Usually I come to this site to read some good stories or to find good advise at the times when I had problems like brake disk and radio. This time is different, I have something to share.
last Thursday I vent with four of my riding buddies for a four days ride in Smokey Mountains. Got there on Friday morning, and next two days Blast , til about 5.30PM on Saturday. I was riding on Cherohala Skyway on My LT about 10 min. before rest of the group so I do not have to run after them to catch up, i like to take My time.
At first moment I noticed black bundle to say about 100-120 feet on left side, and next moment that bundle is running towards me on the angle fast, very fast, Black Bear can run fast I can tell now first hand. I did not have brake or run to side or any other option, i pressed on throttle and then bum, then bum again fight to gain control of bike and stay up, did it.
I did not fall or stop for another couple of miles, finally I stop on picnic area, and that is where reality hit me, Took me good hour to get together, and another two to get back to cabin with my friends .When they show up at that picnic area at first they could not believe, till they start puling black hairs from broken tuperweare .
Conclusion: I was able to avoid direct front hit. Bear hit the side of front wheel and than got brushed with fairing, and hit again with tour bag. By My opinion speed and pure size of the LT saved me from falling off the bike, and don't even want to think what else.
LT is going to Chicago BMW on Saturday for some TLC.