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Where to park the bike.......

I was wondering the other day about trying to put my truck in the garage and whether or not I'd have room to get the bike in.... But I realized that for the most part the truck can sit out like it has for the last 5 1/2 years.... Its just that I've only got barely 15k on it since I bought it dec.2001....

So my question is,, how many of you park your bike under the stars?? Do you cover it when you do or just let it sit out in the weather?? I know not everyone has a garage,, just curious, thanks................Pete

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harbor f has a portable garage for $180 12X18,got my three bikes in it now ,this winter Ill put them in a buddys garage.

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Mine is in the garage every night and I have found that in a pinch I can put the LT, my suburban and our camry all in the garage.

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LT goes inside ....any and everything else can stay outside if necessary....
u kno...as long as the wife says so

but the LT goes inside no matter what!

but luckily i just got a new house with a big garage and could actually get both cars and the LT in there with room to spare.....but im already used to parking the car outside....so why change....

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We don't have a car, just the LT, RT, and GSA in a 2 car garage.

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....So my question is: how many of you park your bike under the stars? Do you cover it when you do or just let it sit out in the weather? I know not everyone has a garage. Just curious.Pete
Always inside! "She's" LUCKY I don't park it in the freakin' living room!

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My truck and car both live outside all the time. I have covered the bike in the past, but not lately unless I know there is a big rain coming. Laziness on my part. I was thinking I should really start covering it again. Helps keep it cleaner. I do park iunder the shade trees in the back yard, which is mixed - in the shade, but get droppings from the trees, birds,, etc.

We have zero garage space and the sill to the two storage buildings is about 2' off the gruond and land slopes away from bldgs so a ramp would be long. Maybe someday.

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2 Bimmers and an HD in the Garage along w/her Navigator and my CTS-V. All jammed in there....gotta move stuff to get anything out, but it all fits.


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Cool Tight fit

I have a 2 1/2 car garage. '02 Yukon next to '84 Mercedes convertable. LT parked in front of Mercedes and Harley gets the 1/2 garage with work benches and tools. We go outside to change our minds! The boat gets the side yard.

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I used to live in an apartment with just 1 parking space. In that space I hung the bicycle under the storage cabinet, then parked the Audi, and then parked the LT behind the A4 on the side stand between the 2 concrete posts.

Since I moved to a house with a 1 car garage the LT sleeps inside, the 05 A4, 03 Saab convertible, 98 Rover, and the Jeep all sleep outside. I am getting 2 canopy thingies for the A4 and the Saab...

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The LT and the Gold Wing live in the garage, with the PU parked in the driveway. Will have to make other arrangements this winter, but for now that's the way it is.

When I'm on the road, I used to cover the bike every night, but I hardly ever cover it anymore. As for the weather, it gets wet every time I wash it and it hasn't melted yet. I just stow the GPS and the Air Hawk in the side case, set the security alarm and forget it. It it gets stolen, well that's what insurance is for.
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LT and CBX in the garage...ooops...zucinni has been sold. (I better change that)

Car and truck are out on the street where they should be...they are getting washed everyday !!!

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Everything in the garage.. not much room but I've done that for 37 years and there is no sense stopping know.. Unfortunately I need to play musical spots with my F150 when the LT goes out or in but it's what I do. I guess I'm anal..

Actually I left my truck out this spring for a few weeks while I piecemealed the 24K on the LT and my neighbors were stopping by and wondering why my truck was outside...

When I'm on the road I never cover it just remove the GPS and SAT radio and set the alarm..

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My wife's SUV gets half of the garage. I choose to use my alotted space for "our LT", "my RT-P" and my John Deere. My car lives in the driveway. If I could find a way to widen the door I might take the LT into the living room.

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....If I could find a way to widen the door I might take the LT into the living room.
I have three french doors....don't tempt me!

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Y'all have cars, too? Huh. I never thought of that.
Eventually the ice, snow and residual sand takes all fun out of riding more than a few miles away from that garage.

When the weather turns nice I let the other 'motorcyclists' remind the cage drivers that two wheeled M/Vs have returned.... makes the season a little shorter but still satisfying.. I am so accustomed to the lay up that I would not know how to handle a 365 day season..

