Join Date: Aug 2012
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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.