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Old 11-24-2012, 08:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Wayne if somebody follows me too close I hit my flashers and lean forward to keep the mirrors from blindnig me. Don't let folks behind you get in your head. As long as they're behind you they can't hurt you.

1/2 of my daily commute is done during night time hours.
Our deer don't know to use the two lane roads. Interstate is full of dear, both dead and alive.

If I see eyes glowing ahead I dim my lights. No sense in blinding the already stupid critters. Deer are not real smart.

I fear deer.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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smart to cut yourself off if your gut tells you too...if deer is that common a problem in your area at this time of year..its Russian Roulette to ride...i try to be home by nite time if out on my ride for that very reason...during the day..its one thing..at nite..to many what if's knowing they wander about more so now than at other times..
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes, there are tons of deer around here also. Depends on the time of year when they come out though. When riding at night, which is often as we are usually coming home then, I just keep an extra vigilant eye out on the sides of the roads. Often the 1st thing you will see is their eyes as they look towards the oncoming bike, but I don't even count on that.....I just make sure not to get lazy and keep looking.
For me, the worst part of night driving is as I age, my eye's don;t handle the oncoming lights nearly as well as they used to. On dark roads when a car is coming the other way, it seems I pretty much go blind........I just watch the white line on the right side of the road - of course then I am not deer watching
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:58 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thats part of the reason i firmly believe in having a lightbar on my ride. You could also put them deer whistles on your bike. My neighbor has them on his.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've heard conflicting reports on the deer whistles. But they seem to be cheap, I know Academy sells them for about 5 dollars and they just stick on the bottom of your tank. Cheap enough to maybe try, cheap enough not to hurt if it doesn't work. Well, not hurt financially for buying them at least.

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I don't mind riding at night with the wildlife for me I just slow down or even stop or pull over on the back roads. On the the highway I'm traveling 60 to 65 mph. So I have plenty of time to see things jumping out at me. I also don't want to travel less than 5 mph below the traffic flow. So as not to be a hazard myself.
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Lots of deer here in NC also, I see them all the time when riding at dusk, but just am aware of the areas they cross and slow down and keep a sharp eye. It is always a risk but I am willing to take it to keep riding...
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Deer whistles don't work. So I've heard.
What works is a mounted 12 guage on each handlebar. Riding through blown out guts and entrails has to be less painful than broadsiding one that is still in one piece.
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Deer whistles don't work. So I've heard.
What works is a mounted 12 guage on each handlebar. Riding through blown out guts and entrails has to be less painful than broadsiding one that is still in one piece.
there are studies on the net that say the dont work
some studies even say they make things worse
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I looked into deer whistles on my previous ride as I always end up riding at night quite a bit. Is one of those things where some people swear by them and others show you research saying they make things worse, so who knows where the truth really lies.
I ended up not getting any (I could be wrong and often am, but I had serious doubts about them actually making things worse) and have just always tried to keep a very vigilant eye on both sides of the roads from early evening on.
I do admit that during the day, my mind does tend to wander at times and I often am "sightseeing" if there are no side roads or cars around.
At night , besides not much to sight see anyway, I am much more alert and never ever take my eyes off the sides of the road.

I almost got a deer once, or actually she almost got me. It was a few hours after dark and I was on my way home after a long days ride (left around 6 that morning). I was less than a 1/2 mile from my home and the road's speed limit is 45, everyone normally drives 55 or so , and there are 2 corners where there are always alot of bad accidents. I am always more worried about cars in my lane coming thru them as people often take them too fast.
So I am really just paying attention for headlights coming the other way, and when I was right in the middle of the 1st curve, a deer jumped out right directly in front of me.
I thought for sure I was going down as I saw no possible way I could miss it, I didn't even really have time to slow down. I immediately let off the throttle and it seemed like the deer was straddling my fender - sure he wasn't but it sure seemed like it. I actually heard his hooves on the pavement....I figured that clacking sound would be the last thing I heard before the scrapping of my bike going down.
I have no idea how, may would say divine intervention, but some how the deer went by me and I did not go down.
I got home and pulled in the garage. Putting my stuff up I glanced at the front of the bike and noticed that there was hair stuck on my fairing (goldwing) - it was deer hair.
I never felt a thing, but some how the left side of my fairing (the deer was going from right to left) caught the deer and pulled some of his hair out.
Fortunately I have never had another incident nearly as close. I have had them jump out ahead of me, but I have seen them and had plenty of room, nothing really close since.
Trust me, if I go down, pretty much at any speed, is all she wrote for me. I figured at least i will go doing something i really like to do........I just hope if I do go down, it is quick.
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