those damn forest rats......


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those damn forest rats......

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:03 pm



First of all I am fine as is my daughter who was on the back. Only a little bruising to my left foot and her left leg.
This young deer was running from "something hungry", it was at full sprint before it crossed the road and I never had a chance to react. We were traveling about 80kph/50mph through a nice set of S curves pulling the trailer, I had just fiished the first left hand corner and was straightening up for the right hander when there was a flash of movement right in front of me. Too late, no time to react. There was a moderate jolt and a tupperware shower all over the place. Because I had the bike straight up at the moment of impact and the weight of the trailer too the front end did not even twitch. I pulled over immediately and looked back to see what happened and this is what I saw.....
Damn forest rat......
Damn forest rat......

The bike still drives but not for any distance as the left radiator is destroyed and the left side of the fairing isnt there anymore.
Something seems amiss here.....
Something seems amiss here.....

Oh well its just bent metal and broken plastic, right? We are still walking and talking. I can fix this. However if you have any of these parts for a 1500 please feel free to contact me. 8-)


Ride safe, Todd
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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:06 pm

I guess I will be dusting off the 1100 for now, glad I didnt sell it already...... 8-)
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby robb » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:30 pm

Glad to hear you walked away and are able to ride another day.

Had an encounter with a 5 point buck last December. Deer landed on roof of my Prius, $9k to replace roof, windshield, door and mirror. Some times we never see it coming.

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby HALBUDD » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:35 pm

Todd glad to hear your both ok and sorry about your bike, hope you can get her fixed back up ok.----------------Hal
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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby Mag » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:59 pm

Hit up Admin....if he still has that basement full of 1500 tupperware that the rest of us are waiting on, there may be something there for you too ;)

By the way, glad all is well. What a scary moment. I had the same with a dog on the freeway where I could not react fast enough, and amazing how it all went to "slo-mo" once I hit the dog, and fell off the bike.

Skin is repairable.....good thing (of course, as long as you have most of the protective gear going with it).

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:28 am

Wow .... sorry to read this Todd, but am glad both you and your daughter are OK!

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby wally » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:01 am

Glad to hear you ad your daughter are ok, bikes can be repaired and/or replaced!

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:30 pm

This is terrible Todd, after all those miles! But as others have said, you guys walked away and bikes can be fixed. I'm glad to hear you think the mass of the trailer helped - I was thinking the same thing this weekend while pulling mine, that it would likely help in a deer strike. Glad to hear my theory was validated.

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:40 pm

Glad you are fine friend,,, Daughter too,,, bike looks bad,,, I feel bad for you,, glad you have that old 1100 to fall back on..... :D

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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:05 pm

Wow Todd great to hear that you and the daughter are fine after that. My biggest fear is hitting an animal. Hope you are able to get the parts you need to fix it back up. I'll keep my eyes pen around here.
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Re: those damn forest rats......

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:53 pm

Thanks for your concern guys, I have already started the tear down process. So far it looks like its just the tupperware, I have already tracked down a couple of fairingsand the other bits are easier to come by. This is going to take some time. While its all apart it gives me the oppertunity to change all the instrument lights to LED's and upgradeheadlight to the 98-00 style,upgrade the speakers,andso on..........always look on the bright side 8-)


Ride safe, Todd
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