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    Bugs that chose your bike or gear as their final resting place

    Talk about striking a pose.
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    Deer whistles don't work with grasshoppers either
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    Is it love bug season where you live?

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    Has anyone else noticed that dead bugs cleaned off the windshield smell like
    dead fish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    Deer whistles don't work with grasshoppers either
    You need grasshopper whistles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUDOLPH148006 View Post
    Has anyone else noticed that dead bugs cleaned off the windshield smell like
    dead fish?
    Also right after a nice light rain...lovely!

    When I lived in Houston..I sprayed PAM cooking spray on all the front facing painted & chrome surfaces of my Jeep to make cleaning the lovebugs off like on TexanRt's ride...those really make a freakin' mess
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    Co-worker noticed a Bee butt sticking out of the chin vent on my helmet.
    Ever had a live one in your helmet? One got me as I pulled into the garage, couldn't get the helmet off fast enough, he stung me on the neck, hope he died!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41077 View Post
    Co-worker noticed a Bee butt sticking out of the chin vent on my helmet.
    Ever had a live one in your helmet? One got me as I pulled into the garage, couldn't get the helmet off fast enough, he stung me on the neck, hope he died!!!!!!!!!!!
    Rode Sunday and had 3 bees. The first two got stuck on the outside of the helmet, right at the crack where it meets the face shield. Glad I had the shield totally closed. Wasn't so lucky with the third bee - found it on the inside of the shield trying to get out. I raised the shield and away it went - and HOME I went. I'm very allergic to bee stings and figured I had tempted fate too much for one day! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 41077 View Post
    Ever had a live one in your helmet?
    No, but I had one fly up my sleeve once. After that, I learned to make sure my sleeves were fastened tight!

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    a bit off topic

    perhaps, but a neat trick for removing all those dead bugs is to use hydrogen peroxide. I use a little trigger squirter bottle to give the front end a good shot. After about five minutes they wash right off with soap and water.
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    I'm gonna try the peroxide! On a serious bug note, I bought some Rain-X bug remover last year(blue spray bottle) and following directions while trying to wash bugs off the front end of a vehicle I found that:
    A. It doesn't work!
    B. It will quickly ruin your wash mitt!

    I use one of those newer ones with the little dangle loops and the stuff caused a crappy goop to form in & all over the mitt. Beware...

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    Sorry no pictures, but you have not lived till you ride through a storm of Florida Love Bugs. Everything facing forward on the bike, including the rider, is covered with black carcasses and big yellow smears. these things go on a mating frenzy several times a year and are so thick that you have to stop and scrape them off the windshield. Nothing removes them easily, my best system is to wait for a torrential rain storm and ride for about an hour through it. This usually cleans most of them off the bike and riding gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldpaul View Post
    perhaps, but a neat trick for removing all those dead bugs is to use hydrogen peroxide. I use a little trigger squirter bottle to give the front end a good shot. After about five minutes they wash right off with soap and water.
    another approach is a wet cloth rag, laid over your windshield and/or body work and left to soak for about 5-8 minutes.

    the bugs wipe right off.

    (learned this from a guy who won "cleanest bike" at a rally. he said all he does is put the rags over this bike at rest stops, keeps the bike reasonably clean so that it dolls up super nice at the rally.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomBarnhart View Post
    Sorry no pictures, but you have not lived till you ride through a storm of Florida Love Bugs.
    live sex in mid-air!!!

    once back in the 70s the love bugs in FL were so bad they had to close the Turnpike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41077 View Post
    Ever had a live one in your helmet?
    I was travelling along a freeway at about 60 when something hit my cheek right where the padding of my open face helmet meets it, right in front of the ear. Felt like a rock had hit me. I wasn't sure if it was a bee, a horsefly, or some other kind of bug, but assumed it had become a grease spot on the side of my face.

    A few miles down the road, something started tickling in my ear, then it started buzzing a little. By the time I stopped, it was a little whirlwind of buzzing and beating wings spinning round and round in my ear. It took all I could do to remain calm, but I got the helmet off and a bumble bee flew off. Him glad to be free, and I glad to have only gotten a smack on the face. Whew!

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