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It finally happened to me. I got taken out be two deer this morning. They ran out of the pasture to my left and I didn't have a chance. The first one cleared my nose and clipped my right mirror knocking it off. The second caught the headlight with it's head and the body swung around and hit my wife's leg and took out the sidecase. I made a big "bobble" and held it straight. I stopped down the road about half a mile. My throttle was stuck where the deer cave in the clip that holds the cables under the tupperware. Tupperware was scattered all over the road. I was so happy we didn't go down. We are both OK but the bike is a mess. Now starts the fight with the insurance company. It's an 03 with 75K miles on it. I have full coverage though. I'll find out how good it is now. Ride safe out there.......










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The bike is replaceable...........glad you and the pillion are OK.........B-Safe out there.....
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Holy Moly, James. I'm so glad you guyz are ok, butt that bike makes me think your angel got real busy this morning, after the deer woke her up - thank goodness. Sorry for the upcoming hassle dealing with the insurer - be really nice if they ponied up ed zachery what they should; do it in a timely manner; and get you guyz whole again and ready for the fall weather rides. Kinda what you pay 'em to do!!!

Hey, btw - today is Tejas lottery day. Might be worth an investment of a coupla bucks to see if your lucky streak continues!!
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Happy to see that you were able to maintain control of the bike
and that both you and your wife emerged unscathed by the encounter.
Looks like the bike absorbed much of the energy of the collision.
The bike can be repaired or replaced.
That you're still with us and able to continue riding, priceless.

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Glad you stayed it up right.
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WOW........Glad y'all are okay!

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You get an A+! Damn it man! Great to read your writing here!
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Lives are a lot more precious than the bike, glad you both made it through that ordeal ok. What time of the day did this happen?

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Unfortunately deer strikes are part of the [potential] penalty we pay for riding bikes. But I've got to say that given the enormous mass of the LT plus rider (and in many cases, passenger), the chances of survival are much better than on a lighter bike. We're all glad to hear you survived and the only damage was to the bike. Bikes can be repaired a lot easier than riders. Good luck with the insurance company.
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Nice riding....glad that the humans won! and good luck with the insurance company. They will push hard initially for depreciated book value..Replacement retail is the goal unless you have declared value. Some pretty good deals out there right now on low mileage 05 and 06's.

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Thanks guys. It happened at 7:15 and sunrise was at 7:28. The weight of the bike carried me through the strike and I was lucky the deer didn't hit the front wheel or the handlebars or it could have been bad............ ..........I just cleaned out my bags and found my compressor in the bag was busted and so is my bank bag I carry tools in.

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Good job handling the bike!!!
I've seen a few of those that were a whole lot worse. Says a lot for the stability of the LT too. Methinks a lighter bike may have not faired as well. Good luck on the insurance & let everyone know how it comes out.

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Great job riding that out! Both of you were very lucky. How much damage did this do to your SO's leg?

I hope the insurance folks treat you right. I do imagine that they will total this one from all the plastic damage. Do consider buying it back for salvage.

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Dude!!! Not one, but two horned rats!!! Glad it turned out the way it did!
Did your wife get hit hard on the leg? Maybe some bruising will show later, so be sure to take pictures if you need to invoke your medical coverage.
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Glad it worked out for the best, considering the alternative!

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Wow, a 2 fer....Amazing! Way to hang on to the bike after taking out 2 deer, Glad you guys are OK....Thank god it wasn't a moose
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It's very good that you're both ok.

Where I live (Rochester Hills, Mi) even though it's a city we have the highest deer collisions in the Detroit metro area. I can't believe how many are running around and there's no hunting (unless you do it with your car or motorcycle )

Here's a recent article about it.

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"Deer crashes killed 10 people statewide in 2009, the Michigan State Police said. All were on motorcycles."

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I am also glad that you are OK. Were you able to ride it back home?

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LT two Deer zero. Glad to here you both are OK. Good on ya keeping it rubber side down especially two up.

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I am always glad to hear the stories with a happy middle. Great to hear you are OK and didn't go down. Hope the wife is OK. I have a couple of questions though. 1) how's the meat taste? 2) how deep was the seat cover sucked up when you stopped?

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Great to hear you "pulled through," stayed upright, and are both fine. I'm sure you have some laundry to do given the "oh crap" moment!
Did you skin 'em for new seat covers or whack off their noggin's to hang in the man cave for a conversation starter?


