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« on: May 29, 2018, 08:10:10 pm »

Tell us your wildlife encounter stories.

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 06:38:55 am »

You first..... Bigsmile
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 07:25:07 am »


You first..... Bigsmile


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I had a deer run into me on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I saw its friend run in front of me and I rolled off the throttle. Thinking that the excitement was over, I rolled back on the throttle, only to see the second deer come flying down the embankment towards me. Momentum was already giving the bike gas so I kept it up. The thing ran square into my rear pannier!

The bike hopped a bit to the right and the deer took a tumble but then continued running. I had a nice dent in my pannier to remind me of my forest rat encounter.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 07:47:16 am »


You first..... Bigsmile


You'll be waiting a long time.
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 08:08:53 am »

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Last July.  Came over crest of hill on small backroad about 3 in the afternoon, running about 50 mph, and found a deer standing in the middle of the road about 10 ft in front of me.  Hit the brakes hard.  Tucked the front end.  Bike slide off the road.  I tumbled and ended up lying on my back looking back at the way I had come.  Deer ran away untouched. End results, bike totaled, knees and hands scraped up, gear ripped up, two hours spent at the doctor cleaning my knees and hands up, scars left on left knee and left hand.  Bike (2014 Thruxton) replaced with new to me one (2014 Ninja 650 w/abs). New helmet and much better gloves purchased with insurance money.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 08:50:03 am »

Mine's much less dramatic.  I was exiting the interstate and was on the ramp doing 50ish.  A opossum ran in front of me and I squished it in half and kept on rolling.  I was impressed the soft cast BMW mag didn't bend.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 09:36:43 am »

I've run over snakes. Had a rattler strike at me even. Hit several types of birds. Seen many deer but been lucky enough not to hit one.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2018, 01:14:32 pm »

Had a robin fly into my then WeeStrom as I was ripping along a freeway section at about 70. Feathers exploded everywhere from under the main fairing. Got home and id'd it as a robin because of all the red chest feathers.

Had a peregrine fgalcom come VERY close to clipping me on the head as i was riding through the Kootenays.

Came around a sharp corner on the Pend Oreille River, and there was a fat Tom Turkey jusy standing in the road.

Inumerable emerg braking manoeuvres over the years because of forest rats, but no collisions.

Ran over some sort of snake when coming through the Grand Coulee several years back.

Got bombarded by crab apples in a campground as the trash pandas were overhead harvesting the fruit.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2018, 01:38:12 pm »

1 - Was riding my scooter in the country on a hot summer night. It had a pretty crappy headlight, so I didn't see the deer until she was 50' in front of me. I grabbed the brakes a bit too hard, locked up the front and the bike disappeared out from under me at 45 mph. Went for a good tumble that night. Full face helmet probably saved me brain damage and jaw surgery at the least. Fleece jacket on the top saved me from road rash; just got a bit of rugburn. On the bottom, I was wearing shorts and Crocs; got some significant road rash there... The scooter was a Taiwanese one; they were very proud of having a disc brake with that 10" front wheel, but it turned out to be too strong for emergency braking on adrenaline.

2 - Was out riding on a summer night on my FJR.  Deer was crossing the highway. I got on the brakes in a firm but controlled manner, but would have locked up the rear if not for ABS. Only needed new  underwear after that one.

3 - Wife and I were out on the Concours for a night ride. (see a pattern here?) We crested a  hill and there was a huge raccoon, ambling across. I knew not to try to swerve or brake, so we just ran him over. Felt like a speed bump. I briefly saw him thrashing around in the ditch in my side mirror. Wife said: "What the hell was THAT!?" No injury to us or the bike.

4 - Out for a ride in the Wisconsin countryside on a fall day. Leading a group. There was a deer off to the left of the road maybe 30 yards eating on a cut cornfield. It was faced away from us, I decided to give a quick beep of the horn so she'd either stay or run away toward the woods. But of course she bolted right in front of us instead. I braked and just missed that big idiot. Guy behind just missed me; would have hit me if we weren't riding staggered. No crashes.

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- If possible; don't ride at night
- If I must ride at night, ride slowly.
- It's probably better to hit anything deer size or smaller than crash trying NOT to hit it. Might vary for moose, cows, elk...
- ABS pays for itself if it works one time
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2018, 02:04:53 pm »

Had a robin fly into my then WeeStrom as I was ripping along a freeway section at about 70. Feathers exploded everywhere from under the main fairing. Got home and id'd it as a robin because of all the red chest feathers.

Had a peregrine fgalcom come VERY close to clipping me on the head as i was riding through the Kootenays.

Came around a sharp corner on the Pend Oreille River, and there was a fat Tom Turkey jusy standing in the road.

Inumerable emerg braking manoeuvres over the years because of forest rats, but no collisions.

Ran over some sort of snake when coming through the Grand Coulee several years back.

Got bombarded by crab apples in a campground as the trash pandas were overhead harvesting the fruit.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2018, 02:17:53 pm »


Tell us your wildlife encounter stories.




