Hit a deer - and didn't go down! :mrgreen: Hwy 47, about 7.5 miles north of Vernonia. Heading toward Vernonia - coming back from apiary (good shape)... Zippin' along - and we are going to 'not recall' the speed of travel right now, so don't ask! :nana I was coming into a right hand turn right about HERE... you know me, I was going an appropriately safe speed, and positioned my body appropriately prior to entering the turn. My chin was just over my right wrist, and my ass was firmly planted on my seat! (no - no knee poking out, grasping the tank 'relaxed' with my knees, upper body a little to the right... Then all I saw was a DEER EYE!!! CONTACT! amazing how everything slooooows down, but speeds up too! I reacted perfectly - I did NOTHING! kept throttle steady, didn't move my body, felt the deer's body slam into my right leg. First thought was something like 'split it!' and I recall seeing the deer's antlers start to move to the left. For some reason, I reached up and grabbed at it :shock: I held on with my left hand to what I thought was the antlers... started to roll off the throttle and eased on through the turn. Stopped after the turn, and somewhere around 10mph realized that it wasn't the deer's head I was holding up, but my front fairing!!! I had a firm grasp of my right mirror, then started to let go, realizing that it would drop down and entangle my front end... so I held on. Then - couldn't clutch in, so just let engine knock me to a stop. Skidded about 5 feet in the road side gravel - but at this point, that wasn't an issue!!! I literally SCREAMED at the top of my lungs for the next five minutes!!!! it was like winning the super bowl, world series... touching the knee down the first time... first orgasm (with a woman)... ALL IN ONE! I LIVED!!! crazy! anyway - it was about 80-100 pound doe. She hit the right side of my front fairing. I felt her body wrap around my right hand and slam into the side of the bike... After going back, I saw scrub marks my tires made as the bike swerved and fishtailed back and forth for about 30, 40 feet. There were about 6-10 S-turn shaped scrub marks on the pavement. I don't remember ANY of that! What's the dumbest thing you can do to a motorcycle? Put a rider on it! The one thing I did that saved me? NOTHING! I did nothing! I was gripping with both knees, holding the throttle steady with VERY light grips on the bars... I saw that deer's head closer than you can imagine! actually surprised I didn't hit it with my helmet. :shock: and I didn't react at all! (for a few seconds anyway, until I started doing the 'end zone dance' all over hwy 47!) here is a link to the FB album: FB ALBUM friend me in FB and see the shots!