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post #1 of 32 Old 09-20-2016, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Deer Crash, Body Surfing Mulholland Highway and Air-Bag Vest

Well this is more about being hit by a deer and "Asphalt Body Surfing" than riding proficiency.

While I sold my V-Strom a while ago I wanted to come back here and share the story of my recent crash
as it may be of help to other riders.

I hit a deer at about 60mph and walked away and rode home with only an injury (rather nasty) to my thumb.

Here is the video:

https://youtu.be/ZaykzE7P_XE

I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
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post #2 of 32 Old 09-20-2016, 09:55 PM
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Glad to see your injuries were so minor!

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Glad you are OK.
Similar story here. I whacked a buck on Angeles Crest about 5 miles below Newcombs Ranch 3 years ago.
Don't know where the deer went other than over the side. I coasted to a stop because the hit knocked out my electricals and wrecked the front body work. It didn't cause me to go down.
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We meed a source for little sticker with a red X through a silhouette of a deer!
Perhaps the thousand dollar investment in the vest was worth it!
Oh, and those guys that shoot deer from a blind are just cowards, they don't pout themselves at risk like we do!

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Well this is more about being hit by a deer and "Asphalt Body Surfing" than riding proficiency.

While I sold my V-Strom a while ago I wanted to come back here and share the story of my recent crash
as it may be of help to other riders.

I hit a deer at about 60mph and walked away and rode home with only an injury (rather nasty) to my thumb.

Here is the video:

https://youtu.be/ZaykzE7P_XE

I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
Thanks for the post and video. How long have you had your vest? I'm assuming you had to replace it after the slide.

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Well this is more about being hit by a deer and "Asphalt Body Surfing" than riding proficiency.

While I sold my V-Strom a while ago I wanted to come back here and share the story of my recent crash
as it may be of help to other riders.

I hit a deer at about 60mph and walked away and rode home with only an injury (rather nasty) to my thumb.

Here is the video:

I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
Thanks for posting the video - Glad you are okay and able to pass this along. I'm a newbie, and hadn't really seen or heard much about air vests. Two questions - In the case were the vest isn't ruined from abrasion, can you repack (and recharge) the vest yourself, or does it need to go back to the manufacturer? Also curious what you were wearing for lower body protection - any endorsement there?
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Thanks for posting the video - Glad you are okay and able to pass this along. I'm a newbie, and hadn't really seen or heard much about air vests. Two questions - In the case were the vest isn't ruined from abrasion, can you repack (and recharge) the vest yourself, or does it need to go back to the manufacturer? Also curious what you were wearing for lower body protection - any endorsement there?

Cost of protective gear pales in comparison to the cost of medical treatment.

People gripe about spending money on gear. $350 bucks for boots "that's crazy!" Yea? check out the price for a x-ray at an ER.

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"$350 bucks for boots "that's crazy!"

Yup, I just bought a pair of Sidi On/Off road boots on sale for $280. down from the usual $350.
I feel like I scored!
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"$350 bucks for boots "that's crazy!"

Yup, I just bought a pair of Sidi On/Off road boots on sale for $280. down from the usual $350.
I feel like I scored!
I got some GoreTex Pumas on clearance for $200 and same feeling!
I'm about due for a new jacket. This really has my interest - no idea it even existed.
It appears that the jacket uses a threaded CO2 cart to inflate and can be used multiple times - this is great for offroad where you don't necessarily bork your gear when you go down.

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Glad you are ok! Just curious, are you quitting riding?
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Sucks that you hit a deer, but great that you walked away without major injury or major damage to the bike. Yamaha S-T?

Also nice that people stopped to check you out and give you a hand. There may be a lot of dirtbags out there, but there are also a lot of nice folks.
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