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No wreck though...

I was on the Siuslaw River Road, a one lane paved road between the valley and the coast. I had already seen 4 groups of deer in the ditch (that sounds like dave in the ditch) so was watching.

Group number 5, three forked horns, rose up out of the right ditch, and scattered. One to the left, one to the right, and the last stayed in the middle doing a dosi-do... I managed to scrub a bit of speed, from 40 to about 25-30, and he turned directly toward me.

When I hit him he was parallel to my direction, and just to the right. He lost his footing and splayed his front legs out, which dropped him a bit lower. The hit was a glancing, but solid blow.

The bike was totally stable, which amazed me. I instantly looked in the mirror, and saw a chunk of yellow tupperware tumbling through the air, so I knew I had donated.

When I turned round to go back to get my piece, I found one of his antlers in the road, all bloody, so he donated too.

Some fur on a bolt or two, the chunk of plastic, and the most curious- low front tire pressure. I had checked before I started, and I keep caps with built in guages on. Didnt even register the guage. When I got to to air, it was at 18, when I run 38. I checked every 10 miles for an hour, and it held just fine, so the hit must have burped half my air out...

All in all, an awesome ride. From the valley, to the coast, north, then back inland via the Alsea/Deadwood road. 435 miles, and great smiles to the gallon....

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 07:10 PM
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glad it was only a slight meeting of the ways and you are okay.

Curious about the tire air burp. The tire must have hit him hard enough to temporarily meet the rim?

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musta been that. I will be watching it. Before I rode off, the folks at the gas station loaned me some glass cleaner, and I soaped the heck out of the whole tire, and rim. No bubbles...


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I'd double check the valve stem. I doubt the impact could have unseated the tire from the rim. More likely the stem is cracked.

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Glad you came out of it like you did. Sounds like you had split second time to react like I did. We are the lucky ones,,,,,,, some have no chance to react at all. Just glad your safe.

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Yup! ..... Glad that your 'Bad Luck' was as good as it was, Richard!!



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Did you keep the antler to mount as a trophy on the Bumble Wee? Glad you and the bike are ok.

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Likewise, glad to hear you are ok after that.

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Glad you're okay, buddy.....hitting a deer is easy, huh?

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ITs good to hear that your going to be ok once the laundry is done . I hope the damage to the bike wasn't serious .

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