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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 18-Jun-2019, 02:26 PM (810) Thread Starter
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R1250GS Radiator Broken from Bird Strike

I had a turkey vulture flying across the highway at low altitude strike my bike just left of center, causing the left radiator to spew its fluid. The bird also cracked the front fender and took out some body panels on the left side. I had installed the BMW radiator guards, but these guards did nothing to prevent any damage since the bird was quite heavy, estimated at 10 lbs. The damage is initially estimated at $1500 in parts alone. I realize this is an unusual situation, but I'm thinking of mounting some sort of protection to prevent large objects from entering the radiator area, possibly attached to crash bars. I don't have the crash bars yet, but I have ordered the Altrider lower crash bar set, which are in development but expected to ship by the end of June. I was going to add the Altrider upper crash bars later once these are developed. Checking to see if anyone has a solution for this.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 18-Jun-2019, 02:33 PM (815) Thread Starter
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Pic showing twisted radiator with feathers




And, the bird:


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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 18-Jun-2019, 02:58 PM (832)
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Yeah, but what are the odds that a heavy flying object will impact your radiator again. Insects and gravel are much more likely.
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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.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 18-Jun-2019, 10:39 PM (152)
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Don't think that's a turkey vulture, but that's beside the point. That's a rare occurrence I would think. I've hit two turkeys and luckily no permanent damage. One ran straight into my camera.

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Ouch. If not a turkey vulture, what then?

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If you're estimating the birds weight at around 10 lbs., I think it was a female wild turkey. Turkey Vultures usually weigh less than 4 lbs.
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I hope you were at least able to cook the darned bird later on... a rather expensive dish but made sweeter by revenge...
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Here in the UK most turkeys are frozen. Just imagine how much damage they would do?
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 19-Jun-2019, 05:09 PM (922) Thread Starter
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I hope you were at least able to cook the darned bird later on... a rather expensive dish but made sweeter by revenge...
I actually didnít even want to touch any part of it, never mind eat it. No telling what diseases these birds have.

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