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post #1 of 19 Old 08-22-2009, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Never take it for granted

Was out for a ride today on a 2 lane country road, 55mph speed limit. At the far end of a house, there is a truck parked in the opposite lane, 2 guys standing in front of it talking. At the near end of the house, there is a large lump lying in the middle of the opposite lane.

First thought is that the truck hit the guys dog and stopped to tell him. Me being the trusting soul that I am not, slow down till I'm doing maybe 20 mph and move to the far right of my lane. Something just wasn't quite 'right'.

About 10-15 ft from the lump, the dog stands up and looks at me like "What are you doing disturbing my nap?'

Keep looking ahead and be prepared for anything. And keep re-evaluating the situation as you get closer and take in more info.


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post #2 of 19 Old 08-22-2009, 11:34 PM
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Had a similiar situation, at least concerning the dog. My wife and I were two up on a dirt road going to a friends cabin. As we were passing another cabin out comes a large snarling dog followed by a second dog, thank heavens for the Stroms torque as I didn't have time to shift down. I just stuck out my left foot to ward off the dog and twisted the throttle. He just about nipped my wifes leg.

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On a few occasions I had the occasion to use the MSF method of dog evasion: maintain a consistent speed until the K9 gets close, then downshift and speed off to throw off the dog's timing.

It works.

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Sounds like irresponsible dog owners to me.

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Must be what they're eating...sounds like these dogs are suffering from a low lead level that makes 'em wanna chase scoots...
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Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post
On a few occasions I had the occasion to use the MSF method of dog evasion: maintain a consistent speed until the K9 gets close, then downshift and speed off to throw off the dog's timing.

It works.
It's kinda funny how dogs like that fall victim to "unfortunate hunting accidents" quite often down here Bamalama...

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Here's one: I'm buzzing along after dark at a good clip as I approach what looks like a paper grocery bag sitting in the road. As I go around it, at the last second, out comes huge wings(!)--its a gigantic eagle or the biggest hawk I ever saw--he's taking off, and it flapped me in the helmet as I zoomed under it!

The whole thing was over in a split second, with no damage to either of us, but I did get a shot a adrenalin suddenly.
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-23-2009, 10:24 PM
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I've had a couple of issues with canines while on scooters in the past...none serious. Best one was in a company truck (phone company)about 10 years ago out in the boondocks. Small neighborhood with long front yards (80 yds). Driving past one fenced yard (chain link) and out comes this hound dog barking and carrying on. Right behind him was a big puppy with paws the size of dinner plates. Both of them chasing me inside the fence that paralelled the road. The hound stops at the end of the fence looking at me when the puppy plowed right into hounds rear end and damn near pushes him through the side fence. Damn near drove off the road laughing. Tears in my eyes! I made a u-turn and drove past the house to see if the same thing would happen and sure enough it did! I'm laughing soo hard I can hardly drive straight! Turned around and tried for a triple play. Sure enough, the dynamic duo go down in a cloud of dust at the end of the fence. I stopped to watch the hound get up, shake the dust off of him and head back to the house on the lot. Tried a fourth time but only the puppy came to the fence. God, what a glorious two clown circus!

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that right there is funny, i don't care who you are!

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If you ever do have to hit a dog. Hit it straight and head on, your chances of survival are greater. If you try to swerve at the last minute and hit it anyway at any great speed, you will probably go down. my .02

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