I was just trawling through my photos and came across the pic's of my SP1 in 2006 after a small run in with a 4yr. old buck at 70mph, how do I know it was 4 yrs. old?
The front fairing had three holes in it and one in the center of the speedo where the deer's head it the bikes lights and fairing. How do I know I was doing 70? I had my face crammed down so friggin tight into the fairing to deflect the deer I could see it clear as day.
I didn't drop the bike, and the duck tape is from the nice Calgary Fire Dept. to help me ride it home, but they wouldn't let me tape the deer to the back of the bike, odd.
Anyway it nearly cost me a new Soumy extreme R as once I stopped the bike and noticed the deer was lying in the middle of the road trying to get up I walked over to it and was about to beat the shit out of it with my helmet when I realized I was already going to be out of pocket for the damage to the bike, (the deer didn't have insurance) $2000, so beating it to death with a $700 helmet was a bit silly and the people gathering around might take offence anyway. The nice paramedic lady asked me if I was ok, I think she was checking to see if I had a head injury by my response to her questions, but when I said "no, I'm not F*ckin ok, the deer just trashed my RC51" which I thought was a valid response at the time, she smiled and said "I think your OK"
If you look at the seat you can see the speedo with the hole in it.
Anyone who says RC51's aren't built to last I say bollocks