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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-21-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Would make you start really pulling strings to get your bike off the street? Christmas day snow forecast in DC stands at the lower side of 4-8 inches. I could get it to a friend's backyard, but it would be very inconvenient for everyone.

Any body run into issues with this? I am really tempted to ride it to a side street and park it a bit closer to the curb with a cover and leave it be. It'll just bug me since snow starts Saturday and I don't get back to the city til Monday night.
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Would make you start really pulling strings to get your bike off the street? Christmas day snow forecast in DC stands at the lower side of 4-8 inches. I could get it to a friend's backyard, but it would be very inconvenient for everyone.

Any body run into issues with this? I am really tempted to ride it to a side street and park it a bit closer to the curb with a cover and leave it be. It'll just bug me since snow starts Saturday and I don't get back to the city til Monday night.
I would send out an request to friends, family, professional network, coworkers and Craiglist asking if someone has just a few feet available in their garage, shed or storage unit. Offer a fair amount for the space, barter for a service or bribe them their favorite vise. Overall it shouldn't cost that much and worth it to know that the bike is safe and secure, not to mention out of the weather.


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Just go to your local Bank and borrow say $1,500 and have them hold the bike physically as collateral... Repay the loan when the weather warms up to riding temperature......
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Where do you live? I used to park my bike right next to the apartment building in back. The landlord had no problem with it.

The other option is one of those U store it places, if you can not find someone with some extra garage space.

Hell, when I lived on the first floor, I rode it right into my living room....


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Snow? Unfortunately not very often here in GA. Christmas day is going to be raining.....maybe. If we see anything at all, it will be maybe in January, more likely February or March, and most of it will be ice rather than snow.

Living in an apartment complex, unfortunately my bike lives in the elements no matter what the season. And the complex manager is a rule Nazi and will not allow me to park the bike under the stairs(which would help cover and keep the bike out of the elements) because "It's a safety violation", which I don't understand how .

I keep it covered mostly when I'm not riding it regularly. But it doesn't do a very good job of keeping the bike very dry. I've tried to find a truly water proof cover, but even the ones in find that are mostly water proof, are $100+ and I simply can't justify paying so much just for a bike cover.


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Take it to a pawn shop and pawn it for sixty to ninety days and let them store it indoors for you,pawn it cheap and the pickup fees should e relatively cheap and if the weather warms up early, pick it up early.

It would be cheaper than a storage building unless you can find a short term storage facility with good rates.




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I feel for you guys. I would hate to have to leave my baby out at the mercy of the elements and any scumbag who happens to come by. I like the pawn shop plan. That's creative thinkin' right there. Good luck.

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i found the storage unit to be my best option. but hopefully i will get a house soon, as soon as i get through the mountain of paperwork.
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and there I was whining about my 8x10 metal shed! it does suck when the weather gets nice again cause its in my backyard and the ground gets really soft, I have to lay plywood down to get it all the way to my driveway.

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I agree with CG above--your bike will fair much better (as will its battery!) if you can get the bike into a truly enclosed storage situation. Even if said enclosed structure isn't insulated, this is by far the best option for your bike (if you possibly can).

I've stored my bike out in the elements (but under a bike cover), in a rented storage unit, and in an enclosed garage. So I've witnessed how the bike does in all these options.

Your next best bet (if the above just isn't doable) is to get it off the street and get it under a cover, like one from somebody like Dowco or Nelson Rigg:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...lus-Cover.aspx

If it's gonna be a while b4 you ride it again--be sure also to wrap a plastic cover over the ends of the tail pipes, and stuff something in the openings of your bike's airboxes (if you haven't done the "earshave" option) to keep critters/vermin out of your bike.

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