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Was out for a ride today on a 2 lane country road, 55mph speed limit. At the far end of a house, there is a truck parked in the opposite lane, 2 guys standing in front of it talking. At the near end of the house, there is a large lump lying in the middle of the opposite lane.

First thought is that the truck hit the guys dog and stopped to tell him. Me being the trusting soul that I am not, slow down till I'm doing maybe 20 mph and move to the far right of my lane. Something just wasn't quite 'right'.

About 10-15 ft from the lump, the dog stands up and looks at me like "What are you doing disturbing my nap?'

Keep looking ahead and be prepared for anything. And keep re-evaluating the situation as you get closer and take in more info.
 

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Had a similiar situation, at least concerning the dog. My wife and I were two up on a dirt road going to a friends cabin. As we were passing another cabin out comes a large snarling dog followed by a second dog, thank heavens for the Stroms torque as I didn't have time to shift down. I just stuck out my left foot to ward off the dog and twisted the throttle. He just about nipped my wifes leg.
 

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On a few occasions I had the occasion to use the MSF method of dog evasion: maintain a consistent speed until the K9 gets close, then downshift and speed off to throw off the dog's timing.

It works.
 

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Sounds like irresponsible dog owners to me.
 

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On a few occasions I had the occasion to use the MSF method of dog evasion: maintain a consistent speed until the K9 gets close, then downshift and speed off to throw off the dog's timing.

It works.
It's kinda funny how dogs like that fall victim to "unfortunate hunting accidents" quite often down here Bamalama... ;) :cool:
 

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Here's one: I'm buzzing along after dark at a good clip as I approach what looks like a paper grocery bag sitting in the road. As I go around it, at the last second, out comes huge wings(!)--its a gigantic eagle or the biggest hawk I ever saw--he's taking off, and it flapped me in the helmet as I zoomed under it!

The whole thing was over in a split second, with no damage to either of us, but I did get a shot a adrenalin suddenly.
 

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I've had a couple of issues with canines while on scooters in the past...none serious. Best one was in a company truck (phone company)about 10 years ago out in the boondocks. Small neighborhood with long front yards (80 yds). Driving past one fenced yard (chain link) and out comes this hound dog barking and carrying on. Right behind him was a big puppy with paws the size of dinner plates. Both of them chasing me inside the fence that paralelled the road. The hound stops at the end of the fence looking at me when the puppy plowed right into hounds rear end and damn near pushes him through the side fence. Damn near drove off the road laughing. Tears in my eyes! I made a u-turn and drove past the house to see if the same thing would happen and sure enough it did! I'm laughing soo hard I can hardly drive straight! Turned around and tried for a triple play. Sure enough, the dynamic duo go down in a cloud of dust at the end of the fence. I stopped to watch the hound get up, shake the dust off of him and head back to the house on the lot. Tried a fourth time but only the puppy came to the fence. God, what a glorious two clown circus!
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that right there is funny, i don't care who you are!
 

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If you ever do have to hit a dog. Hit it straight and head on, your chances of survival are greater. If you try to swerve at the last minute and hit it anyway at any great speed, you will probably go down. my .02
 

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If you ever havta

hit a dog, remember to lead it and do not stop the muzzle travel till the dog goes down and stay ready with your follow up shot.!! ;) just my .40 S&W :rolleyes:
 

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If you ever do have to hit a dog. Hit it straight and head on, your chances of survival are greater. If you try to swerve at the last minute and hit it anyway at any great speed, you will probably go down. my .02
Yep.

The late Larry Grodsky once wrote of hitting a deer (not the one in Texas) and didn't go down. I'm going off memory here, but he felt the reasons he didn't crash were;
1 - he hit the deer at a 90 degree angle, or straight on
2 - he was OFF the brakes and stable at impact
3 - he was on a big bike, GS 1200

I hope I never have to try his theory.
 

