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.