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Parking your bike in public spaces

Just out of curiosity, do any of you park your bikes on the sidewalks instead of the parking spaces for cars and have any of you been cited for parking on a sidewalk or non designated parking area?

I haven't heard alot about RC-51's being stolen so I was wondering are the steering lock on these bikes pretty good or is there other reasons?

I'd do it because I can get a closer parking spot and keep the bike in my sight in case anyone messes with it but the RC-51 just seemes to be too heavy and cumbersome of a bike for any close quarters maneuvering.
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sidewalks , in front of stores , anything but parking lots , never had a ticket been doing it 20 years

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I'm sure someone has been ticketed for it. I mean, if you go to Target and park it behind a pillar so it's protected from a crazed motorist and it's not obstructing pedestrians there would really be no reason to even have it be an issue.

Park it where it's an annoyance? sure, some liberal whack off might call a meter maid or 5-0. It's relative, just use yer sense.

I used to work at a Hotel some years ago and I'd let motorcycles park near the office window since I worked Graveyard so I could keep an eye on them and they would be protected. Doesn't hurt to ask, never know if the guy bored with a calculator and wearing a tie is a rider too.
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I'd park it where ever you see fit...beats being stolen!

I have parked in all sorts of places not designated for motorcycles.....no tickets, no complaints.



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As long as its not in a fire lane or handicap parking, its private parking so the police can't mess with it (I know this from job experience). But Target or whoever owns the property could decide to tow it if they wanted I guess.
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I got cited about nine years ago but not for parking it there, for riding it down the sidewalk from where it was parked to the street. Nothing ever came of the ticket though. For those times when you dont have the option to park it close by an alarm might help. I installed a alarm from http://www.internatrix.com/ right after I got my RC and it helps with piece of mind while I am at school. The system has a two-way paging system with a decent range as well as a proximity sensor.
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I'm sure someone has been ticketed for it. I mean, if you go to Target and park it behind a pillar so it's protected from a crazed motorist and it's not obstructing pedestrians there would really be no reason to even have it be an issue.
Park it where it's an annoyance? sure, some liberal whack off might call a meter maid or 5-0. It's relative, just use yer sense.

I used to work at a Hotel some years ago and I'd let motorcycles park near the office window since I worked Graveyard so I could keep an eye on them and they would be protected. Doesn't hurt to ask, never know if the guy bored with a calculator and wearing a tie is a rider too.
Ahhh, in a world of common sense this is perfectly true. Fortunatly, most of us, and police included, live in that world of common sense. But you just never know when you've caught the attention of that rare person -cops- who have reasons other than common sense. Like revenue collection -aka- a ticket. You just cant leave that out of the mix. It's bad here in CA. I don't even chance it anymore, with a rare exception of behind that "pillar at Target" where it's partially obscured.


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As long as its not in a fire lane or handicap parking, its private parking so the police can't mess with it (I know this from job experience). But Target or whoever owns the property could decide to tow it if they wanted I guess.
You can throw that right out the window. Again, common sense doesn't always rule. The Drivers Handbook for CA says pretty clearly, although parking lots may be private property, if they're open to the public, CA traffic laws apply. That gives cops a huge amount of discretion in any open-to-the-public parking lot. Imagine, how will you answer, (after sacrificing at least 1/2 day to show up in court so you can fight), when the judge asks you -"And what legal reason do you have for operating a motor vehicle on the sidewalk"?
This is personal experience talking here. The judge pretty much trumps most explainations you may have when he qualifys your response with that one little word. Legal.

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I have been told to "move it or your getin a ticket" just got my helmet off and said yes sir. That was at a Target here in Fl. I parked next to a bike rack on the sidewalk 30ft from the door. He didn't say shit about the 3 scooters between the handicap parking spaces tho.
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Sounds like there are some extremely jealous cops out there whose cars are not worth half of what our RC's are worth.
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Sounds like there are some extremely jealous cops out there whose cars are not worth half of what our RC's are worth.
No they are driving the Crown Vic POS that we buy for them to take home and drive all over hells half acre with our gas money



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