You first..... Bigsmile



Still waiting  :popcorn:
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2018, 08:46:55 pm »

I've never even had a close call with anything substantial other than a dead deer. Lisa and I were riding two-up down one of the local twisty-tight roads. We caught up to a pick up truck who obviously wasn't going to pull over or allow us an easy pass. I would back off, then wait for a chance to pass, then run up on him. We did this a couple of times, but each time we met either traffic or a blind curve. I tried it one more time and as I caught up, he slowed but didn't brake. He straddled a dead deer, didn't even give me the courtesy of a brake tap. Luckily, I only ran over it's legs. It would've been bad Wow

I hit a dog once. I was riding through a neighborhood about 20mph. He was hiding behind a bush and ran out to attack. He ran right into my tire, bounced down the road a bit, then got up and started chasing me again. I'm pretty sure he didn't live a long life.
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2018, 06:18:38 am »








Still waiting  :popcorn:



I hope you have lots of popcorn.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2018, 06:36:48 am »


I hope you have lots of popcorn.


Doesn't really matter, as I will have enough time to go to the store and buy some more. I mean, I'm not really expecting an answer anyway  Rolleyes
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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2018, 10:50:29 am »

I once had a bird strike me in the shoulder while doing about 60 MPH; I was glad I was wearing leather.  I ran a squirrel over mid corner at a fairly good lean angle; I was surprised how little it upset the bike.  I've had a couple other close encounters with deer, turkeys and other small animals.  The wildlife encounter which freaked me out the most though was a yellow jacket flying inside my helmet.  I was pulling away from a stop and had my visor cracked open.  I must have looked like a lunatic to anyone who saw me as I flailed away fearing I was about to possibly get stung in the eye.
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« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2018, 01:18:06 pm »


The wildlife encounter which freaked me out the most though was a yellow jacket flying inside my helmet.  I was pulling away from a stop and had my visor cracked open.  I must have looked like a lunatic to anyone who saw me as I flailed away fearing I was about to possibly get stung in the eye.


 I got stung 7 times beside my eye (temple side) , by a wasp. 2 days later I was unrecognizable! That was brutal!
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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2018, 02:36:07 pm »




 I got stung 7 times beside my eye (temple side) , by a wasp. 2 days later I was unrecognizable! That was brutal!


Oh, I remember that day That must have hurt a lot!
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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2018, 03:18:13 pm »

I was riding on 211 toward Sperryville, VA on a beautiful sunny day.  Decided to forgo wearing a riding jacket(had a dri fit t shirt) and wore pair a Joe Rocket Summer riding pants and a bee got caught in my shirt and stung me in the left side of my lower back.  Then it got unstuck and the stung me through my riding pants in my right butt cheek.  Oh, and wife was riding with me.  Luckily she didn't see the bee until I had pulled over and I started dancing around on the bike. . . . I seen a ton off animals on the side of the road, but none have decided to challenge my ST😊

Maybe they've heard my reputation at work, at last count I've killed 16 deer, 2 bats, 1 small gray bird(all I saw was a puff of gray feathers explode above my grill), and 2 or 3 possums(over a 14 year period) . . And none of those disabled my crown vics . .
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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2018, 04:06:52 am »


I was riding on 211 toward Sperryville, VA on a beautiful sunny day.  Decided to forgo wearing a riding jacket(had a dri fit t shirt) and wore pair a Joe Rocket Summer riding pants and a bee got caught in my shirt and stung me in the left side of my lower back.  Then it got unstuck and the stung me through my riding pants in my right butt cheek.  Oh, and wife was riding with me.  Luckily she didn't see the bee until I had pulled over and I started dancing around on the bike. . . . I seen a ton off animals on the side of the road, but none have decided to challenge my ST😊

Maybe they've heard my reputation at work, at last count I've killed 16 deer, 2 bats, 1 small gray bird(all I saw was a puff of gray feathers explode above my grill), and 2 or 3 possums(over a 14 year period) . . And none of those disabled my crown vics . .
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My closest Deer strike on my bike occurred on 211 also heading to Sperryville.  I hit about 60 and the deer came out of the tall grass in the median.  He was coming so fast that I barely had time to start releasing the throttle.  I actually gritted and waited for the strike.  He ran in front of me and I bet I didn't miss him by 1-3 inches at best.  I got pulled over and it took my heart about 10 minutes to settle down enough to take off again.  But slower this time.
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« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2018, 07:59:43 pm »

Had a Brittany Spaniel come out of the tall grass beside a two lane highway and took me down at 65 mph. Totaled out 1982 Sabre. This was in 1986 exactly one month before I was to get married. Not hurt much but still sore on the honeymoon.

Hit a rabbit mid corner of a high speed sweeper on my Guzzi 1200 Sport. Saw the rabbit running across my path but too committed in the curve to do anything but just stay on the throttle. Felt the front hit it and slid a little but never felt it on the back tire. A few miles later came to a highway intersection and got a whiff of what I thought must have been a chicken plant (yes this was in NW Arkansas). When I looked down to put my kickstand down, I saw the remains all over the side of my bike. The rabbits headless body was stuck between the left header and block.

Hit a 190 lbs., 9 point buck going about 85 mph on my Guzzi Stelvio. He jumped a guard rail right in front of me, I hit him mid torso and didn't even have time to squeeze the brake lever that I had two fingers over. Flew over the handlebars and deer and tumbled down the road a bit. Just a little sore from that one too. I did get the rack, about 10 lbs of jerky and 20 lbs of ground venison.

I also got brushed by a turkey vulture wing once. That was pretty scary.  I've hit too many squirrels, birds, snakes and such to count.
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