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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Woo Hoo that was close

Dodged two deer standing in the center lane last night on the way home. I was traveling at 60 mph. I always look just beyond the headlights, which bode well last night. The two deer suddenly appeared in front of me. I had just enough time to slightly apply the brakes and switch lanes to swerve around them. Thankfully I was the only person on the road so the left lane was empty. The little knuckleheads weren't even crossing they were just standing there facing each other. I could have reached out and touched them as I passed them that's how close it was. I was very fortuntate I did not make road meat out of them!!!
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Well done! Glad you came out alright.


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. . . I was very fortuntate I did not make road meat out of them!!!
Or more importantly, yourself.

Don't remember precisely what size Florida deer are. If they're like Texas deer, they're smaller than a Great Dane, though it's still not something to run into. Where I become very alert and cautious is while riding in central Maine during the summer. Deer are large and moose are VERY large and neither is a creature I care to hit - even a glancing blow.

We hit a deer on a dark night some years ago in my wife's Ford Taurus and it resulted in the car being totaled by the insurance company. Rather exciting but neither of us was badly hurt. On two wheels, no thank you!

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Glad you made it!!
People killed all the time here! On bikes, cars, truckes, ect. Almost everyone has a deer story! Bison are bad too!
Years ago one guy hit a grizz on his harley it killed him.
One night I hit a huge cow. What a mess. Totaled everything. Night time 90% more chance of mishap. No thanks!





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Glad you avoided a collision!

My 1989 Virginia MC book (that the DMV issues for test study) has a statistic listed in the front that I thought was interesting. Your chances of avoiding an accident are 10 times greater on a MC than a car, but if involved in a collision your injuries are likely to be 3 times worse. Not sure if that is accurate or not, but I feel that there is some merit there. I have had some close calls over the years that I feel that were better handled on two wheels than in my car.

Happy to hear it was a near hit only!
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I'm reading your post and read two deer, then I read road meat, I think huh? Then I look at where you are located and then I understand. It would take two Florida deer to make a meal. LOL! Glad you were able to avoid them.
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It would take two Florida deer to make a meal. LOL! Glad you were able to avoid them.
You got that right!....
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Glad you made all in one piece- could have gone either way, so say your prayers and be careful next time around.

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Life's full of close calls glad you got through that one. Had a few scares with the odd stray sheep and even cattle but the thing that freaks me out the most is silly rabbits that run under your front tyre on a bend.
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I had to slow down from 60 mph at night for a pair of Moose getting on the highway at the bend. They then just trotted along the highway in my lane for a bit as I pulled a few wheelies on their rear hide until they went off in the bush... Male, or bull moose weigh 900 to 1400 lbs (410-635 Kgs). Females, or cows, weigh 700 to 1100 lbs (380-500 Kgs).


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Haha no... I'd love to pet a live Moose though. They have beautiful fur, and excellent steak to eat.
I did sideswipe one in my car once on the highway at night in the snow. It left a couple dents on the right side with some Moose hair strands still stuck to the car. The end of the guard rail on the other side of the road at beginning of curve in the road did cut open the left doors and wrecked the rear wheel... I was able to swerve and avoid having the Moose crash through windshield and roof, and killing my two passengers.
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For such a gunned up country you don't hunt nearly enough.


I always say good saves should be more appreciated.
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re: that pic of a guy petting a moose on the snout. . . .

That's not a very good idea is it? I've always heard that they're a tempermental beast that can do some damage. Not that we really have any around here. So, is that a photoshop? Somebody pulling our lariet?

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silly rabbits that run under your front tyre on a bend.
I have hit one of these on my old bike coming into my subdivision. It was on a curve. His buddy went onto the sidewalk, the one I hit was close to the median so I went right, unfortunately it also went right. I decided to try and slow down, but it was too late. The bike has platforms for foot rests and I felt it hit my foot then the foot rest. Was not a good ending to that rabbits night!

Funny thing about all this is I am scheduled for an experienced rider course next week. I am glad I will make it! It would have sucked to have to take that course on a new bike I had not got to know yet!!
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I have hit one of these on my old bike coming into my subdivision. It was on a curve. His buddy went onto the sidewalk, the one I hit was close to the median so I went right, unfortunately it also went right. I decided to try and slow down, but it was too late. The bike has platforms for foot rests and I felt it hit my foot then the foot rest. Was not a good ending to that rabbits night!
Rabbits have a real bad habit in my experiance of changing direction and running right back in front of m front tyre after i think i have missed them, have hit the odd rabbit after riding home from a night shift at 7am. My method is to not swerve but hold a straight line.
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I had my scare with a dog back in November, which I wrote up here: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=17712

Hitting a couple of deer would have really hurt, and they probably wouldn't dial 911 for you either! Glad you made it safely.

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I had my scare with a dog back in November, which I wrote up here: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=17712

Hitting a couple of deer would have really hurt, and they probably wouldn't dial 911 for you either! Glad you made it safely.
WOW that was a close one as well. The instructor at the MSF course said dogs are the only animal with a built in radar that can predict the exact inercept point. The defense if able to see the dog coming was to vary speed! Unfortunatley for you it didn't seem you had the chance.
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Rabbits have a real bad habit in my experiance of changing direction and running right back in front of m front tyre after i think i have missed them, have hit the odd rabbit after riding home from a night shift at 7am. My method is to not swerve but hold a straight line.
Yup, mine was like at 2 am. I work night shift as well. I saw them in enough of advance to "move over" with out swerving, but when it decided to jump in front of me..well.. "it was either me or the rabbit" LOL
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Dam invader you got some nadds! I would never get that close to a moose! Even back in the day with a few brew on board! I have seen what they can do. I wouldn't do that again! It might run over you!





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