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When you iron asses saddle up and hit the tarmac for your cost to cost trips and plan your Hotel Stops, how concerned are you with your bike outside in the middle of bumble fuck USA? I am paid to be paranoid and always think someone is calling someone to come get my shit - What do you look for in a sleepover joint so you can feel safe knowing your bike is outside and Billy Bob is not calling his cousin with "The Truck" to come and haul your shit away while you enjoy Free HBO.

Asking as we were going to super slab is Monday Morning (10 Hrs, 650 miles) for SW and get there Mon Night.........but are now considering breaking it up and riding half way Sunday Night, getting a crash pad and make the rest of the trip Mon Morn - Other than taking shifts to stay awake and stare out the winder at 2 bikes under a light, not sure how comfortable I am leaving my shit outside somewhere in a town that John Cougar Mellencamp wrote a song about growing up in.

So oh great mile racker uppers........what say you?
 

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No concern at all. I've parked outside a couple hundred hotel/motels across the country.

I do try to stay in a decent part of town, in a place with a well lit parking lot, and I prefer to stay in a place where I can park right outside the room, if possible.

Other than that, keep the insurance paid up and lock the forks, is all I've ever done.
 

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I don't worry much about it, other than taking the detachable tour pack into the room with me at night. If I can't park in front of the room I ask if I can park by the front door of the office under the lights. I lock the forks, bring a cable lock and lock the bikes together, probably won't stop them but will make it more difficult, and keep my insurance paid up...no worries.
 

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I find it hard to believe that Eddie, the way he goes through bikes, even cares about it getting stolen.

Hell, throw it in the gutter and go buy another.


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Actually, the closer to major cities, the greater the risk.

Many hotels will let you park your bike under the lobby awning where it is lit up and cameras are filming. I use a non-descript cover. I lock the bags, handlebars, ignition. On my light bikes I will sometimes add a cable lock through the wheels.

On the way home from a trip I do nothing since insurance will pay me more than I could sell them for, and I have rental coverage to germs home.

Never had a bike messed with yet, and I've stayed in some dives over the years.
 

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No concern at all. I've parked outside a couple hundred hotel/motels across the country.

I do try to stay in a decent part of town, in a place with a well lit parking lot, and I prefer to stay in a place where I can park right outside the room, if possible.

Other than that, keep the insurance paid up and lock the forks, is all I've ever done.

What JayKS says exactly. One more level of security is brake disc lock for the front wheel, just please, please, please remember to remove it in the morning, seen a few that didn't and it wasn't pretty.

I prefer to pre-book my hotels/motels so I stay where I want to stay, not where I have to stay. Use google maps to check out locations before hand and "see" what else is in the area; a little bit of research ahead of time can save a lot of heartache later.. Take all your overnight stuff you will need out of the bike and take it to your room. Lock up the bike, cover if you feel the need to.

There are others that really like the "freedom" of a motorcycle trip and pick their hotels at random each and every night of their trip. Someday I will have that courage and wanderlust to travel that way but presently I am usually on a tight schedule (itinerary by the minute) and must adhere to my travel plan as closely as possible.

Don't worry about the little towns, worry about the hotel next to the truck stop beside the interstate, way more people with the right tools and equipment going by there looking for opportunity. I find small town America far better "protected" if you get my gist. Pick a chain hotel when you can. There security camera system is usually better but I've gotten great service with Mom n Pop places as well that have put our bikes under their watchful eye all night long.

Avoid parking too close to automatic doors at the front of the hotel, they can mess with the HD fob security system. Park close by not right beside them. Some hotels offer bike parking right near the front. Some Best Westerns have a deal with HD and H.O.G. for better rates and provide a bike wash area.

Mostly, relax, get some sleep. Your motorcycle and it's contents can be replaced, you on the other hand are a one of kind broke the mold kind of guy that many folks are just aching to meet and swap lies with. Arrive fresh, and ready to have a ton of fun for the week.


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I agree with and have done most of all of the above things. Even when traveling on the "Fly" I tend to stay at specific chains. Thing about the larger chains are most have phone apps you can pull up and check location, availability, price and BOOK!! That's saved my skin more than once. So it takes you 50 miles out of the way at least you know what you are dealing with.
 

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I been everywhere on my bike and never had a problem. I carry a disc brake lock and a 6 ft cable with a padlock. I try to find a place where I can park in front of my room, if I can't do that I park the bike in front of the lobby where there is a person on duty 24 hrs and they have video surveillance. I don't take anything off the bike except the gear I need in the room for the night. I put the disc brake lock on the front wheel and I run the cable through the rear wheel and the frame behind the rear cylinder and I make sure the padlock is visible and then I lock the saddlebags, tour pak and the forks and I make sure the alarm is activated. I also carry a ALARM PAGER that you can get from HD (They have 2 types) , that way the pager will go off if anyone messes with the bike and it will wake you up if you're sleeping. Have a safe trip.:wink:
 

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I recommend staying somewhere between Richmond, KY, and London, KY.

