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Hit a deer the other night doing about 55mph, went flying over the handlebars and tumble and skidded down the pavement and landed in the middle of the road. Bent right fork, dented gas tank, busted the dash all to hell, bent handlebars, bent tail section and today I took off the seat and tank and it looks like the main bar under the tank is bent about an inch to the right. Killed the dam deer but was able to ride the tdub home (with no headlight).
 

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As bad as that is to hear ... it's great that you are still here to tell us.



And after all that ... the Dub still manage to limp home? Wow. They are all go ... no quit.
 

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TW's are a lot cheaper and easier to repair than people. What's the damages to you?
 

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lucky I had on my new motorcycle boots (tank landed on my foot) or I would of probably had a broken ankle, I had on my thick leather jacket and snowmobile bibs and snowmobile gloves. Everything stayed on including my full face helmet. Only some small road rash on my elbows and knees. bibs are ripped to shreeds were I landed. Just a sore ankle and lower back, I will buying an armored suit, been looking at the Klim badlands suit.
 

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Glad you're OK! That'll be something to tell the grandkids about.
 

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Man you are lucky. A lot of deer around your area. I grew up in MI. A lot of deer here too. I will be very careful at dusk...

I have not laid down a motorcycle but I hit the ground hard in a bike race a two years ago. Not fun. One of those spectacular high speed sprint deals. Some guys race bike broke in half. 7-8k gone. I went to the ER got stitched up. So no spandex on the motor cycle for me
 

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Hunting season is over. Leave the deer alone.





























*From a hunter who took or guided to take ~415 deer last season.*

















































Seriously, glad to hear you are going to be okay. Automatic weapons should be legal on woods rats.
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys, we live out in the country surrounded by farm feilds, I see deer almost every night and usually keep it below 45mph after dark but that night I wasnt thinking and was going to fast. The deer around here eat very well thanks to the farmers lol. I think what saved me from some serious road rash was I hit the deer broadside and went straight over the handlebars and tumbled more than skidded.
 

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Great to hear you are ok. I am at the tip of the thumb of Michigan and we are totally over run with deer. M25 around the thumb sees more motorcycles than cars on some summer weekends but the deer do keep you on edge if you are riding near dusk or after dark. The bad news is a rider hit a deer last summer up here and died, the good news is he was the only motorcycle fatality in Huron County in the last 10 years so even with all the deer it is pretty safe riding here. If it was up to me I would make a point of taking at least 50 doe off my families 1400 acres every year. The problem is getting hunters to take that many doe. Land owners and farmers should be given more freedom to manage the deer population on their private property. A reason car insurance is so high in Michigan is due to all the damage claims people make hitting deer. Just yesterday morning my neighbor crunched his van hitting a deer. Just another insurance claim for thousands of dollars while landowners and farmers are powerless to do anything to control the herd. Thanks a lot DNR.
 

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This happend on base line road between Jackson and Ingham county. I almost hit a deer tonight on territorial rd in my jeep, it was standing on the side of the road when I came around a corner but when I hit the brakes luckly it ran back into the woods instead of across the road.
 

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Total tangent, but do those deer noise makers work? They go into the air stream and supposedly generate a noise to scare them off.



I also grew up in heavy deer populations in Minnesota. When I visit my Dad it's a real danger especially in dawn/dusk times.
 

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Hit a deer the other night doing about 55mph, went flying over the handlebars and tumble and skidded down the pavement and landed in the middle of the road. Bent right fork, dented gas tank, busted the dash all to hell, bent handlebars, bent tail section and today I took off the seat and tank and it looks like the main bar under the tank is bent about an inch to the right. Killed the dam deer but was able to ride the tdub home (with no headlight).




Ok I will ask it....Did you haul it back and eat it.



Glad your ok.



Ronny Deer Dog
 

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Have had deer jump out and scare the hell out of me on trails/dirtroads around here but I usually only am going about 20-30 mph because like to view the scenery and look for critters. Have always had plenty of time to react but 55 mph on pavement would be trouble. Glad to hear you didn't get really hurt. Fix that tdub and get back on the saddle!
 

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Well I was going to get a new front fork, dash, speedo, light switch, handlebars and fix it until I noticed the frame was bent in the front main bar, so I was on craigs list looking for another tdub and found a 2002 savage with 3200 miles on it for $1600 and only 12 miles from my house. I went and looked at it and decided to buy it, will be picking it up friday. The lady bought it from her friend in 2005 and she bought it new from a dealer. The bike is in excellent condition and I've wanted one for a while. I know I won't like it as much as my tdub but I am having withdrawls and it will give me more time to figure out what to do with my tdub, at least I got to put 10,000 miles on my tdub. The deer was there the next day but it was gone the day after that, I think the farmer up the road might have taken it.
 

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Total tangent, but do those deer noise makers work? They go into the air stream and supposedly generate a noise to scare them off.



I also grew up in heavy deer populations in Minnesota. When I visit my Dad it's a real danger especially in dawn/dusk times.


Two things that decrease the affect those whistles have:



1) The whistle gets plugged with bug guts & road grime. They stop whistling.



2) Some deer in the area get used to them. As the deer grow up hearing that noise, they aren't startled/alarmed by it.



C) A deer in heat will not give right of way to anything.
 

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Glad you are OK, I hit one a few years ago, it'll sure rough you up.
 

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lucky I had on my new motorcycle boots (tank landed on my foot) or I would of probably had a broken ankle, I had on my thick leather jacket and snowmobile bibs and snowmobile gloves. Everything stayed on including my full face helmet. Only some small road rash on my elbows and knees. bibs are ripped to shreeds were I landed. Just a sore ankle and lower back, I will buying an armored suit, been looking at the Klim badlands suit.




Glad to hear you faired well.......motoport/cycleport makes good stuff I hear...I just don't have the $$$$$.
 
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