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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Been a while since i posted but i wanted to drop in. My riding has been good during the day but considering the amount of deer where i live I'm cutting myself off from riding at night. Last nite on the way home i rode past no less than 3 groups of deer right on the edge of the road. There were 6 to 8 deer in each group. Most just stood there but the last group started moving around as i approached them. I was only going about 45 mph but the nice friendly car blinding me from riding my butt kept me from even being able to slow down. It's just not worth it. Anyone else had to do this? I live in Cuba, Alabama and there are lots of deer camps here. People come from all over to hunt here.

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I would ride in my small town after dark... That's it.
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I commute 60 miles a day of deer infested Kansas 2 lanes year round. I see deer every day. During the rut (now) is worse of course because they're moving a LOT and its usually dark both ways but it boils down to this:

I'm willing to take it much slower to increase my reaction window AND I'm fully aware that if a deer comes bounding out of the ditch at full speed and runs blindly into my bike...it's probably gonna hurt.

Take it slow and be aware of the risks.

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I try not to ride much at night in the winter months due to deer. When I do go out at night, I do my best to stay on the main roads/highways vs the 2 lane back roads near wooded areas. I also slow it down a bit more than daytime riding just to be a bit safer. I'm ready for warmer months already

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I usually try to get where I'm goin a few hours before dusk. Thats not always possible...but I surely dont want to hit a forest rat , so I try to plan ahead.

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It's kind of the same here in the Hill Country of Texas...I stay off the two lanes at night and stay on the major thoroughfares or not at all. I see too many road kills to take the chance of meeting one up close...besides, I am having waaayyy too much fun with this New HD and with Momma riding 2up with me now...certainly not taking a chance on messing this joy ride up...Y'all be safe out there...

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A deer is one thing, but when a kangaroo jumps out in front of you, that's another. Roos can be as skittish as deer and you really don't want to ride around dusk or at night at all in the Outback.


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I've ridden at night in the hill country and its a scary event. Last time, we followed a car and truck closely so if a deer or more came out to cross the road, we thought they would either be in front of the vehicles or way after we passed.

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I've seen deer try to sneak between vehicles, some make it, others don't.
So following too close to the vehicle in front of you won't help. However, do try using their headlights and brakelights to expand your vision and give you advance warning.
I also try giving advance warning to other riders & drivers on the road, using my hazards and/or flashing the brake, and motioning for oncoming drivers to slow down when it's daylight. Whether they heed my warnings or not is up to them.

I personally dread wild horses, your lights don't reflect well off them and they typically only look at you at the last second.

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You just have to be more carefull thats all.
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