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From time to time I read or get asked questions regarding parking for the Wing while out on a roadtrip. Let me say that I just returned from a 6000 mile, 24 day trip, from Louisiana to California and back. Each night we stayed in a hotel, some places we stayed more than one night. On each occassion the Wing received special parking privaleges. At most hotels it was invited to park under the front door check-in overhang. In both Lake Tahoe (Harrahs) and Las Vegas (Ceasars Place) it was given personal escort to the covered, secured "House Parking" area next to some very expensive automobiles. The only time it was asked to move was in broad daylight at a Sonic Restaurant in Colorado when it was parked next to the curb....for some reason the young manager thought someone might run into it....thought it was sort of a lame request but I obliged. So, for those of you who travel and find yourselves at a hotel, don't be afraid to give the Wing some special parking attention, remember motorcycle membership does have a few privileges. :bow:
 

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Remember motorcycle membership does have a few privileges. :bow:
Very few privileges. All depends on the individual running the show. Remember, "money talks, BS walks". Some greenies will always get you privileges.....
 

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No greenies requested....none offered.......:lol:
 

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Would most likely come across as a little less pious if the title of the thread was "Motorcycle Parking", but whatever.....

Every time I have stayed in a hotel, I have been allowed to leave the bike under the canopy at the front door.

As far as Sonic goes (or any other business), if it isn't in a marked stall, then it's illegally parked.
 

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From time to time I read or get asked questions regarding parking for the Wing while out on a roadtrip. Let me say that I just returned from a 6000 mile, 24 day trip, from Louisiana to California and back. Each night we stayed in a hotel, some places we stayed more than one night. On each occassion the Wing received special parking privaleges. At most hotels it was invited to park under the front door check-in overhang. In both Lake Tahoe (Harrahs) and Las Vegas (Ceasars Place) it was given personal escort to the covered, secured "House Parking" area next to some very expensive automobiles. The only time it was asked to move was in broad daylight at a Sonic Restaurant in Colorado when it was parked next to the curb....for some reason the young manager thought someone might run into it....thought it was sort of a lame request but I obliged. So, for those of you who travel and find yourselves at a hotel, don't be afraid to give the Wing some special parking attention, remember motorcycle membership does have a few privileges. :bow:
Yes, I have had the same thing happen to me. At the Ramada in Barstow, CA where we had a nice conversation, they have offered the front overhang for my bike. It was good to talk to you then. We'll have to do it again.

Bill in Phoenix
 

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As far as Sonic goes (or any other business), if it isn't in a marked stall, then it's illegally parked.
Illegal? Meaning you can get cited for it? On private property? In every state?
 

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Illegal? Meaning you can get cited for it? On private property? In every state?

I know for a fact that in Kansas, LEOs can write parking violations on private property. And "Not Parked in a marked stall" is a violation.

And something else to consider.....should your bike be struck while illegally parked, you can rest assured that the other driver's insurance is going to balk at paying for 100% of the repair bill. After all, had you not been parked where you were, you wouldn't have gotten hit.
 

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Yes, I have had the same thing happen to me. At the Ramada in Barstow, CA where we had a nice conversation, they have offered the front overhang for my bike. It was good to talk to you then. We'll have to do it again.

Bill in Phoenix
Bill, if not for the wife's anxiousness we could have talked for hours...after leaving Barstow we spent a few nights in LV and then headed Southeast.....ended up in Sweetwater, TX.....worst part of entire trip were the the 3 days crossing Texas....temps got up to 100 degrees.....blistering heat!!!

Take care...
 

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I know for a fact that in Kansas, LEOs can write parking violations on private property. And "Not Parked in a marked stall" is a violation.

And something else to consider.....should your bike be struck while illegally parked, you can rest assured that the other driver's insurance is going to balk at paying for 100% of the repair bill. After all, had you not been parked where you were, you wouldn't have gotten hit.
They can balk all they wish. They can jump up and down and throw stuff around if they want. But the plain fact is the backer upper is at fault, period. We went all through this in another thread. Ultimately a driver is responsible for having control of his or her vehicle and not allowed to get away with striking another vehicle (or anything else for that matter) just because the vehicle was illegally parked. There could be shared guilt if it gets that far but this is not unprecedented ground here. Not only that but if you wanted to apply the "if you were not parked where you were" logic then where do you stop with it? "Sorry, Miss Jones, but had you not been sitting there waiting to turn left I would not have run into you"......nah...don't think so.
 

