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Old 05-16-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hit a deer today, was very lucky!

No faceplant involved. But I live on a 45mph, two lane rural road. It's a curvy road frequented by a lot of riders. And we have a LOT of deer around here! And in the warmer months they move around a lot during the day.

I was about 1 mile from the house when I see something moving to my left. I see it's running at an angle, towards the road, but almost running alongside me for a second, then turns right! I get on the brakes, but keep it pointed straight. I took no left or right evasive action. I briefly heard tire squeal before the impact. He was crossing from my left to right, and I clipped his hindquarter. His rear end went flying forwards, and he "helicoptered" off towards the shoulder of the road. I glance over and see it lying there, but starting to get back up. I pull into the next driveway, at a school, and survey the damage. I assumed my carbon fiber front fender was done, at the least. But it looks like I just got it with my front tire, and nothing else. No hair, no blood, no cracks, etc. The only skidmark was about 6' long and in the road!

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket today also?
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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You should! Put me in for $1 !
Glad nothing major happened and you are ok.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:59 AM   #3
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Were you at least able to bag up the deer? Coming up on lunch over here, this is how I can tell I'm getting hungry, by asking questions like this!
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:05 AM   #4
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I didn't have a tag with me! It looked like he got up and walked away. I'll probably see him again, with a limp. We had one around here a couple of years ago with a badly busted up back leg. I saw her limp around here for two years. She walked poorly, with her back leg dangling. But could run if spooked. I rode back by there about an hour later and he wasn't anywhere to be seen. He probably just got bruised up. better him than me!

I know this isn't technically a faceplant, just a collision.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:48 PM   #5
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No faceplant involved. But I live on a 45mph, two lane rural road. It's a curvy road frequented by a lot of riders. And we have a LOT of deer around here! And in the warmer months they move around a lot during the day.

I was about 1 mile from the house when I see something moving to my left. I see it's running at an angle, towards the road, but almost running alongside me for a second, then turns right! I get on the brakes, but keep it pointed straight. I took no left or right evasive action. I briefly heard tire squeal before the impact. He was crossing from my left to right, and I clipped his hindquarter. His rear end went flying forwards, and he "helicoptered" off towards the shoulder of the road. I glance over and see it lying there, but starting to get back up. I pull into the next driveway, at a school, and survey the damage. I assumed my carbon fiber front fender was done, at the least. But it looks like I just got it with my front tire, and nothing else. No hair, no blood, no cracks, etc. The only skidmark was about 6' long and in the road!

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket today also?
What about the skid mark in your shorts??


Seriously though, you were very lucky.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:15 PM   #6
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Dude,
you are very fortunate. My last encounter with a deer involved broken bones, and a helicopter ride, and pain.

Go buy a lottery ticket.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:19 PM   #7
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Don't tell Aprilla or the will put it in their next add as a an option:
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:28 PM   #8
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Use caution in deer country

+1 ^^^
My lil brother hit a deer going like hell at sundown with the sun in his eyes and never saw it. Probably going about 80-85 mph. Cut the deer clean in half, and skinned the rear half inside out to the hooves. I came down the road behind him but didn't see him hit the deer over the hill. when I topped the hill I almost ran him over and didn't know what was him and what was deer. He suffered a scull fracture all the way around his head and both eardrums ruptured. Deer shit all over his face including his teeth. He lost his sense of taste and smell, and partial paralyzed his face. He passed away five years after from M.O.S. (multiple organ shutdown) I miss him dearly, and don't mind killing every deer I see now. Oh and he was no little guy at 6'4" and 275 lbs. To add salt to the wound he passed away Thanksgiving day which I no longer celebrate for this reason, this year will be 20 years.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:13 AM   #9
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Must have been a powerful thing to go through!!! Please don't die with that anger
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:56 AM   #10
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Buy that lotto ticket! You are very lucky indeed and I'm happy to read of a deer encounter that turned out without an EMT response. Around here deer are the number one hazzard. From October too the 7th of January I do my best to lower the deer population. When the Rut is on and/or the good O' Boys are running deer hounds I don't touch my bike its suicide, its gotten that bad.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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I will be honest, the day I hit that deer, I had just left the house. I continued on, and went for my ride that day. But it's weighed on my mind since then. I haven't ridden since then. And honestly, I've been quite busy. But yesterday and today, I had time to sneak out for a short ride, and didn't. I hope it's not nerves.....
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:50 AM   #12
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Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket today also?
You used up your luck for that day.

Glad you're OK - I hit a deer last year. It is no fun at all (as you know).

I hate them. Hoofed bloody forest rats, that's all they are.

Nerves definitely got to me after the deer hit. But I'm getting over it - get back out and ride when you can.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #13
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Took a 60 mile "lunch break" today. So all seems well again!
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:39 PM   #14
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Excellent!
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:53 PM   #15
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Glad you (and the bike) are ok! I've seen a lot of deer about lately. Stay safe...
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