July 14, 2020

NER Members Recall Being Struck While Riding

If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle, you’ve likely been struck by a flying object. The object could have literally been flying, like a bird or a bee, or have simply been propelled through the air by the wind or a spinning tire on a vehicle ahead.

In a Facebook post three days ago, Ed Conde asked members of the New England Riders motorcycling community, “What are some things that have struck you while riding?”

Conde frequently poses questions on NER’s Facebook page, while also passing along great ride routes and sensational pictures. Pardon the expression, but this post truly struck his membership.

Dozens upon dozens of riders have commented on some of the wild items they’ve come in contact with while out of the road. Not only bird and bees, but bats…

Examples of birds hitting riders were more common, including turkeys and owls…

Other flying objects mentioned include bugs and mosquitos…

The most feared moving obstacle for riders is probably deer, but they aren’t the only critters that NER’s members have tangled with…

Inanimate objects have presented challenges, too…

Some items that have struck riders are just yucky…

Any others to contribute?

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.

One comment

  1. Several years ago on a ride out through Putnam CT I took a hornet into my helmet, the s o b stung me in the face three times before I could safely stop the bike and take my helmet off. On my return home my wife asked me if I got into a bar fight. I also hit a racoon coming around a corner in Union Ct, managed to retain control but stopped to check the bike, my nerves and my pants in that order.

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