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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Gadgetech, Mar 7, 2019.
"As GOD is my witness I thought turkeys could fly!"
Turkey vulture hit at 60mph in Panama a few years ago, took the windshield off my bike and broke the headlight, I was lucky!
Back when I was a firefighter/first responder, we were paged out to a motorcycle vs animal crash at 6:30 in the morning. The guy/victim was out of it, but a witness following behind him told of a turkey that had flown off a bluff and soared over a farm field and nailed the Harley rider in the head. He literally didn't know what hit him. He's lucky to have been wearing a helmet (many Harley riders in WI don't) because I'm sure the impact with a 20 pound tom would have surely killed him. To this day, I only ride during daylight hours (unless I can't avoid it) since the wildlife in my area is beyond abundant.
This is why I never ride in closed groups. If I need to brake, I don’t want to worry about riders close in behind me.
Just be glad it was a turnkey not a pilgrim!
I took a good sized owl into my radiator at 50 mph. It was quite an impact! No damage other than owl shit all over my bike. I can’t imagine a 20lb turkey!
just heard a friend of mine hit a turkey last night and is in the hospital broken collar bone and several broke ribs
I caught an "almost" on video a month or two ago, was super close and it came out of nowhere in full flight across my path. I did have time enough to hit the brakes and not hit it but If I wasn't paying attention I would have taken it to the chest at 70...
That was close!
I had a turkey run into my bike at about 50. It was like hitting a feather pillow with a bowling ball in it. Bruised the living shit out of my left leg. A guy in a car behind me pocked it up before I could turn around.
Rotten thieving bastard!
Sure was, I didn't even have time to cuss till afterwards!