Well a lot of things paid for themselves today and a few almost did. My goretex gear I upgraded last year since it was pouring rain on the way home. I have all Revit gear and some held gloves. Boots are A*. I just happened to fit some crash bars yesterday and rode it the dealer this morning for it's first 500 mile service. On the way home I'm headed up the highway. Its Hwy 285 outside of Denver, heading south of Conifer. There's a long sweeping turn and its uphill until you get to my neighborhood. Car in front of me was about 5mph under the speed limit. The road there was damp at best, the rain had already passed through there earlier. I change lanes to the left lane to go around the car. A few seconds later I see this brown mass charging from the shoulder of the road. It's a big ass buck. I wouldn't say I went into panic mode. If I had done that I probably would have crashed. It started to slow down in the right hand lane so I started to swerve to the left as I'm grabbing a handful of front brake. Luckily no one was coming down the hill or this would have been an accident since I would have had to stay in my lane. They say when you encounter a dog you should slow down then speed up since I guess it messes with their depth perception. The deer slowed for a split second then picks up speed, probably trying to avoid the car in the right lane that I had just passed. That car is probably 1 car length behind me at the most at this point. As the deer picks up speed we are on a definite collision course so I continue to swerve left into the oncoming lane. Again, lucky me there was no oncoming traffic in sight. I grab more front brake and slow down enough to avoid him. The deer was also applying the throttle and turning to his right (Away from me) as I was slowing down...luckily. I'd say I was about 4 feet from broadsiding him. This all happened in the course of about 2-3 seconds. I kicked it down into 3rd and got back into my lane and continued on. My first thought was, well at least the deer is somewhat soft so it won't hurt too bad. Better than hitting a car. Second thought was, glad I have all this top of the line protective gear on. Third thought was...where he hell is the car that was next to me? They must have freaked out and came to a complete stop because I looked in my mirror and they weren't there anymore. My questions is, is there really a proper response to a deer (or any other animal) running out in front of you? They say you shouldn't swerve in a car. If I had been in my truck I just would have hit it. No risk of going ass over end, just property damage. Of course a motorcycle is a different story. One of my first thought's was, I should have stayed behind that car instead of passing it since I was close to my turn off anyways. But the more I think about it, they slammed on the brakes so hard I probably would have rear ended the car. If you read all this, then thank you.