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. tallbob

    tallbob Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hit, horse, buzzard and a deer.
    Almost hit, many, many deer, a whole herd of milk cows and recently a black bear.
  2. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    More that it was rattle-canned flat black.
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  3. maineDave

    maineDave Been here awhile

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    Posted this elsewhere earlier this year, it really got me paying attention to cargo and esp roof-mounted gear. This guy had the boat end sticking above the cab sufficient to create enormous lift and what looked like clothesline trying to offset the physics:

    I barely registered the canoe perched atop an oncoming pickup initially, but some mental twig made me think that either the bearing or aspect of the boat did not exactly match the vehicle it was perched on as it got nearer. And sure as shit, that thing caught lift, cranked sideways, and levered into my lane, then proceeded to pull off the bed and landed skidding just behind me.
    Closing speed was probably 80ish, backroads and no other traffic, and luckily the poor blacktop and camber already had me near the fog line; otherwise, I'm guessing either a massive vector change (not good) or going down (maybe worse) would have been in my future.

    maineDave
  4. YBDRTY

    YBDRTY Adventurer Supporter

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    A coyote. Pretty sure I ran over his tail.

    Wile E. Coyote.jpg
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  5. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Truck tire tread at night on I-10 headed back to Houston from Big Bend. Caught some big air requiring a change of undies upon arrival.
  6. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    It wasn't an almost hit, but an actual hit.
    I hit a moose at highway speed while driving a minivan.
    I'm glad I didn't die. It was a minivan. Nobody should die in a minivan.
  7. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I want to die in bed, just not my own bed and no damn hospital bed either.

    I hit the ground because I was going too slow uphill watching girls do jumps.
  8. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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  9. crazy cat

    crazy cat Crazy cat

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    A wombat went under my back wheel .did not see it coming
  10. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    On a group ride and saw a brush turkey run out from the left of the road, didnt feel a hit but couldn't see it exit on the right either.

    An hour later we stopped and I asked the other riders if anyone could smell roast chicken? :scratch

    Looked down and there he was, stuck between the header pipes, gently roasting away. :lol3
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  11. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    So you're saying there IS such a thing as a free lunch?
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  12. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    Ha ha, not quite free. When I got home, it took me a good couple of hours of hard labour using steel wool to get all the blood, guts and feathers off the header pipes.
  13. olderigetfasteriam

    olderigetfasteriam Long timer

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
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  14. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    A small owl,,,but I didn't hit it, I was attacked by it. Was driving through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and this owl flys across the road, levels off towards me and attacks my helmet with full talons out. I ducked but it still raked the top of the helmet.

    A huge roll of wide steel banding that slid off the back of a flat bed 18 wheeler. I was far enough back that I could brake when I saw the dust cloud. As I passed there was nothing but a mass tangle of razor sharp edges.

    A semi full of meat, at night in a construction zone. The trailer had flipped and torn open and there was meat everywhere, hams and like that. The cab went off the left side and plunged off the road on an overpass. heard later the driver did not survive.

    Took out two small birds. One driving through a flock crossing the road. I took one in the throat. The other was weird. It was a dumb teenager bird playing in traffic on south park. He would fly across the road in front of a car them pop up on the wave of air being pushed by the car. then he would circle around to play it again. I watched him do a couple of cars. We were all doing 90. he does it to me and there was no wave of air. Hit me in the chest and rolls off. Went back, not much left.
  15. fortrider

    fortrider Been here awhile Supporter

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    Almost got taken out one night by an armadillo, glad I missed that creature.
    Another ride in N Carolina I could see ahead and thought it was a pipe laying across the road. As I got closer saw that it was moving, the biggest black indigo snake I have ever seen.
    One of the worst was a truck pulling a trailer that was actually stopped with no brake lights, that one did not turn out so well.
  16. James11

    James11 n00b

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    An old, full size, 6'x4' freezer, laying lengthwise in the right lane.
    On the 416 going into Ottawa from the east.
    Couldn't figure out why the traffic was slowing and swerving all over till it was right in front of me by about 80'.
    That'll make you pucker up.
  17. Emmett

    Emmett Been here awhile Supporter

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    A five foot rattle snake followed by several miles of random tarantulas crossing NM Hwy 104 out of Tucumcari,NM on my way to Las Vegas, NM
  18. FtUp

    FtUp Freedom on 2 wheels

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    a dead owl.
  19. brgsprint

    brgsprint Long timer Supporter

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    When hearing about things in the road, I have to wonder why more people don't stop to move things out of the road.

    I'm not talking about risking your life for a turtle crossing I-95. Even when it's safe to do so, most people just go around it, even if they have to stop and wait for traffic.

    I was in stop and go traffic approaching a 4 way intersection. When I finally got to the light, I saw part of a load of cement blocks had spilled into the road. Not a lot, maybe 10 blocks. Some broke.

    I dropped the sidestand and held my hand up to the driver behind me to stay. I dismounted and moved the blocks to the curb. It took a few minutes to get the biggest pieces. Most cars waited for me. A couple were asses, of course. It took 2 minutes or less and traffic was back to normal.

    I have stopped many times to remove things. Why others don't more often is a puzzle to me.
  20. brgsprint

    brgsprint Long timer Supporter

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    Funny how one story reminds of another.

    Commuting home from work. Long downhill to traffic light. I see a kid chasing a basketball down the sidewalk. He's 25 yards behind and not gaining on it. Watching in my mirror as traffic stopped for the light. I watched as the ball bounced into the street. I didn't even have to dismount. It rolled to where I could stop it with my right foot. I waited for the kid to catch up and flipped it to him. I damn near dropped the motorcycle on it's right side.
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