For those of you who like to ride at night, dusk, very early am etc. This is for anyone who rides any sort of bike. Adventure touring takes us from country trails and roads and eventually - now and then into towns and villages. While riding my Buell S-3T at 2am Saturday I was coming into the small town of Orofino Idaho on Route 12 when a dear ran out from a driveway and collided with me. The deer was killed and my bike sustained a lot of broken plastic. I (amazingly enough) was unhurt and able to ride the bike to a stop and after checking things out and clearing the road of S-3T debris continue on to my camp site 65 miles further. I WAS using something called an XP3 Hornet electronic deer alert. It does not depend on speed. It works even when you stopped with the ignition on. I noted many deer on the road that night and they all ran off or stood stock still when I approached. But I also noted (after my mishap) that deer that live in urban areas do not seem affected by alert systems. So be careful when riding through towns - especially towns and villages in rural areas! I got too confident in my alert system (I have them on all my bikes) as they have worked so well. You don't usually expect to see wild life (of the four legged sort) down town. So keep a sharp eye - don't let your guard down when coming into a town after riding through the "high wide and lonesome".