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What's the standard procedure for those of you guys who find yourselves staying at hotels or wherever while travelling on your bikes? Do most of you cover your bikes overnight? Or do you try to get permission to park under cover of the motel entrance if there is one. Also, do you generally tend to put it up on its centerstand for the night or simply rest in on its sidestand? How about if your own bag liners......do you simply pull out the liner or take the entire side and/or top bag into your room? I figure the latter would be the case if you were concerned about someone's curiosity as to what might be in that attached luggage.

Just trying to learn before my first major excursion.....wherever that may take me.
 

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I have a cover but don't always use it. Hopefully I can park right outside the room. If my room isn't going to be close to my bike, I'll sometimes ask if I can park under by the front door/motel entrance. I only take the bag liners in the room and of course my tank bag. Don't usually even bother to remove the GPS. Depends on the terrain as far as which stand I use. If the ground is reasonably level, I prefer the center stand but if that isn't possible I'll use the side stand. I always lock the forks but that's all I do.

I figure that most travelers see a MC parked outside and figure some large hairy guy with lots of tattoos and an attitude is within sight of his bike so it is left alone. I've never had a problem.
 

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Park next to a Harley.

They always go for those first. :teeth
 

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On a more serious note,

I don't have a bike cover. To me that's just one more thing to pack.
Besides, after riding through an all day rain or two, covering the
bike to keep a little dirt or dew off of it at night seems a little, ummmm,
stoopid. But, that may just be me that sees it that way.

I always park in a well lit area. If I can swing parking up front near
the doors to the front desk, OK. If not, then under a lamp or right outside
the door of my room if possible.

I don't have bag liners, wish I did though.

Things I do have?

Insurance. Paid up and current insurance.

In well over 30 years of traveling the US, I've stayed in a gazillion
motels. Only ONE TIME, in Sweetwater,Tenn. has my bike been messed with.
Some thieving bastiges tried to get my bike and only succeeded in
fooking it up to the point that the dealer in Knoxville had to rig it
so I could start it and get home for more complete repairs. That's where
the insurance came in handy. :yesnod:
 

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TomsterMVA said:
What's the standard procedure for those of you guys who find yourselves staying at hotels or wherever while travelling on your bikes? Do most of you cover your bikes overnight? Or do you try to get permission to park under cover of the motel entrance if there is one. Also, do you generally tend to put it up on its centerstand for the night or simply rest in on its sidestand? How about if your own bag liners......do you simply pull out the liner or take the entire side and/or top bag into your room? I figure the latter would be the case if you were concerned about someone's curiosity as to what might be in that attached luggage.

Just trying to learn before my first major excursion.....wherever that may take me.
I always carry and use a "half" cover, mostly to keep rain or dew off the seat. If using the Honda, I have a couple of mini duffle bags that I carry into the hotel. If using the BMW's, I just take the detachable bags in with me. I "almost" always use the centerstand.

If practical, I seek out "mom and pop" hotels, that often have a way for me to park right outside my door. In over forty years of motorcycle touring and travel, I've never had my bike messed with at all.
 

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I tend to think people will fiddle with a covered bike less than they would with an uncovered bike, so I generally try to cover it when I'm on a road trip. I've had poor luck with finding covered awnings and the like at motels, although I'm always looking. Guys are always telling me to wheel the bike into the room with me, but I've NEVER found a room where it was possible for me to do that. It's usually not even possible for me to park the bike close to the room.

I either take the bags in with me or lock them to the bike, depending upon what I need for the night.

If the parking area is level and secure, I'll put the bike on the centerstand, otherwise, on the sidestand and in gear.
 

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I attempt to park right outside my window. Failing that I ask if there is a place that is lit up and visible to the night operator and park there, sometimes this is under an awning if I'm lucky.

If I get in late and am leaving the next day I tend to not cover it. If I'm staying longer, I cover it.

With my Wing, I have a remote paging security system so it is on by my bed so I'll hear if anything happens. The only time it's gone off is when a heavy truck lumbered by and set off the motion detector. I must admit, having the proximity detector is nice. I don't know if it has warned away people or not but if they got close it would.
 

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Aerostitch has a great cover.

I allways try to park the bike in a secure location. Aerostitch makes a cover that pack down about the size of a small softback book. It is made out of the same material as a parachute. It is not the cheapest solution but it is a great product.
 

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I always put my bike up on the centerstand overnight. Putting a bike on the sidestand usually gets it too close to the cage on either side. I cover it, depending on how comfortable I am with the parking lot, lighting, and etc... With the GT, I take all the hardbags inside my room, even though I have bag liners.
 

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With my Wing, I have a remote paging security system so it is on by my bed so I'll hear if anything happens. The only time it's gone off is when a heavy truck lumbered by and set off the motion detector. I must admit, having the proximity detector is nice. I don't know if it has warned away people or not but if they got close it would.
....hmmmm... Wouldn't happen to be a Scorpio SR-i500Sw alarm would it?


