I understand the difference in the force. I'm talking about 35lbs of weight and I highly doubt any bug would generate that much even a giant rhinoceros beetle. I do believe it has to be lbs/in^2 which would mean much less then the 35lb estimate in real total force.its probably lbs/in2, even so it wont feel like being "hit" with 35 lbs, it will feel as if you were lying down and 35 lbs were gently layed on you. just a distinction
A few weeks ago I was doing 140kph (87mph, officer...) on my Daytona when a large-ish parrot flew across the road in front of me. She nailed me fair and square in the forehead region of my lid, just above the visor.
Snapped my head back a bit, and it was definitely a significant impact - I'd seen it coming, dodged two of Polly Parrot's mates and braced just before Polly herself hit me. (Polly may have argued that I hit her, but Polly is dead.)
Those following say the unfortunate bird shot straight up from my lid an amazing distance - they were claiming 10 metres - then plopped down stone dead.
I kept moving. I was half expecting a sore neck, but I was fine. No damage to my lid, either.
Shame about the parrot ... but I was completely unscathed. A neck/body hit? Wouldn't have been pretty, but I'd have been fine.
I've hit a bird before too. I was riding my old CBR954RR at roughly 115mph and a small bird (at least I think to be small) crossed my path and smacked me square in the visor. My head got knocked back pretty good. I'm surprised that there was no damage to my helmet and it didn't come through my visor. My buddy behind me said the same thing happened to the bird, OB. Flew high up in the air and landed dead. That incident scared the shit out of me.LOL you hit a parrot? I mean, feel bad for the parrot...but it's kinda funny to hear at the same time. That can't be common even where they are indigenous I'd imagine?
The first time I rode my first bike home from work, I took a crow to the chest at around 60mph. Felt like getting hit with a baseball...left a pretty nasty bruise on my chest too even through my jacket.
Just one more reason to keep her chest covered with your hands when ever possible..."Sorry sweetie, it's for your protection.".....here is a link to the first bit but i cant find the full thing
on a side note i was riding with my girlfriend last weekend and she copped a small bird in the chest at about 110 km/h
She is still sore...