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Deer wins...

I was riding home last Tuesday from work when all of a sudden something hit me out of nowhere! Before I knew what was going on, I was riding in the ditch beside the road and then my front tire hit a log causing me to launch from the bike hitting a hill and tumbling for about 15 ft. When I finally stopped tumbling and I looked back to see my KLR in the ditch upside down and a dead deer about 10 ft behind it. Up to that point I had no clue what had happened or what had hit me. There was a driveway a little bit down the street that had 8 to 10 ft fence around it and that is where the deer had to have came from.

My bike seems to be ok other than the front end out of wack and the brake lever needs to be replaced. I ended up braking my right leg in two places (upper tibia and fibula (sp?)) and will not be able to ride or drive for 6 to 8 weeks (according to the doctor)!

I was wearing a helmet (of coarse), leather racing gloves, Joe Rocket Ballistic Jacket but because I am an idiot, I was not wearing MC boots or my riding pants but instead had on mid rise steel toe boots and khaki pants. I am not sure if wearing the pants and boots would have saved me from braking my leg but I will never ride again without all my gear!

REMEMBER ATGATT!!!

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OOOOUCH!!! :x Glad you're still alive.

This is just a reminder that Autum brings out the Deer Jerky. Keep alert around Dawn and Dusk.
 

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Man, glad it wasn't more serious.Did you hit the deer or deer hit you? Kinda implies the deer ran into you.Nothing you could of done there.I live in deer country also and that is a constant threat.Take care and hope things go well for ya

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Glad it wasn't worse, deer scare me probably more than any other threat out there. At least with the cager I can see them.
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Yeah, the deer came out of nowhere! I had no clue what was going on. I first thought maybe something had went wrong with the bike because I never saw anything and I am a very catious rider. I have seen deer before in this area and have even had to make emergency stops due to deer. I have crashed bikes before but they were more controlled because I saw what was getting ready to happen and prepared myself. This time was totally scary because I was TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL!
 

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at least you got a kill!
good luck with getting better.
im at 4months and still on crutches. :(
 

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klr/dale said:
at least you got a kill!
good luck with getting better.
im at 4months and still on crutches. :(
I would have rather got a kill by :c00110 !

Hope you get off the crutches soon Dale!!!

Later!
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I am really glad your not serious, or worst off.

I would like to ask some questions. I dont like riding the mountain roads because of this. So I would like to learn something here.

did the dear hit you or you hit the dear.

can you think of any thing that could of helped the situation. I am not sure pants would have made a diff. what part of the lane wear you riding in and how fast were you going. Where you going around a blind corner?

I hope your injueries heal fast and straight and your able to ride soon!!

thanks
 

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klr/dale said:
at least you got a kill!
good luck with getting better.
im at 4months and still on crutches. :(
Hey klr/dale and fatrat. Hope yall get better soon. Last weekend a chaser dog scared the chit out of me running out to the road to chase me down the street. That was just a dog, I know what a deer can to do the bumper of an 18 wheeler first hand, so I am glad you 2 are still with us. FWIW, If you see a deer, aint much you can do, except SLOW and try to stop! This dear was standing in the middle of the highway in the right lane pointing toward the shoulder, as I was traveling thru MS. Now I am prolly 78-79,000 pds loaded. I see the deer way off and brake(safely) and actually manage to get into the left lane. I mean just as I am getting close to the deer it does a 180 and jumps into the truck. Anyway, I pulled over as soon as I could slowed and took care of business, and part of the bumper was holding by a few fiberglass threads. A deer caught in the headlights, really means something.

Anyway, hope yall are back on 2 legs(and wheels) soon. I think now through about February are the most dangerous months to hit a deer. So, everyone be careful out there. I am glad you 2 posted to "remind" me and the rest of us.

Oh yeah, thats a classic. "At least you got a kill", from one KLR deer hunter to another.
 

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Hey everybody! I am finally back on two legs (without crutches that is).

I finally was able to start tearing down the bike over the weekend and the deer did not do too much damage. So far all I have found is a broken brake pedal (if anyone has an old brake pedal laying around they would like to get rid of let me know), a broken rear blinker, broken choke thingy (on handlebars), ripped the front fender almost totally apart, lots of missing paint and I think the front end is just out of whack. I am hoping the fork tubes are still straight (my leg is still weak and it is hard getting that big beast of a bike up on my homemade bike stand). This weekend I plan on putting her up on the bike stand and really tearing into her. I figure this would be a good time to do the counter balancer, replace the generator cover (hole from gear shifter from falling over in the driveway a couple days after getting it), rebuild the rear shock and front forks (if they don't need to be replaced) and I think I might even have my buddy do a custom paint job.

Later!
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I am really glad your not serious, or worst off.

I would like to ask some questions. I dont like riding the mountain roads because of this. So I would like to learn something here.

did the dear hit you or you hit the dear.

can you think of any thing that could of helped the situation. I am not sure pants would have made a diff. what part of the lane wear you riding in and how fast were you going. Where you going around a blind corner?

I hope your injueries heal fast and straight and your able to ride soon!!

thanks
Tazman-

Sorry but I have been away from the forums for a while but to answer your questions, the deer hit me and I never saw it coming. I was only going about 35-40mph when the deer hit my bike. I was in a straight away but there was deep woods on both sides of me. Wearing all the proper gear would have made a huge difference but I would have still broken my leg because the brake was from my leg twisting causing my tibia and fibula to snap (if I had on proper riding pants with riding boots this might not have happened but I don't know for sure). All I know is that I will be wearing ATGATT from now on!!!

PS- My wife bought me deer whistles for the KLR and both the truck and car!!!

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klr/dale said:
at least you got a kill!
good luck with getting better.
im at 4months and still on crutches. :(
Dale-
How are you doing? Hopefully you are off the crutches!?!?!?!?

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Dang guys I missed this whole post until today. I was in AZ in Oct on vacation, :razz:
I'm glad you are healing Josh, and I hope you are walking again Dale.
Josh what part of the brake do you need? A pic or part number would be best!
 

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Dang guys I missed this whole post until today. I was in AZ in Oct on vacation, :razz:
I'm glad you are healing Josh, and I hope you are walking again Dale.
Josh what part of the brake do you need? A pic or part number would be best!
Joe-
I am looking for the actual foot lever for the rear brake. I thought I had seen aftermarket ones until I needed one and now I can not find one other than ron ayers or at the stealership (I found a couple on ebay but I missed them already).

FR
 
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