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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 20-Jun-2019, 05:02 AM (418)
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Apparently it's eyesight wasn't optimal, in any case.......
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 20-Jun-2019, 05:54 AM (454)
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Originally Posted by MotoJoe View Post
Wow! Thatís quite a bit of damage.

I would consider that a freak accident. Several years ago I was riding along enjoying the scenery when I was struck by a bird between my head & left shoulder. Never found out what it was but it felt like someone served a tennis ball right at me.
I've had a couple bird encounters in my 40+ years of riding. They are rather rare. First time, a buzzard was eating some dead thing in the road, saw us coming, took off... and then circled back to catch the thermal. POW! right in the middle of my windshield. Blood and guts and feathers everywhere (and boy, do those things smell bad--although, given what they eat, that's not a surprise). Fortunately, this was on my Harley FXRT, whose windshield was curved like Hoover Dam and pretty much just shrugged off the impact. At the next rally, I had somebody paint a circle-and-slash "Buzzard Buster" logo on the windshield (think Ghostbusters).

Several years later I was riding my unfaired Super Glide and got a small bird smack in the chest. Ow! When I got home I found the bird was neatly wedged between frame and exhaust pipe. It was a little robin. I almost felt bad about hitting it, till a week later when something went splat on my jacket sleeve while I was riding. Turned out to be... right, bird poop. Evidently they keep score.

Whizzy brakes, no FD drain plug, what's not to like?
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 20-Jun-2019, 08:17 AM (554)
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Any bird at speed can do damage! I've hit black birds in the chest at 80 mph plus and felt like I'd been punched!
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 27-Jun-2019, 08:43 AM (572)
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4lbs at speed sure feels like 10...ha!
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