Where bad choices make good stories
Not the first timehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/motorcyclist-killed-in-crash-sparked-by-buzzard/2012/05/07/gIQA1YhM8T_blog.htmlWiscoDave
As if I don't have enough road hazards to worry about. You can't turn around in this desert without spotting buzzards. Then's there's the rattlers (don't run over one while riding - it can whip up and strike you), the coyotes, and the hawks and crows. Tarantulas will screw up your chrome. At least there's no armadillos, turtles, or gators around here. I nearly lost it in Oregon one night when I ran into a damned horned owl. Knocked my foot off the peg, and it was everything I could do to recover. I've had, more than once, just a glimpse of the tips of antlers whip by my face at night. Anyhow - gotta go for a ride.Unclezip
I got smacked in the head by an owl coming home from work one morning when I was 18. I was just leaving a stop sign so I didn't lose control (much) but it still scared the shit out of me.
I was cruising along a country road doing a nice 40 mph back when Ohio still had that stupid helmet law . One of those big ole black and yeller Bumble Bees hit me right in the middle of my chest and then the wind blew him right up inside my faceshield . Yes , I almost died . The big sob stung me a few times before I got stopped and ripped off that helmet . A year later all of us liberty loving bike riders got together and placed that law on the ballot with a petition and then voted it down . The day before the helmet law was voted out we all rode around with buckets and kitchen pans on our head just to fuck with the cops . It was glorious !
A friend of mine had a pheasant come through the windshield on his Harley dresser. He had a helmet on and put his head down and took the impact on top of his helmet. He said if his wife hadn't been on behind him to steady him and the bike, he would have crashed.
I've still got a hole in my face from rear-ending a bumblebee. That one nearly killed me too.
Big barn owl busted my windshield late one night when I was heading home.Daryl
Several years ago, a motor cycle driver in my state was killed by a turkey. It hit him square in the chest and crushed it. Several decades ago, one of my housemates t-boned a deer on the way to work one morning. He survived, but the bike and the deer didn't. I stopped when I saw him standing by the side of the road. He said he was OK. I looked him over just to determine if he in fact was OK. He was covered head to toe in deer poop.Nemo
I was working ER Registration in a hospital, got off work at 6 AM, hopped on the bike, was back at work in 45 minutes after riding 1.5 miles, T-boning a deer at 55 and scraping my knee almost to the bone.If I had chaps on I would have been fine, I went rag-doll limp-noodle when I saw the dèer and I were definitely going to occupy the same space at the same time.Deer got killed, my Seca II was scraped-up but usable once the blinkers were duct-taped back on, and after paying my half of the $1700 ambulance ride someone had so thoughtfully called, I learned to never get in another Band-Aid Bus unless I was bleeding out.
The last line of the story was left off:"The buzzard and his flock ate well that day."
"When Nature Attacks"Buzzards upgrading their tactics from scavenger to predator."We's tired o' waitin fo' shit to fall over dead, We's wants to eats now!"
Reminded of the wall poster from the '70s - two buzzards on a tree branch, one says, "'Patience', my ass. I'm gonna go out and kill something "
Friend of mine got taken off his goldwing by a duck. Took out his windshield and cracked 3 ribs and road rash.
Eight Hundred FEET????? How fast was he going to fly through a fence and several trees and still go 800 feet? Two touchdowns and first down on the thirty-five. I kinda wonder if all the pieces were attached to the hub... Dad told me about a runner they chased one night... Runner laid it down, slid into a curb.... They saw a "wet spot" on the curb, but couldn't find the runner..... until they looked up. He was "strung out" in the trees..... across a few yards.....
Sorry, but my dark humor just surfaced. One of the first thoughts that came to my mind was the cartoon with the two vultures sitting in a tree. One of them says "patience my a**, I'm going to kill something".
LOL I commented the same before I saw yours.
Every time our local rag (and it IS a rag) reports a rider down they always feature 3 things.1. Always mention the brand of bike if it a Harley, never mentions brand if metric2. Rider was NOT wearing a helmet3. (my favorite) "Rider was ejected from motorcycle". SMH....- WDS
Over one year later I still have the slightly elevated red blotch at the eyebrow where a hornet stung me. It gets sore every now and then.As an aside, according to the NTSB, over 19,000 aircraft bird strikes per year in CONUS. Birdstrikes is #1 cause of fatalities.
Ok, this is my inner nerd as I'm a biker and have a two wheeled wonder parked 10 feet from me in my Man Cave. The bike is an early Ducati Multistrada from the air-cooled versions. Probably 10 years old. They are Ducati's most recent crack at the ADV market. They made an "Elephant" version under Cagiva in the 80's. Didn't really catch on here in the US. The latest Multistradi are equipped with serious BHP of the slightly detuned superbike engine design. Poor guy though and I'd like to know how they know it was a buzzard. Spin Drift
How is the buzzard?
Couple years ago the father of my step kids shed his mortal coil on his Harley chopper when he met a deer coincidently a couple hundred feet from my rural driveway. He went out like he wanted; quick and on his bike. Great guy. RIP.
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