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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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One of the lucky ones.....

Well it was bound to happen, one thing that is expected when riding or driving in WV seems like year round these days is the amount of deer wandering the roads. I often find myself chanting, not today not today, in hopes of warding off these over grown rodents.

Sunday evening on my way home about 1030pm, jamming to God's Country by Blake Shelton a medium sized doe decided that it would be a good time to cross my path. It was on a 2 lane blacktop country rd one I have traveled many times before. It ran perpendicular to my front wheel cracking its head on my right passing lamp then catching its shoulder into my crash bar and I am guessing its head got me in the right knee and shin. The X lunged to the right and proceeded to do the wobble of death. I throttled out of it with a gorilla grip the bars she straightened up and I kept going screaming like a banshee for the next 2 miles. I am amazed I was able to react and keep the bike up, glad that 15 years riding experience has paid off along with an angel on my shoulder.I believe that the shear weight of these monsters along with a good crash bar also contributed. I am blessed to walk away with not a scratch and minimal damage to the X knowing others aren't so lucky.

Be safe out there my friends,
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 12:39 PM
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Yikes!!! Some scary stuff..
Good job avoiding the pavement & injury..
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 12:56 PM
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Good job keeping it straight and level. This could have been worse, much worse. Glad it wasn't.
Lights can be replaced and bent crash bars can be straightened. Skin and joint damage to us humans is not that easy to repair.

If it had been me, I'd have turned around, popped her it the head to be sure, thrown her over the bitch seat and taken her home for dinner. (imagine the looks from fellow motorists )

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 02:24 PM
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Glad to hear you are okay. And bike too. How do you think the deer fared? She is probably okay too, given what tough critters those things are.

I've shared a very similar story about a little doe that intercepted me one night. She came from the left, hopped a fence and ran into the road, then tried to come to a stop to avoid me. I was probably only doing 30 mph-ish in a right-hand curve, and her lowered head got clobbered by my left knee, but that was the only contact between us. It hurt like hell, but I just remember being grateful that it was a doe, or else I'd have had a lap full of antlers.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 04:13 PM
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Your guardian Angel was with you. Many deer here also. They not moving much here now. I will be watching more diligently. One reason I never ride at night. I cant see..
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 04:40 PM
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Glad to hear your ok bikes can be fixed or replaced i had one T Bone me many years ago still hurts i don't ride at night any more or during the Rut be safe my friend
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 05:25 PM
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Good job keeping your head and controlling the aftermath. Glad you're OK. old luck with the restoration of the X!

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 09:55 AM
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I've been riding for 31 years. I'm not sure I would have been able to handle the situation as well as you did, I would like to think I would have, but I can't say for sure. Good job!

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 07:18 PM
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I crashed avoiding a doe last November on my 750 Shadow. Went down and tumbled, but no serious injuries. The bike was a mess, but I fixed it on the cheap and still ride it almost daily!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 09:37 PM
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They're thick as thieves around these parts too. Closest I came was a doe crossing in front of me, which I braked for, followed by her fawn which required me to nail the brakes even harder. This was many years ago on my V65 Magna. Rear end came around but sometimes in situations like that instinct and/or experience pull us out of trouble, much like your outcome. I never made contact but to this day I'm not sure how I avoided it. One of the scariest 5 seconds of my life. Glad you're ok and here to ride another day. At least one of our members was not.

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