Bike Storage in lower 48

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by impalla62ss, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. impalla62ss

    impalla62ss Adventurer

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    In Fairbanks. I would like to keep a bike in the lower 48. I'm thinking about buying my Dad's bike in Florida, but 16 hours on a plane would be a lot to deal with if I wanted to ride. Does anybody have any information on bike storage in the lower 48. I am leaning towards WA or AZ but am open. I am also curious about costs for storage.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    I stored a bike in Phoenix last year. Arizona Motorcycle Towing and Storage. The gal who runs it is a rider and great to deal with.
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  3. KHuddy

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    I know several folks that store bikes down here in the states. One stores a bike in a rented storage space near SeaTac airport, one does the same in Phoenix, one stores with a friend in FL and one has bikes with a friend near Seattle and another in Spokane. Where you do it should depend on weather, access to an airport, friends/relatives that have space and/or how much you are willing to spend to rent a space. If you are interested in storing in Montana, then PM me.
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  4. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    I have one in Tacoma. went to 'merica 2 years ago in May & like a dumass figured the spring weather would be all rainbows & unicorns.... had to go all the way to Redmon CA to cross the Sierras & still got snowed on anyway. could not get across the Rockies.... too much snow. diddled around for a week in AZ, Utah, NV & decided to head for the coast. CO was having record snow & cold. anyway, just making mention because destinations & travel times might be a consideration... especially if you want a mid-winter escape.

    oh yea.... bike stored with a friend

    also.... glad I brought the heated vest... I used it almost every day
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  5. HayDuchessLives

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    I rode one of my DRs down to the Lower 48 two summers ago and have stored it in various locations based on the above-listed factors, plus, I peruse this site to find fun ADV events to attend and plan my route and storage needs based on that. First I stored my bike in Hood River Public Storage for a few months, $35/mo. The units are not secure, with no fencing around the buildings or security cameras, but I wasn't too worried about security there. The padlocks were pretty hefty and the price was much cheaper than storage units in Portland. After that I stored my bike at a friend's house in Pahrump, NV for the winter so I could attend the ADV Rider Death Valley DAZE event. What a hoot! In early summer I rode to Colorado Springs where I stored my bike at a friend's house and unfortunately health issues prevented me from riding my bike down to a warmer climate prior to the winter, so... My bike wintered in CO. In the late spring I rode my bike down to New Mexico and stored it in Albuquerque for a few months, using Cube Smart Storage right next to the airport. $70/mo, 5x10 unit, great security, friendly staff and they give you a shuttle to/from the airport. There are cheaper places farther away from the airport, but riding through big cities scares the heck out of me so I picked this place with easy access to the interstate and airport.

    This past summer I picked my bike up in ABQ in late July and rode up to S. Dakota, camping/hiking in the Black Hills and participating in the two-day Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Ride. This was a very spiritual, meaningful journey for me and out of nearly 200 bikers, I had the only dual-sport bike. (Imagine that...) I rode back down to New Mexico and eventually made it to Truth or Consequences to participate in the wonderfully fun NMOHVA / ADV Rider Rubber Chicken Ride in late October. Now my bike is stored in T or C at my mom's house. My mom is moving back to WY next spring so I'll have to find another place in a warm climate to store my bike for the winters so I can fly down and do fun rides and meet more friendly people. My summer storage plans are up in the air as I'm not sure what summer rides I'll do yet, but I'm looking at Cheyenne and/or CO Springs for summer storage. I found a place in Cheyenne with 5x10 units for $50, and there are shuttles to Denver.

    I've heard storage prices are decent in Las Vegas and there is great riding in Death Valley and Pahrump pretty much year round with different ADV Rider events taking place. Have fun! I really enjoy doing winter fly-and-ride trips since we haven't had much snow the past two winters and skiing conditions were poor.
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  6. impalla62ss

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    Thank you all for the good information.
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  7. ErraticAKn

    ErraticAKn On roads less traveled...

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    I store my bike in Oregon in a small secured storage unit. It costs $50 a month and I have 24 hour access for when i show up to get it.
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  8. MrEndo

    MrEndo Been here awhile

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    I just happen to get this email from Jimmy Lewis Off Road. http://jimmylewisoffroad.com/
    "Bike Storage and Preparation
    Is your riding season cut short by winter? Here during the summer we are waiting for the desert to cool down so we can get back to riding! But what if you could ride down to Nevada and have your bike stored over the winter so you could fly back in and take it out for a trip or two over the perfect riding conditions out west? We have the ability to store motorcycles in our secure storage containers and can have them ready for you to pick-up and drop off when needed. We can also arrange for light mechanical work to be done as well. We are less than an hour from McCarren Las Vegas airport and less than 10-minutes from being out in the dirt! Contact us for rates and availability."
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  9. legion

    legion Ancient Chinese Stir Fry Tool

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    The man that runs the parts Dept for Iron Horse BMW in Tucson stores bikes on a charger and can coordinate maintenance. I used his services for several years and multiple bikes. Never anything but happy with it all.
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  10. aufevermike

    aufevermike Been here awhile

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    I have kept one in Vegas for 4 years now in a storage unit. It all day pends on the area. When I first started it was 35 a month. Now it's 48 a month and still cheaper than any where else for a 5x10 and still worth it for me. I ride there at least 12 days a year. If I wre to rent, it would be 200 a day.
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  11. jfman

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    Hello Mike, can you give me the name of that place in Vegas? I am in Whitehorse YK and making my way south and considering vegas as drop off point for the bike.

    Thanks!

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  12. aufevermike

    aufevermike Been here awhile

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    I PMed you
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  13. jfman

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    Thanks a milion!

    Gonna check them
    Out
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  14. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    Bike in Florida? Sounds perfect to ship to Germany with Knopf out of Orlando and store it in Heidelberg when not riding for less than $400 a year... Direct flights from ANC to Germany. Opens up a whole new world of riding...
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