Renting a storage unit closer to the dirt??

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  1. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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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
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  2. Falcon86

    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    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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  3. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    but imagine your bike having its own room! ha
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  4. 32x20

    32x20 Been here awhile

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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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  5. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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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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  6. vanaman

    vanaman Been here awhile

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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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  7. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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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.
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  8. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    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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  9. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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  10. Rick

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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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    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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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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  12. Foot dragger

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    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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  13. Foot dragger

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    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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  14. Foot dragger

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    My 68 360 Greeves Challenger lives in the ft room,its happy there and is a great conversation piece.
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  15. Motomochila

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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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  16. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I kept my bikes in a storage unit while I was in the army. It was only a 20 minute drive and it still sucked. It turned every little 5 minute thing into a project.

    Do you really need a car? I've basically always had a Ford ranger, on my fifth one now. It gets me to work just as good as a car would...

    All typos and misspellings blamed on my phone.
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  17. bobfab

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    i would vote for a HF 4x8 folding trailer and a hitch for your car. Most class I & II hitches will handle the weight of the trailer and a small dualsport no problem. I did that for years before biting the bullet on a truck.

    What storage unit (even far east of LA) is going to cost $45 a month. I think thats the biggest challenge there, no storage in socal is that cheap!
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  18. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    Been keeping a bike in a couple different states so I can ride in the winter. Its a street bike and wont fit in a 5x5 unit. Only a couple bucks more for a 5x10 and then you'll have lots of room for spares ect. Shop a bit for a deal, they are out there for sure. So far they have all welcomed bikes. Lived briefly in an apartment years ago. Can't own much but a change of clothes!
    One option might be to trade car for some kind of van and keep the bike in there all the time but of there are drawbacks to that as well.
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  19. NTTF

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    I would spend the least amount of time in San Bernardino as possible :lol3
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  20. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Trailer in a Bag.
    Look it up that might be your best alternative.
    Small, light weight perfect for towing a small bike and packs into the trunk of the car when your done.

    Just my .02
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