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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-12-2017, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by icewnters View Post
I have a friend die on August 29th on his motorcycle.
Very sorry to hear that.

That's why deer scare me. They come out of nowhere, and even if you do see them, you can't anticipate what they're going to do.

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I may have a video ready in the near future - two instances of deer running across the road in front of me. One was much closer to me than the other.

Just today, driving down the street there was a young guy on an older Honda (CBR, I think) in the left lane. The big SUV in front of me swerve halfway into the left hand lane, seeing the bike at the last second before returning to its lane. Almost saw an ugly accident a few feet in front of me. Rider had on a full face helmet, shorts, t-shirt and sneakers.

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glad for the most part the rider hills...crests on hills and as much as I love the twisites, always ride far right anticipating someones going to be crossing the center line either riding too fast, not paying attention or just whatever...have to assume the extra helmet in his bag is just that,,an extra helmet and one that fits in his bag just so that someone else who may ride w/him will have one to wear...hope he makes out all right and you keep this experience in your thoughts when you ride as a reminder how quickly things can go wrong. Ride safe out there.

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I am getting near the age when I should stop night riding. As reaction times slow, the speed you ride at at night has to get lower and lower.

I have ridden (and raced off-road) at night since I was 13. I recommend you drop that speed 5 miles from the posted speed limit. I may be slow, but I'm in front of you...

If you choose to ride at night and don't wear/have some reflective material you are making a big mistake. Also, I am normally a proponent of any good quality helmet. At night I recommend you put on a game face; a full face helmet, this also eliminates the huge insect bat and bird strikes that cause crashes. If you see a deer, stop or slow to a minimum, if there is one there are more. Use a triangle light set-up 3 lights in a triangle pattern at all times at night. It is a proven car stopper.

I am still comfortable riding at night (probably another 5 years) but my speeds have lowered and I am uber careful of deer strikes and cagers.

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I was able to follow up with the Police department and the hospital. The rider will be OK. Deep bone bruising and road rash on the hip and leg, a sprained wrist and he was out in 24hours. The bike didn't make out as well and is a total loss. Tweaked frame and forks. So was the car that hit him, due to the repair cost vs value ratio. The rider has my info, but I haven't heard back from him yet. Wish him and the driver the best and I'm sure it's not something anyone will soon forget.

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Regarding deer, every once in awhile, I find myself riding home late at night from a catering gig on the FM roads here, Farm to Market and RR roads, Ranch Roads. At various points on the one hour ride home, I'm out there alone with no other vehicle traffic. I remember one stretch where I came upon a ranch truck and he waved me around him. I stayed back and made sure he knew I wanted him in front of me as long as possible. I feel safer with another vehicle leading the way. With no vehicles, I honk my horn along a straight road where it seems no deer are visible, and as soon as I do, eyes up on both sides of the road appear. Freaks me out every time. My pipes are debaffled and I think it helps a lot.
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