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    Over the weekend, I dodged a roll of carpet that was laying across the left lane and the left shoulder. Thankfully it was daytime and low traffic and an easy gentle swerve around it.
    I got close with a tire carcass in the dark later that night.
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    These stories are what nightmares are made of.

    This guy wasn’t so lucky:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/asap-...700gs.1472735/

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    I brought my Rockster home on a Saturday and got plates and insurance on Monday. Tuesday morning I hit a deer. Gotta love ABS! Caught her on the left rear hip, the bike went wobble wobble and then kept on going, never went down! I stopped as soon as I could and put on the 4-ways, walked back to get the tip of the front fender out of the middle of the road and went on home. There's a chunk of carbon fifer missing, Some day I hope a hunter finds it embedded in her hip!

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    Critters are pretty common in our part of the world:

    Big Horn Sheep


    Cattle




    Sheep


    Deer aftermath


    We had four buffalo hit a half mile down the road from our place a few elk as well. The buffalo were hit by a car. Two elk strikes were fatal to the riders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Critters are pretty common in our part of the world:

    ....Two elk strikes were fatal to the riders.
    Geez. Were those during daylight, or nighttime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridesolo View Post
    I brought my Rockster home on a Saturday and got plates and insurance on Monday. Tuesday morning I hit a deer. Gotta love ABS! Caught her on the left rear hip, the bike went wobble wobble and then kept on going, never went down! I stopped as soon as I could and put on the 4-ways, walked back to get the tip of the front fender out of the middle of the road and went on home. There's a chunk of carbon fifer missing, Some day I hope a hunter finds it embedded in her hip!

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    Ouch... just commented on your Rockster pic in Oilheads. Glad you only have to repair that and not you!
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    I was on the Red Indian Lake west road a number of years ago and had a moose come out onto the road ahead of me. fortunately I had room to slow down and let him go on his way after running down the road for a bit.
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    2017 - winter suprise

    Riding my 09 RT to work on Bond Rd, North Kitsap, just past SR104 turnoff to Port Townsend.. 0600..dark.. just caught a glimpse of a tire rim in the middle of the road and fortunately only caught it on the edge. What kind of knucklehead leaves a wheel rim in the middle of the road?

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    This weekend I stopped and removed a big chunk of metal from an intersection. It weighed about 5 pounds, was disk shaped (6 inch diameter and 2 inches thick), and had a bolt sticking out the center on top. It might have been a flywheel from a small motor. I would have taken a photo, but the driver of a truck stopped at the intersection offered to dispose of it. It would have done some serious tire damage if anyone hit it, car or bike.

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    Dodged innumerable objects in the road - tires, an Igloo cooler, lumber, dead animals, including a dead alligator at the Texas-Louisiana border. Many a pickup trucks and LOL (little old lady) - had an LOL pull out in front of me in an intersection and then STOP in the middle. I was hard on the brakes, about ready to T-bone her, when at the last split-second she speed off. Many deer, elk, cattle, horses. Had a deer dash out ahead of me, slip and fall on the pavement, and scamper off right before it became deer-burger. I was leaned over in a hard right-hand curve, concentration totally on the turn, when just inches ahead flashed an elk. Very sad to report I lost a buddy after he collided with an elk; it would be like running into a Mack truck. Had a buddy killed when a buzzard hit him in the head. I've been lucky (or blessed) in over 50 years of riding - some minor crashes, scrapes, broken bones, contusions, road rash, but I've managed to walk (limp?) away to ride again. Stay safe. Ride focused. Ride with INTENTION.
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    On way to Springfield after a few construction zone crawls, the last outside Ozark, AR, we rerouted for Russellville for the night. Chuck was done for the day and pointed to I-40 for remaining 50 mile run. We rarely hit the I’s if possible….because there’s always a story afterwards.

    I’m a five over averager and flow with local habits guy, Chuck sometimes passes me with a WTF if I ease up more.
    Anyways, he used to lead all the time and he asked me to get us through Arkansas. I got up to the limit and bumped up to the pace. It took less than fifteen minutes and my Wingman roars by following two rabbits. About then I saw a slight swerve ahead and a yellow five gallon pail of something coming my way at warp speed sliding along. I corrected in a micro second and saw it behind me getting collected by one of the many tractor trailers we were staying away from!
    First thing Chuck mentioned was the bucket… had fallen off a flatbed in the right lane and bounced by him.
    We enjoyed a fist bump and a Hallelujah for surviving another run on the Truckerstate!. BTW, I had seen the State Patrol in the median just before he passed me( he noticed him too and got out of fast lane)we were looking behind and luckily no visit and definitely no contact from pail-o-pain. Might’ve left a mark at pace of flow.
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    A chunk of fresh asphalt. One warm summer afternoon I exited the highway and came to a stop at the red light at the bottom of the ramp. When the light turned green and I took off, there was a noticeable bump in my ride. At first, I wondered if I had lost a chunk of my rear tire. I pulled into a parking lot to inspect things and found a 3-inch diameter chunk of asphalt stuck to the rear tire. Apparently, a paving company truck had dropped a bit of asphalt on the off ramp and I didn't notice it.

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