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post #1 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bit by a Dog while riding and new member intro

Hello Forum Members. After years of dreaming and indecision, I finally found a 2009 DL650 in the amazing Orange color that was local and a deal I couldn't pass on. It has 38,000 miles, but appears to be very well cared for and in great shape. I have been riding it, mostly on my 18 mile commute to work, for about 3 weeks and really enjoy it.

So the Dog Bite. On Monday after work I went to a person's house to offer help as they are being forced to move. I had never been to the location before, but it was the last house at the end of a long dirt road (think no traffic or passing vehicles typically). When I pulled up a large black lab came up to me barking and hair raised. I quickly got the bike turned off and my helmet off before it got to me knowing that helmets make dogs nervous. Anyway, it calmed down enough for me to get off the bike and walk over to the owner and talk. She didn't need any help at that time, so I walked back to my bike to leave. It was a good ways from the dog and quickly got my helmet and gloves. As soon as I started my v-strom (stock exhaust), the dog came running at me. I tried to get the bike turned around and head out of there before the dog got to me, but my turn was slowed by large bumps and I thought dumping the bike would be worse. Anyway, right as I was about to complete my turn and take off the dog got to me and instead of just barking, this time it immediately bit my right leg just below the knee. I yelled and the dog backed off about 1-2 feet. Now, I was holding the clutch lever with left hand, looking over my right shoulder at the snarling dog, and with my right arm ready to strike with my armored jacketed arm if it came to bite again. After a few intense moments of our stand-off, another guy from down below the road started yelling at the dog to go home, which luckily worked and it walked back home. I left and gave the yelling man a thank you wave goodbye. After about 200 yards I could feel blood running down my leg, but I was supposed to meet my family at a park about 2 miles away, so I just kept going. I washed the bite at the park and it wasn't too bad, but had broken the skin in several spots and happened to hit a superficial vein that was causing the majority of the blood. Anyway, after the park I rode the 26 miles home and really cleaned it and bandaged it.

Dogs don't like people on motorcycles.
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post #2 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the long first post/story. Here are pics from the bite after washing it at the park. It could have been much worse if the dog turned it head and got around my leg instead of straight on.
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post #3 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 06:25 PM
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WOW - As the saying goes 'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished'.

"There comes a time in the affairs of men, when we must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
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post #4 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 06:28 PM
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call the cops. report it. next time it could be a lot worse for someone.
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post #5 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 07:01 PM
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I'd report it. The dog can be quarantined. Animals that attack and bite may have medical problems.
You'd be unhappy to find out you had rabies.
Get some better riding over pants. The extra layer might have saved you from punctures.
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post #6 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by notacop View Post
Get some better riding over pants. The extra layer might have saved you from punctures.
Yes. This experience has definitely reminded me that I have been getting lazy with my riding protection, at least on my legs. I DO think that any protective layer, even heavy jeans, would have stopped the skin from breaking. I was wearing scrubs from work. Basically the same protection as wearing thin cotton pajamas.
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post #7 of 36 Old 08-01-2019, 08:05 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Mountain.

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post #8 of 36 Old 08-02-2019, 12:20 AM
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That dog might have not made it home if that happened to me.
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post #9 of 36 Old 08-02-2019, 12:48 AM
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When I moved to the south, I found out that this is the land of people who don't believe in leashes for dogs. I've been chased multiple times by them while riding my bicycle, including by dogs operating like a pack. It's bad enough that I've rigged up a holster for a pepper spray fogger on my handlebars, and sure enough just a few weeks ago, I had to pepper spray a dog that charged at me from the side of the road. I don't wait to find out the dog's "intentions"; if it acts aggressively and closes the distance with me, it gets a faceful. If pet owners get incensed by that, maybe they should stop letting their dogs run wild.

You should, by all means, report that incident to whatever your state's version of Animal Control is. It's not just rabies you have to worry about; a dog's mouth is full of some very nasty organisms, some of which can cause infections that result in damage similar to necrotizing fasciitis. Any dog who will launch an unprovoked attack on a grown man sitting on his motorcycle is a very dangerous animal; it's scary to think what would have happened if it had been a little kid walking down the road.
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post #10 of 36 Old 08-02-2019, 03:56 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Bad news about the dog bite. I agree with RCinNC's comment, on the nasty organisms in a dog's mouth. Hope that your wound heals quickly and this bad experience doesn't make you fear dogs.
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