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I headed out of Sydney for a few days R&R with the bride on the back and Brucestrom tagging along.

Friday night was spent at the pub at Trunkey Creek, great ride, great pub !!!

Saturday night was at Rolex so we slipped into the Royal Hotel in Dalton to have a chat with the locals and get the party started.

It is best to leave Dalton after dark otherwise we are riding into the low setting sun.


All was well, a few drinks helps with the confidence and the dirt roads were feeling smoother than they should then a Kangaroo jumped out from my right, as I grabbed a handful of brakes it turned to run parallel with me & my bride choosing to bound along on the right side of my front wheel.

It then decided to dart left and in front of my wheel, my front wheel hit his rear left, this spun him around and his head flicked up and smashed the front indicator on the left side of my bike, I felt him roll past my left foot peg, it was too dark and dusty to see anything in my mirrors but Bruce seen no sight of him a few minutes later.

After a high side about 15 years ago I decided all my major rides would have a damper, when I got my V2 I adapted the Scott's from my Wee to fit as there was no kit for the V2, there has been many many times when I thought the damper has saved my ass but this time I know it save us from eating dirt and some expensive repairs not to mention the power the bride would have over me for years to come.
 

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Lucky chap Rolex .

Unlike you guys all I had run out on the road ahead of me was a rabbit in the spots - guess in NZ we're lucky not to have big hazards apart from the odd sheep but they would be nothin' compared to a roo

Good work on the damper
 

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Roos aND DEERS may be reasons to have the device. Cows in Baja Calif are another hazard to avoid! Don't ride after dark?
God made them dumb animals to provide food to the higher bitey things.
 

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Lucky chap Rolex .

Unlike you guys all I had run out on the road ahead of me was a rabbit in the spots - guess in NZ we're lucky not to have big hazards apart from the odd sheep but they would be nothin' compared to a roo

Good work on the damper
heh. tell that toi my mate that hit one of those wool bearing buggers and thoroughly trashed his ktm and his brain!

hitting any large animal can have devastating effect.

glad the OP came out ok.
 

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I had sheep flash backs on Saturday night...

Quite a few years back there was a few of us riding the Dalton area on WR450f's, we were heading for the pub but I was unsure if the others knew the way so I rushed out in front when 5 or 6 sheep ran at me from my right, I hadn't washed off enough speed when the last sheep took out my front wheel, on that occasion the Scott's did not save me.

I hit the dirt hard, it knocked the wind out of me and I was in a daze, the only reason I knew my direction of travel was by the gouge marks in the road as the 450 bounced and slid along, the bike came to rest on it's handlebars and seat with the wheels pointing skyward.

Because I put Teflon tape under all the gear mounted to my handlebars there was no damage, just shoved things back again and a couple of cable ties had the headlight fixed back in place.

We decided not to visit the pub & go straight back to Rolex for the days debrief & a quiet ale or two, when the wife rang she asked if I was drinking, I could honestly say "NO", I had a open beer in my hand but I had not yet had a sip, of course that secret did not last long, my mates love to get me in trouble.
 

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I wasn't sure what a Scotts Damper was , so had to Google it. Looks like a fairly common upgrade. Strange though that I've never heard of it before. Glad the OP fared well in what could have been a bad situation.
 

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Glad to hear all turned out well. I've considered putting one on my bike... then the price tag! It sounds like it pays perpetual dividends though.
 

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So you were drinking, riding at night 2up on dirt roads in a area know for large animals being about?

I don't think that the Scott's damper is the solution to the problem.
Band aid more like it.
 
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Spec that is only half of it but I will never change my ways, my life is mine to do as I wish and the bride is more than happy to tag along.

All my serious accidents have been solo, in daylight and sober so maybe this was a good outcome because I was 2 up, in the dark and had had a few drinks ??
 
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