Hawg 1, deer 0. Thank God!
Yep, just got in from a late night meeting at a local City Council. Whilst being the ever vigilant and observant rider, I negotiated 30 miles of rural two lane roads only to find myself and ol Silver Bullet in Peachtree City. Modern "new town" of about 40,000 population and one very large, very recently-struck deer lying in the middle of my lane in a 4-lane!
No time to react!
Pain in my neck!
Pain in my back!
Hold on!!! More silence!
Then, CRASH!!!! My right mirror broke from it's tether and crashed to the pavement at 50mph.
Thoughts.....am I next? What the hell is it gonna feel like? Did notice that there were no cars behind me....so, what's gonna happen???????
All of a sudden....no more tank slapping handlebars. No more wobbling. Just an LT going straight like it was before. Then I noticed my left mirror fell off but was retained by the tether....What the hell?
Nothing. No panic. No pavement. No nothing but the awful smell of deer sh*t!
Thoughts. How did I manage to stay upright and not go down?????
Dunno. Check out all systems. No flashing lights, no noises, brakes work, everything works....huh?
So, I turned around at the next crossover went back and found my mirror...toast...gotta order a new one. Looked over the LT. No damage anywhere else. Just deer sh*t! Lots of it!
Hmmmm.....so THAT is what it feels like going airborne 3 feet in the air!!! Dammit mang! Gonna feel it in the morning I guess.
LT is fine. I am fine. Go figger.
So, what lesson did I learn?
Not sure if I learned anything other than how stable an LT is and how safe the design of the motorcycle really is compared to my Harley. But I will say one thang....
I love that bell! But, really, I suspect that someone upstairs had a leetle something to do with the outcome of THIS southern boy's close encounter of the Bambi kind!!! And I am soooooo thankful!!!
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