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post #1 of 37 Old Oct 9th, 2006, 10:36 pm Thread Starter
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Ever run over a bird?

Sorry I don't have photos for this. I'm not kidding! Noticed a spot of something apparently leaking from above the center stand on my bike on the garage floor tonight. So, I get the $22,000 flashlight out of my stingray compartment and look under my bike. There was a small dead bird wedged under the right side of the center stand! Well, actually, the centerstand was deployed when I found the bird, so I guess it's some sort of crossmember? Any way... THERE WAS A DEAD BIRD UNDER MY BIKE! Go figure! The good news is, no motorcycle vital fluid was leaking. Who'd a thunk it?

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A Kill's a Kill in my book...

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I was hitch hiking in South Florida. Got picked up by an 18 wheeler. At 60 MPH we hit a Pelican that came through the wind shield and puked dead fish all over me. Does that count?

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I have had two hits with birds involved, both while we were on rides with the Ulysses Club here.
The first one, we were heading down a straight stretch of backroads and doing a fairly good clip, when I noticed two birds chasing each other and about to cross my path right to left. I figured they would be out of the way before I got to them, when suddenly the second bird made a hard left-hand turn and dived straight down under the fairing. There was a thud and then a big puff of feathers flew up from the front. The wife who had been sitting back daydreaming at the countryside, suddenly jumped as we passed through the cloud of feathers and went "What the #@$* was that?" Never did find any sign of a body or anything left of it.
The second time we were on a twisty road coming up out of Wyangla Dam, not going very fast. Next thing this bird comes flitting and looping through the trees, obviously not looking where he was going, then BONK! it goes careening off my helmet. The wife thought that was quite funny and had a good laugh about it.

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Greetings all.

All great kentucky fried stories, but the Pelican has got to be the prize winner if nothing else for sheer size.

Congrats!

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I hit one with my right fork one time - small cloud of feathers and that's it....

Come awfully close to some of those buzzards down in Tejas though - I have heard some gross storeis about hitting or even scaring them.... yech...

I'm with John - paint a small bird silhouette on the side.... 4 more and you're an ace...

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Well, since we're doin' bird stories.... Yeah, I've had a few bird strikes but the one I like best is where the bird *may* have survived............

Ridin' back across Texas on an FXR Harley with a small Windvest windshield, I was passin' a semi when I saw a flight of ducks crossin' from my left to my right. I was runnin' 85+ & couldn't tell if we were going to hit 'till the last second. The #3 bird was just at windshield height & slow enough that we were gonna try to occupy the same space at the same time. I was just pullin' ahead of the semi & had nowhere to go so I just put my helmet down & hung on. I figured I was gonna loose a windshield & get messy, but could survive it. I actually felt the birds wing brush my back as it flew over! Did a quick check over my right shoulder & saw the bird, apparently uninjured, caught in the wind swirl from my bike tumble over the bug guard on the semi without hitting anything. The bird cleared the semi doing a pretty convincing imitation of a lomcevak & disappeared on the other side. I don't have a clue if it survived, but it never touched the bike.

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Birdies and Big Bird

I was hit square in the chest by a pigeon or crow or some kind of winged thing on an unfaired Honda CB500. Feathers and shit everywhere, but the bird got away and so did I. The bird lost more s--t than I did, but it was close.

Around here wild turkeys can be a hazzard. A rider was killed in NH a couple of years ago when a big bird flew out of the woods, hit him causing him to lose control, and he in turn hit a tree. Killed him. Don't know about the bird; status of the bird wasn't mentioned in the newspaper article if I recall correctly.

The turkeys can be like deer, coming out of the woods and into the road without warning.

I'm thinking about installing a turkey whistle; can anyone suggest a good brand of turkey whistle?
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I was hit square in the chest by a pigeon or crow or some kind of winged thing on an unfaired Honda CB500. Feathers and shit everywhere, but the bird got away and so did I. The bird lost more s--t than I did, but it was close.

Around here wild turkeys can be a hazzard. A rider was killed in NH a couple of years ago when a big bird flew out of the woods, hit him causing him to lose control, and he in turn hit a tree. Killed him. Don't know about the bird; status of the bird wasn't mentioned in the newspaper article if I recall correctly.

The turkeys can be like deer, coming out of the woods and into the road without warning.

I'm thinking about installing a turkey whistle; can anyone suggest a good brand of turkey whistle?
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I was riding FM335 in the Texas Hill Country, rounded a blind corner and almost hit a 6 foot tall, 150 pound Emu. An Emu is a slightly smaller version of an ostridge. People got suckered into raising them for meat, feathers and other by products. Most went broke, couldn't afford to feed them and set them free.

