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    A different sidecar question

    Hi All

    This is my first post in the sidecar section, I have been riding an RT for the last 8 years but now I'm looking to add a sidecar. I have taken the required sidecar course in my area and gotten my endorsement. I am ready to purchase the rig but don't know where to park it. I have a two car garage with two cars in it Its not a good idea to leave one vehicle out in the driveway where I live. Certainly not a motorcycle. Any ideas where to park and store the bike? Wired question I know, but I need to solve this little mystery before the new ride gets here. Any ideas are appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burn-e View Post
    Hi All

    This is my first post in the sidecar section, I have been riding an RT for the last 8 years but now I'm looking to add a sidecar. I have taken the required sidecar course in my area and gotten my endorsement. I am ready to purchase the rig but don't know where to park it. I have a two car garage with two cars in it Its not a good idea to leave one vehicle out in the driveway where I live. Certainly not a motorcycle. Any ideas where to park and store the bike? Wired question I know, but I need to solve this little mystery before the new ride gets here. Any ideas are appreciated.
    Both my bikes (R12GSA and another R12GSA with a Hannigan sidecar) park in the garage because that is a place of honor. The cars are parked outside in the rain, snow, sleet and ice.
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    Consider smaller cars(?).
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    You could build a shed for the rig. Requires sufficient space with easy access for the sidecar and money.

    Maybe a neighbor has extra space in a garage you can rent. My aunt used to rent out half of her garage to a neighbor for $50/month. She lived not far from NYC so the rent was on the high side. If not a neighbor, then maybe a friend within reasonable distance. Not a very convenient option.

    Enlarge your garage. Again space and cost demands.

    Rent a storage facility. Cost and convenience issues.

    Probably nothing here that will help.
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    Probably depends on local zoning and if you have to submit to "covenants and restrictions". If you don't have trouble with those items, a "Cover-It" quanset- tent style would work well.
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    We have what used to be a two car garage. Now it is a two bike garage. Car is parked outside all winter.

    Before the garage became a bike garage, it was not insulated nor heated. Even so, the temperature difference inside was warmer than outside and the floor was always wet in the winter from the snow and ice melting from the cars. They used to rust quite quickly. When we got new cars and parked them outside year round, the bodies did not have a rust problem.

    Your solution; park the rig inside and leave the car outside.
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    May be it's the redneck in me but I have never parked a car in the garage.
    The garage is for fun stuff.
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    It must be illegal to park an automobile in a garage in the State of California. It must be... riding around all I ever see in open garages is stuff.
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    From the OP there are too many unknowns. Size of driveway? Paved? Area beside garage? Weather/climate/location? Urban, suburban, rural? Codes? Covenants?

    The obvious answer is park in the garage, leave a car out. Maybe a bad idea but we can't even guess what might work best knowing as little as we know.
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    Bigger garage...Those who have been here can chuckle at that one

    H used to keep her bikes at a storage unit down the rocky gravel thing they called a private road from her house. She drove past the place leaving her neighborhood, so not really an incovenience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    It must be illegal to park an automobile in a garage in the State of California. It must be... riding around all I ever see in open garages is stuff.
    My daughters 1950's Redondo Beach house was designed for a pedal car...no way a modern car can fit and open a door! And yes, full of bikes and surfboards and anything but a vehicle...just like every other house in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burn-e View Post
    Its not a good idea to leave one vehicle out in the driveway where I live. Certainly not a motorcycle..
    Why? We need more information to provide possible solutions that might make sense?
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    Amen

    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Both my bikes (R12GSA and another R12GSA with a Hannigan sidecar) park in the garage because that is a place of honor. The cars are parked outside in the rain, snow, sleet and ice.
    My 2013 Passat is sitting in the snow covered driveway will my R1100GS and R90/6 sidecar rig (Ural) are basking in my garage.

    It's a matter of priorities........
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