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« on: September 02, 2019, 02:31:50 AM »

I found yet another reason to wear a helmet today.  Robin I did a ride over into East Texas.  Robin was leading and I was following at about a 2 second interval.  She ran up on a flock of turkey buzzards feeding on road kill.  As she got near them they took off to the right.  Would have been fine if they had kept going that way but they didn't.

As the leader crossed the ditch he dipped his right wing and did a pirouette back toward the highway with the rest following.  Unfortunately I was coming up to the take off spot just about that time.  I saw the leader heading for me out of my peripheral vision.  I swerved left and ducked down but there was no missing him.  Hit him on the side of my helmet with a glancing blow.  Felt like someone had slapped me up side the head.  Looked down at my mirror and saw him fall to the road.  Guess it knocked him out.

Turkey buzzards are big birds.  Wing span is about 5 to 6 feet feet and they can weigh up to 5 pounds.  If I did not have a helmet on I might have been the one knocked out.  I pulled up beside Robin and she looked my helmet over.  Said she could not see any damage or buzzard guts.  So other than getting a little stun when I hit him I came out of it OK.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 01:25:24 PM »

Wow. Just shows you never know what can happen on any ride. Glad you stayed up and are okay.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2019, 03:48:29 PM »

Glad to hear you weren't injured. Years ago I hit a seagull on my Cavalcade.  While it didn't hit me, it poked a basketball sized hole in the fairing.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 10:36:26 PM »

I expect if I had hit him with the front of my helmet it would have hurt a lot more and I would have had more trouble controlling the bike.  As it was the bike didn't even wobble.  I didn't even slow down.  Just hit the button on the radio and told Robin what had happened.  We were coming up to a turn and she did not accelerate when she turned on to the new road.  That's when I came up beside her so she could check my helmet over. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 03:33:53 AM »

Good to hear that everything went well & no damage to you or your bike! Good to hear you & Robin are well & still riding. How many miles are on your 650 Burgman now?
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 03:42:47 AM »

As of 8/31/19 144,901 miles.  I update my signature with the mileage at the end of each month. 

I put a little over 250 miles on it yesterday so around 145,150 give or take a few.  50,402 on the 400 now. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 04:58:52 PM »

Riding near Cheaha SP in Alabama a week ago and had a turkey fly by a few feet in front of my helmet.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 08:54:31 PM »

A turkey is a lot bigger than a turkey buzzard.  Good thing you didn't hit it. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2019, 11:11:44 PM »

Wow, glad you are ok!! 

Super cool mileage on the 650!
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2019, 05:32:44 PM »

Craig- Suzuki should hire you to fix the CVTs. You do a lot better job of it than the factory!
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