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Roadkill - Deer
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:50:15 AM »
Do any of you have stories about you or a friend hitting deer on a motorcycle?

My riding buddy hit his second deer (within a year) yesterday during daylight hours.  He escaped with only a broken finger, but last year was in the hospital five days with broken arms (2x) and wrists (2x) that needed surgery after hitting a deer at night.

He was riding alone yesterday but I was with him last year when he struck the deer.

I'm trying to get my head around if it's just really bad luck.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 11:59:31 AM »
I'm boring - I just hit bears.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 12:14:09 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 12:32:22 PM »
I've come very close several times but fortunately no actual strikes. Maybe luck does have something to do with it.  :shrug:
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 12:37:04 PM »
Remember to skin and gut the deer as soon as you can. Gets very gamey very quickly if you don't. I know.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 12:46:58 PM »
I have come close, very close but so far no hits.  8)
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 12:50:18 PM »
The only deer I've hit was already dead...

We were riding two-up on a twisty two-lane, double yellow most of the way. I caught up to a local in a pick up. He was driving about ten under so I was looking for a chance to pass. I sped up to pass, while making the mistake of following in the center of the lane. Oh shit! Thump, thump. Luckily, I just ran over it's legs. If I had hit the body, we would've been down.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 04:11:14 PM »
I've hit nothing larger than a sparrow.

Aaaaannd now that I've jinxed things....
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 04:27:42 PM »
I've come pretty close to hitting one, but then I shouldn't have ducked thinking it was going to jump over me. If I had stayed sitting upright, I bet I could have hit it's belly with my hand. My brother (who was riding behind me at the time) said I should have elbowed it since it was in my riding space. LOL
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2014, 05:05:25 PM »
In cars and trucks over 53 years-9. On motos over 35 years-0. But very close. My son hit one on a single track trail off road, but he is pretty quick in the woods. Just left scratches and fur on his CR.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2014, 11:28:59 AM »
Hit a pheasant this morning, if that counts.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2014, 11:34:45 AM »
Isn't peasant striking a hobby over there?
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 07:55:53 PM »
No deer for me, but a very close call with a bear too.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2014, 11:16:17 AM »
I hit a moose last year in July.   Not recommended. 


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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2014, 11:20:13 AM »
I pop frogs after a heavy rain.

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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
I pop frogs after a heavy rain.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2014, 02:34:33 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2014, 03:12:09 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.

Chama.  :inlove:  How's the weather up there?
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2014, 03:45:13 PM »
a deer jumped over my Cossack outfit once, if that counts.


Its toes scraped the top of my helmet.


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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2014, 04:05:40 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.

Chama.  :inlove:  How's the weather up there?

It was absolutely gorgeous when I left Santa Fe this morning. Sunny, high 40s, clear.
I'm in Durango now and it's snowing.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2014, 05:19:30 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.

Chama.  :inlove:  How's the weather up there?

It was absolutely gorgeous when I left Santa Fe this morning. Sunny, high 40s, clear.
I'm in Durango now and it's snowing.

Is there a ride report forthcoming?
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2014, 05:28:27 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.

Chama.  :inlove:  How's the weather up there?

It was absolutely gorgeous when I left Santa Fe this morning. Sunny, high 40s, clear.
I'm in Durango now and it's snowing.

Is there a ride report forthcoming?

I've been taking notes to supplement my sievelike memory for just such a purpose.

Also, it stopped snowing and the sun came out. Time to seek beer.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2014, 05:51:16 PM »
A suicidal prarie  dog (I think) ran out of the weeds and hurled himself under my wheels a couple of hours ago near Chama, NM. Luckily it rained shortly after and rinsed off the worst of the splatter.

I'm pretty sure his plan was to take me out with him, but mein RT is both heavy and sure-footed.

Chama.  :inlove:  How's the weather up there?

It was absolutely gorgeous when I left Santa Fe this morning. Sunny, high 40s, clear.
I'm in Durango now and it's snowing.

Is there a ride report forthcoming?

I've been taking notes to supplement my sievelike memory for just such a purpose.

Also, it stopped snowing and the sun came out. Time to seek beer.

Excellent. Pictures help memory also, just sayin'.
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2014, 08:20:39 PM »
Around oh, 19 seconds…



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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2014, 09:28:37 AM »
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« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2014, 09:30:55 AM »
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2014, 09:39:29 AM »
I think I've seen both of those videos before.  I wasn't looking to collect videos, just trying to see if others here had a personal experience of a deer strike or more than one deer strike.