Riding in Mexico through a small village, I came upon a rooster and his harem of hens. The rooster must have thought my Canyon Red K1200LT was challenging him for alpha rooster, and ran along side of me trying to run me off. In desperation, he tried to knock the bike down. Feathers everywhere, but he survived to fight another day.
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Once saw a Canadian Goose get decimated by an 18 wheeler....unfortunately I was riding right behind the 18 wheeler and I got the fuzz and goop leftovers.


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Caught a dove one time in the car, right at the front edge of the hood. It was like a sack of blood and goo that exploded down the hood and across the windshield. Pretty cool.
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In '69 on my Bonnie doing about 90mph a dove hit my left shoulder, almost took me off the bike and I couldn't move my arm for 2 days. I have hit about 6 or 7 birds over the years, 2 last year both on the LT and both hit the lower legs.

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Whoa Charlie!
Turkey whistles attract them birds!!!!!!
No, no... that's a turkey call.
A turkey whistle is designed to scare 'em off like a deer whistle does.

I love it when I get taken seriously.
Really, I was just trying to start a "Turkey Whistle" thread.
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An owl flew across my face late one night, seemed like a couple feet away. Scared the CRAP out of me, but no contact made. My arms were shaking for a while. That wouldn't have been fun - it was huge.
I had a hearty welt on my forehead from a June Bug once. I caught a wasp or bumble bee off my shoulder once as well - felt like a rock - even through my jacket.

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In my 14 whole months of riding I've bounced 2 small birds off the windshield but nothing serious like you guys mention: pelicans, turkeys, buzzards, and emus!!

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Hit a bird at least once a year. Usually small. Amazing how much shit and feathers such a small creature can leave all over your bike.
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I had the same experience but found a Gold Wing lodged up under the center stand. Go figure.
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I hit a wild turkey just this spring while riding in Oregon. Didn't fly, just woddled across the road. Tried to miss it but at the last second it darted back into my path. Hit it at about 25mph with both the front and back wheels. Major clean up after that one.

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Funny to be reading this today...

I was returning home today coming in from Upstate New York and I came off I-90 in western Mass at exit 1 and headed down into Connecticut. It was great riding today so I decided to take a more scenic route through Western Mass and come into Norfolk via Route 183. It is justa curvy and hilly one lane road and as I popped over a rise there was a Blue Heron... (I think) in the center of the road and I startled it and it took off in the same direction as I was heading... It's a rather large bird.. about 36 inch wingspan and was quickly running just about 30 feet ahead of me trying to gain altitude but because of low hanging dense tree cover was limited to flying directly ahead... seemed to be turning it's head looking at me and flying left, right, left for at least three or four iterations.. Then I beeped the horn... I guess the heron thought that was my shot or the launch of a missile... so it took a quick swing into a opening on the left after doing a sort of stall.. as it turned it took a hugh white stringy crap that headed my way.. Needless I had to do my own maneuver..


I'm guessing that was the chaff to confuse my radar.. so my missile would not hit the 'bird'... I avoided his 'fire' and continued on...

Mental note to self: When following large bird to not make loud noise...

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I thought it sounded like a lot of B.S. (bird stuffings) to me.

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I've hit and killed about 6-7 birds over the past 15 years, including a crow and a swallow on my cross country trip last month. The scariest near miss I ever had was with a California Condor; those things are friggin' HUGE! It took off from the side of the road (nibbling on something's carcass) and flew right across the front of the bike, then was flying literally right next to me for about 50 yards. The whole time I was thinking, killing this thing is NOT the way I want to be remembered, or make the news!

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only 2 or 3-- one very memorable,on the Norton, a bluejay ,over 90, pretty much head-on into the sternum , right above the level to which the leather jacket was zipped.
managed to get to the side of the road to dis-impale him and regain the wind he knocked out of me without a total crash, did lay over in the grass in the process.

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buzzard to the hood/windshield on the GMC about 85

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scissortails(2) into the front of a Z06 (through the left wire mesh and into the intake) speed ,ummmmm, unreportable

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I was riding FM335 in the Texas Hill Country, rounded a blind corner and almost hit a 6 foot tall, 150 pound Emu. An Emu is a slightly smaller version of an ostridge. People got suckered into raising them for meat, feathers and other by products. Most went broke, couldn't afford to feed them and set them free.