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I've had a couple of issues with canines while on scooters in the past...none serious. Best one was in a company truck (phone company)about 10 years ago out in the boondocks. Small neighborhood with long front yards (80 yds). Driving past one fenced yard (chain link) and out comes this hound dog barking and carrying on. Right behind him was a big puppy with paws the size of dinner plates. Both of them chasing me inside the fence that paralelled the road. The hound stops at the end of the fence looking at me when the puppy plowed right into hounds rear end and damn near pushes him through the side fence. Damn near drove off the road laughing. Tears in my eyes! I made a u-turn and drove past the house to see if the same thing would happen and sure enough it did! I'm laughing soo hard I can hardly drive straight! Turned around and tried for a triple play. Sure enough, the dynamic duo go down in a cloud of dust at the end of the fence. I stopped to watch the hound get up, shake the dust off of him and head back to the house on the lot. Tried a fourth time but only the puppy came to the fence. God, what a glorious two clown circus!
CYa,
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To funny. Got the visual. Goof ball dogs.
 

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Here's one: I'm buzzing along after dark at a good clip as I approach what looks like a paper grocery bag sitting in the road. As I go around it, at the last second, out comes huge wings(!)--its a gigantic eagle or the biggest hawk I ever saw--he's taking off, and it flapped me in the helmet as I zoomed under it!

The whole thing was over in a split second, with no damage to either of us, but I did get a shot a adrenalin suddenly.
Here is South Texas its the buzzards that show no fear. You'll come over a hill to see a group of 5 to 10 chowing down on fresh road kill and as you approach they'll wait until your just about to pass before they all take off at once with at least 2 or 3 that head right at ya!

I had a buddy who hit one with the fairing of his HD Ultra, then it flipped up over the windshield and became stuck between his handlebars!!! He managed to make it to a stop without crashing while the bird was squaking, bleeding, and crapping all over his bike! He used a tree limb to wedged it out from behind the fairing and to "put it out of its misery". It was the damnest thing I ever saw!!!
 

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Had a similiar situation, at least concerning the dog. My wife and I were two up on a dirt road going to a friends cabin. As we were passing another cabin out comes a large snarling dog followed by a second dog, thank heavens for the Stroms torque as I didn't have time to shift down. I just stuck out my left foot to ward off the dog and twisted the throttle. He just about nipped my wifes leg.
Happened to me as well: hit the Stebel and dog #2 tried to jump up to heaven. But if one hits your front wheel, things can go south fast.
 

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Got a bird and a dog story... First I was riding with a friend doing about 60+ when a black bird decided to swoop down and try to take me out! It went right for my head and crashed right into the from of my helmet. It was loud but no damage. My buddy riding behind me thought it was pretty funny when the birds feathers exploded around my head.

Next... I was riding some twisties when a black lab walked out of some bushes right into my lane while I was half way through a turn, with a dropoff to my right, I decelled and pulled it a little left to avoid hitting the dog and was right on the center line, then a pick-up truck came around the corner in front of me in a real big hurry and also hugging the center line, I had to pull up and hit the brakes full and stopped just before going off the road to the right. I looked back to curse that dog and he gave me such a look... He had his head down and ears back as if to say he was sorry.:mod_sad:
 

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Had the same experience here in NKY. Riding along a river road I see a white object ahead. Crap a dog. As I slow and proceed I see it's a goat with a red ribbon. Where I am from (Miami) shes dead meat (dinner). Jamaican goat stew.
 

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Mine was a little different. Was cruising just after dusk, got caught with only sunglasses and no extra lenses. Passed a house with a tall hedge and something black just came flying out of the middle of it on an intersept course. Little throttle and passed the stupid dog. Bought pooped myself.
 

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I was out riding with a some friends a few years back and this chocolate lab comes out of a farm house front yard after my bud in front of me. His timing was off so he decided I was his next target. Well, I T-Boned him square right behind his shoulder, at 30mph. We were on a downhill and the dog went down like a ton of bricks and did a few flips. I, fortunately , stayed upright and proceeded on my way, looking back to see the dog get up and limp back home...I was on my bicycle, did not even taco the wheel (must have instinctivly bunny hopped or something). The guys behind me in the pace line could not believe what they saw. The good lord was watching over me that day for sure.
 
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