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Old 04-04-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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Dog down in Alvin

I hit a dog this morning on FM2403 in Alvin. I was second to hit it; looked like his first hit was from a truck in the opposing lane. This was a big one, lab or german sheppard size. He was sliding and rolling toward me when we made contact.

I'm not posting this to gross anyone out, more so to share the experience so others can learn from it. Things I think kept me from going down:
  • It was dark, so I was running 55 instead of the typical 70+ traffic moves on this stretch of road.
  • I throttled up and got off the seat. Front end whoolied on impact. Didn't think the 600R had it in her.
  • Impact was at and angle, so the front end landed to the side a good bit. Being off the seat helped here, too. I recovered by reducing speed as the bike did a handful of mild head shakes.

Gave the bike a once-over as best I could in the dark. Then I tried a couple swerves and quick stops to make sure things felt right. I went to the parking lot an hour ago to check things in daylight. No major issues, just busted up plastic behind the front wheel in front of the headers and on the bottoms of the two side fairings. I could care less since I was able to ride through this one. I do feel sorry for the dog and its owner. I'm not looking forward to cleaning the blood spray off this evening.

My opinion has always been braking before impact is the best strategy with large animals. They are too unpredictable to consider a swerve. Strange how my reaction was quite different than my mental preparations.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:34 AM   #2
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sounds like you handled it properly to me. good job.
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I've run over a bloated dog on I-10 before as well as a rimless tractor trailer tire. The tire was the scariest cause it happened on I-10 at night near Baytown. Whew...talk about getting a heart attack.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #5
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glad it came out as good as it did. Did you clean out your shorts? lol
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:37 AM   #6
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Whew...talk about getting a heart attack.
No kidding. I was instantly drenched in sweat. At least, I think it was sweat.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:37 AM   #7
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Good job David. Looks like MSF did it's job! (I'd hope so since ya teach it! My fiancee and I took it at Awesome with you and Challen last year )
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:38 AM   #8
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Good job David. Looks like MSF did it's job! (I'd hope so since ya teach it! My fiancee and I took it at Awesome with you and Challen last year )
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i almost hit a dog last month in my car, good thing my brakes are superb. i think i went from 50 to 0 mph instantly. almost got rear ended though.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:38 AM   #10
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Wow good recovery. Most people being hit hard enough to brake the plastics, would have ate some pavement. Also like the attitude about the whole situation. Glad to hear you made it out okay, minus some broken plastic and blood.thumb:
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:40 AM   #11
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:43 AM   #12
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glad your ok.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:45 AM   #13
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Wow! Glad you are okay. So much more could have gone wrong. I'm not sure I could have handled a wheelie and not gone down. Sorry about the dog and your mental status. (and for your wife who will have to wash your shorts... Maybe you should burn them instead? )
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:32 PM   #16
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Its a shame what happened to that dog
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good job man.. and glad your ok. i hit one years ago.. scared me very much.. i can still remember it like yesterday...
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:05 PM   #18
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^ Made me laugh. I work out in BFE, and all my co-workers come in on the same road. EVERYONE had to deal with the aftermath of my collision as they made their way in this morning. I apparently left a mess of things. Quotes I have heard:

"I know what you did."

"You killed Scoob!"

"Can we get you some new pants?"

"CSI is out there swabbing your bike."

maybe I should have parked it away from the main gate today. My nerves have gradually gotten to me over the day to the point that I am not looking forward to the ride home. That has never happened to me before. I hope the gore is gone from the road when I pass by this evening. I also hope he was a stray. Hate to think some kid is getting off the bus looking for his friend. Many people in that area let their dogs roam free.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:43 PM   #20
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Sheesh....you're supposed to run over CATS, not dogs. Dogs are cool.

Glad you came out of it ok.


But it's still your fault. You should've been able to avoid it. (Remind you of anybody?)

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