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post #1 of 12 Old 11-15-2014, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Damn deer-08 klr

Yup, i hit a deer with my 08klr. Shes not too banged up. I will need to replace all 3 fairing pieces, cluster or just housing, handle bars, mirrors, and hand guards. I dont care what color the fairing pieces are, or if theyre used or new. Any idea where i can get these on the cheap? For the bars, guards, and mirrors i would like to go aftermarket. Any thoughts on going with taller bars? Any suggestions would be great.

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-15-2014, 10:48 PM
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Ouch! That's one of my biggest fears, hitting wildlife on my bike. Bikes a little banged up but how did you make out?

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The worst of it is a broken left arm at the wrist, road rash on my knees and friction burns on my elbows from my jacket. I saw the deer just before impact. I think i hit the deers neck with my fairing. The deer was crossing from left to right, i went down to the right with the impact. The bike and i were on the ground for 100+ feet, i was able to tuck and roll and roll and roll. I really want to investigate the sight so i know how far i was on the ground. it was just shy of 11:30pm. I was wearing blue jeans, a fleece jacket with a non insulated carhart jacket over top, my helmet, and riding gloves.

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Sounds painful, especially the broken arm! I was curious as I've hit 3 deer over the years in my cages, one very nearly wrote off my S-10 pickup that was only a few years old at the time. Hoping for a quick recovery for you.

As far as the fairing pieces, the only place I can really think of to get some reasonably priced used parts would be eBay. If you have to replace the instrument cluster you could go for a Vapor, but I'm not sure which would work out cheaper?

Wishing you the best of luck in finding all the part's to get your trusty KLR back on the road!

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Glad you were not injured any worse. It may be a day late, and a dollar short; but the most dangerous time is the week before --and the week after election day.(deer very active trying to make little Bambis!
I use Bike Bandit for a lot of replacement parts--OEM. they are not Walmart cheap, but they run a good business.
Enjoy the process...good for the soul!!

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post #6 of 12 Old 11-18-2014, 08:21 AM
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I have a spare stock handlebar and believe that I have a space pair of stock hand guards. I'd be happy to send them all to you for a reasonable price.

I'll double check on the hand guards tonight.

Let me know if you are interested.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-18-2014, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

I found the plastics and a cluster assy on the ebay for cheap. Just gotta wait till the auction ends.

I would still appriate suggestions on aftermarket bars, guards and mirrors.

Gene, thanks for the offer. I will definitely keep it in mind.

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Deer

Hitting anything with a bike is tough. Glad you weren't hurt more seriously.

My wife & I hit a medium sized bear cub with our Prius. Banged up front bumper pretty bad. I'd hate to think of hitting it with my bike.

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Hope you heal quickly. How was the deer? :-)
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Im healin up great. The deer was knocked out cold, slowly came to then was spooked off by an on coming semi. It hobbled off fairly slowly. I hope it died later. That is the third deer i've hit. Two in cages and this one. I have also hit a turkey just after it took off with in a cage. Wildlife and i dont get along very well.

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