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August 27, 2007

Streak Of Luck

Posted by Kate at August 27, 2007 8:24 PM
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Deer, by far the most dangerous large mammal in north america by number of deaths they inflict.

Kamikaze Bambi! There's an anime in there, some where.

Posted by: Fred at August 28, 2007 8:52 AM

What you see on this video is the biker's nightmare. Those bikers were lucky - especially the second guy. Friends of mine were not so lucky when they struck a deer a few years ago. They survived the crash but with extensive injuries that took a look time to heal. They fully recovered.

As bikers we know that accidents of any kind can be very unforgiving but we accept that when get on the bike. What is hard to accept though, is that many other motorists either do not see you or, if they do, have no respect for you and give you no quarter. I am a much more defensive drive when on my bike than in my car. In 1966 I lost two good buddies who were involved in a head-on with a car. They never had a chance. The driver of the car was at fault. A 750 Norton is no match for a '57 Chevy.

Posted by: a different Bob at August 28, 2007 9:36 AM

I came that close to being hit by deer twice last summer. The difference, I was riding my bicycle in Toronto's ravines.

Posted by: John B at August 28, 2007 11:05 AM

Happens once or twice a year to me on my bicycle, too. Usually, I'm going uphill, so there's next to no chance that I'll run into a deer, although I suppose one could run into me.

Posted by: Silicon Valley Jim at August 28, 2007 11:22 AM

Actually.... I think that the apparent failure to react by ANY of those motorcycle riders shows a serious lack of skill on their part.

I've been riding for 40 plus years BTW.

Posted by: OMMAG at August 28, 2007 11:56 AM

Looks to me like this is the same deer over and over again, in slower and slower motion, so I'm not sure it's a "streak of luck". Just a friendly deer, crossing the road and having the courtesy many of his friends seem to lack.

Either that, or the lack of reaction means it's been pasted in.

Posted by: The Observer at August 28, 2007 12:22 PM

9 out of 10 times that deer would've slipped on the pavement. I'd have bought a loto ticket were I the biker.

By the way, I know what it's like to catch a bird on my bike ... I can't imagine a deer running at that speed.

Posted by: Paul at August 28, 2007 1:44 PM

That deer came within a hair of being killed or injured.

That's why cars, trucks and motorcycles should all be banned from driving on all roads.

Every year, doggies and kitties and deer and groundhogs are murdered by motor vehicles.

We need to keep these menacing animal killers off our roads. Plus, we would help eliminate global warming.

Posted by: manorrd at August 28, 2007 2:19 PM

It sure looks like a fake to me. No shadow on the deer and the deer image is sharper than the rider it "leaps" over. Anyone else concur?

Posted by: Carson at August 28, 2007 2:26 PM

OK, there was a shadow from the deer. But the lighting still looks off. Hmmm. Maybe just my monitor. :-)

Posted by: Carson at August 28, 2007 2:28 PM

Hit a raccoon once, with my BACK tire. Don't think I'd like to hit a deer.

The lack of response from the riders is interesting. Too much dope in younger days, or too much dope that day?

Posted by: The Phantom at August 28, 2007 4:11 PM

This happened to me last year, only it there were 4 or 5 deer.

I was riding along and these deer were running beside me in the field alongside the road. I thought it was pretty cool...until the lead dear decided to cross the road right in front of me.

As in the video, you have no time to react. I was just lucky that there was enough space between me and the deer, or I would have been toast!

Posted by: manorrd at August 28, 2007 4:20 PM

I live in northeastern BC and my truck is a deer-magnet, just like everyone else's it seems. Up here, they're like mice. They spend their time gobbling up nutritious canola in farmer's fields, so they have the energy to dart onto roads.

From my own experience, and others, my main tip is to remember that YOU CAN NOT OUTMANEUVER DEER. If you encounter deer, moose, caribou, etc., HIT THE BRAKES. Deer will always unexpectedly change direction. That's how they survive when they're being chased. ABS brakes are your friend.

Stay alert, slow down, keep those eyes peeled, and good luck!

Posted by: rg at August 28, 2007 5:59 PM

Been there, done that, with my Gold Wing. My current pickup truck has a whitetail imprint in the passenger door and antler dimples in the fender. Bambi wasn't polite enough to stick around and exchange insurance information.

Posted by: Skip at August 28, 2007 6:09 PM

"Actually.... I think that the apparent failure to react by ANY of those motorcycle riders shows a serious lack of skill on their part."

What you didn't notice the rider duck and watch the deer pass over? :) That deer was boar-hoggin out of cover,if your close enough when that happens luck is the only thing on your side. Unless you meant the traffic not slowing down for the rest of the herd that may be following?

Posted by: Mugs at August 29, 2007 12:47 AM
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