Originally Posted by Gummee!
My GF is an ICU nurse. One of her patients had a turkey fly out and hit him in the face/chest. He spent several WEEKS in the ICU. Broke most of the bones in his face. Then he crashed too! Talk about adding insult to injury!
I took a diving owl to the chest at 55 or 60. I don't know how fast those things dive or what the closing speed might have been, but it went through my gear and put a hole in my chest. The worst part was that it knocked me right off the back and I hit the asphalt going that fast. Fortunately I was wearing a nice one peice snowmobile suit (don't laugh it was like 1979 and we didn't have many gear options) that cushioned the blow and did not burn through. So no damage to my body other than some bruises and a beak hole right over my heart that required a trip to the ER.
That was maybe two years after I started riding and exactly the moment when I first got serious about wearing riding gear.