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Deer in the headlights

So went out for a short ride the other night and was practicing clutch ups some. (I suck so far) but finished and started to speed up and boom.

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Through the underwear and out the pants. So yes had use both emergency underwear and emergency pants. Lol
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Glad you came out of that so well..... fair to say you were over riding your headlight, isn't it?

Not being too critical; simply stating that if you can't stop in the space that you can see, you are probably going faster than is wise. I know cameras don't see what your eyes do -- you obviously picked out something in time to hit your high beam and then found out it was a deer. If you ahd been on Hi the whole time, you may have been able to catch the reflection off it's eyes from much further away.

Distance, means you have more time to react. Deer are going to become very active and stupid in the next few weeks with the rut coming on. Darn near like they are on bath salts. the further out you can see them, the more time you have to decide what to do.

Your best defense is to slow down, and ride on high beam as much as you can when you choose to run in rural areas. Deer are more active as the sun goes down. This is especially true if the night before was heavily overcast and they couldn't get out to eat.

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Deer probably saw the poll results for the elections. Was trying to kill itself.
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This is why we always say to practice this stuff if a big parking lot and not on a road. Especially at dusk dude!

Way too close of a call for me man.... I'd probably have stopped right there and called for an Uber and left my bike and shit filled underwear on the side of the road.

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Not with the bushes along the side it jumped out of. And I saw it used both breaks and was able to control a small squiggly of a slide/ short lock up. But yes I did gun it after I was playing with the clutch up practice. Also I don't mind any criticism.
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Not with the bushes along the side it jumped out of. And I saw it used both breaks and was able to control a small squiggly of a slide/ short lock up. But yes I did gun it after I was playing with the clutch up practice. Also I don't mind any criticism.
I ride through an Army base for over 10 miles, on a 2 lane divided highway that has huge amounts of brush on both shoulders, and in the divider. Every low spot, every point where the brush grows closest to the road..... the more you understand the factors the deer uses to decide where to cross a road, the better you can prepare for that.

Even saying all of that, I have had deer pop up beside me close enough I could have slapped the thing.

I've also had a flock of turkey polts explode out of the brush and fly right in front of me..... buzzards, too.

When I am in the less developed areas, I always stay as near the middle of the road as possible, on high beam as much as is practical..... and I slow down for the unpredictable.

If I can, I always 'troll' behind a bigger vehicle and let it run point for me. A semi truck two truck and trailer lengths ahead of me does a fine job of identifying anything that might cause an issue. If I am using a car or light truck for this, I am using the light they are throwing on the road to see more than I could otherwise.

A friend some years ago stated that as Deer are a prey animal, they by nature run in very erratic ways when chased. If you try and avoid them, they could very well dodge into your path. If they think you are chasing them, they will do everything they can to avoid contact. Use this to your advantage. Aim at them, rather than trying to avoid.

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