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Had a fantastic ride today on the PCH just north of San Francisco! Beautiful scenery and excellent twisties!

A weird thing happened on the way back at the end of the day. It was 5pm and we had just turned onto a narrow country road. I'm doing no more than 20 mph and this young but large deer decides to jump out from the bushes from my left and takes two leaps to cross the road.

It happened so fast and I was tired. I noticed him at the end of his first leap. He was headed right for me. Me, not the bike!

His chest is at my shoulder and I lean towards him to counter the impact. He hits my shoulder, hard! Ouch!! I'm able to keep my bike upright thankfully! The deer does a 360 in a counter-clockwise direction and crashes on the road, breaking his leg in the process. ?

If he hit my bike just in front of me or just behind me, I would have crashed. All three (deer, bike, and me) of us would have been hurt.

The deer scrambled to get to his feet and bounded into the bush with a dangling front leg.

I know all this detail because a friend was riding behind me and saw the whole thing.

I feel bad that I effectively killed this deer, and lucky that I get to ride another day...

The only damage to the bike is a broken left rear turn signal cover. I checked everywhere else for damage. Nothing. My shoulder is still sore today but I have full range of motion.

I guess I made the cougar's next meal a bit easier to hunt down. :(

And me? I'm now a deer hunter with my new bike, Snow Angel. :) Not sure how many of us are out there where the rider and bike remained upright after a deer collision?
 

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PCH is awesome! Is part of it north of san fran still closed, due to landslide, i think? Sucks about the deer, there are some that frequent where i work, they are smart town deer, look both ways before crossing the road (i am not F#$%king kidding about that either), doe teaches the fawn how to cross the street.

Glad you and the ss are ok. You definitely are going to need a decal of a deer to put on there.

Oh, and i had a friend in colorado who split a bighorn sheep, i htink on an r6. Lots of blood and missing plastic, but no crash.
 

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Wow oh wow!!! Glad that you are safe and that you were able to keep upright. Sorry to hear about the deer though
 

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PCH is awesome! Is part of it north of san fran still closed, due to landslide, i think? Sucks about the deer, there are some that frequent where i work, they are smart town deer, look both ways before crossing the road (i am not F#$%king kidding about that either), doe teaches the fawn how to cross the street.

Glad you and the ss are ok. You definitely are going to need a decal of a deer to put on there.

Oh, and i had a friend in colorado who split a bighorn sheep, i htink on an r6. Lots of blood and missing plastic, but no crash.
I was further north - Point Reyes, Tomales, Stewart's Point, etc.

Thanks for the good wishes. Wow about your friend in Colorado! My friend here in the Bay Area did that to a large deer with his BMW GS. Blood and guts everywhere but he remained upright. AND, he had his wife on the back!!
 

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I was further north - Point Reyes, Tomales, Stewart's Point, etc.

Thanks for the good wishes. Wow about your friend in Colorado! My friend here in the Bay Area did that to a large deer with his BMW GS. Blood and guts everywhere but he remained upright. AND, he had his wife on the back!!
Oh yeah, that's some good riding along the bay there. I went that way on my way down to laguna. When i came back i went to petaluma, then turned over, so i missed that part along the bay.
 

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I was further north - Point Reyes, Tomales, Stewart's Point, etc.
One of my favorite spots to ride, when I was out there. Ever stop at the Tomales Bakery? Or the restaurant Nicks Cove, oustanding crab cakes! Straus Creamery!

You are very fortunate to have been unscathed...dusk and dawn, especially popular for deer.
 

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One of my favorite spots to ride, when I was out there. Ever stop at the Tomales Bakery? Or the restaurant Nicks Cove, oustanding crab cakes! Straus Creamery!

You are very fortunate to have been unscathed...dusk and dawn, especially popular for deer.
I love the bakery! I was there on the same day the deer hit me. I haven't been to Nick's yet but will go soon. I've heard very good things about it.

Thanks for the good wishes.
 

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Holy crap!! What a story. Glad you're ok...and glad the bike had minimal damage. :surprise:

Whew!
 
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