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I have a 2 1/2 car garage. '02 Yukon next to '84 Mercedes convertable. LT parked in front of Mercedes and Harley gets the 1/2 garage with work benches and tools. We go outside to change our minds! The boat gets the side yard.
I resemble that arrangement. I have a larger than usual 2-car garage that is about 25' wide by 40' deep. My GT goes on it's center stand between my Chevy 2500 4X4 pickup and my wife's VW Beetle. I can still get the bike in or out with cars in the way but it takes an extra 3 or 4 point manuever. Good enough since I do use the bike way more than the truck. Her VTX-1800 is parked in front of the VW next to the lawn equipment since it only comes out on the weekends. When we do rides like that we just back the VW out to the driveway. The truck always stays indoors because I believe it would turn to dust if actual sunlight hit it for more than a few minutes
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Thanks,, I really enjoyed the responses...
It looks like most have a garage but to park it outside ain't no big deal they perform in the rain and getting washed just fine....

Now when to travel,, do you always use a cover at the motel or just sometimes??
I don't even own a cover and the water and dew hasn't seemed to hurt it at all over the last 3 years... All fasteners still look new....................Pete

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....do you always use a cover at the motel or just sometimes?....
Of course, Pete! I use a full size H & K .45 to cover my GT. How about you?

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I have a remote garage (five minutes walk), but the bikes ALWAYS go in the garage. Even if it's only for a few minutes, and they're normally chained IN the garage. If I left a bike outside I would find key scratches or something broken on it when I come out.(Assuming it was still there.)
I seldom have a car, so that issue doesn't arise. It doesn't matter what the bike is either , a £50 scrap winter bike still gets locked away.

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My wife's SUV gets half of the garage. I choose to use my alotted space for "our LT", "my RT-P" and my John Deere. My car lives in the driveway. If I could find a way to widen the door I might take the LT into the living room.

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Wife gets her side (wide 2 car garage) and uses it for her cool 91 Pathfinder. On my side, a nice woodshop with room left over for the LT. My 95 GMC lives in the driveway with my 1950 5-window chevy pickup.

Probably gonna rent a large storage unit for the old truck when I start the restoration.


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That kind of cover is a model 39-2..............Pete

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That kind of cover is a model 39-2.
Ahhhh yes. A custom build of the classic model 39. An outstanding gun, er, cover.

I carried a 3913 as both my on-duty back up and off-duty for 17 years. Things got so bad in my ghetto that I had to buy a .45 for off-duty.

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I am so accustomed to the lay up that I would not know how to handle a 365 day season..
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LT gets the garage

The LT goes in the garage.
During riding season the car sits out while the LT gets the garage space.
When winter gets here and the roads are messy, I take a little more time to tuck the LT in so I can get the car in also.
(however, its always in a state of readiness for a jaunt on one those crisp clear winter days)

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Bike parking?

If your going to park outside, you have to take into effect the dew. Depending on where you live of course. Here in Pennsyltucky if you park a covered bike on grass, you will do way more damage to it than good.
The dew rises up gets trapped under the cover and keeps the bike wet. (Don't be a retard and say it has a vent, the hole on the bottom of the cover is 1000, time larger than the vent holes )The solution to that is to park it on a sheet of plywood, concrete, asphalt or deck, then cover.
Parking a car in a garage is the equivalent of running into the house to take a piss, some women insist on doing it. (None that ever stay around me long ) I don't call it a garage, it is a workshop, not a parking space.
I have parked bikes in the house for extended periods (years) rebuilt engines on a counter top, even had a place in one house taped off in the kitchen where the woman was not allowed to go. (She had helped once by straightening up the parts I had laid out in order of reassembly )
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I keep inviting you to move south and change that, but you won't even consider it.
Too many things to trade for a few new riding days.. I could get more riding days than I need by just retiring..

That way I don't have to clean out the attic..


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....I don't call it a garage, it is a workshop, not a parking space.... I have parked bikes in the house for extended periods (years) rebuilt engines on a counter top, even had a place in one house taped off in the kitchen where the woman was not allowed to go. (She had helped once by straightening up the parts I had laid out in order of reassembly )
Thank you, Rock! I let the old hag have full access to the kitchen. BUT, she knows better than to even dream of trying to look in the workshop, much less doing it! Some places are just for daddy and son.

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I could live in that shop, I'm up for adoption if you need a resident ogre!
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post #40 of 42 Old Aug 7th, 2007, 9:46 am
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Actually the couch is a futon, a tv is hung on the wall, there is a full bath in the corner and a beer fridge is in the next room. If my wife ever runs me out of the bedroom I'm all set.
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Actually the couch is a futon, a tv is hung on the wall, there is a full bath in the corner and a beer fridge is in the next room. If my wife ever runs me out of the bedroom I'm all set.
Now that's what I'm talking about! Nice digs.

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Gee, if I had those digs there's nights when I'd HOPE the SO would run me out to the garage!

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