Ok, first all................DAMN its nice to see a Minnesota Bike Plate again! I just moved to Ft. Lauderdale from Mpls in May and I miss MN already!
About the deer incident. I fear the day that a deer runs in front of me...it can be scary. But, why did you go for the back brake? The front has WAY more stopping power. I rarely use my rear brake. I don't know if it would have made a difference in hitting or not hitting the deer, but you never know next time could be more serious. Use more front brake next time.
Your rear tire doesn't look like it was all to good to start out. It looks like a Bridgestone Battleaxe, which if it is, is one of the worst tires you can bike for your bike. Do you and your bike a favor and try out some Dunlop 208 ZRs. They are quite possibly the best tires you can buy for your sportbike.
Don't mean to be negative to you, but I'm just looking out for you so the next time you're better prepared.....
Riding season is just about over in MN isn't it? Or are you the type that rides until it snows? That was me...riding in Nov. Then putting the bike away for good when the first snow came.
I miss the curved road's of MN. Florida has very little in the way of twisties!!! Bummer, but you can ride in Jan. Actually, a little known fact: No one rides in the Summer down here, only in the Winter(starting in Oct). Bet you didn't know that........
Have fun riding......Ride Hard, Ride Safe!