Greetings from beautiful Central New York. Wonderful riding this season, but please please watch out for deer. I've ridden this area for over 30 years and have many a close call, but last Sunday morning I finally ran out of luck. I hit one dead on at about 50 mph. I was ridding my trusty Triumph Trophy 1200 on a morning shake down ride prepping for a week long trip around the great lakes the following week. Anyway, I hit the deer head on drop the bike and slid 100ft or so. My full armor gear saved my skin (and full face helmet) but I still broke 5 ribs. My riding partner saw the whole accident transpire and he says there really was nothing I could have done. The Doe jumped out of the ditch on a dead run and I had no time to even slow down.
Lessons learned: Wear all your gear all the time! and don't speed.
those two things saved me from just be a bad accident instead of fatal!
Good news, I am no longer a Triumph owner. Trophy was totaled (progressive insurance is great they did all the leg work and wrote me a big fat check with no hassles) and I sold my Triumph Daytona 900 to a friend of mine who's been drooling over it ever sense I bought it last year.
So now I just bought a 2000 R1100RT with only 20k on it like new. So I hope good things will grow from all the crap I'm going through. Now I have at least another month before I can ride it!