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Here is a post from a friend of mine jfc77320 on a Honda CTX board I am on. I thought it was good and worth sharing.

Its that time of year again and our four legged friends are out in mass. If you ride in the country any time between the hour before dusk or an hour after dawn, you already know what I mean. If you insist on riding, for God's sake slow down and pay extra attention. If you do see a furry friend, dramatically slow your speed and turn the high beams off. Always expect the animal to dart out in front of you because the odds are 50/50 it will. Woman dies after hitting a deer.
 

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Thanks for sharing NGM, very noteworthy. Since relocating here up to the mountains I've learned to pay even more attention. I hate hitting any animal and we've got a bunch of different kinds. Lots of fox, coyotes, raccoon and deer, and bobcats and you always got to be aware of your surroundings.


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in 6 years I've had near misses with coyote, deer, bob cats, owls, Something I can't explain other than it was fast and seemed to have 4 legs, road runners (he didn't make it) Rabbits (3 didn't make it) and numerous dogs and cats (all dogs and cats survived so far) If it comes down to it try not to panic and use all the skills you've learned through instruction or daily riding! Easier said than done I know lol. with the time change in CA when its dark at 5pm leaving work that's when I really worry about mother natures pets roaming across the 2 lane winding hwy through the canyon I commute over.
 

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It's ironic we've been talking about animals running out in front of us.
This morning I left a little early for work in my unmarked Tahoe. As I was heading out of my subdivision, a baby rabbit ran out in front of me from my left. If I hadn't been cautious, I'd have hit it, it was small enough to hold in your hand. I don't know why rabbits love to run out in front of vehicles, but he zig zagged for a second then ran back onto the shoulder of the road. I'd have hated starting my day off hitting the little guy, but they're so unpredictable.


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Keith, "unmarked Tahoe" that's the key right there. If it was a marked unit he would have seen you and known better (lol).
 

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It's ironic we've been talking about animals running out in front of us.
This morning I left a little early for work in my unmarked Tahoe. As I was heading out of my subdivision, a baby rabbit ran out in front of me from my left. If I hadn't been cautious, I'd have hit it, it was small enough to hold in your hand. I don't know why rabbits love to run out in front of vehicles, but he zig zagged for a second then ran back onto the shoulder of the road. I'd have hated starting my day off hitting the little guy, but they're so unpredictable.


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I thought you was retired from the copping business.. Whatchoo doin in an unmarked?
 

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I'm just working part time now, the little extra income allows me to get 'stuff' for my 950 and Virago bobber project and complete the garage build.


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Here was a small part of my ride in this morning. I almost hit a raccoon.


BTW @bevo1981 You can see where my driving lights hit the pavement in this video.
forget other drivers on the road, how is that flashing not distracting to YOU?
 

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forget other drivers on the road, how is that flashing not distracting to YOU?
Interesting flashers, to me they look like riding with a strobe light and I'm not sure I could deal. Is there a way to set the speed?

Personally if I go with flashers I'd like them slower and not brighter than at least my LED high beam.

Otherwise, it was turkey day for me, a very large one up on the side of the embankment back in the hills and another smaller struttin' near the main street in the neighborhood.
 

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forget other drivers on the road, how is that flashing not distracting to YOU?
They do not bother me in the slightest. I only use flash when I am in town, and during the day when I can't see them anyway. When I get outside of town they go to solid.
Interesting flashers, to me they look like riding with a strobe light and I'm not sure I could deal. Is there a way to set the speed?

Personally if I go with flashers I'd like them slower and not brighter than at least my LED high beam.

Otherwise, it was turkey day for me, a very large one up on the side of the embankment back in the hills and another smaller struttin' near the main street in the neighborhood.
No way to change it without going into the light and doing something with the circuit board. I do not have an LED headlight (YET!!) So I like them brighter than my headlight.
 

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They do not bother me in the slightest. I only use flash when I am in town, and during the day when I can't see them anyway. When I get outside of town they go to solid.


No way to change it without going into the light and doing something with the circuit board. I do not have an LED headlight (YET!!) So I like them brighter than my headlight.
Hmmm, now I'm curious if a strobe on the split during the day would work even better than than slower flashing. Good info to think about, thanks!
 

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Hmmm, now I'm curious if a strobe on the split during the day would work even better than than slower flashing. Good info to think about, thanks!
Well think about cop cars and emergency vehicles, their strobes are fast to get your attn.
 

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Never mind the critters, the grim news today about the MC and the low power line is terrible.

A line got knocked loose behind my house a few years ago. I literally ran and got my SUV and parked it in the middle of the street with the 4 ways on, just for exactly this kind of thing.

Its very likely the MC rider that died was distracted by the accident and the phone pole knocked down, and was not looking where he was going....

Its not that hard to stay focused while riding. When weird things are going on around you thats when we need to remember we are on two wheels all the more, and stay focused on riding. The only time I ever got knocked off my bike, I turned a corner and looked back at someone standing on the curb.
 
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