After my very costly motel misfortune, I bought one. I'm looking over the manual now and I don't know how the alarm's lighting wires to the turn signals and taillight couple up with the Can-Bus system. I may leave it to the guru who puts the bike back together. The proximity alarm is the size of a matchbox and the pager maybe slightly larger and has a keyring.

My motel knock-down has to be one of my costliest insurance claims to date. The adjuster photographed the bike last night and was submitting all the photos so the haggling between the insurance, dealer, and myself can begin (I guess). Haven't heard from the insurance company yet, although the dealer has faxed the estimate over to them. Oh, the BMW knock-over "estimate" alone is two hours shop time ($180) which comes off the repair if they do it.

My bike was parked right outside my room, maybe 15 feet away. Another 50 yards distant was a 24 hour Denny's. Lighting was very good in the lot and the motel's hallways, although it was a dark rainy night. I had a rain-cover on the leather seat.

I never heard the bike hit the ground. Slight nick on tail-end so maybe that is where they struck the bike? Or perhaps an attempted theft? As the bags were in the room, the fall did far more damage to the bike then had they been left on. Muffler has a nice rattling sound to it now as though some internal baffle has gotten knocked loose. Trying to do the back-into-it lift as demonstrated by the lady is impossible with the GT as it rests well onto its side with the wheels far off the ground. It wants to scoot across asphalt on the side fairing and muffler if you try it. With three people it was a lot easier.

Regarding which stand, I believe the side-stand - with a Fat-Foot attached instead of that spike - with the bike "in gear" is a better option. The GT rests so heavy on the front tire that had it been on the center-stand alone and in gear, someone hitting it from behind would knock it off the center-stand before the rear "locked-in-first-gear" tire ever made contact with the ground. Then boom! This is even easier to do with all the bags off the bike.

As far as parking near the night counter or office, I asked my sister who has worked the night motel shift. Her job was primarily adding up receipts and doing the accounting work during the evening. As such, all money and credit card handling is done out of sight away from the front counter so she says she'd would never have noticed damage done to a bike out front, much less some collisions that happen on the street right in front of the office. She has been told "If a biker asks, tell them it's okay to park there (out front, like they're gonna watch it!)." Besides, some motels lock their front offices at night. I doubt if it is any safer parking there.

I have had people mess around with the bike and twist the throttle and such when I parked near a stairway so I try to avoid that. For some reason, people just have to touch it when they get close enough.

I'm beginning to think that the safest place is maybe far away from the building where someone would have to walk a distance to get to it if they "Must play with it." Far enough away that no cars would want to park around it either. A light nearby. As mentioned, paid insurance. And a Scorpion two-way pager on the nightstand. Maybe parking it in a room if you can do it.

I'm still trying to evaluate how to do this. Maybe I'll switch my insurance to Mutual of Sicily. If they find the perp, they can push him down a flight of stairs. :)
 

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I appreciate all the input. It sounds like perhaps a bike cover is a good idea for a couple of reasons......keeping the elements off of it and keeping away those that need to touch. The only real advantage to parking up by the front desk is there is often an awning to further keep the bike out of the elements. The downside is that this is where most of the hotel traffic will travel. The aerostitch parachute cover looks great and I may go that direction. I would also feel better about leaving the GPS on the bike were it covered. Still, I would worry and probably take the 2 minutes to dismantle it and take it inside.

Hopefully GMack's experience is one of those freakish unpleasant accidents. I hate the fact that the fairing is so unprotected on the GT. If and when it goes down it will always be expensive to repair. The Honda ST 1300 is so much better designed to guard against body repair when the bike is dropped. Mine tipped over twice from pretty much a standstill and neither time was there even a smudge on the engine or tupperwear.
 

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The alarm with pager thing makes sense. No one pays any attention to alarms anyway, so it should notify the owner, not annoy the general public ( I think,in fact, that NYC has outlawed sounding alarms because of this reason). I think I heard (maybe on this site) of using a baby monitor as an inexpensive and non-invasive solution for peace of mind. No need to install in your electrics, just stash it down in the fork head and your done. You can hear what's going on, and some units have a 'talk-back' feature. Could be fun: "Step away from the machine before the tazers are deployed....yes you in the Raiders cap!".
No offense to Raiders fans ;)
 

