I left my house at 7:45 am Saturday morning to meet my riding buddies downtown. We were going to have breakfast then travel the 90 miles to tour the Jack Daniels plant in Lynchburg Tennessee. As i was leaving the house my neighbors new german shepard came charging out to greet me.
Two days prior he came out the same way and tried to bite my leg. So I thought I was ready for him, I was going to give him a friendly kick in the chops. To my surprise he charged right past my waiting leg and smack into my front tire! I was going about 25 to 30 mph. I hit him square behind the shoulder. My bars were yanked violently to the left, but I managed to stay up.
The dog let out a yelp and was tossed into the ditch, he seemed relatively unharmed. He was in his fenced in area when I got home. Stupid people, should keep there dogs in their yards. No damage to me or the bike, but I didn't need coffee at breakfast.
Wow. Nice you stayed up. Did it knock the wheel weight off or is that past markings?
I'm a dog owner, but mine is behind an invisible fence. I agree, they're dangerous if left roaming. Years ago a guy taught me a little trick about oncoming dogs after I had the same thing happen. If you spot them coming slow down. They'll tighten their approach angle. At that point you can accelerate away.
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Your threads are showing! Thanks for sharing your amazing save! You are obviously a very skilled rider! Jim's technique usually works great with one dog! But when there are two animals teaming, one each side of the road...get your weight back and pray.
Wow...close call indeed. I'm a multiple dog owner myself but the only dog I have that would chase anything is our Jack Russel. We keep him at bay though. The others are a French Bulldog and a Lab Retreiver mix (the best dog I've ever owned...doen't run off anywhere, never needs a leash) so we have a busy house hold in the terms of 4 legged runts
The hair stuck in the wheel is priceless...Glad you didn't go down and hopefully the dog learned a lesson
I had a dog run up to me while riding my dirt bike several years ago. After it bit me, it ran in front of me. I just opener her up. The front barely touched the dog as it was coming off the ground. The rear pretty well skinned it on one side. Animal control came and caught the dog. It was bleeding pretty good but they found out it didn't have rabies. The owners actually were mad at me for running it over on our own property!
Reminds of about 6 weeks ago the local tyre biter up the road had a go at 4:30 am on my way to work. I kicked him doing roughly 60 kays (which nearly took my leg off). The next day the owner came around asking if I'd seen their dog. I told him he copped a size 10 in the guts, and he probably crawled off and died somewhere.... Thats the 2nd dog they have lost. The first one bit the front tyre of a truck I was driving and his head went under. You'd think they'd keep them fenced in now.
Funny thing, their latest pup is already roaming.............
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Took my first long ride on the new 919 yesterday (it was a beautiful day in eastern PA). A friend was ahead of me on his Ducati when what looked like a poodle on a ground stake / leash setup - the type that would let the dog run in a circle - in a front yard took a run at him. The dog didn't run straight over the stake in a way that would suddenly have the leash come to a tight violent end - it more came from the side which gradually tightened the slack in the leash and sent the fluffy white mutt barrel-rolling 1/4 around the circumfrance of the circle. We had a good laugh at the next red light we stopped at.
If impact in inevitable, and you have time, hit the throttle. You're going to need all the stability as possible. Whatever you do, don't touch the front brake before, or while running over a critter. A friend of mine wiped out a big ol gen 1 FZ when the front brake locked up while braking over a rabbit.
Dogs are natural hunters and good judges of speed and distance. Nothing running for it's ife would ever slow up. Not natural. That's why the "slow down and speed up "tactic works well. It confuses them.