even saw it.

    All's well that ends well and it was a good reminder to me that I still make some bonehead moves now and then that I should no better than to do.
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  13. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Funny as it may be.... this story actually scares me the most. It means we are dealing with perhaps the dumbest creature on the planet :cry.
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  14. UPSam

    UPSam All jacked up on Dew

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    I live in the U.P. in Michigan. No question that more crashes involve deer than any other cause. I have hit two with trucks, both went under the front right wheel. Had so many near misses that I can't count them. I could plainly count the eyelashes on one that jumped infront of my DR650 on a gravel road in Oct.. missed it by 3". I didn't have a chance to even brake. I really don't know anyone that has riden much that hasn't hit one. I am really worried about it actually. One of my friends smacked one on his goldwing and skidded down the highway. The east Indian doctor saw nothing on the X-ray and told him he was fine and to go home. He was in shock and didn't argue. He woke up on the recliner at 4am. Unable to move and his wife was at work. A severe case of swollen purple body. Pain was so bad he blacked in and out. Doctor said he was sorry when he finally got back to the hospital around noon.

    If you have to ride through the UP or Northern WI, here are a couple tips. Don't ride at dusk and dawn. I totally avoid riding before 9:30 am in the summer if at all possible. The hobby of every retired couple that lives along the highway is to feed the horned rats corn at coffee time. The deer live in the woods across the highway from the corn pile in the idiots front yard. If you see a deer along the road, throttle down. It will dash out infront of you or another one you don't see will. Deer when you really scare the crap out of them go into flight mode. They try to turn and run straight away at the last second. This is why the aiming straight for the obstical ie that old racing rule doesn't always work. Take a line just to the ass end of the bambi. If you have to hit them, am for the gut, it gives more. I am hoping that suspension travel will help.
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  15. GTinAus

    GTinAus nutsplitter

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    No, come to Australia, and try the kangaroos. They will jump to the side of the road, wait untill a car, or whatever is past stopping distance, then jump onto the road.
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  16. shift

    shift not your average tool

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    i was 2 up with my g/f on my 640 lc4. we were going 75ish and slowing as i came up to a corner. right at the beginning of the left sweeper, a deer ran across the road.

    3 seconds later as i was passing that spot, another popped out right in time to stick it's neck into my headlight. i held my speed and line through the corner (about 55 mph) and came to a stop to do a damage check.

    smashed left side radiator and plastics. we faired amazingly well with just some soreness in our left legs, considering we only had helmets and regular clothes on. not to mention no shoulder and trees 2 feet off of the road.

    deer: lying dead in my lane, broken neck.

    with the crashes i've lived through, i believe someone wants me here a little longer.:knary
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  17. alimey4u2

    alimey4u2 Been here awhile

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    I slapped one around a couple of times I admit.
    Not a proud moment, well....you know, you can't win.... Those big Bambi eyes & that carnal grunt ...she asked for it...:1drink
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  18. RS Adv Rider

    RS Adv Rider n00b

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    Three years ago in the mountains of Arkansas. Right at dusk on a September evening. Riding a heavy Harley that day. About 50 MPH. Never saw the deer but it hit the front coming from the left. I did not go down, probably because of the low center of gravity and sheer weight of that Harley. Broke all of the front lights. Bent all of the crash bars front and rear - this was 1/4 inch steel - as the deer bounced down the side of the bike. Hit my left left but no harm. Bent front tube shafts. Without crashbars there would have been more damage. I was able to ride it to the next civilization, but without lights. My buddy rode behind me to provide light. Could barely shift gears. The next day we did a little metal bending, and I rode it, in daylight, about 150 miles back South to El Dorado Ark where we parked a truck and trailer. Lesson, riding in the mountains in the dark is not a great idea. I am just thanking the Lord that I did not go down.
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  19. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    Spring 1998, riding rt. 5 east out of richmond headed to the family river house in White Stone Va. Probably 9:30, dark.. I'm stoked to be riding as it's one of the first warm days after winter. Just get passed the last of the stoplights heading into the country, and wick it up to about 95 mph on my R90/6. That's pretty much all she's got. Hold it there for a bit 30 seconds or so, then let off and engine brake slowly back down to 50.. As soon as I see 50 mph, I also see a buck 6-10 points on the right side of the road in a field maybe 400 ft ahead. I get on the brakes, slow down to about 35, decide he's not going to do anything, let off the brakes and look up (I'd been looking mostly to my right keeping an eye on him). Look up, and there's 4 doe crossing nose to tail probably no more than 50-75 feet in front of me.. Get back on the brakes hard, realize I'm not going to stop, and I begin to rise off the seat in anticipation of dropping the bike The front fender slides right under the hindquarters of one, scoops it up, slams it into the forks, and she bounces off.. Back wheel locks up because I'm on the brakes so hard, she clips the right side of the handle bar, and that's it.. Next thing I know I'm just rolling along at 10-15 mph, look over my shoulder, deer are gone.. nothing.. (I had even let go of the bars with my left hand and was just about to jump off the bike..)

    The only evidence is a bit of deer hair in the bolt heads holding the front fender on.

    I got the shakes, pull off. Turn around, back into town at the first 7-11, buy a 22 of Heinekin, and drink it fast. Go home, unpack the bike, and decide to drive to the river..

    :clap

    I know I got off lucky..

    ...especially considering I'd been zooming along at 95 or so, and if I'd only held it there for a bit longer.. splat..
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  20. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Well that's the same as our deer..... but can you show a pix of Roo that jumped into a vehicle that cannot not exceed 15mph :ear.
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