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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 3:35 pm Thread Starter
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Feeling pretty Lucky today

At 1030 AM this morning, I T-boned a deer at 55 mph. The woods were right up to the road, and the deer appeared so quickly, I didn't even have a chance to let up on the gas/brake. Just kept going straight ahead as best as I could. I was able to stay upright and never fell over. Damage is quite extensive to front end and the RT saddle bag flew off. Called BMW roadside assistance, and had it towed to the Dealer in Lakeville, Mn. Tow truck was there in about an hour, and he drove me about 30 miles to the dealer--no charge.
I must of slamed forward into gas tank, because my lower stomach area is a bit sore, but other than that---I feel pretty darn lucky today.
I will post follow up on cost of repairs. The whole front fairing is cracked, dealer said wheel is bent and radiator is just hanging. Don't even now where the headlight is. It's a mess.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 3:46 pm
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The most important thing is that you did not panic, and kept (whats left) of the shiny side up.
I am glad you came out of this unscathed.


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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 4:19 pm
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I had a near miss last November, but I had to lay down the bike, I did $5000 damge, all cosmetic. I got a slight scrape & bruise on my left arm and left hip. Other than that, everything was OK. ATGATT is the motto.
Hopefully, you were wearing all you gear in case you went down..

The bike is repairable or not, but I am glad you are OK to ride another day.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 7:40 pm
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It pays to be on a big motorcycle

I had a similar experience with a deer running out in front of my GL1800 a couple of years ago while on Skyline Drive. I didn't go down, but killed the deer and did a lot of damage to the body work on the bike. In WV, also on the GL1800, a dog ran out into the road in front of me. First, he faked right. Then, he faked left. I didn't go for either fake. The guy behing me said I cut the dog in half. Only damage was the need to find a spray car wash to get the remains out of the fender, etc.

Point is, if you keep your wits about you, and have a big enough bike, sometimes you can avoid excess damage and risk of injury. Not that I like to injure or kill the animals, but if it's them or me, I'd rather it be them.

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I had a similar experience with a deer running out in front of my GL1800 a couple of years ago while on Skyline Drive. I didn't go down, but killed the deer and did a lot of damage to the body work on the bike. In WV, also on the GL1800, a dog ran out into the road in front of me. First, he faked right. Then, he faked left. I didn't go for either fake. The guy behing me said I cut the dog in half. Only damage was the need to find a spray car wash to get the remains out of the fender, etc.

Point is, if you keep your wits about you, and have a big enough bike, sometimes you can avoid excess damage and risk of injury. Not that I like to injure or kill the animals, but if it's them or me, I'd rather it be them.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 10:33 pm
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Bummer. But it's much easier to fix or replace the bike than yourself. And just be glad nothing lower than your stomach is sore. I've wondered about such things with the shape of that gas tank.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2007, 3:51 am
 
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Deer are a getting a bigger problem in the UK these days. I hit 4 in 7 months. Here's a post on the the 2nd one. 80mph, stayed on and the front wheel came back to the exhaust pipes.
At least on the big faired bikes we seem to have a good survival rate!

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...highlight=deer
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2007, 10:44 am
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We have the same problem here with Kangaroos, which are probably similar in size and weight to a deer but not much else!

I have hit plenty in the cage but luckily haven't hit one on a bike. You don't get any warning at all and it is just bad luck if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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