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Thread: Deer & other critters hate my Supertrapp

  1. #11
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    Default 2017 update. I think the bike is even more terrifying to deer now than ever.

    I have changed a couple things on one of my SuperTrapp equipped Ninja sportbikes, I've added two additional plates and raised the main jets one-half step. The result is the dB exhaust note is that much more pronounced than before. Mind you, not straight pipe Harley Davidson loud, but relatively in tune loud.

    Anyway, I think I've found a location where I can find a consistent stream of evening deer to film. It's at the base of one of the mountains outside town. The deer don't seem to have a fear of people or cars, which are sometimes also present and there are nearby ranch style residential homes.

    I was passing by that area just out enjoying the springtime weather in the early evening a couple of days ago. One of the deer had already crossed the road, another was crossing a ditch to get onto the road up ahead with another behind it. I couldn't have been more conspicuous had I been wearing a mountain lion suit by the looks of it.

    I was only cruising at about 30 MPH at the time (near residential) and I did kinda point the bike in the direction of the second deer getting ready to follow the first across the road. All of them had gone from simply walking about focused on what they were doing, to heads straightly focused on me coming up the road towards them. The just froze. When I was within about 300 feet I downshifted so the dB from the bike sounded even meaner. That was it! They had been staring me down and had that look I've seen from deer before them. They didn't want any part of what I was bringing. Their flight mechanism must have tripped. They turned in unison and ran back to the safety of the hills and cover. I didn't have to break stride. Wow, that was badass!

    Gonna have to go back there and post up a video of it so there's evidence of what I've been talking about for years now. The lighting won't be ideal, but hopefully it'll be just good enough that you can see them, hear the bike's exhaust rumbling, and have footage of them fleeing, as though they were my prey.

  2. #12
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    Default The bike is up to 137K miles and still scaring animals

    While I stuck to the sunny side of a windy foothill route I'd pass one pasture after another with either cows or goats or whatever. On up ahead I could see what looked like one of the goats had gotten out and was by appearance wanting to cross the road from my right beyond a fence line, the higher side on the windy roadway. A few seconds later the animal's shape gave way and was, in fact, an adult deer. Spotting me approaching still from some distance away, it turned away from the road it looked to cross and began trotting in the same direction I was headed in parallel to the path of the roadway. Only, if that was its plan of escape, I had a good 30 MPH closure on it as it hopped alongside my inevitable path.

    It was at about the point that I was still about 100 feet behind it, that it turned its head back to see me gaining on its position rapidly that it abruptly turned right and leaped over a 6 foot barbed wire fence, kicking the upper wires with its hind legs and racing away into some trees beyond. I don't know what fear looks like on a deer's face, but that definitely looked like fear on its face or in its wide crazy eyes.

    That was some impressive leap! Wish I could have captured that on film. Would have been cool to share. Just so glad it was mature enough to know that the sound of my Ninja ZX-9R's SuperTrapp presented danger and not the other way around. So thus far, only newborns have been the ones naive about road crossing dangers.
    Last edited by kz550; 02-27-2020 at 01:11 PM. Reason: Spelling corrections, plural. :D

  3. #13
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    Fellow unrelated ZX-9R owner got taken out by a deer this weekend. Still trying to determine which non-SuperTrapp aftermarket muffler his bike had.

    I've been riding a lot. Crossed the path of three deer, two that I saw and one that my friends said darted away after I passed by them this weekend. Also saw about a half dozen instances where I'd come around a mountain bend and there would be a dust cloud from the side of the road up into the forest, but no cars, so I assumed those were deer hearing my SuperTrapp approaching and deciding to get the EFF out of Dodge. The last one I saw, at dusk, did the predictable. It was along side my side of the road grazing on grass or something. It looked up to see me coming, froze and stared directly at me as I approached on my other ZX-9R with a SuperTrapp. I slowed, of course, to be on the safe side, then when I was about 100 yards from it, I pointed the bike towards it and accelerated a little to make the SuperTrapp roar. The deer turned around and shot off into the trees.

    And, as mentioned elsewhere, I own a third ZX-9R, one with a Muzzy exhaust pipe. It doesn't scare anything away, except maybe birds that are really close to the roadway. But larger mammals, like deer and coyotes, no. They don't respect it as a threat.
    Last edited by kz550; 08-18-2020 at 05:43 PM. Reason: corrections

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