Riding in Mexico through a small village, I came upon a rooster and his harem of hens. The rooster must have thought my Canyon Red K1200LT was challenging him for alpha rooster, and ran along side of me trying to run me off. In desperation, he tried to knock the bike down. Feathers everywhere, but he survived to fight another day.
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I think your Emu made it over to FM337 (Guys, if you've never been, you need to come to the Texas Hill Country and ride the Three Twisted Sisters 335, 336, & 337) and got nailed by something bigger, cause it was lying in the other lane of travel from me. So, your Emu wasn't a problem, however; the damn buzzards that were having a buffet started running and one jumped up and made a hard right, directly into my path. I was on an Ultra at the time and parts of him came through the engine guards on both sides and spread goo, feathers, decomposing Emu, and who knows what else, all over my legs and arms. I was chewing gum at the time and it got covered in nasty feathers (please tell me it was JUST feathers). For the next 45 miles I could smell cooking buzzard on my lead jug. Not sure I ever got all of him off that bike, cause on the regular occasions it would overheat I could still get a wiff of that cooking smell.

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My wife hit a vulture a couple of weeks ago. I was leading, for some reason it dived at me, and just missed my windshield, which tossed it out of control. My wife, following, at about 90 MPH, took it just to the right of top dead center of the windshield. She just had time to duct, and the broken windshield with bird surfing on it, hit her helmet, and slid off.

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1. Broken windshield (broke off right down to the mounts), couple of hundred bucks.
2. Stiff neck, frightened out of her wits, a couple of bucks worth of Advil.
3. Dead vulture, priceless

We SLOWED to 60 MPH or so to limp back home (less than a hundred miles away), reinstalled factory windshield, rode again the next day. New Cee Bailey windshield now installed, and lesson learned about "bird watching"

Hey, I invested in anti-lock brakes, why can't the birds?

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So far, here is the tally:

1) one small female deer, one K1200RS, 60+ mph, we both did ok. Lotsa deer poop.
2) one k75rt, one groundhog, like a soft speed bump, at 80mph. Bike was fine. Ground hog not so good.

3) one K1200LTC, 100 plus mph, one wild turkey, clipped him @ the neckline (his) betwen my foot and the peg mount, decapitating bird, sprained my knee (turned my foot outwards) and nearly dropped bike, result of the speed I was going.
head came clean off, very surprised look on the bird.

4) one medium size crow, one HJC full face helmet, 70 mph on the LTC, riccocheted off windshield, no cracks, and exploded into my face shield, took it off the helmet, plenty of feathers everywhere. Lotsa crow crap on windshield. Must have emptied him, as the helmet was clean.

The pelican guy has it hands down, if you ask me.....
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I thought it sounded like a lot of B.S. (bird stuffings) to me.
I will agree... was a lot more bird stuffing that I usually see!..

Side note.. sure glad cows don't fly!

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post #33 of 37 Old Oct 11th, 2006, 8:23 pm
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Well, cows may not fly, but I learned my lesson after being stuck behind a cattle truck for a few miles.

Lets just say there was some cleanup to do , both me and the bike, when I got home.

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4 birds in 4 days + 2 the next week.

So, I got a nail in the rear tire of the LT and while I waited for a new tire, I drove the wifes Bonneville to work. It was either Monday or Tuesday. I hit a bird on the top of the wind shield. Don't know if it died. Probably only the 3rd or 4th bird I have gotten, but I didn't think much of it.

Next day, I took the Pickup to work, with the new tire for the LT in the back (Bike was parked sans rear wheel at my bosses house). Nailed a bird on the front edge of the hood. Killed it.

Next day, LT back in action. Within 100 yards of where I got the one with the Ford, I nailed on square in the head light.

Next day, again on the LT. Again, on the same road and this though popped into my mind. "Hmmm, I have hit a bird with every vehicle I own this week, how odd!" and not ten seconds later, nailed another one square in the head light.

Next week, on the way to work, again same stretch of road, bang, get one again, this time on the lower spoiler and subsequently my left toe.

That night, on the way home (different stretch or road), bam, square in the headlight again.

This one stretch of road is North-South and has Soy Beans planted on the east side and corn on the left side. For some reason, the birds seem to bed down in the east ditch and when they see/hear a vehicle, feel the need to directly across the road into the corn. Weird.

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Larry,

You running a blue headlight? Oh...wait...never mind, that's bugs.

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Duck!

I once hit a duck with the mirror of a Honda ST 1100. It was one of about 6 that were coming in for landing in the middle of the road. A wildlife guy later told me that early in the morning (when this happend) the low angle light reflects off of the asphalt and water fowl mistake it for water.
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bam, square in the headlight again.
You need to take that "Free Bird Seed" sign off the front of your LT.


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