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We try to find motels with outside rooms so we can park right in front of the room, and we seldom cover the bikes...more to carry. If no outside rooms, we do what the rest do...bright lights and eyes. Oh, and the bags are usually in the room, but the gps ALWAYS comes off. Do you leave money on your car's dashboard when it's locked?
Stop worrying and get traveling!
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i've parked my bikes all over the country
at all kinds of hotels
just OUR bike
or in a group of 2 - 4 others

i have NEVER used a cover
i ALWAYS remove my GPS
i ALWAYS use bag liners that i take into the hotel room
i ALWAYS leave the system cases ON the bike
i ALWAYS take my tank bag into my hotel room

i have NEVER had a problem
i usually park my bike in a regular spot
i sometimes ask the front desk staff if i can park my bike right outside the door.. they usually say, "YES"
we ALWAYS stay in hotels with INSIDE hallways and rooms, so the bike is NEVER right outside our door

and....
KNOCK ON WOOD
we have NEVER had a problem

travel in PEACE, my friend
staying overnight in fun places is one of the reasons why we own these touring bikes

go to a nice hotel
take what you can OFF of your bike
park it in the lot
and walk away...
you'll be fine
 

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The alarm with pager thing makes sense. No one pays any attention to alarms anyway, so it should notify the owner, not annoy the general public ( I think,in fact, that NYC has outlawed sounding alarms because of this reason). I think I heard (maybe on this site) of using a baby monitor as an inexpensive and non-invasive solution for peace of mind. No need to install in your electrics, just stash it down in the fork head and your done. You can hear what's going on, and some units have a 'talk-back' feature. Could be fun: "Step away from the machine before the tazers are deployed....yes you in the Raiders cap!".
No offense to Raiders fans ;)
The Scorpio pager is pretty cool. It allows you to control most of the siren on the bike or just shut it off and let it either vibrate to alarm you, chirp, or both. The vibrate mode, while sitting on the table, will wake almost anyone. What a racket!

The the pager is really small: maybe two fingers wide and a couple of brass knuckles long. Lots of adjustments controlled from it's four buttons. Nice backlit blue display and it records the number and type of incidents (prox. shock, fall) and the time it happened. It's rechargeable too.

The main module with built-in siren is slightly bigger than a pack of smokes and it can run off its internal battery that charges off the bike. It used to be an external battery but it's all internal now and all sealed against moisture. The plug in prox. alarm is the size of a small match box and the wire antenna is about a foot long and it supposed to be away from metal. I'm thinking of having it placed on top of the tank beneath the plastic fairing.

It chirps if a perp gets close (I believe the range is adjustable out to 10 feet), and gets faster as they get closer until it goes into siren mode. Turn signals are supposed to flash as well. Of course, you can disable that feature (i.e. siren and lights) if you would rather sneak up on them to show them your new set of brass knuckles (see above). :leer

Can't wait to get it installed on the bike and see how it all works. :)
 

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WOW, I love the Baby monitor Idea, I may have to try that. As long as it doesn't pick up too much.

Yes, I have an older model scorpio on my Wing and for the $500 I think it is a great unit. Not sure if I'd want that "in addition" to the K1200GT alarm or instead of. I really like the idea of an integrate alarm / immobilizer.

I'll have to check the Scorpio site again (it's been a few years) and see if they have something that works with the Canbus system so we don't have to splice into other wires.
 

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I use a cover, one of those thin, "parachute material" types, primarily to keep people from touching the bike. Seems to work, and may be the most effective anti-theft measure.

Also, park in well-lighted spot, near front of motel or in view of room. Always use side stand as I think it is much more stable than center stand.

I always remove anthing of value, usually using the bag inserts rather than the hard bags themselves, tank bag, etc. In fact, I am so paranoid about this that I disconnect my GPS even when going inside to pay for gas, use the restroom, etc. Leaving an $800 GPS unit sitting on the bike, in plain site, attached by a ram mount or equivalent and a power cord just seems totally foolhardy to me.

I used to have the Scorpion unit on my Goldwing, but eventially had problems with the proximity alarm unit, erratic behaviour, etc. Turns out that when I called them, a newer model was out, mine was "out of warranty," etc. Just stopped using it. Think about what you will really do if the remote alarm sounds at 2 am, waking you from a sound sleep. . . . especially if it has happened several times previously, always turning out to be a "false alarm" for whatever reason.


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TomsterMVA said:
What's the standard procedure for those of you guys who find yourselves staying at hotels or wherever while travelling on your bikes? Do most of you cover your bikes overnight? Or do you try to get permission to park under cover of the motel entrance if there is one. Also, do you generally tend to put it up on its centerstand for the night or simply rest in on its sidestand? How about if your own bag liners......do you simply pull out the liner or take the entire side and/or top bag into your room? I figure the latter would be the case if you were concerned about someone's curiosity as to what might be in that attached luggage.

Just trying to learn before my first major excursion.....wherever that may take me.
I just park in front of my room (motel), and I try to find a decent, protected place in the parking garage (hotel). I take the liners inside, along with all my gadgets. I leave the cases locked on the bike. No cover.

I try to pick places where I can park outside the door to the room, which means I may pick an older motel instead of a Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Inn.
 
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