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On my way to work this morning, minding my own business just easing along between 60 and 65, white caddy blows by.... Hey!! wonder what their hurry is????..... uh oh, :shock: :shock: deer, oh jeez big deer,,,, hit brakes, slow down, oh man, gonna dead center her,,(doe) wait, let off brakes, swerve slightly to left, jus' gonna miss her.... wait.,, another one, jeez coming across the road fast, gonna dead center meeee....!!! Oh man, get on the gas, get on the gas, get between 'em man, go go go!!!!!! Oh, yeah, "whump" oh jeez what was that!!!! Should I stop, wait, left saddlebag, still in place, yes, still there, tailight burning?? Yup, brake light working too, nothing rattling, bike stable? Feels good, dark road, keep going...? Yes move along.. Get to work and find a light, (still dark) niiiice long mark down the side of the left bag.... should wax out pretty well!!!! Gotta get me a camara guys, gotta get me a camara!!!!
True story..... :D Ride home is gonna be great!!!!!

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Excellent ridesmanship in an emergency. Hope I can keep my cool should that happen to me. Was the streak down the side of you bag a brown color by chance?
 

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Damn forest rats. I had to ninja kick one that was trying T-bone me last summer. I won. The deer ended up in the mud on the shoulder of the road and I continued on upright (with a sore left leg from upper-cutting a deer at 50 or 60 MPH).

Great job on dodging them critters. They get crazy this time of year. Nothing but deer sex on the brain. Be extra vigilant at dusk, dark and dawn. I tend to just stay home and have beer rather than ride at those high risk times in the fall.
 
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Yikes! Glad you made it through. Back in the 80's a friend of mine hit a cow in Wisconsin, split the cow in half. Riding a Ninja too fast a night. Imagine stopping sliding and being covered in blood, and in seering pain, bike in pieces on an empty 2 lane in cow country. Then not knowing if its your blood or the cows. He lived, but was pretty messed up for a long time. Count yourself lucky.
 

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It's good you didn't panic and just hit the brakes, probable save you and your bike.
 

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It sure is, but the Hunting is a dieing sport in the south west. Especially in California.

I have already been taking hikes in to the Wilderness areas to find a good spot for this years hunt. But first comes quail, and dove season. :)
 

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Go buy a lottery ticket NOW!

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mokusbajusz said:
It seems you got a lot of deers out there in the US.
Isn't it allowed to hunt 'em?
In Pennsylvania, deer hunting ranks right up there in importance with drinking beer and having sex. Not sure if that's the correct order, though. I think the beer thing might be first. Then the deer thing. Then the other one.

Schools in our county are closed the first day of deer hunting season. But somehow, the critters seem to keep propagating (they don't have beer and can't get hunting licenses, so I guess sex is all they have to worry about).

Deer here are dumb as stumps. I come around a corner and there's a chipmunk starting to cross the road. With a brain the size of a walnut, the chipmunk sees me fifty yards away and is wise enough to turn back and run off the road.

Not so deer. Dumbest animals alive. "Hey, man," a deer says to his buddy, "why don't I stand here at the side of the road, staring at that huge machine coming my way, and when that metal monster is almost here, instead of retreating back into the woods, why don't I jump right in front of it?"

- Tom

(P.S., mokusbajusz, the plural of beer is beers, but the plural of deer is deer. Don't ask my why. I think the people that made up our language must have hung around with deer too long - like, some of the stupidity got spread around)
 

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Damage update, other than long scuff mark on side of bag, noticed yesterday that the blue (I have the matching blue Suzuki bags) shell is sticking up along the upper rear section, bag must have flexed when her head smacked it at the lower front part..... I'll have to find a way to get it back down, some glue and clamps should work!!!! At any rate, minimul damage, I feel lucky!!!! Rode real slow through same spot this morning!!!! :D
 

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It takes a cool head to think accelleration in the middle of that situation. You must have been in the "zone". Or maybe it was that last extra cup of coffee. Either way, glad you made it.
 

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Had yet to drink first cup of coffee, but that whole thought process did go through my head, in like 1.675 seconds or so!!! Only animal I saw this morning was a "polecat" gave him a wiiiiiide berth!! ha!!! Ya'll ride safe!!

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Hey I just noticed that our past bikes have some connections. My 72 CB450 lasted only 2 years and blew up on it's 4th cross country trip. Bought it new for $1,000. I think it had 20,000 miles on it. It really wasn't made for interstates. I had my 71 650 Yamaha for 6 years before I sold it on an upgrade.
 

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Those are my current bikes actually, they all don't run at the moment, but can be made to do so, with some work. The CL450 was my stepfathers, he gave it to me after he laid it down, I fixed it and rode it for several years, needs a seat redo and carb rebuilds. The Yamaha 650 was my stepbrothers, he died of cancer in 82, my stepmom and dad gave it to me a couple years after, it needs some work, but also will run with a carb cleaning. The '67 Sears was my wifes aunts, she bought it new in 68 and rode it on the farm for several years before it sat in their shop for a couple of decades before they gave it to me, their new nephew-in-law that loves motorcycles, it actually will run also. The KLR250 WAS my sons, but he stopped riding it last year after running it with no OIL.....it sat with a flat tire for over a year until last week, I bought a tire, cleaned the carb, started on first kick.... valves rattle due to his brainless episode, I'll tear it down and do a rebuild on top end this winter, he ain't allowed on it no more... its mine now!! ha!!! Past bikes would include: 1980 Z1 Classic Kawasaki 1000 FI,(fast but handled like a tank)gone now, 1975 Suzuki 380, very quick and was easy to work on. Traded it for 2 dirt bikes in 83...wish I had it back... I bought my DL1000 last year after several years of looking, wishing, lots of drooling and finally my wife said, "Allright already, go get a bike jeezzzz!!" ha !! Been stromming ever since!!!!
 

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Mokus, the Stebel would definitely get their attention. Gotta get busy and install mine someday. Heavy demoed his air horn for me and I did take notice, that is with older less effective ears than a deer has too.
 

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No, no air horn, may think about one now, I like the gun idea!! But, hitting the horn button never even entered my mind, I was too busy, braking, leaning and then getting back on the gas, horn? I'm going to consider a stebel though, maybe if I know its there, I would have used it. Plus, that stock horn, not much huh?? ha!!
 
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