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    RobertK
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    Motels & Security

    Hi Folks,
    I'm taking my 2009 F650GS Twin from Rochester NY to Maine via Vermont & NH in about 2 weeks.
    The only thing that really concerns me is the security of my bike in motels and how best to protect it.
    It's been many years since I took a long trip, and back then, I never had to worry much, especially with an older, less popular bike.

    I do have a Zena disc brake lock, two Hepco Bags, and a Topcase, so I don't have a lot of room for big heavy chains and such.

    I wondered if someone could give me some good tips on picking motels with better security, what to look for, and any other practical security devices that would help make sure my bike was still there in the morning.

    I realize to a pro, everything is game, but I'll do the best I can with some tips from a few seasoned pro's that travel extensively.

    I will be by myself.

    Thanks for your help,
    Robert

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    I usually ask the desk clerk to park in front under the portico. They usually accommodate me. I have never had anything bothered on the bike parked like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdbenson View Post
    I usually ask the desk clerk to park in front under the portico. They usually accommodate me. I have never had anything bothered on the bike parked like this.
    +1

    I just take the key and put a cover on it if I can't park under the portico.
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    anyone here know anything about LOJACK? I had never give it much thought till a friend of mine who works for the Sherriffs dept. told me this story. Last Sunday a Kawasaki was stolen from N. Charleston, S.C. . a man from Lojack called the Florence Co. Sherriffs Dept and told them the bike was in Florence, S.C. . within hours of being stolen, the bike was recovered. and one of the largest Motorcycle chop shops on the East Coast got busted. I'm going to check into what Lojack costs.

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    When we're travelling, I choose hotels that have large covered entrance areas - Holiday Inn Express are typically like this. I ask to park under the covered area and 99% of the time it is not a problem. I always feel that this is safer since the entrances will have security cameras and a manager nearby.

    Although I don't do this, using a bike cover will keep many people away - what they can't see won't interest them (most of the time).

    During the past 4 years, I've stayed at about 60 different hotels and never had a problem. I put the steering lock on, but never use a chain.
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    Me I prefer Mom and Pop motels, that allow me to park outside the room. Preferably one hidden from the road a little.

    That said, lock the forks and maybe a disc lock, and pay your insurance premium.

    And sleep well, it is a BMW, and they are rarely a target of pros, HD makes them more $$$ for the same risk.

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    RobertK
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    Hi,
    Thanks folks, I really appreciate this. Actually, I had the same idea. The wife and I have always liked the Holiday Inn Express, and on our business trips, have always stayed there. Now I have another reason.

    I was considering one of those big chains, but I could not remember any hotel we stayed at that any type of posts or securing devices, so that's money saved, and space as well.

    I will invest in the cover, though.

    My thanks again,
    Robert

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    I bring a bike cover and also park under the canopy when there is one. I haven't ever been told no. In some cases when the place looks full, I'll ask where the best place to park the bike is and they'll suggest under the canopy.
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    A friend lost 2 - F650GS - within weeks of one another - the bikes are to light & 2 poles in the wheels can move it. I'm sure their in Brazil somewhere.
    Be safe - good luck
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