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On the way to work this Am. It is a state road through the country, 55 MPH speed limit and I was running right close to that. I saw a flash of brown just in front of me then hear the bang. That deer came out of the weeds and in front of me so quick I didn't have time to say darn. I hit it with the front tire, near the middle of the deer or maybe in the flank, I really couldn't see. Next thing I know I am looking down at the front of the windshield and pulling like heck on the bars to get myself back into the seat. The bars were whipping back and forth but settled down. I got all the brakes I could and pulled to the shoulder.

Looking the trike, and the black marks over it looks like the bars went hard left, (the deer was going right to left). The tire has a scuff mark down onto the sidewall where it folded under, that apparently caused rapid deceleration that pitched me forward.

Damage to me is a bruise on the left thigh, left pinky, and my left forearm is bit sore.

Damage to the trike, front fender broke, (the picture doesn't show it but the fender is split down the middle) the deflector by the radiator air outlet on the left is broken, one of the small pieces that covers the brake lines on the fender is missing, the chrome piece in front of the radiator air outlet is cracked, and the handlebars do not point in the same direction as the front tire. Most of the front pieces on the fairing are popped out of place but none of them look broken. The GPS I had on the handlebars was laying in the grass and it does not work right anymore.

I have no doubt that with the way the front tire moved to the left while I was off the seat I would have been down if I had been on 2 wheels. I am more glad everyday that this is a trike.

 

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WOW! Could have been alot worse on you....the bike can always be repaired. Good to hear you'r relativley O.K.
 

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Glad to hear that you are alright.
 

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you were lucky it didnt do more damage to the bike,
and you were very lucky too.
i hit a dog (boxer) a few years back that did a whole lot more damage on my bike
 

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It would help a lot, here, if they would just open up doe season, for modern rifle, for a few years. This would trim the herd down some and provide a tasty addition to the menu.
 

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I do not know if this would have helped, but the previous owner attached two deer whistles on the front of my Goldwing. Not sure if they really work, but it might be a MOD you should perhaps look into as you move forward. I have seen cars and even SUV's that did not fair as well as you. I bet you will be sore in the Morning, but you survived what could have very easily become a nightmare. Obviously the trike saved you from some serious road rash. Might want to take it slow and easy this week-end and count your blessings. You did take quite a JOLT.

Glad to see your Okay!

Okay, I just did a quick search on Deer Whistles. Here is a little of what I discovered:



" Through a chronology of 1,151 such collisions from 1976-78 in Columbia County, Wisconsin, Pils and Martin (1979) identified November as the peak month for car-deer collisions. . . . They also noted a surge late in November, which they attributed to the hunting season [and theorized that it was] probably because hunting disturbance caused greater deer movements.

Meanwhile, as deer remain primarily nocturnal at all seasons, night-time driving increases the chance of hitting a deer. Pils and Martin noted that most deer collisions occur at sunset.
In addition to seasonal peaks in deer movements across roads, deer cross some sections of road more frequently than others . . . . Motorists who do not honor [Deer Crossing] signs (by slowing down) or who simply do not notice these signs at all further increase their chances of hitting a deer."

You decide.. Here isthe first site I found and itseems to be informative.

http://www.ibmwr.org/prodreview/deerwsle.html



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Sorry to hear about the damage to your bike but sure glad you got off as lightly as you did. I also think it was the fact that your bike was triked that prevented a lot more damage and injury to you. I've developed a serious dislike of those innocent looking 'woods rats' of late.
 

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Sure sorry to hear and see that you had a mix up with a deer. But does seem that this time, riding a trike really helped to keep you upright and able to regain control.

You will get over it fairly soon, after the muscles quit hurting. The bike can be repaired.

Did you have comprehensive on the bike? Is insurance applicable in this case? Sure would be nice for your pocket book right about now, if you can get some help on getting it fixed.
 

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Wow- I'm sure glad you came through that with no major injuries. It stinks, but the bike can be fixed far easier and more cheaply than the human aboard.

I tend, in general, to be "pro animal" but I think there is a serious problem with deer, in many of the United States, including PA and NY (my home turf), the center (IL and MI) and no doubt many many others. We certainly have a huge problem with them, in the Pacific Northwest. There are roads I simply will NOT ride anymore, in the dark....too hairy.

Not enough predators, I'm guessing? Better to shoot them, humanely, that to kill them (and the folks they jump in front of) with vehicles....the system needs some work, I think.

