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Survived deer hit at 55 mph

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Monday I left for a 3 day solo ride 250 to Soo Locks, 450 in Canada, 250 back (NE Michigan). I'm 62 YO and skilled motorcyclist (raced dirt, studied sport bike riding, MMI grad, some mechanic'ing). Halfway into 1st day between Boyne Falls and Wolverine on a 2 lane secondary road I hit a deer and was able to not get killed and continue the (entire) trip. I have had some painfull falls in past, near misses with deer/cars. I don't ride at night. Might even have had the cruise on and then BANG, there was a deer hugging the right front side of my 2000 GL1500 with only 10k miles. The sound was horrific. I INSTANTLY new what was happening, the GL went full lock right and I did a 90 degree left turn at 55 mph across the oncoming lane. The bike wanted to stand back up, as they do, and it did on the thin soft shoulder BEFORE I went off into low ditch/trees. So I am traveling at over 45 mph straight towards an oncoming truck, but I keep it on the shoulder. I'm thinking "oh crap, the front end is buggered up" but turns out thats what a GL feels like at 45 on sand and gravel. I will never forget the faces of the couple going by me in the truck. So I get back on the road, brake, turn right into next driveway, putt around feeling everything, and realize I'm totally unfazed, hoping I will be able to continue. I stop and access damage, the strike popped the fan vent winglets out, lost couple louvers and few cracks. I get back on and continue with my head now racing. Continuing on my trip and settling down by evening. I now realize the plastic acted like a trampoline absorbing the blow, and my skill and luck saved me from going down or much, much worse. Its true you don't see the one your gonna hit.
I got this beautiful machine so my SO could tag along for day rides. We toured on a '02 1800 in the day for about three years. I currently also have a '17 DL650xt and '15 GSX-S750. I stepped away from dirt this spring after riding DS hard last 10 yrs (KTM 300 and 350). So I am selling the GL and GSX, keeping the Wee (I sold an '06 Wee). Yea I'm thinking hard about a ragtop. Since I returned I have told no one. But since returning everything is SO GREAT and BEAUTIFUL thinking I very well could have been in hospital/pain or pushing up daisies. I can't stand thinking what if we were two up?



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so glad you are okay.

the result of your incident, shows what trained muscle memory can do when you don't have time to think "what am I going to do?"

Been there, sometimes you are lucky ( I have been many times )
some times we are not ( semi T-boned me bk in 2008 )
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thingfisch wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:35 pm
.... Yea I'm thinking hard about a ragtop. Since I returned I have told no one. But since returning everything is SO GREAT and BEAUTIFUL thinking I very well could have been in hospital/pain or pushing up daisies. I can't stand thinking what if we were two up?
I've had more close calls, and a few hits, than I can recall in over fifty years of riding on the roads, but those are thoughts that never once have occurred to me. "What if" can drive you crazy, and serves no real purpose, other than to paralyze you. You prepare the best you can, pay attention, and what happens, happens. The fact that you don't know if you had the cruise on or not, begs the question-were you really paying attention? Don't take me wrong and thankfully no harm came to you. Let it be a learning experience, but if you can't be comfortable riding, do what you think is right for you.

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Glad to hear you are ok. How's the deer?
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I wish I would have gone back and looked for the wind fairing wing louvers, radiator exhaust fins, and deer. It left enough hair and spit. After a look over I just kept on keep'in on. Couple in truck did not stop. I see I was knocked over on the left engine guard at full lock. Did its job! Little scrap on hwy peg. Nothing on rear crash guard.

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A deer took a friend of mine off of his Kaw. 1400 Connie. Broke 3 ribs, collar bone and a bit of rash. The incident most likely saved his life though. They found that he needed two stents that were taken care of along with the other injuries. Although the deer didn't do him or the bike any favors at the end of the day did save his life. He took six months contemplating riding again before picking up the '19 Connie and continuing the journey. good to hear that you kept yours upright with minimal damage. I took a roadrunner to the chest in a turn 12 years back ended up 200 yards in a hay field trashed the Dyna and never rode another naked bike.

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Appreciate the comments and shared experiences. As of today I am feeling a lot better about..riding in general. I am not gonna ask my SO to go riding with me anymore. She is pretty much done and likes to see me ride as much as I can. I really like the GL...and the fairing actually played a part in my survival.