My friend hit two within 11 months.  That can't be normal or common.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2014, 10:04:10 AM »
Around oh, 19 seconds…

http://youtu.be/WP9IbT_8pk0


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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2014, 10:12:19 AM »
I had a deer jump over me. That was an experience. I've come pretty close a number of times, but never actually made contact. Thankfully.

Buddy of mine did run over a bear on a ride, once. That was... interesting.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2014, 10:25:02 AM »
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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2014, 10:32:41 AM »
This is a motorcycle website (I think) so I was looking for personal experiences of Deer - Motorcycle collisions.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:40 AM »
Do any of you have stories about you or a friend hitting deer on a motorcycle?


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« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2014, 01:36:12 PM »
Yes -

2 jumped out right to left.

I slowed hard and swerved right.

1 I missed but other hit the rt side bag on the Sprint. 

In the center.

With his head. 

He was a little feller.

Now quite deed.

Last seen rolling like a rag doll across the road.

Likely very tender - but I did not sample his carcass.

Still in the ditch rotting the next few days on the commute.

My bike needed a sponge bath. 

New shorts for me.

A few weeks later - I did not hit another deer.

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« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2014, 01:12:22 AM »
I hit a deer last year in Sept.  In Arkansas.  On the way to lunch for the MSTA BS Rally, based in Theodosia, MO.  It was really only a fawn, so it's like hitting a big dog.  Fortunately I was straight up and down when I impacted.  I also didn't have any time to do anything wrong, like try stopping, or swerving.  I did not go down.  But, it did bend the forks equally.  Shattered both the aux lights I had mounted on the forks.  Destroyed the front fender.  And broke most of the mounting tabs on the fairing side pannels.  Oh, and it sh!t all down the right side of the bike!  Once I pulled over and did a survey of the damage.  I rode it the rest of the way to lunch, at The Cliff House.  Then rode it back to the hotel.  And home the next day.

Shortly after that a friend had a deer try and body check him off his SV1kS.  Didn't knock him down, but did a lot of bodywork damage.

A few years back a friend of mine hit a deer with his ST1300.  At interstate speed.  He remembers a brown blur, then the whole front fairing disapeared.  He also didn't go down.

I know a guy who hit 2 deer within a years time with his ZX10R.  The first one was another a hockey check.  But it did shatter the fairing, and kill the deer.  Didn't knock him down.  The second deerstrike was late last summer.  He did crash.  He did some compression damage/cracking to about 3 mid-back vertebra.  He was in a body cast for a while.  He had originally swore off riding.  But, after the cast came off he ended up buying a S1kRR.

Back in the late 70's and early 80's, when my parents were a BMW dealer.  We had a customer who ended up being called "Deerslayer".  He killed 3 or 4 deer in a couple years.  The last one was really out to get him.  He was impaled by the deer ribs.  He survived.

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2014, 10:07:54 PM »
I hate deer. 
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« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2014, 10:48:01 AM »
Knock on wood I've never hit a deer in 350k of riding but I have hit several that were already hit. Semi hit one and flung the carcass in my lane. That was an Oh Snap moment. By the time I stopped to check the bike I had baked on deer jerky.
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« Reply #36 on: May 06, 2014, 01:25:47 PM »
My son hit one on a single track trail off road, but he is pretty quick in the woods. Just left scratches and fur on his CR.


Can confirm, did hit deer on dirt bike. No big deal there, came around a corner and she just darted out in front. It was kind of a glancing blow off the hind end.

I had a friend in college that died hitting a deer on his dirt bike. Though he had been drinking, had no helmet on, and was traveling in the dark with no headlight at a high rate of speed down the road. They found him and his bike in the ditch the next morning when his family realized he hadn't come home the previous night.
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« Reply #37 on: May 06, 2014, 02:09:35 PM »
I've had a couple cross right in front of or behind me, but no direct contact.  Minivan in front of my hit one and thankfully killed it and sent it flying into the other lane because it was around a blind corner (I heard the impact but didn't see it).  Drove the car on that road for several weeks after seeing that.
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« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2014, 03:16:43 PM »
I hate deer.

Deer iz tasty! 

But I sure don't like 'em when I'm riding. 

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Re: Roadkill - Deer
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2014, 03:20:58 PM »

2 jumped out right to left.

I slowed hard and swerved right.

With your hand on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.

But it's the pelvic thrust.

They really drive you insane.

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« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2014, 03:25:01 PM »
I hit one on the SV a few years ago. I managed to get slowed way down before I made contact. The front suspension bottomed out hard but I managed to keep the bike upright. I had to replace the fork seals. No damage beyond that.