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    Quote Originally Posted by kantuckid View Post
    Somebodies got to say it: build one yourself! I'm a build it yourself guy so easy for me to say this. You can make it much cheaper than those sell for & to your own size(unless codes are an issue). I'd want a concrete floor & the rest is easy too. Once the floor's cured, it's a one weekend deal. If you don't know how find a friend/s that has the skills. I didn't spend that much for my 24x36 storage bldg & I bought ready mix,trusses,shingles & 4x6 treated poles-rest from own sawmill .
    When I lived in Lynchburg, Va, I decided to build a 8 X 16 building for my equipment. I priced the materials and found out the Mennonite folks could deliver me one for about the price of materials. The normal ones had a door in the front and a window in the back. Rather than that, I had them put a door in both ends. I could get stuff in and out without taking a bunch of stuff out. It worked great. I ordered it on Tuesday and it was ready for delivery on Friday. Great job at a great price.
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    I looked at the Lowe's versions and got a 10 x 12 built from a local company. The price wasn't that much more, and included a plastic skylight and window and loft. I could put two bikes and a power mower into the thing.
    I had a friend visit and he thought there was enough room he could live there if I wanted to rent it out...

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    I use an 8x12 metal shed w/ sliding doors that open to about 4-1/2' for mine. Bought it at Sears for around $600 a few years ago. It has served me well for a couple of years. I'll get some pics up another day if anyone is interested.

    As has been pointed out, you gotta duck going in.

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    For the first six months of 2009 I kept the bike in a shed at my dad's house. It was a wooden one from The Homeless Despot, probably 8x8, with double door and it looked like a tiny barn. I had to build a ramp up to the door and run a cord out for the charger, and as another person has stated, remember to duck when riding in! It worked fairly well, and I could have refined it a bit but I knew it was temporary. It made a good home though and I look back fondly on those days. After that I lived in two different places where the bike had to live outdoors, and I definitely missed having it under a roof and out of the elements.
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    Yep, our RTs rest every cold winter in Calgary with only BMW trickle chargers for warmth. The best part - the shed is in my awesome neighbour's yard - because he owns it. Extension cord to the chargers plugged into his power too!

    I help him out in the summer by making sure the margarita machine is at his beck and call on hot days with free delivery of tasty 'concoctions' to his place. Since he has a bad back we keep his grass cut for him too.

    Sheds work just fine if kept clean, dry and rodent free like my neighbours shed.
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    If theft is a concern on a wooden structure, do the simple things that would make it difficult for an amateur: 1) a small metal plate screwed in beneath the door pins removes that option of driving them out. 2) Be sure there are no bolts on the latch which can be removed with a wrench. 3) Use a decent key (not combination) padlock. 4. Opt for either no windows, or if you want windows have curtains over them when you don't need the light. I think this "out of sight" idea is the most important of all.

    Basic idea: make it a bit difficult for kids or amateurs to get in; the pros will do just that, but only if they target you. I know, "who wants to steal a BMW?" Well, who wants to steal the front wheel off a 1980 Honda CB750. Someone, who also wanted some soft luggage as well. I had advertised it in front of my property and somebody chose to steal the parts they wanted. I wished they had stolen the whole damn bike!
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    I needed extra storage and decided to get the largest building for the best price. Carolina Sheds offered a 24'x32' steel building with concrete slab for 11.5K. As purchased the building came with (1) 36" door, (2) windows, and (1) 8"x8" rolllup door. Before the slab was poured I asked the foreman of the concrete crew if he could could frame a "pocket" in the slab for a HF bike lift and pour a 3' ramp in front of the rollup door. There was no extra cost for the "pocket" or ramp but I was so pleased with the result that each worker was given $50. Due to hurricane requirements the slab has 16"x16" footers with rebar. After retirement in December I will get bids to have a 60amp line run out to the building and wiring for lighting and outlets including a plug that I can connect to my 8KW generator in case power is lost for some reason. A friend in Copperas Cove TX had a slab poured for a 16'x16' shed that is used to store his cycles and gear. He is very pleased with the result. Buy bigger than what you consider the minimum size, 4' to 6' or larger doors are a big plus along with slab you can anchor the building to. Ride Safe
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    Well, I got the door wide enough to get the hack in. Now to clean out the junk, build some kind of ramp, oh yeah, probably ought to get the door hung again
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    Outdoor Shed

    I have been storing my motorcycles in a shed in my driveway for the last 15 years. I bought a vinyl 8x10 shed that was made by a company in Canada called
    Royal Outdoor Products. It has held up very well through Maine winters and has kept my R1200RT, lawn mower, BBQ, etc.......bone dry. I built it on top of a pallet type platform and the shed kit that I bought offered an optional floor kit which I purchased as well. It took a day and a half to build by one person, it is essentially a set of interlocking panels that slide right into place. I sealed all the major seams with silicone sealant and it has served me really well. I put a motion detector spotlight over the doors and double locks to deter would be burgulars, which have tried and failed to get into my shed. It all cost me about $1000 15 years ago with the floor and it is worth every penny and has held up really well. I make sure that I rake the roof when we get heavy snow falls to avoid any problems, but the shed is very sturdy and of good quality. I'd recommend it to anyone. They are selling something very similar at Lowes.....here's the link:

    http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
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    I have one I built myself. Just like the barn style tuff shed with loft. The loft is money well spent. Best part of the wood shed is that it does not get dew inside like a metal shed. The thing about the pro-built one, the doors probably hang better than the one I made. Sometimes, it is nice just to write a check & have it done.
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    Tuff Shed

    I bought the exact same shed about 8 months ago. If you get one, see if you can coat the bottom surface of the floor with some sort of waterproof paint or sealer. Or talk to the vendor about supplying your own flooring material (4 X 8 sheets of 3/4" decking). The shed is well built, but I am concerned that the moisture from the ground will eventually rot out or weaken the flooring (even though it sits about 6" above ground).
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    Here is the 12x16 shed I bought and keep my bike in. After receiving it, I closed off the loft for storage, added access to the loft, insulated the ceiling and walls, then covered the walls with OSB board and painted. Curtains are over the windows as well as wireless motion detector hooked to the home security system. I ran entrance wire from the house to the shed and put a breaker panel in, as well as receptacles and fluorescent lights. Last winter I heated it with a small utility heater and it kept it in the 60s on low heat, even with temps in the low 20s and teens. I still have to underpin it and in the spring put a small A/C unit in for when I am working out there. I ride the bike in, then put it on a Park and Move, spin it around and I am ready to ride out. I thought it turned out really well, especially since I am the farthest thing from a carpenter that there is.
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    Here is a pic of the inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirRonny View Post
    Here is a pic of the inside.
    Nice work, looks very nice. Do you have enough room?...or wish you had gone larger?

    I noticed your 'jack' type lift. Does it do well lifting the RT? I have one, used it on my Kawasaki cruiser,.but never tried it on my "R" or my "K" I use a table type for them.

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    Thanks! It is a 12x16 and it is just right I think. My wife talked me into going with a 12x16 instead of a 10x16 which I originally looked at. Any smaller though and I wouldn't have been able to turn the bike around like I do now, so I am glad she talked me into it. I don't think I would want any bigger. On the other end is my reloading bench and gear, so it works out perfect for the two things I wanted it for.

    I have never really tried lifting the RT with the jack, I use it mainly for getting the front tire off the ground. There really isn't a good place for it under the RT anyway. When I had my Harley it was great because the frame was below the motor, so I could set it under it, strap it down and raise away. Someday I would like to get a table like you have, it would make working on it so much easier. I am getting too old to get up and down like that anymore.
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