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post #1 of 16 Old 03-18-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Here in North Texas (Sherman area) deer have never been a problem but there are a few deer crossing signs about. Been living here now just over 30 years and have never seen one on the road until the other morning. A pitiful little doe, naturally standing in the middle of the road in front of ME.

This was a morning I almost decided not to ride to work and take the car instead (listen to that little voice in your head). It was about a half hour before sunrise and dewey out with a little moisture settling on the road. I decided that morning to not get onto the slab but stay on the access road running along side. BTW that's pronounced "excess" road around here. I wasn't even making the speed limit running around 50 mph when my mind finally registered there was a deer standing in the middle of my lane. I probably lost a valuable second or two recognizing the threat but took Hough's advice and got on the brakes hard and straight, no evasive maneuvers. About the time she bounded away was when I realized I had gotten too much rear brake and was starting to slide sideways. Let me tell you Hough was right when he said that when you let off the rear brake during a situation like that the bike will right itself, violently. Damned near high sided and was wobbly for several yards before I had control again.

This time I had committed to to slowing as quickly as possible to lessen the impact if she hadn't of moved. I think that was a better decision than trying to go around one side or the other. As it turned out she bounded away in the opposite direction she was facing. You just never know with deer.

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Worst time for deer is just before sunrise and just after. Most times if they are standing on the road you notice them. It's when they pop out of the ditch that it is scary. There have been a number of times that I have seen the deer in the ditch just as I am going by them. They blend in so well. I wish they would just learn to cross the road where the highway dept. puts the sign, then all would be good.

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Glad to hear you escaped unscathed. I agree with your tactic of a straight line and full brakes. No matter what direction they're facing or even moving, you never know what direction deer are going to go. If you try to miss them, you might get lucky and you might not.

I hope if I ever face this situation (and it's very likely around here: the things are everywhere) I have the mental discipline to not try and swerve because I'm sure it's the first thing that goes through your mind and seems like a very tempting thing to do.

Good work. Sounds like your riding skills and mental preparedness kept you out of an accident.

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Glad to hear you were able to control the situation, out here the antelope will run beside you and all of a sudden cross in front of you.
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Thanks guys.

I actually made two errors that morning. The first is kind of subjective as I didn't heed that little voice, and the second was complacency. I'd ridden that same stretch over and over through the years and truthfully was on auto-pilot that morning thinking if I rode at a slower speed nothing could get me. That second or two I lost could be the deciding factor next time, and there will be a next time. The title of this thread say's it all, just need to live by it.
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My biggest fear of riding a bike is punting one of those things on my way to work... Pretty sure it would make the whole day bad.

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its the same with cars and bikes. dont try to swerve around them. just lay on the brakes and keep it straight. good job not hitting her and recovering. glad your not hurt.

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My biggest fear of riding a bike is punting one of those things on my way to work... Pretty sure it would make the whole day bad.
Me too
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Saw one this morning just off the road to my left. Usually it's the, "other", one you didn't see that gets ya.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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Maybe a quick check of the rear view mirror before starting the hard braking

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