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#1 Unread post by taxman1965 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:19 pm

How many of you have ever encountered a deer while riding and did you avoid it or hit it? Obviously, they're a common problem for most riders, unless you live and ride in the city. I'm curious as to how you handled it, what speed were you riding at, and how did you come out of it? I live in a wooded area and I rarely, if ever, ride after 8pm. Whitetails like to get active around here (Northern New York) at that time. I've only ridden at night once since I started riding last summer and I did see two jump across the road on my way home. Fortunately, I was going very slow (around 35) and I picked them up with my high beam. I saw them in plenty of time. I'm a little freaked out by the threat of them, but not much I can do unless I stop riding. There was a guy in our area that was injured yesterday in a motorcycle/deer accident and he ended up with head injuries according to the news...no other details. Kind of scary...

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#2 Unread post by madjak30 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:03 pm

I had a deer experience...

I came around the corner just before sunset last season...there they were, standing on the road staring at me. Two Mule Deer. I was going 110kph (about 65mph) and not enough time to stop, so I went between them. One in each lane, both facing the opposite side of the road. If one of them had bolted I'd have been really hurt or dead. I passed by the one on the left so close I'm sure it could have licked me, but neither moved and everything was fine except my heart was racing a mile a minute...I was lucky!

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#3 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:34 pm

I'd say as long as you're following safe riding procedures (speed limits, adjust for conditions) you should be fine. As many deer as there are in your area (my fiancée lived about an hour north of you in st Lawrence county so I'm familiar with how many white tails you will see at a time) I'd say you're more likely in danger from other vehicles then the Bambi's.

Night riding isn't actually when you're in more danger from deer either, but more so at dusk or at dawn. So ride accordingly and be vigilant in areas where you've seen them before and you should be safe.
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#4 Unread post by taxman1965 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:08 pm

NorthernPete wrote:I'd say as long as you're following safe riding procedures (speed limits, adjust for conditions) you should be fine. As many deer as there are in your area (my fiancée lived about an hour north of you in st Lawrence county so I'm familiar with how many white tails you will see at a time) I'd say you're more likely in danger from other vehicles then the Bambi's.

Night riding isn't actually when you're in more danger from deer either, but more so at dusk or at dawn. So ride accordingly and be vigilant in areas where you've seen them before and you should be safe.
I definitely don't ride much at all around dusk, which is after 8:15 or so now. As you know, whitetails are all over the place here in NY, and the DEC will not open doe season to rifle hunters around here so there's an abundance of them. Hell, the deer keep auto body shops in business around here. :roll:

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#5 Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:19 pm

If by "encounter" you mean drive right by them, yes, it happens all too frequently, especially in fall. I try not to be on the road on a motorcycle at dusk during the rut. Had them in the road right in front of me twice last fall. On my daily commute there are places I know are hot spots for deer, and I'm especially vigilant in those places.

Law of averages, I'm probably gonna get nailed some year. :cry:
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#6 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:27 pm

I can not even count how many times I have seen or had near hits it's just one of the common problems here in northern NJ. But I surprisingly have hit more dogs than deer but it's equally damming experience I would guess.
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#7 Unread post by taxman1965 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:33 pm

BRUMBEAR wrote:I can not even count how many times I have seen or had near hits it's just one of the common problems here in northern NJ. But I surprisingly have hit more dogs than deer but it's equally damming experience I would guess.
Have you ever crashed from hitting a dog or deer?

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#8 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:28 pm

I used to commute to work at 3:30 am. In the summer that was the best time to ride (temperature wise). No traffic either. If its your regular commute, you learn where the deer "hang outs" are. Where they're most likely to cross the road, etc. Then again, during mating season, all bets are off. But up your way, its likely going to be colder than here in MD, and folks don't ride as much.

Things I've observed, in general: If deer are standing in a field or open area and there is "cover" on the other side of the road, they'll CROSS when they hear you coming. If they're standing in a brushy or covered area, they'll usually stay put. If you see one deer cross, SLOW DOWN, there may be more...
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#9 Unread post by sapaul » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:16 am

Dear J.K. Rowling,

Your books are entirely unrealistic. I mean, a ginger kid with two friends?

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#10 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:55 pm

never went down a few death wobbles from it though scary things they is :oops:
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#11 Unread post by momule » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:57 pm

I hit a good sized dog one time on a Yamaha 650 Special that I used to have. I caught the poor thing on the head with my right fork end and the owner had to put him down. Poor thing died an awful death with his head split open. I was out in the country going about 45mph and he just ran out in front of me. The bike never even wavered and was not damaged. The stability of a bike at speed is stronger than one would suspect.

I've had several close calls with deer and have killed several with my truck but have never hit one on my bike. They are substantially larger than a dog of course and if they jump they can take your head off. I always try to stay off the road here in Missouri during dusk and dawn and if it's impossible to avoid I halve my speed and scan the side of the woods as I go. The darn things always travel in groups of 2 or 3 so if you see one in the road it's immediately time to slow down.

Madjack30 - if that had been me going between two deer on the road my "O Ring" would still be puckered. You DID get lucky.

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