Picked up my new O/W 1050XT about a month ago. Rode home in the morning and had some time to take a short 10 mile ride in the afternoon to just check out some components and compare handling to my 650XT. At mile 8 I ended up in hand-to hand combat with a deer at 35mph. I don't remember what happened, but witnesses said the deer ran across the opposing lane in front of a car, jumped and hit me square on my blindside left - head to head/body to body contact. I was fortunately in full gear, but it still knocked the living crap out of me. I ended up with a mild brain injury, 2 broken knuckles on my left hand and 2 on my right as well as a broken right wrist and bruising down my left side from neck to toe. Gear saved me from even more extreme punishment. The bike came out pretty well. Scrape on the engine guard, lost both mirrors and front turn signals, some scratched plastic and a hole in one panel from the deer's foot. Can't ride for another 3 weeks (it has been 4 so far), so hope to get bike back by then. I can say I am always aware and on lookout for deer, but this proves that anything can happen at anytime - so wear all of your gear all of the time no matter how inconvenient it may be or how short your ride will be.