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post #1 of 14 Old Jan 10th, 2007, 10:16 am Thread Starter
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Anyone in nth half USA park perm. outside?

Well, its time to pull in the belt a bit and I am looking at all my costs. I have decided to keep the LT (this was a mature, objective decision :-), the wife has to sell her pristine black Miata) but I have to look at the garaging of the bike which here in Philly costs me $120/mth. We have a single, "just" off-street car space in a long row of 3 storey condos.

My only real option is to park the bike outside permanently, hard against the fence with the car parked up against it most of the time (and every night). Some other things I would do are:
1. I have a full Dowco? cover which I use now in the public garage which leaves only the bottom 1/3 of the wheels exposed. I would use this all the time. It has two reinforced eyelets so I'll put a small wire/lock thru to make the cover harder to rip off.
2. I would probably chain (heavy) the bike to the iron railing of the fence for a bit of added security (token only still).
3. I probably won't do this until April so the worst of the winter weather is over (it just started snowing in the last 5 mins for the first time this winter).

I believe my insurance assumes its parked on the street (only private garages are counted as "garaging" in the Philly metro area with my company), so that should be OK. The Dowco cover has a breathing overlap so it shouldn't sweat in the hot weather. One good thing is the location is close to an outside power point so I can run the Battery Tender during winter. Over the last two winters I have lost a battery each year thru not being able to use the tender in the public garage.

So, any suggestions or experiences to help?

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post #2 of 14 Old Jan 10th, 2007, 10:34 am
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You might look into a storage locker close by. Might be half the cost of your garage. I used to do that with my car. It was cheaper than parking at the Airport, so I rented a storage locker big enough for my car, and it was a half mile walk to the airport terminal. Sucked in the rain, but I got to know the rental car bus driver and he'd stop if he saw me.


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Not sure in you can park a motor vehicle in a storage locker in PA. I know for a fact that it is not permitted in CA because of the gasoline and oil.

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Don't you have a sliding glass door on the house?
Pull it inside.
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At last week's motorcycle show here in Toronto, one vendor had a motorcyle storage system consisting of a cover that was affixed to a collapsible metal framework which allowed the bike to stored under the cover with the whole rig extended to cover the bike in about 10 seconds. The fact that the bike is "out of sight", plus being shielded from the elements made this product very appealing. Here is a link to the same type of storage system: http://www.thebikebarn.net/tourermodel.html

Another option that I am considering is an interesting storage solution which permits the bike to be covered by a clear plastic bubble with an air pump recirculating air so as to avoid a moisture build up and the resulting condensation. I saw this rig at a local Harley dealer, with a cost of about $300 (CAN $), if I recall correctly. Here is a link to the same type of product: http://www.autotoystore.com/carcapsule.html. With this application, one must have access to electricity. This link shows several different models and sizes and I believe that it would provide an economical, relatively secure storage solution which would eliminate (or at least reduce) potential corrosion over the L-O-N-G winter layoff for those of us who are not fortunate enough to live in a year-round riding environment. The Green Eyed Monster hates all of you have live/ride in Florida and Schwartzeneger Land.

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I don't know if this would work for you, I have Harley riding friend who doesn't have a garage,
he puchased an enclosed trailer he now parks in his driveway and it functions as his garage.


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The enclosed trailer is a great idea -- you get the trailer for other uses, AND you get a better, more secure storage for your bike.

Parked outside, I'd be concerned about bugs and larger critters over-wintering in the bike.

There was a recent discussion of the Harley bubble product. Having seen it in person, I don't think it would survive outside very long, plus it's see-through.

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If you are going to leave the bike in this covered state for the winter take the battery out and keep the battery hooked to the tender somewhere around the house. I have a 14' enclosed trailer that sits in my driveway that serves as an extra garage.

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Why do you take the battery out? I have never lost a battery while on a Battery Tender and the battery in the bike.

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If your not going to use the bike and let it sit out in the cold/snow thats hard on the battery, bring it inside for a little R&R it will thank you, also make the bike harder to steal?

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Quote:
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I don't know if this would work for you, I have Harley riding friend who doesn't have a garage,
he puchased an enclosed trailer he now parks in his driveway and it functions as his garage.
Shotgun (USMC DI) RIP used to do the same thing. He had concreted a pipe into the ground with a hitch ball on it, would lock the trailer to it.
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I park mine in the driveway with a cover over it most of the time (Central Virginia). I've done it for years with boats, and it seemed to work just fine last winter with my first M/C. So far no problems with this one either.
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I'm not far north, nor in a metro area, but my bikes have mostly lived in the yard. I keep the LT covered when not in use. More than I can say for the Vstrom. So far, the cold weather is rough on the battery. That is about the biggest issue. A neighborhood cat likes to sleep on the seat, if I don't pull the cover all the way down. Rain beats mud up on the wheels and cover, makes it look pretty ratty.

But I don;t see a problem with outdoor bike storage. It would be nice to have a garage, but just not in the works right now.

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Cool why?

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Why do you take the battery out? I have never lost a battery while on a Battery Tender and the battery in the bike.
Ralph,

At least pull the ground wire. The bike has electronic drain sucking your battery. Ideally, take the battery inside. It only takes a few minutes to jerk it out. My LT consumed three batteries in four years, tended.

My 100 year old home along the world's 12th largest lake is great, but we too are garage impaired. No heat, wet, nasty little OLD garage. I feel your pain.

Next time we visit SO's Sis in Lancaster, we'll look you up. He rides an R, see shot.
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