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.
2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
Last edited by bwringer; 05-06-2012 at 07:24 PM.