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Old 10-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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Storing/Parking Your Bike Outside

So who here actually store/park their bike outside 24/7? I currently live in an apartment complex and they just built a covered parking area. My 848 is at my parent's garage 3 hours away and i would like to bring the bike up to where i live. My plan is to get a bike cover and use chains and lock on the bike. I also have theft insurance on the bike. Even with all that, I just don't feel right about parking the bike outside.

It does not get very cold in San Marcos but it got to around high 30*F last year.

What do you all think? What are some of the hassle for all of you that store your bike outside year around?
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#1 theft
30 degrees will not hurt it
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30 degrees will not hurt it
Yea i figured that would be the #1 drawback. I mean i'm going to chain the bike and etc but i guess if someone wants the bike bad enough...
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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nothing really, may be dirt flying around and thieves...if the weather gets bad again this year may be renting a storage facility for a bit
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nothing really, may be dirt flying around and thieves...if the weather gets bad again this year may be renting a storage facility for a bit
Ahhh good idea, i didn't even think about renting a storage facility.
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yep, theft would be my major concern... I have a personality defect in that I take that personal... and when that kind of thing happens, I go into my I do not play well with others mode...the last bike I had stolen was a dirt bike... I waited for a while, then spent several weekends looking in all the places I know folks like to take dirt bikes to play...I was armed to the teeth, hoping I was going to get to make parts out of someone... but never saw my bike... was good to me...eventually I calmed down and got over it...
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If you value your bike AT ALL do not keep it at your apartment complex. Check out the stolen bike section. At least 90% are stolen from apartments.
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rent a storage, or ask other members who have garage to see if they are willing let you use it. chain is not going to help if someone wants your bike bad ehough, exp we are atlking about 848, i park mine in my living room.
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Yea i figured that would be the #1 drawback. I mean i'm going to chain the bike and etc but i guess if someone wants the bike bad enough...
My friend used a hardened u-lock to lock his to a pole at his apartment and they stole his bike
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So who here actually store/park their bike outside 24/7? I currently live in an apartment complex and they just built a covered parking area. My 848 is at my parent's garage 3 hours away and i would like to bring the bike up to where i live. My plan is to get a bike cover and use chains and lock on the bike. I also have theft insurance on the bike. Even with all that, I just don't feel right about parking the bike outside.

It does not get very cold in San Marcos but it got to around high 30*F last year.

What do you all think? What are some of the hassle for all of you that store your bike outside year around?
Chris wheel it inside of your living room!
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So who here actually store/park their bike outside 24/7? I currently live in an apartment complex and they just built a covered parking area. My 848 is at my parent's garage 3 hours away and i would like to bring the bike up to where i live. My plan is to get a bike cover and use chains and lock on the bike. I also have theft insurance on the bike. Even with all that, I just don't feel right about parking the bike outside.

It does not get very cold in San Marcos but it got to around high 30*F last year.

What do you all think? What are some of the hassle for all of you that store your bike outside year around?
Mine was stored in covered parking and it lasted 20 days . . . stolen
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I rented a storage building 10x20 and used it as a garage.... had all my tools two bikes etc... also had power in there! It was great.
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I had a bike stolen from an apartment. All the locks in the world wouldn't have stopped them.
You could see the drag marks where they pulled it through a breezeway and then loaded it in a truck.

BTW it was stolen in the daytime while parked within 30 feet and in plain sight of the complex office.

Get a storage space, pull the bike out and park your car in it while you ride. Trust me, it's less hassle and emotional distress than having a bike stolen.
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I did just the opposite when I was in college. I kept my car in a mini-warehouse and parked my bike in it when I drove.
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My bike stays outside in a parking lot 24/7 here at UH. It gets a little dusty but nothing a quick hose off wont fix. (Or a ride through a rain storm) However if my bike was something more desirable I would be more worried about it being stolen. But no one wants to steal a KLR.

That said I did come out to my bike one morning and the latches on my panniers were undone. The lock on top kept it from opening.
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The most hardcore part of this is he man pushes it down a building hallway.... haha
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I did just the opposite when I was in college. I kept my car in a mini-warehouse and parked my bike in it when I drove.
My CBR survived 2 semesters of west campus. I still have her. Pretty sure luck was involved.
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