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Old 12-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I was coming up to an intersection today. I'm heading straight, and on my left is the left turn lane. In it, there's a car stopped about 20 feet from the intersection. As I pass him, I see a big, mean-looking, rabid (OK, maybe not rabid) wild turkey about five feet from me.

I stop at the light, and the two of us just stare each other down. He starts walking towards me; he takes maybe two or three steps towards me at a time. He looks pissed.

I blip the throttle to see if I can scare him away. No-go. He starts trotting towards me, then starts walking again. By now, he's about two feet from me.

The pucker factor begins to increase, and I hit the rev limiter as a last-ditch effort to scare this fucker away. This only pisses him off, and he charges.

I dump the clutch while gunning it and kicking at the bastard, I look both ways and see it's clear, and I blow through the intersection.

On that note, what bizarre/strange shit have you encountered in your time on a bike? Things that you've hit/have hit you?



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Old 12-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never had a turkey try to attack me but Ive had several turtles, squirrels and rabbits trying to jump out in front of me
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you had a turtle "jump" out in front of you... Consider riding little faster.
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It was a turkey. We eat those. Get off the fucking bike and be a man.
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If you had a turtle "jump" out in front of you... Consider riding little faster.
Thought that was only if people were riding 250's .

It's not an animal attack or anything to do with an animal - but the weirdest thing I encountered is riding along the highway in the center lane when out of nowhere the car in front of me swerves to the right and a huge piece of wood (probably 2 ft wide by 10 something ft long) is rolling along the highway and I had probably 1 second to react, went WOT, jumped the wood, and was scared as fuck the entire rest of the day. Felt like I had a dirtbike. Have no idea how it stayed upright.
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Watch out for those wild turkeys dude. There used to be a wild turkey around here that would hang out on the sidewalk of this main road here. I think it was in front of the board of education or something. Anyway, this mother fucker would sit and watch traffic and walk around the parking lot of the building, sometimes going out in the street. He didn't just wander into the street either, this fuckin turkey would run out in the street and attack cars. Nobody would run this thing over. Was so funny watching this turkey peck at peoples bumpers and chase cars away.

This thing was around for a few years but only came around I guess during turkey mating season. After a bunch of complaints I think animal control finally shot the thing. It was a hazard in the first place. The thing was big but I never got a chance to just hit it. Don't know how no one else didn't hit it. Probably afraid it would fuck up their car. But yeah, turkeys are no joke
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Thought that was only if people were riding 250's .

It's not an animal attack or anything to do with an animal - but the weirdest thing I encountered is riding along the highway in the center lane when out of nowhere the car in front of me swerves to the right and a huge piece of wood (probably 2 ft wide by 10 something ft long) is rolling along the highway and I had probably 1 second to react, went WOT, jumped the wood, and was scared as fuck the entire rest of the day. Felt like I had a dirtbike. Have no idea how it stayed upright.
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Watch out for those wild turkeys dude. There used to be a wild turkey around here that would hang out on the sidewalk of this main road here. I think it was in front of the board of education or something. Anyway, this mother fucker would sit and watch traffic and walk around the parking lot of the building, sometimes going out in the street. He didn't just wander into the street either, this fuckin turkey would run out in the street and attack cars. Nobody would run this thing over. Was so funny watching this turkey peck at peoples bumpers and chase cars away.

This thing was around for a few years but only came around I guess during turkey mating season. After a bunch of complaints I think animal control finally shot the thing. It was a hazard in the first place. The thing was big but I never got a chance to just hit it. Don't know how no one else didn't hit it. Probably afraid it would fuck up their car. But yeah, turkeys are no joke
I was talking to my old boss today and told him about it. He said he saw a turkey chasing some guy on a bicycle on that same street a few days ago.

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It was a turkey. We eat those. Get off the fucking bike and be a man.
I'll be passing through there tomorrow. I don't know what it wants, but I'm going to find it and kill it.

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It's amazing how aggressive certain animals get during mating season... There are a lot more deer/turkey/elk/moose/etc attacks than people realize. "Defenseless" creatures my ass...
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In the last year, my brother has been attacked on two different occasions by VERY large Hawks. The first encounter (at about 150) caused $800 in damage. The second attack caused about $700 in bodywork damage. Both just "dove" into him. Luckily, my brother wasn't hurt on either occasion......different story for the Hawks!
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