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Old 11-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #46
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I haven't done this, but I do like to park my bike where I can see it.

I think it might be because a bike parked between two cars can be hidden,
and the likelihood somebody particularly late at night, could pull in hitting the bike isn't unlikely.
And the odds of that person doing the right thing is slim,
and even if they do the right thing (find the bikes owner and make amends)
it's still a hassle for the bikes owner.

I will confess to parking in the gore area that is present in some parking lots at the end of the rows, the painted area where cars aren't supposed to park. For the above reason.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #47
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #48
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you know what's funny? one time a lady was upset that I took up a whole parking spot and asked me why i couldn't just park on the sidewalk. I nicely explained to her that in DC the law says to park a motorcycle like a car, and that as much as I would like to park on the sidewalk there's a decent chance I'd get a ticket for it. She said "well that's a stupid law" and I said "I know!"


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Old 11-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #49
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I've parked on the sidewalk (walkway) many times in front of my first floor motel room when a serious storm was coming just to lessen the chance of it being blown over or debris hitting it.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #50
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I usually try to stay at one particular chain of hotels and one of my reasons is they have always allowed me to park under the overhang by the lobby. I also use a cover to discourage touchy feely curiosity. It's been a while, but I've walked back to my parked motorcycle to see people twisting the throttle and once even sitting on it. I can't imagine someone thinking that is ok.

So, I do what I can to keep it in someone's view if not mine. I don't believe I'm being rude by parking my relatively small motorcycle in a conspicuous spot.

I also fill out the customer surveys and mention that I chose that hotel because they are motorcycle friendly. I say that even if I'm staying there traveling by car. I think it helps to remind corporations that motorcyclists appreciate some unique considerations.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #51
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I'll always try to find the best shelter for my bike if possible. I don't mind it sitting out in the rain and snow but if I can avoid it I will.

I won't park it where it blocks pedestrians and I won't take it into my room. South of the border I've often had hotel owners invite me to bring the bike into their lobby.

For outside parking here's my all time best:

Somewhere in New Mexico



That's my room door back there. No other rooms in that corner.

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Old 11-04-2013, 11:15 PM   #52
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Every time I've asked the desk clerk where I might park where it could be in a well lit area observed by the front desk/security they have told me to park under the overhang to the side.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:57 AM   #53
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I have worked at hotels most of my working life (~7 years) and with motorcycles I always let them know the best parking on site.

Main one at my current hotel is parking under the entrance area to the side.

Where I used to work there was motorcycle parking either in the employee lot (always have people outside throughout the night) or under a second entrance overhand, or right out front. Mostly because the actual parking lot was dark and far away.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:13 AM   #54
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I have worked at hotels most of my working life (~7 years) and with motorcycles I always let them know the best parking on site.

Main one at my current hotel is parking under the entrance area to the side.

Where I used to work there was motorcycle parking either in the employee lot (always have people outside throughout the night) or under a second entrance overhand, or right out front. Mostly because the actual parking lot was dark and far away.
thankyou

park my bike in the safest spot
that does not impede others.
if its raining and i'm travelling
I just ride.
one of the reasons bikes are handy
is that you can normally find some where to put it.
having the bike outside my room disrespectful. no.
as if other guests have two cars per room they can use my rooms spot.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:44 PM   #55
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I've been invited to park my bike under the overhang or in front of the hotel many times. If the hotel is crowded, they benefit from having extra car parking available. I don't care about weather protection, but I like the idea of greater visibility.

There are a few stores around here where there's plenty of sidewalk area to make for decent motorcycle parking, and you often see bikes there, but I still prefer to use the parking lot. I'd much rather not take chances with being towed or getting a mall cop ticket or something.

If there's a striped area in a lot or at the end of a street that seems reasonably safe from oblivious cage pilots and is too small to be used by cars, I'll usually use it if there's no meter. If I have to feed a meter, I'm using a whole space.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:09 PM   #56
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A bike sitting alone or in a crowded dark
parking lot is ripe for getting stolen, parts stolen, or damaged by a cager pulling into or backing into it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #57
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Like others have mentioned, a number of times I have been invited by hotel staff to park my bike under the canopy or on the sidewalk. At one hotel, the head valet voluntarily directed his staff to move stacked luggage and luggage carts in order to make space for the bikes.

I view this as a simple courtesy and welcoming gesture extended to the traveling motorcyclist. Common sense prevails not to block fire lanes or severely impede pedestrians.

No one has ever questioned or passed judgement about the placement of the bike to me. To the contrary, passers-by often strike up friendly chat about the bike and the journey.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #58
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I'll park mine on a sidewalk outside my hotel under certain circumstances.

#1. If I'm in a bad area....i.e. I'm the only one at that motel that doesn't live there.

#2. If it doesn't interfere, to a great deal, with other guests. Who likes having a wet ass first thing in the morning?
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:05 PM   #59
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:06 AM   #60
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Live and let live. Who gives a fuck where people park their bike if it's in nobody's way. One more space for a car in the lot.
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