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I had a friend pick me up with his trailer. I totaled up the parts for the bike and it's just over $5,000 dollars. That's not including any labor. The Kelley bluebook on it is $10,195. I figure they will total it..............

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Please let us know who you are insured with and how they perform.

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I had a Honda Shadow and hit a deer doing about 45 and I hit it broadside. Did $5000.00 worth of damage to my $9000.00 bike and I only broke two ribs. The insurance company paid to have it fixed.From then on I don't ride at night especially in the country. I'm glad you managed to remain upright and survived.


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When I was working and living in Lufkin, living out of town, I got off at midnight and would often see small herds of deer alongside the road on the way home. It was scary because you just don't know what those burgers are gonna' do! I had some close calls and some nights it would be so foggy you couldn't see them 50 feet away! Glad you and yours are OK.

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Wow! Glad you're ok....that's the important part. The LT did it's job. It will be interesting to see what your IC does with the bike. I own a body shop, and while I don't have experience with motorcycle wrecks, the insurance companies have had a real quick trigger finger for totaling cars and trucks (sometimes at 50% of ACV) because of what they are getting for salvage these days. At any rate, I hope you and them can come up with a solution that makes all parties happy.
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WOW...glad you and wife are OK...Some great driving and like said the LT did it's job
Just a REMINDER to all of us we have to be careful more now because deer season has opened and they will run in a drop of a "snap" in the woods..
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James, all I can say is WOW! 2 of those critters at once! A real big pat on the back to you for the skill to not only keep it up with both of you on board, but especially with the throttle cables stuck! Must have been busy with the clutch, gears and kill switch all at once while trying to slow her down!
It sounds like you two made it through OK, but don't hesitate to go see your Dr if either one of you feels the pain.
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James,

Thank god you and your ridder are ok! When I was a kid, my parents hit a deer with their car and totalled the car. But you hit TWO deer and on a BIKE?!?!?! I guess between God's mercy and German Aero-dynamic design, you were well protected .

Unfortunetly insurance companies don't include sentimental valve in thier decisions. Or even the thought of possibly parting out the bike. I'd kill for that windshield and the chrome strips on it. (my recently bought '03 has a aftermarket windshield that is driving me bonkers.)

Sooooo, 2 deers, hmmmmmm. That sounds like time for a RoadKill BBQ!! (Dibs on the Deer Jerky!!).
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Nice riding....glad that the humans won! and good luck with the insurance company. They will push hard initially for depreciated book value..Replacement retail is the goal unless you have declared value. Some pretty good deals out there right now on low mileage 05 and 06's.

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A year ago my 2004 at a little over 85,000 miles had $5,400 in damage from a hunk of flying concrete. Allstate tried to have it totaled because of the milage. Every dealer they called told them the same thing that the milage wasn't that high for a LT. I fixed everything myself and about a month later I got a check for the full amount. If you have the time to fight them for every dollar you should be able to get what you want.

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Glad you keep the bike upright. Just wow. I hate deer.

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Glad to see your ok, good driving skills as well. I know I hit one last year. Damage looks to be about the same, the head light done, turn signals gone,not to mention the mirrors. About 5800.00 in damage but two months later Hermy put it all back together. I have Rider insurance and had no problem with them. Hope things go well for you.

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Glad you and the missus survived to tell the tale.

danged woods rats. I hear this will be a good year for the hunters. Maybe they'll thin the herds judiciously.

Good reminder to the rest of us to be more vigilant especially with the cooler weather we're having now.

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Congratulations on keeping her upright!

I addition you are now stimulating the economy. From what I read no injuries at all, not even minor? Amazing!!!

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OUTSTANDING job keeping her up. I am happy to hear you two are ok. I have seen a few but no contact, YET.

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Wow, great driving. This is my big worry here in northern MI. Glad you are ok!!

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Dib's on front seat of James' "How to hit 2 deer on a K1200LT and stay rubber side down." class!
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Glad you guys made it out OK, just for future reference...."taken out" usually means down and out ......Glad that wasn't the case!

Just out of curiosity , how fast were you going?

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I was running at least 60. I had just got into fifth from the last turn onto the farm road. It was all over before I knew it. My wife has a sore ankle from the hit but other than that we are both OK. I looked at it again this morning and there's several of the mounting braces bent and the fan shroud is busted. We were very lucky to have stayed up. Had it been my old Venture with the fairing mounted on the forks, I would have went down. I just held on tight and looked straight down the road. I was determined to stay upright............

