K1200 RS versus Deer = No Winner
I thought I would share a riding experience I had with you. I am the only one who survived the event, the bike and the deer weren't as lucky. I live about 40 miles north of Tampa, FL and I ride to and from work. I travel via means of a toll road with a 70mph spped limit. I had just finished working and was on my way home. It about 6 AM I could see the first fingers of daylight off to the East and there was a thunderstorm coming in of the gulf of mexico to northwesr. I was about half way home and already thinking about crawling into bed and not wanting to get caught in the rain. I was in the left lane going around a gentle curve to the left traffic was very light. When all of a sudden a bomb went off. I never seen her until her face was only a foot in front of mine. She came out of the medium. I hit her in her right front shoulder. She busted through the front shroud and I thought she was going to take me off the bike but the momentum of the bike forced the rest of her body to wrap around the left side of the bike crushing my left leg between her and the bike. As quickly as she appeared she disappeared. At impact I was instantly coated in a warm fluid. As it was dark I did not know if it was blood or what (turned out to be oil the deer must have busted off an oil line from the front of the engine). After some hesitation I decided to pull the clutch lever in and the engine started racing. I left go of the clutch and it re-engaged. I pulled the clutch again and once again the engine started racing. I let go and it re-engaged. I fumbled around and found the kill switch which thankfully worked. I continued going straight while the road continued its slow curve to the left I wouund up on the right side of the burm. The pain in my left leg had me thinking that it was broken and I was afarid to try to put the kick stand down or get off the bike. A friend of mine who wrecked on a bike would have been a lot better off he had not tried to get up on what turned out to be a broken leg and wound up in a compound fracture and several weeks in the hospital and a limp that will never go away. I slowly gained the courage to try to move my leg and put the kick stand down and put little weight on my leg and got off the bike. I laid down on the pavement. Whle laying there with one car after another flying by it occurred to me that if I were lying in the road no matter how badly hurt I was I would need to get to the side of the road or the first car to come along would finish the job. After an hour of lying there the police and EMT's finally showed up. I got ahold of my wife and off to the hospital we went. It turned out my leg was not broken but deeply brusied. It took weeks for it to come to the surface and turne all kinds of nasty colors but eventually healed. It took several months for me to decide whether I was going to ride again but I eventually decided that I enjoy it too much and I now ride a 2007 K1200 GT. Considering wht the bike went through it performed marvelously. All of the first responders found it hard to believe that I had survived a collision with a deer doing 70mph and that I did not go down. They said that the outcome in these situations usually results in severe injuries or death. I give all of the credit to the bike. It absorbed the impact and allowed me to keep going. It never wobbled.I still look every time I go through that section of road and I have seen many more deer but so far they have kept there distance and I hope that they continue to do so.
Last edited by Sabre2870; Jan 23rd, 2010 at 4:29 pm.