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Old 02-26-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Expensive Motorcycle + Sketchy Motel = ???

I'll be taking a business trip back to California next week and will be staying in a semi-okay area at a motel. Now before it's even mentioned, yes the motel has a ground level with outside access, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to sneak the behemoth I have inside a room, especially if it's within view of the front office. I'll be there for about 4 days and am just really nervous about leaving a bike like mine outside in the middle of a big city.

Any tips or advice? Anyone else faced a situation like this?
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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I'll be taking a business trip back to California next week and will be staying in a semi-okay area at a motel. Now before it's even mentioned, yes the motel has a ground level with outside access, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to sneak the behemoth I have inside a room, especially if it's within view of the front office. I'll be there for about 4 days and am just really nervous about leaving a bike like mine outside in the middle of a big city.

Any tips or advice? Anyone else faced a situation like this?
Pull it up on the walkway in front of the room and park it right under the window.
Put at least a disk lock and one of those 9/16" cable locks on it.

Or find a nearby local parking garage with 24 hour attendants and park it right in front of their booth.

Oh, for next time, buy an old beater airhead BMW for such trips. Nobody messes with those.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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You can get it inside, unless it has bags so wide that it won't fit. And they probably won't say a thing, especially if you tip the maid.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:12 AM   #4
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:43 AM   #5
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Flatten the tires every night. Ever try to push a bike like that? Also lock the steering, seriously
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:45 AM   #6
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What city are you going to be in?
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:00 AM   #7
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I assume you're referring to your GSA. It is not a high theft target vehicle. 1) You can't ride it away due to the chip key and interlock. 2) It's to heavy to lift into a truck. 3) It's not a Harley. 4) It's not a sportbike.

Throw a cable lock around it and a bike cover over it and don't worry about. And you should have insurance that will cover anything that might happen to it if you're that worried about it.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #8
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I'm going to be in Los Angeles.

I can definitely detach the aluminum panniers quite easily and am sure it would make it through the door, it's just getting it in without getting kicked out of the hotel.

I think parking it outside the window might also get the management on my back, at least inside the room I can conceal it.

My biggest concern wasn't even it getting stolen, but vandalism, things like people keying it, taking a knife to the seat, etc.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:20 AM   #9
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I've parked my bikes (Harley and BMW) for days on end in both Long Beach and Compton with nothing happening. I've been in many seedy hotels all over the country without issue as well.

Contrary to popular believe, the LA area isn't a war zone and the odds of anything happening are pretty slim.

You can go for cables, disk locks, alarms, etc... but they wont do much to stop anyone that wants your bike. Good thing is, nobody wants to steal a GS. Vandals don't generally wander around hotel parking lots... Thieves maybe but they want Harleys and rockets.

Covers IMO make people curious as to what's underneath.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #10
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Pull it up on the walkway in front of the room and park it right under the window..................................
This is very likely to get your bike vandalized if nothing else.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:34 AM   #11
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I live in central LA, specifically in the East Hollywood/Silver Lake region. I've left my farkled Tiger 800XC out on the street many times. Nothing has ever happened. Just lock up--your GS should be fine!

Which region of LA will you be visiting?
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:42 AM   #12
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I lived just south of LA for a long time, been all around the city. I'm staying out near Riverside, so it's not a terrible area, it's just kind of an older motel my company is paying for (or I'd stay some where else). It's just the motel itself looks a little sketchy, but not horrible.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:56 AM   #13
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Life sounds too much complicated...you better stay at home.


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Old 02-26-2014, 11:59 AM   #14
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Front porch of the hotel.

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Old 02-26-2014, 12:46 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=trc.rhubarb;23562324]I've parked my bikes (Harley and BMW) for days on end in both Long Beach and Compton with nothing happening. I've been in many seedy hotels all over the country without issue as well.


Compton?

I would not even drive thru there in daylight. I've got a beat up car too.

Regarding sketchy parts of towns:

Most motels and hotels will let you park in front of the the office, I've always park in front of my room doors, and you can get a cover and put it on at night so it gets less attention. I always carry a bike cover on my trips it keeps it cleaner from birds and other things too.

My motel budgets is for $50 or less or I am camping there is always a camping sight not too far from where you want to go.

1 million dollars view camping site: is in Malibu all the amenities too.


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