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Glad you and you wife are alright. I'm not a fortune teller, but I see a K1600GTL in your future.
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Awesome job keeping the LT upright. Glad your after crash issues don't seem to be lingering, except the bike of course. Now the joy of fighting with your insurance company. Many of us would be interested in how that all turns out when you have a resolution.

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Very glad you and your wife are alright. Scary incident. I am always on the lookout here in Iowa were the deer population is slightly greater than the number of atoms in Mt. Everest. I'm actually amazed the bike didn't sustain more damage.

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Glad to hear you walked away. It's always encouraging to hear that bike is pretty stout.

Info, State Farm just released some statistics on the probability of a deer strike
It contains a map with probabilities by state.

http://www.statefarm.com/aboutus/_pr...-frequency.asp

http://www.statefarm.com/aboutus/_im..._with_deer.jpg

Doesn't look like you can put your guard down much of anywhere.

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Dairyland called me yesterday. She talked to my wife at home first. The first question she asked was if the accident was preventable. My wife told her she didn't see how it could have been prevented. Then she called me to confirm the whereabouts of the bike. Since I live out in the country she said she'd have the adjuster call me before he comes out and I could lead him out here. I guess I'll find out how good my insurance is. Then I can decide whether it's worse dealing with deer or insurance companies.........

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Dairyland called me yesterday. She talked to my wife at home first. The first question she asked was if the accident was preventable. My wife told her she didn't see how it could have been prevented. Then she called me to confirm the whereabouts of the bike. Since I live out in the country she said she'd have the adjuster call me before he comes out and I could lead him out here. I guess I'll find out how good my insurance is. Then I can decide whether it's worse dealing with deer or insurance companies.........
Obviously the caller isn't a rider. The fact that they aren't paying extensive medical expenses for two should be their clue. Hopefully the adjuster will treat you well. Keep us posted. Glad you & your wife are OK.

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I guess I'll find out how good my insurance is. Then I can decide whether it's worse dealing with deer or insurance companies.........
You can eat the deer, just don't try eating the insurance adjuster!

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I was running at least 60. I had just got into fifth from the last turn onto the farm road. It was all over before I knew it. My wife has a sore ankle from the hit but other than that we are both OK. I looked at it again this morning and there's several of the mounting braces bent and the fan shroud is busted. We were very lucky to have stayed up. Had it been my old Venture with the fairing mounted on the forks, I would have went down. I just held on tight and looked straight down the road. I was determined to stay upright............
Looked straight ahead and stayed upright. HOORAY for you.....GOOD JOB. So much better than swerving to miss them even though you probably didn't have time to do that anyway. Congrats!
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Adjuster stopped by today. He told the wife it didn't look as bad as he thought it would. I wrote down all the busted/cracked/shattered pieces and looked them up on Chicago BMW's website. I came up with $6500 worth and I couldn't find all the mounting brackets for the tupperware. After standing in front of the bike and looking at it, it seems to all be pushed to the right. The right side sticks out like it has all been pushed over. My radiator and fan are crunched and the brackets are pushed back past the main frame. I'm not sure what kind of damage may be under the nose cone. I've never been in there. I'm hoping they total it. I don't think it would be any fun to repair...........

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It finally happened to me. I got taken out be two deer this morning. They ran out of the pasture to my left and I didn't have a chance. The first one cleared my nose and clipped my right mirror knocking it off. The second caught the headlight with it's head and the body swung around and hit my wife's leg and took out the sidecase. I made a big "bobble" and held it straight. I stopped down the road about half a mile. My throttle was stuck where the deer cave in the clip that holds the cables under the tupperware. Tupperware was scattered all over the road. I was so happy we didn't go down. We are both OK but the bike is a mess. Now starts the fight with the insurance company. It's an 03 with 75K miles on it. I have full coverage though. I'll find out how good it is now. Ride safe out there.......









Wow!
How did you manage to keep your wits about you and the bike upright?
I was hit from behind this past June and thought it amazing that I managed to stay upright.
Following my accident, I reached out the community and Dick Largen helped me make BluRay whole again. In fact, I just contacted him regarding the need for a Left Front Footpeg bracket. The tab snapped while I was standing on the floorboards to adjust my position during a long distance ride. I think there was a hairline fracture from a slow maneuver drop last fall. I learned about your accident from Dick. I'm not sure if you're looking to have your bike fully restored, like mine, or if you might be selling some of the parts. I'm trying to locate a left front footpeg plate if you are selling parts.
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