Saturday is deer attack day ( but not for me)

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Jim S., May 15, 2007.

  1. Jim S.

    Jim S. Guest

    So I am on the way home from Marin, and as I headed down in to Mill Valley I
    was following a young couple on a smallish yellow scooter. They were around
    100 feet or so ahead traveling at about 30-35 mph, when ....
    you guessed it, a medium size black tail deer ran right into them. Whack.
    The deer spun around a couple of turns, then lay splat out in a driveway,
    the scooter people stayed upright , but suffered sever plastic degradation
    as well as a badly bent up front axle (or whatever that is).
    I pulled over in back of them a ways down the road, and they said they were
    I parked and went back to check on the spun out deer.
    Just as I got to it, it took off sporting a rather bloody nose, but still
    able to leap tall fences and imperil small motor vehicles.
    All I could think of was....
    that easily could have been me....again.
    No thanks. Never again. No way.
    Jim S
    YZF R1
    Jim S., May 15, 2007
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    pablo Guest

    ...> that easily could have been me....again.
    So what are you going to do?

    I have been a tad motorcycle shy after shattering my hand. It's now up to
    80% operational (7 months after the fact), but I find myself driving my car
    when I'd ridden my bike before, always with a credible excuse. But the
    simple fact is the miles on the bike are not building up like they used to.
    I have been thinking about buying a new bike to re-ignite the passion
    (sometimes we can be shallow like that).

    Maybe it'll take a bit longer. There's no doubt I love motrocycles. But I am
    not afraid to admit that, at 43, I am a tad gunshy about another bad injury.
    And the roads are getting worse and the divers are getting more distracted
    in California, dammit.

    I guess I am still battling the mental scar more than anything else. The
    thought that next time it could be worse, and how lucky I have been all
    these years... and my right hand still throbs with pain with some
    regularity, which doesn't help...

    But I love 2 wheels.
    pablo, May 15, 2007
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  3. I wondered that too.
    My solution was to ride off-road only. Sold my last street bike 2 or 3
    years ago, but still ride pretty regularly off-road. I have a lot more
    control over the hazards I must deal with that way.

    Still miss my trips over the Sierra passes though...
    HardWorkingDog, May 15, 2007
  4. I had a bad accident decades ago, when I was 21. I had to drop out of
    college for the semester. My parents sort of decided for me that I
    wouldn't ride bikes again.

    Well let's see, it was about 6 years later that I decided I just -had-
    to have a scooter or moped or something to get around the neighorhood.
    I got a 50cc bike. Loved it so much I upgraded to a 175 and then a
    350. Then I got a new job for a lot more money and decided it was
    time to get one of those BMW airheads I'd always admired. I've been
    riding ever since, more than 20 years. Haven't had a serious accident
    since that one when I was 21.

    If you really love riding, you'll come back to it. You might be more
    careful, not take so many chances, and hopefully you'll be luckier.
    Blazing Laser, May 15, 2007
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    Moto-Rama Guest

    I am certainly NOT going to give up riding
    But I am not going to get flattened out by any deer, ever , again.

    So there.
    Now, Pablo, I expect you to get over your heebiesjeebies, too.
    It may take a while but it gets better with miles.
    Moto-Rama, May 16, 2007
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    pablo Guest

    OK. You are right. I am ready for a ride. Any group rides coming up?
    pablo, May 16, 2007
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    muddy cat Guest

    Going to gang up on the deer, eh?
    muddy cat, May 16, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    You gotta get back on the horse that threw you. The longer you sit with
    your fears, the more you perceive yourself as someone who "used to" ride.

    If I were up there, I'd offer to ride with you, but look for someone
    willing to escort you on a super-gentle ride at a slow pace until you
    rebuild your courage.

    Rich, Urban Biker
    Rich, May 16, 2007
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    Alan Moore Guest

    On Mon, 14 May 2007 23:13:30 -0700, "pablo"

    Sometimes it's like that. The last time I came off (at least, I hope
    i's the last time!) I hurt plenty, having landed firmly on my right
    shoulder -- I lost the use of that arm for several days. For six
    months afterwards, every time I headed into a right turn, I felt a
    little twinge there to remind me.

    Still, I followed the folk wisdom of the West: "When you get bucked
    off, get back on."

    Al Moore
    DoD 734
    Alan Moore, May 17, 2007
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    Moto-Rama Guest

    Maybe a Sunday AM blast to the aforementioned Bovine Bakery in Point
    Reyes. I volunteer to sweep the road for antlered menaces.
    Moto-Rama, May 17, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Given your previous posts on that subject, I'd say this is a major act
    of altruism on your part, though pastry promises to be a better reward
    than virtue ;-}

    Rich, Urban Biker
    Rich, May 17, 2007
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    pablo Guest

    A week later would work better for me - have a major deadline at work coming
    up next week.

    PS: I rode the R1100S to work today.
    pablo, May 17, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Way to go, Pablo!!!!
    Rich, May 18, 2007
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    SaltineDawg Guest

    I had a friend, riding his new Harley on a fine Spring day in blooming
    PA backroads, when I deer jumped outa' the thicket on the hill
    roadside, landing on him and killing them both.
    SaltineDawg, May 18, 2007
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    SaltineDawg Guest

    I had a major dump in the early 80's, in my early 30's. Lucky to have
    survived it at all, and took a couple of years to get mostly over the
    injuries, including wearing a brack and using a cane.

    I swore off owning/riding motos then, figuring that all the rest of
    this life was a bonus, anyway. Some years later, I just went for a
    brief ride on a friend's. Again, once or twice over the next years.

    A few years back, I bought a KZ1000. Last year, I also got an airhead.
    And have to watch myself, to keep from riding as ... spiritedly... as I
    did as a young man.

    I had some minor dumps on the KZ. But also rode traffic escort and
    those decommissioned hiway patrol Beemers.
    SaltineDawg, May 18, 2007
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    barbz Guest

    There are two schools of thought here. I had deer whistles on my front
    fender, and have actually seen animals (dogs) start to cross in front of
    me pause, ears cocked, trying to figure out where that noise is coming
    from and saving them from becoming dogburger. I imagine they work the
    same way with deer. Except the hearing impaired ones, of course.

    Other people say they don't work. I guess results may vary. :)

    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can

    --Molly Ivins
    barbz, May 20, 2007
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    Timberwoof Guest

    There's another school of thought: no one has ever demonstrated that
    deer can hear them or that they have any effect on them.
    Timberwoof, May 20, 2007
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    muddy cat Guest

    You had them mounted backwards.
    muddy cat, May 20, 2007
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    Timberwoof Guest

    Do they attract deer that way?
    Timberwoof, May 20, 2007
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    barbz Guest

    I thought that attracted them?

    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can

    --Molly Ivins
    barbz, May 21, 2007
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