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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I work graveyard (11-7) and we have lots o deer here so here is a cheep ($6) mod.

Got em at wallyworld, comes two to a pack. Not real sure if they even work, but what the hell, cheap and its more chrome.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 05:33 PM
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Sorry to burst your bubble... But every test I have read, including one by the National Park Service shows they don't work at all, and a few were shown to seemingly attract deer.

Mount up some low watt driving lights and point the right one off to the side of the road. This is what I did and it did let me spot a deer size racoon once...

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 06:26 PM
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I wondered if those things worked. I think they're supposed to be a certain distance from each other which is why i never tried them. Very good idea about adjusting a light to the side.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 06:51 PM
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I use an "active" device (it makes its own sound, regardless of the bike's speed):

http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/de...roduct_ID=8367

...but I would agree with the above--if you are making a lot of late night/early morning runs, you definitely need to add some driving lights to your bike to supplement the headlamp. I went the cheap route with a WallyWorld offering that I modded for motorcycle duty.

I would recommend that you look for lamps that cast a wide beam to help you see the roadsides better--in lieu of "pencil beam" lamps. Let your bike's voltmeter "tell" you what wattage bulbs you can use. I burn two 35-watt bulbs in my added lamps, and I still get good voltmeter readings--maybe you can, too.

Let us know what you come up with....

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Folks, let me assure you that deer have no problem hearing an approaching vehicle long before it gets there. So they know it's coming. No need to add noisemakers, they are just a way for the manufacturer to make money.

The problem comes with their unpredictability and their inability to "rationally" make decisions. Because they are prey animals, they are programmed to run from danger. Being fast, it has served them well for ages. So if a Chihuahua that may weigh five pounds starts barking and running at a 250 pound buck, guess what? That buck is gonna run away. Yes, he could stomp the dog into the ground if he considered that option, but that's not an option for him.

Where deer and vehicles get into problems is when the deer perceives the oncoming vehicle as a predator and runs. Remember that a healthy deer can pretty much outrun any of their predators. So the deer does not conceive that a vehicle can travel much, much faster than it can. So often they take off on a collision course with the vehicle and an accident results.

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I hate deer!!!!! so many close calls where I live and now its hunting season which usually puts more out of the woods and onto the roads!

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I use to have a 1956 Chevy that the right headlight always shown off to the right side of the road. ( Ponders... maybe from a previous deer strike)
Thinks maybe all that hair on the right front fender was from one of those racoons thats as big as a deer!


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Flitecontrol basically got it right. There is nothing you can do to make the deer act differently, you just have to slow down and watch out. We have one 80 mile stretch of road about 100 miles away where there are 4-5 collisions between vehicles and elk every week. Believe it or not, most of the impacts are actually side impacts, not frontal. The elk did not run in front of the vehicle and get hit, they actually rammed the side of the vehicle.

I have a non scientific theory. Maybe the elk are so tired of us hunting them that they are now hunting us. Actually I think the real problem is that the area is seriously over populated with elk, and extending the hunting season, and letting more people get licenses would solve a big part of the problem.

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I live in a rural area of East Tennessee, and we have a bunch of critters. This area hasn't been hunted in years so the animals are pretty much used to us humans walking and driving around. It's the youngsters that can be the problem. Nearly got a young bobcat one mornig. The next time I saw him all I had to do was crack the throttle and he was gone like a shot. I de-goated the bike and that seems to help encourge them to get off the road.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 12:22 AM
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The next time I saw him all I had to do was crack the throttle and he was gone like a shot. I de-goated the bike and that seems to help encourge them to get off the road.
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I didn't think ditching the belly made that much of an increase in noise.

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I think the real problem is that the area is seriously over populated with elk, and extending the hunting season, and letting more people get licenses would solve a big part of the problem.
Agreed

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Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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