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Old 04-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Renting a storage unit closer to the dirt??

Hi guys..not sure where the hell this thread goes but thought i would try here.
I was wanting to get some feedback from people in a similar situation who lives 40+ miles from dirt riding and don't want to or can't go the route of a trailer hitch.. I am considering renting a unit for me in LA i would rent in San Bernadino..i could then drive my car out there once a week or every 2 weeks and kit up and ride the handful of miles to and from the dirt!

Trailer Hitch Tow- $700 for everything..however my car is not designed to tow and where could i keep the bloody thing!
Renting a van or pick up- $30 + $40 gas + tax = 80??
Renting a unit- $45 p/ m ? and if i rent with a friend then we can split that !

Seems like a no brainer but wanted to hear peoples experience recommendations etc...

Thanks guys
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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Hi guys..not sure where the hell this thread goes but thought i would try here.
I was wanting to get some feedback from people in a similar situation who lives 40+ miles from dirt riding and don't want to or can't go the route of a trailer hitch.. I am considering renting a unit for me in LA i would rent in San Bernadino..i could then drive my car out there once a week or every 2 weeks and kit up and ride the handful of miles to and from the dirt!

Trailer Hitch Tow- $700 for everything..however my car is not designed to tow and where could i keep the bloody thing!
Renting a van or pick up- $30 + $40 gas + tax = 80??
Renting a unit- $45 p/ m ? and if i rent with a friend then we can split that !

Seems like a no brainer but wanted to hear peoples experience recommendations etc...

Thanks guys
I can certainly see the appeal, but I like looking at/touching/sitting on my bike even when I can't ride it, so it being a great distance away constantly wouldn't work for me lol.

Mathematically it makes sense though with what you said above.

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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but imagine your bike having its own room! ha
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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What kind of car?

My car (Mazda3) wasn't designed to tow but I added a hitch for mounting a bike rack and pulling a light 4x8' trailer. Pulls the 4x8 with a bike with no problems at all.

Driving out to perform maintenance would be a big minus in my book.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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makes sense to me especially if you can split the cost on say a 5x5. just leave some extra tools and oil changing equipment there when the need comes up plus even your riding gear and maybe some jumper cables.

plenty of people have 2nd and 3rd bikes stashed in storage lockers in az and so cal so the can fly and ride during the winter/snow months where they live.

is san bernadino an ideal place in the winter months however? seems like you'd want to move it closer to the desert during those months.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:24 PM   #6
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might want to check and see if they allow vehicles int he storage units.

alot of them dont.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #7
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might want to check and see if they allow vehicles int he storage units.

alot of them dont.
Drain the flammable liquids and many get a lot more lenient.

I'd get a DR650SE, a Harbor Freight folding trailer, or a tougher butt though. People ride around the world on 50cc scooters. A modern 4-stroke dualsport should make it 40 miles without a whimper.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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makes sense to me especially if you can split the cost on say a 5x5. just leave some extra tools and oil changing equipment there when the need comes up plus even your riding gear and maybe some jumper cables.

plenty of people have 2nd and 3rd bikes stashed in storage lockers in az and so cal so the can fly and ride during the winter/snow months where they live.

is san bernadino an ideal place in the winter months however? seems like you'd want to move it closer to the desert during those months.
hmm good point about the winter..but thats 8 months away..got the number 1 guy i want working my bike out their + the guys i met on MeetUp ride out their so between them I think I am set. Living in an apartment building, storing a trailer is not going to happen and secondly it would be cheaper for me to rent a storage unit for the year. 5x5 goes for $43 p/m plus they are all doing deals (1 month free etc)

Think i am going to rent a van for the day and scout a couple of units before leaving the bike. Good point about the jumper cables! If i can't tender in the unit, but the plan is to come out 1x per week for a good all day ride...

and the final reason on being in SB...CHAPPARAL is there! The mecca of moto gear
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:46 PM   #9
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:06 PM   #10
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I'm kinda in the same boat. I recently moved from the country to the city and am getting rid of my truck. Replaced it with a Subaru Forester. Plan is to put a trailer hitch on it and get a small foldable single bike trailer. Something like this: http://stingertrailer.com/

My riding area is at least a 45-60 minute ride on the highway and on a 250, this just isn't fun. I'd rather save my energy for the trails anyway.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:45 AM   #11
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Many people may keep their bikes in a storage unit But, there's no way I could sleep soundly with my baby locked up miles away from home & me wondering what kind of dirt bag has seen me pull her out of the unit. I want her close so my dogs can let me know it's time for Pa to fetch the shot gun.
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What kind of car?

My car (Mazda3) wasn't designed to tow but I added a hitch for mounting a bike rack and pulling a light 4x8' trailer. Pulls the 4x8 with a bike with no problems at all.

Driving out to perform maintenance would be a big minus in my book.
Yeah no matter how new or what bike I ride I still like to go over it,basic maintenance,hard to have a bike somewhere else and be full on farkling and changing tires and crapola like that.
Ive seen 1 bike trailers that are super light,or even 2 bikers that dont weigh much.

A college kid I know puts his XR400 on the roof of his rat car,where there's a will there's a way.

Ive never owned cars,only small trucks,whats the use if they dont haul bikes?
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:05 AM   #13
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Drain the flammable liquids and many get a lot more lenient.

I'd get a DR650SE, a Harbor Freight folding trailer, or a tougher butt though. People ride around the world on 50cc scooters. A modern 4-stroke dualsport should make it 40 miles without a whimper.
DR will do it easy,but then you have a tank to ride once real trails are involved.
Ive ridden my DR all over the place dirt or pavement though,scary when all crossed up flying through the air with the ft end low.
+the skid plate hits the ground so hard it digs ditches on serious G-outs.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:07 AM   #14
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but imagine your bike having its own room! ha
My 68 360 Greeves Challenger lives in the ft room,its happy there and is a great conversation piece.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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Not a bad idea for a few months, then move it to a new location to ride completely different trails. I store a bike in Texas right now so I can explore there without the expense of trailering or slab for 2000 miles on a dual sport. Local though would be better if you rethought the trailer option. Or find an inmate here to store for free. Bring the beer on maintenance schedules and you can store at my place.
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