Among the many perks of owning a motorcycle is the freedom to park in smaller, more confined areas where cars and trucks are not allowed. When you're headed to the store and the entire parking lot is full, for instance, you can often find special bike/motorcycle parking spots. But there are a few other things to consider when choosing an area to park your motorcycle.
You should only park in a visible, well-lit area to reduce the risk of motorcycle theft. According to ConsumerReports, there were more than 46,000 motorcycles reported stolen in 2012. From Honda and Yamaha to Suzuki and Harley-Davidsons, thieves are willing to take any make and model they come across. The firsts step towards protecting your motorcycle from theft, however, is to park it in a well-lit area. Most thieves are unwilling to mess with motorcycles (or full-size vehicles) or motorcycle accessories (such as mounts, windshields & motorcycle speaker systems) IF they are parked in a highly visible area such as this.
Assuming you are riding with other motorcyclists in your group, it's recommended that you park together in a single full-size parking spot. There's really no need for each motorcycle to take up a space, as 2-3 motorcycles can usually fit in a space.
Motorcycle driving and parking laws vary from state to state and city to city. What's allowed in one area may be prohibited elsewhere. As such, it's important for motorcyclists to familiarize themselves with the local laws governing their area. Depending on where you live, you may be allowed to park in the triangular areas at the end of angled parking spots, as well as certain sidewalks (as long as you leave room for pedestrians). Fire zones, on the other hand, are generally off limits and should be avoided.
Of course, you'll want to take additional precaution when parking on hills or inclined terrain to ensure your motorcycle does not fall over. While this usually won't cause any significant damage, it can still scratch the frame and handlebars – and that's something no owner wants to see happen to his or her motorcycle. To prevent this from happening, park your motorcycle facing uphill and place the sidestand on the downhill side. This should secure it in place, preventing it from falling over.
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