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I remember when I visited Michigan seeing huge herds of deer, often very near to large cities. In England we don't have any where near the problems you gentlemen have but they are becoming more and more of a problem. Here, deer have no real natural enemies - apart from motor traffic as very few are shot, so their numbers grow each year. As many on here can attest, they are a menace to motorcycles. Moreover, the incidents of disease spread by deer tics is also growing at an alarming rate.
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Glad you came out of it ok.

I watched a biker hit a deer broadside. It was all very surreal.

I was heading southbound, my side of freeway was two lanes. The deer entered the freeway from my right. All traffic slowed down to avoid the deer.

The deer hops the center barrier, and trots right out in front of a northbound biker on the far side.

BAM! Just an explosion of "stuff", and biker down.

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Friend hit a deer in Tennessee about at dusk. Older gentleman (like me) but survived with minor injury. His wife was 50 yd behind him... she was in panic mode for sure. His only complaint was that it wiped out a new $700 helmet (blue tooth, intercom, etc), and it ruined the trip. After recuperating back home, he had to return 800 miles back to retrieve both bikes via trailer.
Myself, I took a pidgeon to the chest under a freeway overpass years ago. Nearly knocked the wind out of me. Great fuss with flapping of wings in my face before he exited under my left arm. I don't ride a naked bike anymore, and I now ATGATT. (Wisdom comes with age.... but sometimes age just comes alone)

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OldguyGlen wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:56 am
Friend hit a deer in Tennessee about at dusk. Older gentleman (like me) but survived with minor injury. His wife was 50 yd behind him... she was in panic mode for sure. His only complaint was that it wiped out a new $700 helmet (blue tooth, intercom, etc), and it ruined the trip. After recuperating back home, he had to return 800 miles back to retrieve both bikes via trailer.
Myself, I took a pidgeon to the chest under a freeway overpass years ago. Nearly knocked the wind out of me. Great fuss with flapping of wings in my face before he exited under my left arm. I don't ride a naked bike anymore, and I now ATGATT. (Wisdom comes with age.... but sometimes age just comes alone)
Feel sorry for that rider, but if he had purchased Good Sam Travel Assist insurance ( I have it ).

the bikes would have been either ridden to his home, or trailered to his home, free of charge ( except for the insurance premium )

just bringing this little item up for folks to think about.... if you know you will never go down, you won't need it.

I too am an ATGATT rider, but even with that, I spent 14 days in hospital back in 2008 ...
I considered myself a Pro Rider, as I rode to work and back every day in Phoenix Metro traffic..... the yellow semi driver hit his brakes hard, the ABS on the right rear wheel did not work, the truck pivoted to the left and we hit the median. I was in the HOV lane, he was next to me and forward about 45 degrees to my right.



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Myself, I took a pidgeon to the chest under a freeway overpass years ago
It's suicidal pheasants in this part of the world, particularly right now.
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Back in September 2017, I was headed to work on a Monday morning doing 75-80 on the interstate in South Dakota. I was in the right lane when a deer crossed in front of me. The deer was cut in half and I was on the left shoulder of the road by the time I stopped. I called my wife and daughter to bring the trailer and we hauled the bike home. (1993 Goldwing 1500 SE) Two days later I bought a 1999 Goldwing 1500 SE that was advertised on this forum. The 93 was totaled but if I had been riding my Shadow 750, I probably would have had some injuries. Ride safe,Joe

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Tuesday Progressive is coming out to inspect my bike. They have te"ed me up expecting it to be totaled. Let you know.

About 10 days after hitting the deer I think, "gee did I get comp" thinking for sure I didn't get collision. Will I have both! Smart move thank you. I'm used to insuring "older" bikes with not much plastic.

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Carrying comp and collision isn't that expensive- good for you! If the damage isn't too severe you may want to consider 'buying" the bike back if it is indeed( most likely) totalled. It will be hard finding a dealer to fix it-if not impossible- but there is a huge market for getting used parts. Just be sure the insurance co. doesn't brand the title, take their check-which IS negotiable, to a point- and fix it yourself. Be sure to look for unseen damage, such as slightly bent forks, etc.

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Progressive Ins was out today.
I get $4025 and no bike or
I get $2625 and keep bike.

Money aside its if I want to continue riding the bike. My SO says, "aren't I gonna ride on the Wee strom?"
The GL is "brand new" with now 11k miles. But now has some cracked plastic.
Looking at used 1500 prices the 4k is less than if it was un-cracked, but not by much.
Thinking gonna let it go.

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try to show pics of damage.
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