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post #1 of 27 Old 05-04-2012, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Motorcycle - Hotel Stay Safety

I'm heading down to Californiaon a 10 day road trip to visit family. I'm planning on staying in 2-3 hotels, as well as a few campgrounds.

My Wee has 2 Happy Trails Teton Panniers, and a Givi 46L top case.

What's the best practice when checking into a hotel as far a security goes? Do you take the pannier boxes and Givi case off and bring them in the room? Do you have one of those bag things and haul the whole thing out in it?

I'm guessing I'll ask for a room with close proximity to the parking lot so I don't have to make too many trips.

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post #2 of 27 Old 05-04-2012, 12:59 PM
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If I can not park mine by the door or window and get a ground floor room, I remove all luggage which is very easy on mine. I have also politely asked if I can park my strom under the overhang in sight of the desk. Nobody has told me no yet and if they did, I would likely spend my money elsewhere.

I tend to stay in cheap hotels...the ones with blue collar working types of trucks in the lot.

Not to stir the gun debate here, but I always travel armed.

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Ground floor room. Gear and/or bike in the room. And SB's suggestions. Just remember, ya can't start shootin' folks over property...at least in CA.

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I tend to stay in cheap hotels...the ones with blue collar working types of trucks in the lot.
I haven't seen a connection between working trucks and hotel prices. There are plenty of vans with ladders and pickups at the Marriott.

I leave my luggage on the bike and ask if I can park under the entrance canopy -- never been denied.

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If I can not park mine by the door or window and get a ground floor room, I remove all luggage which is very easy on mine. under the overhang in sight of the desk.
Not to stir the gun debate here, but I always travel armed.
I envy all those who can legally carry.

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Ground floor room. Gear and/or bike in the room.
Plus, ya don't have to lug your stuff to the elevator or stairs.

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I leave my luggage on the bike and ask if I can park under the entrance canopy -- never been denied.
Also, never denied.

Most places now have "video" surveillance. Try to stay in line of their system.
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I've asked for preferred parking and got it and had clerks suggest parking close to the door in the glaring security light. I've even had some tell me to pull in under the stair case out of sight. If you ask for towels to clean the bike they usually are happy to give you too many even the the Patel motel.
Calif is definitely not a gun user friendly place. We also don't have any 'chase down and shoot' laws like Florida has.
I usually cover mine and that seems to work. Helps to have an ugly bike too.
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I travel mainly with the Goldwing. The wee is for local stuff. I keep a microfiber cloth wet in a ziplock bag for cleaning the windshield and faceshield. I also travel with a 1/2 cover for the bike. It keeps the finger pokers, switch manglers, and wanna be bikers from sitting on the bike. It also keeps the morning dew off the bike.

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post #8 of 27 Old 05-04-2012, 05:50 PM
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hotel stay

I always try to park by front door,never take anything off bike but always use full cover locked on bottom. Over 40 states-and all provinces-1,000,000 kms nothing stolen(knock on wood)

The real truth of the matter is that V-Stroms are like orange popsicles ... kind of generic and unexciting, but on a nice warm day - everybody loves them
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Look for an older "motor court" motel in a small town with well-tended flowers, dirt swept off the sidewalks, and fresh paint.

You'll find low prices and a friendly family from the Indian subcontinent that takes pride in providing extremely clean, very basic accommodations.

And you can park right outside your door.

I detest chain motels...


FWIW, I bring the bags in simply because it's more convenient, but I usually leave the trunk on since that's where my "traveling" stuff is.

When forced to stay in chain hotels, I've often been invited to park under the entrance canopy when I ask which parking area is the most secure. Theft isn't that big a concern with a V-Strom, but I would like the switch flippers, spitters, sitters, smokers, pukers, pissers, farters, nose pickers, and assorted gropers, pokers, and fingerers to keep their grubby mitts and vile substances offa mah bike.

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A full cover works wonders (and locking it is probably a good idea I haven't done yet). I'll put it on if I'm sightseeing along the way and will be away from the bike for a while.

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