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post #1 of 88 Old 10-22-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I might be done riding

I caught up to a couple on a bike coming back from a trip to the mountains. We were running along around 60 MPH when a deer came barreling across the median full speed like a guided missile and slammed right in to them. They went down instantly. I slowed and maneuvered around their bike, a BMW K1600 as it slid to a stop at the edge of the road. Deer was gone, after taking out a heavy motorcycle with two riders and lots of luggage, unbelievable, and it all happened in a flash. I stopped and ran back to see what I could do. The girl was up and calling for help. The guy was still conscious but was beat up pretty bad. They had full gear on and it really helped, I could see the abrasions. Others stopped and we got their bike up and off the road and when rescue arrived I left. I had 120 miles to ride to get home and I was paranoid and afraid to ride but I made it home. I just had one of the best three days of riding ever and now I don't know if I want to continue riding. Where I like to ride there are lots of deer and it's probably just a matter of time before one takes me out. Had a close call with a small one recently. It's these freak and non preventable situations that could keep me from continuing to ride. I'm really bummed. There's nothing I like to do more.

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Sometimes they just come out of nowhere. I had 2 encounters with young deer on the BRP about 2+ weeks ago, just north of Boone. My mistake. I left out for a four day ride and kept going to get to Boone to stop for the night, should've just stayed in Mt Airy. The reason I didn't leave til near lunch was my oldest was in his last ROTC Parade calling cadence, knew I couldn't miss that & not a mistake! As I came out of a curve near Jefferies, saw one dart in front and cross the road. I immediately slowed down real fast, looked to the right, yep saw 2 more. At that point I was at a very slow speed until I got away from them. Later on it happened again right in front of the entrance Doughton Park. I was a lot more attentive and even more cautious till Boone. Deer are definitely a threat especially this time of year.
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I understand how you feel, but something like that wouldn't be enough for "me" to personally stop riding, what time of day did this occur by chance? Lots of things can happen very quickly and be totally out of our control while riding a motorcycle, it is the risk we all take to do something we really enjoy. But yeah if the anxiety starts to really get to you, then yes maybe it is time to hang it up. God speed whatever you do bud!!!!

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The couple were okay.

Not all collisions with deer involve injury to the rider.

Caution in deer area and use another vehicle as a "deer catcher" ....far more danger from vehicles than critters.

If you take a deer head on without swerving your bike will take a lot of the impact and punishment.

This was a 67 year old rider ....he hit the deer at 60 mph ..no warning....kept the bike upright and rode it home ....( the insurance company wrote it off )



It's just another thing to be wary of....certain in my view not enough of an issue to stop riding.
I ride often in heavy deer areas ....see some....never any really close calls tho some startlement ....where did he come from ....moments.

Back on the horse just maybe stay away from dusk and dawn for a while

WIth ABS allowing you to brake extremely hard, still steer ..there is a lot more going for you....the big thing is, don't swerve....deer are incredibly agile and quick....there is a youtube of a rider going down .....the deer never touched him....it jumped over him ....he just panicked.


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missed one buy about an inch last summer at 60mph, no really an inch
took a bit to catch my breath and my wifes
way more close calls by dumasses in cars then dear
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Can't really advise. If someone wants to quit riding it's probably best if they do.

But..........Are deer any more prevalent, more unpredictable and more dangerous then drunk drivers? texting drivers? sleep deprived drivers? Crazy drivers? Red light runners?

I think we take a lot more risks with other highway users.

There are a lot of hazards out there and many strategies for dealing with them. Personally, I would work on developing deer strategies instead.

Work on side-of-the-road alertness, especially where deer crossing signs are posted or where you have previously seen deer carcasses on the highway.
Better to ride more towards the center of the road?
Find a vehicle to be your 'blocker' through bad areas.
Don't ride in the dark or at dusk/dawn.
Keep the speed down.
Cover the brake and clutch through suspect areas.

I still choose to ride.

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You need to think of it this way or at least I do, if you have a car accident do you stop driving cars ? If you fall down some stairs do you stop taking stairs ? Accidents are exactly that, an unplanned event that happens and you may or may not have been able to avoid it. Yes it will scare you off a little but maybe you should look at it as refreshing your mindset about how vulnerable you are on a bike and that you always need to be fully aware of your surroundings be it cars or wildlife. Not saying they could have missed it at all, just saying that life in general is a risk and if you enjoy doing things then it is worth that risk. If it means you take a small break to get your head back into the enjoyment then so be it. If it means that you give it up all together then that is your decision and only you can make it.

That's why I do believe that not obnoxiously loud but louder pipes can be a benefit. We have kangaroos and wallabies everywhere over here. There are thousands of them dead on the roads especially out in the countryside. If they here you coming then they are likely to either jump out earlier or jump the other way. Countless times I have been saved from hitting one over the years purely because they have heard my previous bikes coming and have scattered. My wife on the other hand has had numerous very close calls as she has a stock quiet SV so they don't react until she is almost upon them.
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I would have given up this activity years ago if I could. I get too much from it. I may give it up in a few years as I'm 66. But the things will probably haunt me in my dreams then.
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Myself and several of our friends have had deer encounters. In 2008 a deer killed my 800ST. I wasn't hurt. more recently a younger friend had a broken leg from a der strike. Killed the bike too.
Most recently was another fellow on his CBX Honda whacked a deer and did very little damage. Some strikes are not so severe and devastating.
Questioning one's need to keep riding is a subject that taunts all of us occasionally.
i keep wondering at mile 43.5 on the Crest...How many times does the guy hit a deer in a lifetime? Law of averages and all that.
I've had so many near misses i've lost track though some are memorable. Oh, Elk are much bigger than the deer locally. Gah!
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Myself and several of our friends have had deer encounters. In 2008 a deer killed my 800ST. I wasn't hurt. more recently a younger friend had a broken leg from a der strike. Killed the bike too.
Most recently was another fellow on his CBX Honda whacked a deer and did very little damage. Some strikes are not so severe and devastating.
Questioning one's need to keep riding is a subject that taunts all of us occasionally.
i keep wondering at mile 43.5 on the Crest...How many times does the guy hit a deer in a lifetime? Law of averages and all that.
I've had so many near misses i've lost track though some are memorable. Oh, Elk are much bigger than the deer locally. Gah!
More like near hits.....
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