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Usually the only special parking I want or ask for is to be on cement.
Asphalt, hot weather and kickstands give me a sinking feeling. Literally.
We came out of our hotel in Kansas one morning to find the center stand
a good three inches down into the asphalt. Thankfully the bike was still
upright.
 

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The JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Las Vegas let me park our rented Road Glide under the canopy in view of the front desk and valet guys. On my spring trip a couple of weeks ago, the Best Western in Barboursville, KY also parked me under the canopy, and gave me a room right above so I could keep an eye on the bike. The manager rode too and the place was very motorcycle friendly. She also gave me a new microfiber towel to wipe down the bike in the morning. This was my first Best Western stay and I was really impressed with their service...but the beds, not so much :tongue:

The other solo bike stays at hotels were at Town Place Suites...no special parking or considerations, but they didn't have lobby canopies anyway. I usually try to be super friendly then ask where the best/safest place to park the bike is. They seem to volunteer the covered parking and I always make sure its out of the way and that they know they can call me to have me move it if there is a problem. Kind words and courtesy go a long way :thumbup:
 

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Usually the only special parking I want or ask for is to be on cement.
Asphalt, hot weather and kickstands give me a sinking feeling. Literally.
We came out of our hotel in Kansas one morning to find the center stand
a good three inches down into the asphalt. Thankfully the bike was still
upright.
Have you ever been to Europe? It's nearly impossible for a woman to walk down the sidewalk in high heels due to all the holes in the ashpalt due to the scooter kick stands sinking down during the summer heat. Quite a sight.
 

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It's interesting that so many of you have been allowed to park under the hotel/motel awning at the front door. I have always been given the "we can't allow it due to the fire code" song and dance when I have asked. Perhaps I need to grease the palms with dead presidents or what?
 

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I usually try to be super friendly then ask where the best/safest place to park the bike is. They seem to volunteer the covered parking and I always make sure its out of the way and that they know they can call me to have me move it if there is a problem. Kind words and courtesy go a long way!!!


So true....so true!!!!!:agree::agree::agree:
 

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LAWINGNUTZ is right .... " Kind words and courtesy go a long way!!!" ... and why would / should it be faked ???

We have always been treated extra special for parking consideration at motels all over. The most outstanding was at the HILTON HOTEL in the middle of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The only parking was in a multi deck lot across the street, out of sight, not very secure. After a pleasant conversation, the girl at the desk asked me to park my bike right beside the front door ON THE SIDEWALK so it would be within ten feet of the guy who was on duty at the outdoor desk all night. Big tall guy ... I slept soundly !!! :lol:
 

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I am not exactly Attila the Hun in my dealings with the front desk folks. I just keep getting the "fire code" story. I must look like a pyromaniac.
 

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Seems like the majority of Hotels that have entrance awnings always offers parking under the entrance awning for MC's....They all seem very MC friendly :thumbup:
 

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Remember, "money talks, BS walks". Some greenies will always get you privileges.....
I already paid $5.00 to a guy selling tickets at a theater to watch my '03 Goldwing out in the parking lot.
To me it was worth it.
 

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Motorcycles are apparently becoming more respectable than in years past.

I read, or heard, a few years ago that the average Harley Rider makes $70,000.00 per year and has at least two years of College. (No I have not Snoped this)

Apparently the Motel owners recognize that being nice to Motorcyclist can increase their business, and bring in desirable customers.

Most places we have stopped for the night when traveling, offer the same courtersy regarding parking and security. :thumbup:
 

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Just an FYI from a 22 year hotel guy. I don't allow people to park under the portecoche at any of my hotels. Why?

A few reasons....

#1 bikes get hit, clipped, and ran over under there all the time.
#2 It takes up space for people who need to temporarily stop to unload while checking in or dropping people off.
#3 God forbid there is a fire or emergency...having your bike and possibly others under there could cause a problem.

Quick story....last year, May...there were 3 bikes parked under the overhang. Tight to the curb leaving plenty of space. Until someone had an emergency and the ambulance couldn't get under. It was a huge ambulance. This resulted in $500 fines for each. I had to go to court and I'll tell you...the judge didn't want to hear it. Fines stood.

Another time...we had a group of bikers park under there during a motorcycle event with signs clearly stating not to. Towed 11 bikes....

So...even though a desk clerk, valet parket says it's OK.....trust me when I tell you, that $8/hour associate giving you the OK will not satisfy the local officer that has you towed or ticketed. Or worse...an elderly guy strolls through and clips your bike.

Just an FYI
 
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