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View Poll Results: Would you leave your bike in the airport lot for 5-7 days?
Sure, not a worry 42 41.18%
Only if I can chain it to a solid object 15 14.71%
No way in hell 42 41.18%
I always go by limo 3 2.94%
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post #1 of 39 Old 09-28-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Poll: would you leave your bike in an airport parking lot?

the recent thread about theft of Vees got me thinking of a conversation my wife and I had. I travel about 4-5 times a year on business, 4-7 days a trip. Live about 1.5 hours away from the local airports, BWI, Dulles, and Reagan.

The poll is simple, would you leave your bike in the airport short term lot for 5-7 days?

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Yes, and I'll do it again next chance I get.

I've parked at Charlotte/Douglas on several occasions, sometimes for several days at a time. I always use the covered daily parking. There is enough security, video and electronic gates for me to think a bike thief would focus his efforts elsewhere; like a back-alley downtown bar full of pirates for example.

In today's travel climate, the chance to unwind by riding home 120 miles under a full moon is absolutely worth whatever elevated risk I may face. I would say I'm exposed to more risk of mischief in one hour at Wal-Mart than one week at CLT. If one is too risk-averse to park in an airport lot, maybe motorcycling isn't for them anyways.

The most troublesome aspect for me is going through the toll plaza to pay for the parking; the bike doesn't set off the gate sensors and the road surface is pretty slick, which is useful to remember.

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Thats what insurance is for. Yes I am not afraid to leave my stuff most anywhere. Had a jeep with a soft top. Never locked it. No reason to.
Just don,t leave anything easy to pick on it.
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There are much worse places to leave a bike. You need a ticket to get out of the parking lot. So, if you drive your car in you can either take my bike or your car, not both. I'm sure a thief could find a way around this but it's still more work than stealing a bike somewhere else. Thieves look for the easiest target.

edit: To those that said no, where DO you park? I figure an airport lot is safer than walmart. My biggest reasons to not ride would be luggage and the fact that the roads between here and the airport are lousy. (straight flat 4-lane the whole way)

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Are there private airport parking lots with fences, lights, shuttle service, and round-the-clock attendants? That would be a better choice.

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This obsession about theft is ridiculous...
Don't any of you have insurance?
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This obsession about theft is ridiculous...
Don't any of you have insurance?
Yes. If my bike gets stolen then I get a new bike.

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Am going through the Insurance thing right now for a totaled (not stolen) BMW - should be the same thing.

It has been a pain. It's been months and we still can not agree on the value of the bike. Don't tell me about Kelley Blue Book or NADA - they still argue over the price. I've been forced to get a lawyer to solve it.

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Yes. If my bike gets stolen then I get a new bike.
Really? You have full replacement cost coverage of the bike and equipment on it that provides for a new bike, not payment of the actual cash value* of the old bike? No deductable? My Safeco insurance covers up to $3k in accessories (farkles) with coverage up to $10k at extra cost. Some policies only cover up to $1k without extra cost.

How much extra does that cost over the usual theft coverage with a deductable and payment for what your old bike was worth? (Helmet locked on when parked and that was stolen also?...my insurance will pay the actual cash value, depreciated 10% per year of ownership, up to $500.)

*And what is the actual cash value?...always the subject of a big debate. It is the cost of buying an equal used machine...big, big debate.

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Not if I drive in the lot with a panel van!. Open the doors, load up the bike and drive out.
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[QUOTE=timbo813;611893]snip You need a ticket to get out of the parking lot. So, if you drive your car in you can either take my bike or your car, not both. snip
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