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Oh Deer... again...

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With a sunny 60F-ish Maryland day it seemed time to give the 2018 DCT Wing a little exercise. The rural roads of northern Baltimore County are only a short hop away and I chose my favorite 70-mile loop that includes Prettyboy Reservoir. Heading home, at the 57-mile point, I was tailing a pickup truck at a comfortable distance, figuring deer would hear it and allow both of us safe passage.
No deal... we were doing about 45 mph when a large brown and white blur appeared, seemingly leaping right into me. I felt a "thud" and a slight leftward pull of the steering, but didn't go down and kept moving ahead. The bike seemed to be working fine, but some flapping plastic led me to stop to check the damage. Woah... the photo shows it. (I don't know where the deer ended up, right or left side. Maybe it heard the truck, then decided crossing the road was safe.)
After finishing the ride home I called my insurance company, then rode the 11 miles over to the dealer, a bit anxiously with plastic flapping at (slow lane) freeway speed. It awaits professional attention.
Next accessory: For sure, a deer whistle...
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Back a few years ago, on my way to work at around 5:15 am in early October I hit a small racked 10 pointer dead center when it jetted across in front of an oncoming car to my left. It unfortunately beat the car but not me going the opposite direction. Was still cruising about 75 on impact as it happened so fast I never even had time to chop the throttle. Bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 750, and suffered a fair amount of damage. I repaired the bike, and it rode well, but I never felt the same about that one and sold it. I tried really hard but couldn’t get comfortable with that bike afterward. Replaced it with a new 2007 Yamaha FZ6. Now, that was an awesome machine right there!
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My experience is that you don’t see the one the you hit. Still only have a memory of a ghostly/shadowy brown torso just to the right of center. Almost cut it in two. Destroyed the bike, and I got 15 basketball sized bruises for 2 weeks, from my tumble on the ground, from 60 mph to zero.
My experience was similar in that I only saw the headlights of that car flash as the deer ran across, then huge impact force as though I had run and jumped straight into a Sheetmetal wall. I recall seeing a bunch of bright streaks lighting up my vision which I later assumed to be deer hair lighted up by my headlamp. Hit that deer so hard the dash mounted ignition cylinder blew out the bottom of the lock cylinder. Fortunately for me, it was early October so I was wearing several layers under my leathers. It was also the first time I wore my helmet that year. Ruined that helmet too.
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