I have a very good friend currently living in the DC area who's in quite a pickle. He and his wife recently moved to DC from Charlottesville, VA. A couple years before moving, he began to really get into motorcycles and purchased an F800ST, joining me on a couple of mid-west area tours and having a generally great time.
Fast-forward to present day after the fall-out of the econo-crisis. Circumstances required them to move and unfortunately their little apartment doesn't offer any safe, covered parking for motorcycles. Looking into storage options that would still allow him to ride on the occasional weekend, he's been unable to find anything under the ~$100/month range (looking as far out as Charlottesville), which is unfortunatlely more than their income is able to bear at the moment.
The short term solution is that they're keeping the bike in his father's garage in Indiana. Obviously inconvenient.
My concerns: With the current situation, he's only going to be able to ride 2-3 time/year. 1) This doesn't do much to keep a guy current on riding skills. He'll make special arrangements to get his bike and take a few touring trips through the year, but each time, he'll be like a green new rider since his skills won't be sharp. 2) At some point if this continues, I can foresee the bike getting sold due to unuse. I mean why continue to insure and plate a bike that's going to sit all year and collect dust? I hate losing riding buddies.
I'm looking for suggestions on safe, affordable motorcycle storage in the DC and surrounding area.
Thanks for your consideration,