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Old 07-01-2013, 10:08 PM   #31
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Location: Bakersfield Ca
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Poor dear hit twice

I've been riding 52 years now and it finally happened, I got my first deer. I ride about 15k a year in the mountain ranges in South central ca. and having been a deer hunter all my life I know when and where to look. Closest I have been was when the bear ran across the road a few years ago and I missed it by about 3 feet. Three weeks ago at about 12:30pm leaving the Rock Cafe in Lake Hughs Ca. a doe ran out of the brush about 15 feet in front of me. Because of the thick brush I couldn't see her coming. I only had time to grip the bars tighter. At 65 it took a millisecond to hit her. There was a big thump but the 1400 Concours I was riding didn't even wiggle. I hit her in the left rear hip and she spun around to her left got up ran back the way she came. She ran behind the rider following me and the 3rd rider tagged her on his ST1300. He hit her on the right rear hip and spun her around the other way. He saw me hit her and had braked down to about 25. She ran back in the brush, with a very sore rearend. Both of us got of very lucky. He had a 2 inch scratch on his front fender and I had a 2 inch split in mine. Plus two ruined pair of underwear.
Riding lots of miles and being a long time pilot I have tried to always be ready for the unexpected to happen and what would I do when it happens.
I just learned a 65 years of age, sometimes you just don't have time and its just luck at that point. That and have your gopro turned on. especially if your the last rider in the group.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #32
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I too had my first deer based accident yesterday. I was starting off on my 3 day yearly bike trip. This year I was driving down the great river road in Wisconsin to Missouri, I managed a whole hour before a doe leaps a guardrail from a steep slope that was blind to me and goes down to the river. The damn thing appeared 2 car lengths in front out of nowhere and froze. I applied the brakes firmly without locking and maybe slowed to about 35mph and tried to swerve to the left, just as I was about to pass it it took of in that direction and slammed into its front shoulder with my right leg and clobbered its head and neck with the bike. I stayed up and really didn't get any wobbles so I pulled over and assessed the damage, wrecked headlight and both right turn signals were pretty rough. Everything else about the bike was fine and I turned around and went home since no headlight was a bad way to start a trip. Plus I had a pretty beaten up leg with a badly sprained ankle and a huge bruise on my shin. The deer fared way worse, I assume I snapped its neck with impact because it was super dead. Another biker stopped and helped me drag it off the road and couldn't believe that I was the one that hit the deer.

Here is the damage, I'm off to the salvage yard tomorrow to see if I can get some replacement parts.

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Old 07-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #33
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My deer accident from 10/2010. Valleyford, WA.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:47 AM   #34
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My deer accident from 10/2010. Valleyford, WA.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:59 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by RacerX View Post
My deer accident from 10/2010. Valleyford, WA.
Wow! Glad you were ok. Most people thing deer are most prevalent at dawn and dusk. I have seen many, many deer in the bright sun of afternoon. They scare me!
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