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post #1 of 20 Old 06-26-2007, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I was cruising through some nice twisties today. The traffic was light and I was having fun. I rounded a nice left hand sweeper and poured on a little throttle coming out of it into a long strait stretch. It was then that a smallish deer came bounding out of the woods on my right side and made a bee line for me. I knew there was no avoiding him so I let off the throttle gripped the tank with my knees, got a good grip on the handlebars and I raised my right foot back towards the passenger peg cause it looked like that area was going to take the hit. Bam, nice solid hit, lucky for me it wasnt quite dead on. It felt like it pushed my bike maybe a foot to the left when I hit him. I was instantly spayed with a liquid and after realizing I was still riding down the road and hadnt crashed my first thought was...gross I am covered in deer piss.... I pulled in a school that was about a quarter mile down the road and inspected the bike. Busted right side fairing, busted coolant overflow tank( which is where all the liquid that sprayed on me and the bike came from) missing a few of those push type connectors, radiator is bent, and my rear brake lever is bent pretty good. After deciding that the bike was ok to ride home I went back the way I had came and the deer was laying dead in the ditch on the other side of the road. I didnt see much damage to him other than a wound on his left shoulder and the fact that he had blood coming out of his mouth. I felt bad that the little guy was dead and I hope his family isnt out for revenge cause this was not a fun thing :P

I would like to pose a question to the gurus here. My radiator is not leaking and doesnt appear the be damaged much other that the right side being bent back maybe 1". If I can pull it foward enough to put the bolt through after I get a new right side fairing will I be okay to use it provided it doesnt leak? I do travel a bit and want to know if this could cause future problems.

I also am hearing a sqeek when I hit bumps now from the front forks. It was not there before but I can see absolutely no damage to the forks or wheel at all. There was a small scratch on the front fender but that is it. Any ideas?

Last but not least I am in the market for a right side fairing that will fit my 05 Vee if anyone has one for sale please let me know ) I know this was a long post but had to tell some people, this was the craziest thing that has happened to me.

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-26-2007, 11:12 PM
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Damn Man...glad you got out of that O.K., and sorry to here about the bike damage!!!

Deer=No good grass eaters as far as I'm concerned!!!
post #3 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 01:49 AM
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Well, they are good for back strap and jerky.
Dude, glad you are ok.
Personally I would take the bike in and get a seriously good going over.
Will your insurance cover the damage?

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post #4 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 02:46 AM
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I agree. Dont risk it and get the bike a good looking over. Hopefully you have a low deductable!

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post #5 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 06:59 AM
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I'm really glad you're okay! To see how fortunate you are read about my experience under the Stromtrooper Intro thread - look for "Dead & Alive".

And you know - I have no bad feelings for the creature that "got me". I still feel bad every time I see a bloody carcus or blood stain on the road. I'm actually empathetic towards roadkill now.....

Again - glad you came out of this experience all in one piece.
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post #6 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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I am gonna tear into her today and see what it looks like. If I need to get a new radiator I am gonna file an insurance claim if not then I am gonna pay for it myself. I have a $500 deductable and would hate to pay that and only have the insurance pay a couple hundred bucks only to see my rates raise. The well wishes are appreciated it was a pretty scary experience. After the impact I remember I was laughing once I realized I was still riding down the road, musta been the the rush I got making me a little goofy.

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post #7 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 01:10 PM
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Glad you are OK and stayed on 2 wheels!
I have not had a close call with deer, thankfully, although I have seen a couple on the road recently, but nothing close. I did get a seagull dead between the wheel and faring, and ran over a rabbit the other day.
I hope that is the largest critters I will hit!
Hope the Bike turns out OK and doesn't cost much, and you can get out on the road soon.

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post #8 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 02:11 PM
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Glad you escaped harm. I had a close call several months ago. The doe came out of nowhere. I was traveling about 40mph on a narrow wooded road here in Austin. I saw the deer for a split second coming from about 10:00, eyeball to eyeball. I knew I was in for it but she leaped over my rear pillion, brushing my left shoulder and leaving a scuff mark with her hoof on the seat. She swerved and jumped at the last moment and I had enough forward motion that she did not plow right into my body. It's funny how when things happen that quickly there is not enough time to be scared but as soon as reality caught up with me my heart started pounding and I had to pull over for a few moments. A serious reminder to look well ahead and be cautious at all times.
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 04:12 PM
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I had a close call Saturday.

I was on the highway doing about 70. Just passing a car when his brake lights go on (for no reason that I could see). I put my hand on the brake and then there is a deer running across my lane. Grabbed the brake so hard I strained a mussle in my hand. Bike handled it well.

Deer was trying to run so hard it was scrunched down running kind of like a rabbit. A bit sideways because the hooves were slipping on the pavement.

I'm seeing more of them out in the middle of the day than I used to.
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post #10 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 04:34 PM
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I would consider replacing the radiator. I dumped my Triumph Sprint RS years ago at low speed and slightly bent the brackets holding the radiator on. Gave 'em a shove back and got on with life. Three years later, as I was preparing to sell the bike, I started smelling coolant fumes at lights. Couldn't locate the leak. Told the buyer all about it. It ended up gushing good on him one day. My suspicion is that the drop created a minor stress crack that eventually got big enough to pour coolant all over. So if you don't want to worry about it on long trips, my advice is to replace it.

Good job with Bambi. I had one T-bone me from the left, but I ninja kicked it at the last minute and managed to deflect it behind me. No damage to the bike. Bruised leg for me. It is a very cool feeling to survive a deer hit and still be on two wheels.
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