Practicing in parking lots...?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Panza, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Panza

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    Howdy. Riden on my new Aprilia 750 for little over 1000 miles so far and loving every bit of it. I dont have the same confidence that I had when I was on my 250 and wanted to do some of those braking & handling exercises they teach you in classes.

    Has anyone been given slack by police for whipping out some cones and practicing in a parking lot? I can understand how it would look like a bunch of shenanigans and horseplay.
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  2. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    It would be a simple thing to call or visit the local PD who would be called out to the parking lot and ask them the question.

    Some places have laws that you can't be on a school parking lot. Other places don't.

    As long as you don't annoy the neighbors and aren't leaving skid marks and look like you are being careful I doubt they'd have a problem.
    They might even wish they could join you.
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  3. Bronco638

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    It couldn't hurt to check with local LEOs. The chief of police, in my village, happens to ride. I have a couple of office parks very close to my house. However, they are managed by a security company that's pretty aggressive when it comes to riding around in "their" parking lots. So, check to see if using a parking lot, in that manner, is OK (with all involved).
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  4. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Most parking lots are private property. If you try to contact the property owner for permission (which would make it completely legit), you'll probably just get rejected for fear of potential liability.

    Contacting the PD might help or you might just be alerting them ahead of time to your trespassing.

    Maybe there is a moto shop or some such around that would be willing to let you practice?

    Or just find an abandoned lot somewhere non-residential. Plenty of those around here, not sure what it's like where you're at, though.
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  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    short answer: beg forgiveness, buy do not ask permission, or it will be denied immediately.


    we've had an entire year of regular meets at the same parking lots, for cone work, with no issues from the PD. they come, watch for a few minutes, realize it's a skill building exercise, and maybe 1 out of 20 times roll up to say hello our ask what organization we are.

    that's it.

    the 3 rules specified for or meets are strict and simple:
    no alcohol, period ( doh)
    no wheelies/burnouts/marking
    if anyone falls, everyone stops, engine off, until the riser is righted and the HELPERS give a thumbs up.

    of course picking up trash afterwords is a really good idea, and if a small crowd gathers ( very common) , keep them at a safe distance and informed it's a riding, not a spectators , event.

    displaying your intentions by action usually means a lot more tip officers then asking to setup a race course :thumbup:
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  6. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Tennis balls cut in half. They take up way less space.
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  7. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    They also suck less to run over!
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  8. dwizum

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    Perhaps you guys are on to something but the phrase "balls cut in half" just makes me cringe.
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  9. kabulpostie

    kabulpostie Been here awhile

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    I have never been bothered, obviously best to find a place that's not busy..out of business places are great, we a large hardware store that went out of business that was perfect for training...no customers, no police, no people, no problem!
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  10. Panza

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    +1 I play tennis and my balls are quite valuable. It always sucks when you lose them. Wait, we're talking about tennis balls right?

    Walmart has the nice flatter disc cones which was what I was planning on using. : )
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    They fit into my camera bag quite nicely.
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  11. this is a RV

    this is a RV Been here awhile

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    Go to your local MSF class site.
    Lots or painted with dots for cone placement. small plastic cups work well for cones.
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  12. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    That's actually a pretty great idea. My local MSF operates out of a community college. On weekends, it's just a huge empty parking lot (unless there's an MSF class running) that literally no one would give a shit about if they saw a guy on a moto doing figure 8s.
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  13. dwizum

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    This is a great plan. The RC for the session I was in told us that whenever there wasn't a class in session, we were free to come practice on the marked range (which is in a never-used expansion parking lot near a mall) but that we were obviously doing it at our own risk.
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  14. LudemJo

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    Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission...

    Just do it, don't be an idiot while you are doing it, and clean up after yourself. If anyone complains, say you are sorry and move on.

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    I have never asked permission to use a lot for practice, I have had the police stop to see what I was doing exactly zero times. They have driven by but never stopped. Keep it reasonable and they should not have any issues, if they do stop and ask explain what you are doing and why.
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  16. jgiacobbe

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    Never had issue. Just found an office park where nobody was open at the time. If your bike isn't loud and they don't have security nazi's then nobody will bother you. look for office parks with smaller companies. Parks where the whole thing is filled with a single tenant tend to have screwy security.

    Back as a teenager I did get chased off a community college campus for doing donuts in their gravel lot in a pickup. Makes me think you probably want to stay away from schools and community colleges. They tend to have more events at random times and some antsy people who feel that said public property isn't there for your use.

    I also have never done this with more than 2 bikes at a time though. The more of you present, the more attention you will attract as anyone coming by will assume it is a competition.
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  17. pinocono

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    How about the local DMV course/lot? They're usually empty on the weekends.
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    I've use a local elementary school parking lot occasionally on weekends. I don't put out cones or balls, but just use the lines. I've never noticed that anyone noticed.
    There is also a highway rest area near me that has no facilities and gets virtually no traffic which works well.

    At the state sponsored MSF range lots (at least the ones in Concord) they have signs up specifically prohibiting practice:puke1
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  20. Panza

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    Thanks for all the responses! The DMV near my house usually holds motorcycle classes on weekends but sometimes it's empty. I can probably practice there after DMV office hours and it wouldn't put up any suspicion. I'll pick up an EZ pass while I'm there too.
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