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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-27-2005, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hit A Deer...

Coming home late, actually early on the 18th, from a friend's house, a buck came up beside me in the fog. I saw it just long enough to think, "Man, that deer's gonna jump out in front of me..."

Put short, it did, clipped my bars with it's leg and put me into the pavement at 60. Only part I really remember about the crash is the sound my helmet made on asphalt: f*cked up.

Road rash down my left side, a broken collar bone, and a badly broken ring finger. The bike's in a lot better shape than me, though. The forks are tweaked a little, there's a good sized dent in the tank, the turn signals on the left are broken, and I'm missing a shifter peg, but that's all. Must be the American engineering...

p.s. Just found out I was fully covered: even for the helmet.
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Good to hear you came out of it alive. What gear were you wearing??




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I always rip down this very long, slightly curvy straight, pretty much in the woods and always fear a deer as I'm coming over one of the many crests. My bikes almost topped out for a couple minutes. That would not be good hitting a deer.

Anyways, glad to hear you made it out rather safely.
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All I had on aside from my full-face HJC was jeans, boots, and a tshirt, which I now realize was pretty stupid. The helmet saved my face, though; broke the shield and wore some flat spots into the plastic, but saved my noggin.
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All I had on aside from my full-face HJC was jeans, boots, and a tshirt...
Now how did I know you were going to say that? Actually, you surprised me with the full-face helmet.

Shame it took an accident to make you realise that not wearing gear is stupid.

Hope the wounds heal quick so you can get to the shops to buy some gear...

Take it easy.




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You're right. And thanks.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 04:31 AM
 
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I was curious to see if a helmet actually protects you as I hear they get destroyed very very quickly after touching the pavement, but after that account my faith has been restored. Here in NY they are mandatory by law but I wear full face anyway.
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I was curious to see if a helmet actually protects you as I hear they get destroyed very very quickly after touching the pavement, but after that account my faith has been restored...
Where did you hear that???

Any decent helmet should hold up in a big fall.




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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 12:58 PM
 
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It was some anti-helmet website that says there shouldnt be a law requiring them because the extra weight acts on your neck or something and can break your neck. I don't support them, I like my helmet.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 01:07 PM
 
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Lucky you made it out that easily with the little gear you wore. Thankfully you were wearing a full face helmet & I to have had helmets save my head & such.

Thing is with a deer it does not mean this will be the only one & there is NO way you can be prepared for one. Also said deer will not go back to other deer & tell them to stay clear of the hwys & things like big trucks, cars to even m/cs.

So heal up man & get the bike back into running order.

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