Then, on Monday set your GPS to avoid highways and enjoy the ride.

There is an Econolodge in Berea, KY for $62 a night. Looks like they have a nice sized awning out front to park under.
 

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Front disc lock, if you use one have a cable or rope from it to your handle bars grip for a reminder. Don't ruin a trip.
 

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what do you look for in a sleepover joint so you can feel safe knowing your bike is outside and billy bob is not calling his cousin with "the truck" to come and haul your shit away while you enjoy ppv midget donkey porn.
ftfy >:)
 

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Talk to the person at the check-in counter or manager. Most hotels will let you park your bike near the entrance under the canopy and within view of the lobby (this is good as most hotels always have a person at the counter 24/7, entrance cameras, and there is usually some activity).

If that isn't possible, or it's more of a motel, ask for a room where you can park your bike right outside your door. Most hotel/motels are very accommodating to motorcycle riders in this regard if you're not an A-hole to them when asking.

Then, lock her up with everything you have for a little added security, and to make it harder for anyone potentially targeting your bike. Locks, bike covers, etc, all make it more of a hassle and more time consuming, and a noisier job to take your bike - all things a potential thief wants to avoid.
 

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Took a long trip a few years ago and struggled with this same issue. Really thought that I'd wake up and find that some 'friend' had loaded up my ride on a trailer and stranded me in BFE. So the first night I tried to sleep with one eye open and an ear listening for any sounds of trouble. Yeah, got absolutely no sleep. Finally figured that the brake disc lock and fork lock were sufficient and I slept pretty well for the rest of the trip. This bike has both of those and I've added the HD Smart Siren II alarm to wake me (and others?) if someone tries to hoist and run. Oh, and lock the bags after you empty them. Keeps them from walking off as well.
 

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Stay at Bleachey's Sunday night, the bike(s) will be parked in a garage, the beer will be cold, meat will be thrown on the grill and yes, I even have HBO. Will even let you rent pay per view with no extra fees, just what it costs me.
 

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If you decide to ignore my previous post, I have stayed 4 or 5 times at unplanned stops. On trips where I make a reservation I usually confirm with the hotel that I can park right next to the door under the awning. Of the 4 or 5 unplanned (meaning no reservation) stops only 1 did not allow me to park under the awning, it was in Southeastern Ohio. There were about 10-12 other bikes in the parking lot and it was a nice area so i didn't even worry. I figure I have good insurance, and while it would be a pain in the ass, I would at least have one hell of a story. Most places i have come across are fairly accommodating, albeit with the better half we don't stay in the $29.99 motels either, usually stick to the less expensive chains like Comfort Inn, Fairfield, etc.
 

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My son had his bike stolen outside his hotel once - after that he just parked it in the room with him.
While on the road and making a last minute decision to stay somewhere, the old lady and I (she rides her own bike) have requested ajointing rooms, ground level and in the back of the hotel. And after the bikes have cool down, pushed them in the room next door and called it a night. No need to even unpack.
 

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When you iron asses saddle up and hit the tarmac for your cost to cost trips and plan your Hotel Stops, how concerned are you with your bike outside in the middle of bumble fuck USA? I am paid to be paranoid and always think someone is calling someone to come get my shit - What do you look for in a sleepover joint so you can feel safe knowing your bike is outside and Billy Bob is not calling his cousin with "The Truck" to come and haul your shit away while you enjoy Free HBO.

Asking as we were going to super slab is Monday Morning (10 Hrs, 650 miles) for SW and get there Mon Night.........but are now considering breaking it up and riding half way Sunday Night, getting a crash pad and make the rest of the trip Mon Morn - Other than taking shifts to stay awake and stare out the winder at 2 bikes under a light, not sure how comfortable I am leaving my shit outside somewhere in a town that John Cougar Mellencamp wrote a song about growing up in.

So oh great mile racker uppers........what say you?
When I am out of the road, I use my insurance. However, when I rode out to Daytona I stayed in some "dicey" towns. There I used a "God awful" heavy chain and lock that are supposed to be bolt cutter safe.

My brother uses a wireless motion detector that sends a signal to him if the bike is moved. Similar to:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KLUB0Y8/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_b3XrBSN_c_x_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=RF8K13EK9YF2ZWF4PYKT&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=88aa9d6e-e7d4-517f-aca3-3c17f0f2fc34&pf_rd_i=3248693011
 
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