Glad you're ok....I'm thinking Air Horns are better than Deer Whistles (like you get to see them coming!) :waving:
 

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You had a Power looking out for you that day Doug. :waving:Got really lucky.:clapper:

Circumstances could have easily been different.:(

And ST.... No Doe season is against ALL that is right within so much wrong..:)
 

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Ferrarimx5 wrote:
I do not know if this would have helped, but the previous owner attached two deer whistles on the front of my Goldwing. Not sure if they really work, but it might be a MOD you should perhaps look into as you move forward. I have seen cars and even SUV's that did not fair as well as you. I bet you will be sore in the Morning, but you survived what could have very easily become a nightmare. Obviously the trike saved you from some serious road rash. Might want to take it slow and easy this week-end and count your blessings. You did take quite a JOLT.

Glad to see your Okay!

Okay, I just did a quick search on Deer Whistles. Here is a little of what I discovered:



" Through a chronology of 1,151 such collisions from 1976-78 in Columbia County, Wisconsin, Pils and Martin (1979) identified November as the peak month for car-deer collisions. . . . They also noted a surge late in November, which they attributed to the hunting season [and theorized that it was] probably because hunting disturbance caused greater deer movements.

Meanwhile, as deer remain primarily nocturnal at all seasons, night-time driving increases the chance of hitting a deer. Pils and Martin noted that most deer collisions occur at sunset.
In addition to seasonal peaks in deer movements across roads, deer cross some sections of road more frequently than others . . . . Motorists who do not honor [Deer Crossing] signs (by slowing down) or who simply do not notice these signs at all further increase their chances of hitting a deer."

You decide.. Here isthe first site I found and itseems to be informative.

http://www.ibmwr.org/prodreview/deerwsle.html



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As far as putting Deer Alerts on the Trike, I think the definitive answer is someplace in THIS thread. If you have not read it yet, get yourself a cold one and peruse for a while. :D

As for deer activity, there is no doubt November is the worst month for them. That is breeding season and they are out there like a bunch of drunken teenagers at spring break chasing after the opposite sex.

Deer crossing areas, yes indeed they have established routes. I travel that road to work and back everyday but this is the first time I have seen a deer in this particular spot.

A note of interest is that this was a small one, still had spots on it. While I was picking up pieces of the trike another little one crossed the road and stopped to look at me, it came from the side of the road to which the one I hit was headed. I think they were siblings but I never saw a doe so they may be separated from the doe and running crazy because they don't know what to do.



John; I do have coverage, I just need to cover the deductible so that's not too bad.



Pete; In this particular case I didn't have time to blink between the time this thing came out of the weeds until I hit it. Air horns can help get them off the road if there is time to use them. I just wish I had some good horns that looked decent.
 

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DougW, glad you faired as well as you did. I hit a button buck many years ago with my car and it did more damage that you apparently had . Where is Clymer, we are from Ithaca originally but now reside in VA. Ride safe and heal quickly.
 

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I'm from rural Iowa and we also have herds of deer roaming the roads. Some cyclist I know don't even ride at night because of all the activity. A rider at work totaled a $15000 Harley and busted himself up after hitting one in the early morning. That was over a year ago and he hasn't been on a bike since. I guess it's one of the elements a cyclist must be prepared for just like rain and drunk drivers. Deer whistles .... I just as soon mount a 12 gauge on the Wing but I imagine some one would disapprove. Ride Hard.
 

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Wow Doug, glad to hear your alright. Those critters are oblivious to us around here.

I travel along the river to and from work and have on many occasions had to make evasive moves to avoid them.

Hope you get the trike sorted out and you get rested up this weekend.

Ride Safe, and I mean it, Ray:waving:
 

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Very, Very glad to hear you are ok Doug, and yes, &%$#@! DEER! even gophers will stop and turn back, deer are not as beautiful as I once thought, at least when I'm on the Wing.
 

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As been said many times before, haven't hit one with bike but have with two other vehicles both had deer alerts. I won't be buying anymore.
 

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Saw a fresh kill from last night on my way into work this morning on the Bike. It looked like about a 6 pointer. All I kept thinking was man I don't want to see one of those in front of me on the road while I'm on the Bike. Hit one like you described on my way home from a fishing trip but it wasn't a little bambi with white spots on it she was a big doe. Ended up replacing my right front quarter, hood, grill, bumper, right door and other miscellaneous parts. Was one hell of a mess and not an experience I want to repeat.
 

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