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After having a squirrel jump over my front wheel the other day, it occurred to me that I've had more odd run-ins with wildlife on my TW than I think I have any other bike, and not necessarily just because of time spent off-road. There are some deer near a local park that have been gradually warming up to me, and I can get within 5-10ft of them now. Almost hit a groundhog. Had a small bird of prey (some type of hawk I believe) fly at head level just off to my left for about 30-40 yards. Had a bat barely graze my helmet. And a small dog (not quite wildlife) ran up and started making sweet sweet love to my leg at a stoplight, much to the embarrassment of its owner. Much of it I either didn't get on video, or the footage was of too poor quality to bother, but here's a couple videos I did get.

Pissed off snake:

Random dead bird attack:


Anyone else have odd animal encounters while on their TW (or other bike for that matter)?
 

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I've had 3 suicide partridge fly into my bike this summer and that was 3 separate occasions. Before this I haven't seen a partridge in a few years.
 

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After having a squirrel jump over my front wheel the other day, it occurred to me that I've had more odd run-ins with wildlife on my TW than I think I have any other bike, and not necessarily just because of time spent off-road. There are some deer near a local park that have been gradually warming up to me, and I can get within 5-10ft of them now. Almost hit a groundhog. Had a small bird of prey (some type of hawk I believe) fly at head level just off to my left for about 30-40 yards. Had a bat barely graze my helmet. And a small dog (not quite wildlife) ran up and started making sweet sweet love to my leg at a stoplight, much to the embarrassment of its owner. Much of it I either didn't get on video, or the footage was of too poor quality to bother, but here's a couple videos I did get.

Pissed off snake:

Random dead bird attack:


Anyone else have odd animal encounters while on their TW (or other bike for that matter)?

Am I a bad person to think the bird falling from the sky was funny? I think that was funny.



Besides cows running across in front of me...a lot, :p


I've had plenty of snake encounters. Most of them I don't tell my wife behind me there was a snake on the road because she's deathly afraid of snakes. Now that she leads more often, I hear her grumble about the snakes.

A few of my encounters over the years (which I usually stop and take a picture if they don't move too much):

Mr. Rattler. This one was dead before I passed it but I didn't know it at the time. Darn near scared the liquefied bodily fluids into my shorts it did by golly.


More snakes from different rides, different years. Most are Bull Snakes, also know by other names in different parts of the county.






I've also had the Feral North American Killer Chicken try to attack us


And you always have to be on guard for the Jackalope running in front of you. One stab wound by their antler's would ruin you're day.
 

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Yeah, got to watch out for them flying dead birds, werechickens and sometimes just brain dead birds who want to follow the TW and mate with it.

That fellow followed me for quite a ways before I turned the camera on him.
 

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Yeah, got to watch out for them flying dead birds, werechickens and sometimes just brain dead birds who want to follow the TW and mate with it.


That fellow followed me for quite a ways before I turned the camera on him.
I forgot about one encounter and you're video reminded me of it. I don't think this encounter was a mating ritual but more of a chicken zombie attack.

 

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Bull snakes and the occasional Stick snake. Of course lots of cattle. A few wild horses. couple of deer. Lots of suicidal dove. rabbit. no jackalope or snipe yet. one marmot, and lots and lots of curious timber tigers.(chipmunk) oh yeah and a young bull moose down by the marina (pond) a mile or so from the house. He was pretty cool, even made the paper. Couple of drunken wandering Shoshone. (do they count as wildlife) and I rode through a small swarm of bees. good thing I was dressed for success or i'd a been a hurtin' cowboy.
 

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Bull snakes and the occasional Stick snake. Of course lots of cattle. A few wild horses. couple of deer. Lots of suicidal dove. rabbit. no jackalope or snipe yet. one marmot, and lots and lots of curious timber tigers.(chipmunk) oh yeah and a young bull moose down by the marina (pond) a mile or so from the house. He was pretty cool, even made the paper. Couple of drunken wandering Shoshone. (do they count as wildlife) and I rode through a small swarm of bees. good thing I was dressed for success or i'd a been a hurtin' cowboy.

Couple of drunken wandering Shoshone. Well, it certainly is an encounter and wild and life were probably part of the deal.

Forgot another one. You reminded me of the vicious pack of wild horses we ran into once also. Deadly they are. I think old w/too many apples had a picture or video of him feeding a pack of wild horses in this general region as well. Not the same pack as this one but not that far away.

 

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Damn horses are a nuisance around here. Harem up the cattle, raid feed lots, steal water rights. We had a plan to round em up and start shipping them to Japan for extra$$, until that damn T. Boone Pickens wife stuck her out of state nose into our business. And she aint even from CA.
 

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Had a bird fly into my ear at 85 MPH on the interstate riding my ST 1300. Barely caught sight of it and turned my head so it didn't hit square in the face. Been 2 weeks and it's still sore. Wearing a 3/4 helmet with open ear slots.
 

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I've heard of a feather in one's cap but a feather in one's ear? Ouch!

Did collect a spread eagled bat centered on my BMW's grill one spirited dawn cruise by Washington's Maryhill Stonehenge replica honoring WWI veterans. Being in a cage I was unaware at the time, only later getting gas did I notice the bat modified BMW logo. maryhill.jpg
 

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Once had a cat called “Big Mac” (aptly named) who brought home a bat. Figured he probably just sat there and swatted it on the way past – he wasn’t the most acrobatic of cats

Came in with a rabbit one night, and deposited it next to my bed upstairs – still alive of course, he knew that food comes out of tins

I miss that cat – he was a great character …….
 

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I had a bear attack my 2001 TW a few weeks ago after I burnt up my clutch and had to leave it in the back country of Idaho for a couple of weeks before I was able to get back in and fix it. It pushed my bike over and chewed up my seat!
 

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Good thing you weren't on the dub when the bear attacked.
I got attacked by a cougar once. Bitch stole my wife's phone and when I went to get it back she clawed me up. turns out she was no cougar at all, but a rabid Jackal instead. Animal control(Elko PD) locked her up for theft and assault. The Ballad of Crazy Lori.
 

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I used to carry a 12 gauge to counter my concerns about bears but for some reason they frown on that in the parks. I called it "Double Aught Courage". :p
But bear spray is also an affordable & usually legal means to lessen concerns about bear attacks, especially if one watches videos of pepper spray effectiveness and proper use on bears. spraying-bear-pestcemetery.jpg
 

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Seriously though the dangerous bear encounters are the surprise ones when there is usually very little time to react in my experience. Park bears while often fearless opportunists are also often a bit slow and give warning. Not like these guys!
 

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Bucks are getting bold this time of year but at least they get out of way of the bike. buck.jpg

Trick with the bears is to get them so fat they can't chase you down very fast. This guy's belly is darn near dragging as he heads to my neighbor's garbage cans bear night fat.jpg
 
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