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It is my sad duty to report a local V Strommer has gone down - ME!

I hit a dog (pit bull) early last week, and ended up spending the remainder of the week in the hospital; broken clavicle, ribs. foot, punctured lung, and a generally beat up left side.

I don't think I was doing more than 10mph when I went down, so it plays to the old adage that it low speed crashes are generally worse, as you don't lose any energy by sliding.

All I know is that as soon as I healed enough, I'll be looking to make a new (pitbull) rug to put in front of the fireplace!

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You must have run into something solid, even your bike. I recently got off at triple digits but got away fom the bike and only hit the pavement. The result was a broken hand and wrist, separated shoulder, and road rash around the knee pads and other arm when my jacket sleeve was pushed up past my elbow. I must have hit left hand first and somewhat forward. It's like falling from a great height; it's not the fall that gets you, but the sudden stop. Keep a positive attitude. This too will pass.
 

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Sorry to hear about your accident, hope you have a speedy recovery. I think I would be more ticked off at the owners of the dog. Did the dog survive?
 

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What did you land on, or in? Thats about the speed I went down and the bike was much worse than me. If the dog had tags and was loose the owners could possibly be held responsible. Hope you get back in the saddle soon.
 

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Along with being a responsible motorcyclist, I am also a responsibly pet owner! I don't believe in letting your pets run loose to cause problems. In the state I live in, Florida, the owners could be held responsible for all of your loses, including your hospital bill. Might want to check with a legal representative in your area.
 

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Clavicle fracture.....that's a fun one to heal, no cast. But I feel for you, with a newly healed clavicle and other bones myself, and wish you a fast recovery.
 

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Jeez!!

The worst I got from my deer, at 45-50mph was a fractured shoulderblade. Like greywolf said, you must'a hit something solid.

Glad you're on the road to mending.
 

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on the dog subject, and just in the way of education to other readers, there's a pretty foolproof way to avoid them if you have the opportunity to see them up ahead. i just did it tonight as a matter of fact and do it anytime i see a dog on the side of the road whether he's running or not. when you see the dog has seen you, slow a little until it starts to make his sprint (or hopefully doesn't), then gun it. once he picks his line and darts, you're accelerating out of his path and he can't change direction fast enough. i ride in the country all the time and have avoided quite a few dogs this way.

sorry about your incident. i dont' know whether you could have missed him or not and don't mean to imply that. a wreck's a wreck and always a drag, just an FYI to the board on dogs.
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Klong......Heal well, you still have a lot of miles an smiles to enjoy.
 

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Dog strikes

Klong - sorry to hear of your misfortune. I hope your recovery is speedy and troublefree.

Do you think there was anything you could have done better looking back at the situation or was it just one of those split second out of no where things?

I would think you could go back to the irresponsible dog owner for damages too.

I like Buchjoe's suggestion as to avoid an incursion - thanks Buchjoe.

Years ago I hit a large dog with my Honda Passport C90. Well er....I actually ran over him *bump ....diddy...bump*. I was lucky. The front wheel struck him right at his neck. He must've been going low trying to bite the front tire. I remember never changing my speed ( about 25) - kept 'gettin it and never looked back but for a glance in the rearview to see a dog lying in the middle of the road.
 

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a dog is different from a deer in that the deer isn't paying attention to you so when he's in your way or he jumps out, its up to you to stop in a hurry or swerve to miss him. with a dog, he's coming to get you and has gauged your speed like a quarterback leading a receiver or when he’s running to catch a frisbee. by accelerating quickly after he starts running at you, you throw off his geometry and he’ll miss you every time. (despite it admittedly being somewhat strange to think of a dog’s understanding of geometry….)
 

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That's the standard tactic we used to teach in MSF classes. We even had a demonsration film.
 

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Klong,
I hope your recovery goes well.
I to had an encounter with a dog just the other day. This dog has been trying to get me for a few months. This is out in the country and the dog's driveway is about 75-100 yards long. As soon as I crest the hill I will sometimes see this dog take off running down his driveway to meet me. I have always varied my speed as I crest this hill knowing full well the dog could be waiting and I make it by him without incident.
The other day I was riding home 2-up with my daughter (9yrs old) and I came over the hill. Crap :shock: the dog is already halfway down the driveway! He takes off running for me. I'm thinking to myself "this isn't going to be pretty" especially with my daughter on the back. I slow way down just before the driveway and the dog shoots out in front of me :eek:. He misjudged my speed and overshot the entry :D . By the time the dog turned around (he was standing in the middle of the other lane) I was zipping by. I now realize that this dog had no intention of just nipping at my heals :shock: . If he would have hit me it wouldn't have been pretty.
 

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Klong,
I wish you a speedy & full recovery. Soon you will be on two wheels again & All dogs will scamper away from your path.
 

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Hope you heal up fast it sounds like you took quite a beating... :cry:

I went over a large branch this week and it wasnt pleasant. Dident quite scare the poop out of me, but I also wouldent want to do it again if I had a choice.

Mind if I ask what kind of gear were you wearing? Specifically footwear? I'm getting moto specific boots and was wondering what your situation was.

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greywolf said:
You must have run into something solid, even your bike.
From the reports that my wife got, I flipped over the bike when I hit the dog, and the bike landed on me; great way to minimize bike damage!


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buchjoe said:
on the dog subject, and just in the way of education to other readers, there's a pretty foolproof way to avoid them if you have the opportunity to see them up ahead. i just did it tonight as a matter of fact and do it anytime i see a dog on the side of the road whether he's running or not. when you see the dog has seen you, slow a little until it starts to make his sprint (or hopefully doesn't), then gun it. once he picks his line and darts, you're accelerating out of his path and he can't change direction fast enough. i ride in the country all the time and have avoided quite a few dogs this way.

sorry about your incident. i dont' know whether you could have missed him or not and don't mean to imply that. a wreck's a wreck and always a drag, just an FYI to the board on dogs.
JOE
This is a great method to avoid dogs that are chasing/attacking; unfortunately this one was simply running across the road.
The dog (female pit bull) did survive, and was picked up by Animal Control later; the owner was ticketed as it happened in Spotsyslvania County, VA - same place the woman was mauled to death by pit bulls last year.
Oh,,, and while laying on the ground, unable to breathe and bleeding all over the place, I was able to confirm my very quick impression that it had been a female pit bull - posted on the fence of the house closest to the accident site was a sign advertising "PIT BULL PUPPIES FOR SALE"!!!

LOL,
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Klong,
I hope your recovery goes well.
I to had an encounter with a dog just the other day. This dog has been trying to get me for a few months. I now realize that this dog had no intention of just nipping at my heals :shock: . If he would have hit me it wouldn't have been pretty.
That sounds like a real problem - I would definitely try to talk to the owner, and failing that, resort to other means.
Bottom line is that it'll you or him someday.

Good Luck,
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zed88 said:
Mind if I ask what kind of gear were you wearing? Specifically footwear? I'm getting moto specific boots and was wondering what your situation was.

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The interesting thing about breaking toes/foot was that the boots weren't scratched up; I had on AGV Boots (motorcyle specific, touring boots) and
AGV mesh/gel gloves (both trashed).

KL
 
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