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Old 11-04-2013, 09:14 AM   #16
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who the fuck are you ?...the "Sidewalk Police" ?

mine your own business ,,,
I asked a question in a polite manner, looking for insight, not trying to start a flame war. Please note that this isn't in JoeMomma, so if you don't like the thread there's no reason to get hostile.

I'm asking this because 1) i don't do it and am curious why other people do and 2) There are lots of other threads about people getting angry at riders because of loud pipes, stunting on the highways, etc and this seems to be a practice that some people think 'WTF do they do that?'
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:16 AM   #17
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Also, yes I have taken my bike onto the sidewalk out of the rain after riding in the rain for hours. Does that make any sense? Possibly. Why would I leave it out in the rain if there is readily available shelter right there?
Thanks for the insight. I've pulled my bike under the cover before when loading in the morning and it's raining, since my side cases are top-loading. Since no one was around and I was only there five minutes, i don't think i inconvenienced anyone.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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Hotel parking lots a known areas for vehicles to be stolen and broken into. Thieves know people are passing through and are not familiar with the area, and the cars are likely to be loaded with goodies.

I would park the bike close to the room so I could see it from the room. If there is a parking spot, I'll use that though.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:24 AM   #19
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Probably because it rained everday on the way to Sturgis
and the Best Western is motorcycle friendly for the most part.
You would be amazed at how many big bikes can be parked
under the entrance at the best western in Ogallala Neb
Yeah, my trike got wet.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #20
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At a large mall I will pull it up onto the sidewalk around the building. They're usually 15 - 20 feet wide and in no ones way.
A lot better than parking it among 300 cars where it can be broken into or damaged.
And I do this what ever bike I happen to be on at the time...
So no it's not a cruiser thing.

But.... I fail to see why you would give a damn.
Seems to me the op is just looking for another reason to slam anyone (on a cruiser (I won't say Harley, no I won't) ) who likes to protect their belongings.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:48 AM   #21
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Not onto the sidewalk, but usually where I can see it while eating our resting. Mostly because the Moto is loaded and I wouldn't want any one walking away with the tank bag and/or vandalizing the soft luggage/paint. As long as it's not impeding easy movement I don't see why it cannot be on the sidewalk.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #22
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At a large mall I will pull it up onto the sidewalk around the building. They're usually 15 - 20 feet wide and in no ones way.
A lot better than parking it among 300 cars where it can be broken into or damaged.
And I do this what ever bike I happen to be on at the time...
So no it's not a cruiser thing.

But.... I fail to see why you would give a damn.
Seems to me the op is just looking for another reason to slam anyone (on a cruiser (I won't say Harley, no I won't) ) who likes to protect their belongings.
If I was going to 'slam' anyone I would have just done so. Instead, I'm asking a question to try to understand the mindset, instead of just dismissing it.

When I go to the mall or anywhere else around town, I always park in a parking space. When I go on trips and stay at a hotel, I carry a $40 disc lock with a motion detector that trips a 140db siren, in case someone wants to fuck with my bike in the parking lot.

My bikes are all waterproof, I've ridden all of them in torrential downpours, so like I said above, I'll pull it under cover to load the bike if it's raining, but I don't leave the bike sitting on the sidewalk overnight.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #23
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who the fuck are you ?...the "Sidewalk Police" ?

mine your own business ,,,
Whoa.. whats with the attitude?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:24 AM   #24
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When I go to the mall or anywhere else around town, I always park in a parking space. When I go on trips and stay at a hotel, I carry a $40 disc lock with a motion detector that trips a 140db siren, in case someone wants to fuck with my bike in the parking lot.
If it is a first floor room and there is no parking space directly in front of the room, I pull it onto the sidewalk so I can keep an eye on it. I have never parked on the sidewalk anywhere else. I only have liability on my bike and would hate for it to get jacked. I don't worry about it too much in my little town, but when I go on trips I'm a little paranoid of leaving my bike across the parking lot at a hotel.

I like the idea of the disc lock with alarm. I also called the insurance agent and asked her about adding theft insur. to my liability coverage and she seemed to think it would be relatively inexpensive so I may go that route.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #25
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IF you park on the sidewalk, I'm asking why? You wouldn't drive your car up on a sidewalk and park there, so what is it about the vehicle being a motorcycle that makes the rider feel like it's okay or necessary to park on a walkway?
Why NOT? If a car was as small as a bike of course I would. That's by the way one of the reasons I ride instead to drive - cars are too big, even if they were able to reach all the places motorcycles do, they most likely would block the spot.
So I'm riding a vehicle with some advantages, WHY shouldn't I use them? It's like filtering.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #26
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who the fuck are you ?...the "Sidewalk Police" ?

mine your own business ,,,
This type of reaction usually signifies someone who is doing something wrong, knows it and does it anyhow.

Plus, it was totally uncalled for!

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:53 AM   #27
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Seems to me the op is just looking for another reason to slam anyone (on a cruiser (I won't say Harley, no I won't) ) who likes to protect their belongings.
WTF? When did he say anything about a cruiser/HD?

Another guilty person!

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:53 AM   #28
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This type of reaction usually signifies someone who is doing something wrong, knows it and does it anyhow.

Plus, it was totally uncalled for!

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #29
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To actually answer the original question. I occasionally park on the sidewalk IF there is plenty of room for anyone to get by, especially wheelchairs and strollers. BUT, my bike is waterproof, and I have locking cases, so usually it stays in the lot like it should.

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:59 AM   #30
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Sometimes the sidewalk is concrete and the parking lot is asphalt, on hot days it can make a difference to a sidestand.
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