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    Has anyone else ever found bugs squashed on the back of their windscreen? There's got to be some weird aerodynamics going on since I don't ride that slow and I don't think there are any bugs that fast...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyname View Post
    Has anyone else ever found bugs squashed on the back of their windscreen? .
    You made me laugh , thanks.
    It seems every time I ride in Maine or Canada I have to clean bugs on the inside.

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    I try my best to avoid the LA (Lower Alabama) and Florida lovebug season. There's a reason a lot of LA and FL cars were bug deflectors on the front of their cars, and I don't have a similar deflector on either of my bikes. But I do have one bug story to share -- two years ago I was on my way back to my collegiate alma mater in OK, traveling on I-40 in eastern OK. I hit a swarm of dragonflies! I thought I'd made it through with no visible ill effects. I was wrong! That evening, after checking into my motel room, I went back to put my RT to bed when I saw the body of a dragonfly wedged between my instrument gauge and fairing. I pulled most of it out, and then noticed another on the other side of the gauge. And a third. Later, I noticed my headlight cover was scarred between the center bulb and the left halo light. I'm still working on that scar, working to buff out the deep scratches. I figure a dragonfly got caught between the headlight protector and the headlight. Finally, I recently pulled off the Tupperware and found one more dragonfly perfectly preserved on the intake side of the radiator. I know I don't want to hit any more swarms of dragonflies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVENRANKIN View Post
    Never had a wasp, hornet sting me down south of the waist line. I guess my choice of riding pants and the tight belt worn while wearing them has helped.
    Sorry, tight belt made me chuckle and picture this:

    E91E8DAA-4E0D-4047-9D92-F2C979B7D75A.jpeg

    That would stop some bugs!
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    and more bugs......

    Back in the early '80s I was riding my old R90/6 home from work in Intercoastal City, LA, to Port Aransas, TX, and traveling on the old coast road (TX 87) from Sabine Pass to Galveston (mostly gone now.... washed away) and found myself participating in the annual Monarch butterfly migration. Unfortunately for all of us they were heading north. Even at about 20mph I only made about 20 minutes between face shield cleanings (no windshield) which entailed parking the bike and walking about 100 feet down to the edge of the surf. Long day, but an incredible experience.

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    I've killed a couple small birds with my helmet.
    When Debbie used to ride on the back she would give me hell if I ducked.
    She told me I should protect her and take it like a man
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyname View Post
    Has anyone else ever found bugs squashed on the back of their windscreen? There's got to be some weird aerodynamics going on since I don't ride that slow and I don't think there are any bugs that fast...
    All the time....
    Not to mention the weird places one finds the remnants of the bugs too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    When "Where did you hit it?" refers to the location of impact on the carcass instead of your vehicle.............................you know you're in the sticks.
    Some areas we ride, are way in the sticks and it isn't uncommon for us to see a panther and/or black bears and deer on the levees in the Miccosukee reservation if we get there early in the AM..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDERR1150GSADV View Post
    Some areas we ride, are way in the sticks and it isn't uncommon for us to see a panther and/or black bears and deer on the levees in the Miccosukee reservation if we get there early in the AM..
    No locals butchering the roadkill??? Sounds pretty upscale to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    No locals butchering the roadkill??? Sounds pretty upscale to me
    We leave that to Kentucky and Tennessee......




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    My Aussie buddy and I rode across Montana headed for AKBeemer's in June last year.
    There were millions of grasshoppers on US 12, whoever was riding lead parted the waves so to speak but both of our feet and lower legs were completely covered in Hopper Guts by the time we got to Helena. AKBeemer took great pleasure in pressure washing us before we entered his garage.

    I didn't get the hoppers out of all the nooks and crannies on the bike until mid-winter disassembly and cleaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I've killed a couple small birds with my helmet.
    When Debbie used to ride on the back she would give me hell if I ducked.
    She told me I should protect her and take it like a man
    A June bug to the forehead at about 45mph back in the late '60s convinced me that maybe helmets were a good idea after all.....

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    One summer in Montana I rode over a hill and there was what looked like thick, dark smoke in the air. It wasn't. It was bugs! When I stopped for the night the front on my Harley was covered with a thick green/brown goo. A long with the top of my helmet. I couldn't see the fair color through the layer of bugs. I washed thd bike that night and the next day found another few thick swarms. I gave up and washed when I got home!
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIEJO View Post
    A June bug to the forehead at about 45mph back in the late '60s convinced me that maybe helmets were a good idea after all.....
    And yet we have 'riders' down here without helmets.....
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