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    Motorcycles in bike parking

    My work has a small section of the parking lot barriered off with a bike rack and I've noticed a few motorcycles park there from time to time. Didn;t bother me too much before as I seem to always be the only bike there so there is still free space but today the 300lb harley rider decided it would be nice to smoke a cigarette while getting dressed so I get to smell is poison while locking uo my bike. Anyone else have motircycles in your bike parking?

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    i think the more pressing question is:

    "anyone else have 300lb guys dressing themselves while smoking in your bike parking"?

    to answer your question though, no.
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    She should be shot.
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    Even when I was riding motorcycles I never understood why so many riders felt obligated to park anywhere they could fit their bike.

    Scooter riders are even worse though.

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    Actually is was a 300lb girl. I didn't even mind the ideling harley the smell of the cigarette was much worse.

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    Our bike racks are in a covered garage with a card key entry. Motos and bikes just go around the gate. Motos usually park next to the bike racks. I don't think they consider it to be rude but sometimes it gets crowded and they could just as well take up spaces intended for cars. Frequently they run their engines while they're donning helmets and zipping up their jackets so I get to smell exhaust and have to listen to the noise while I unlock. I'm going to ask the building folks to designate a motos only area in there.
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    Yes, we share our bicycle space with the motorcycles and scooters and smokers. Can't complain too much as I ride both bicycles and motorcycles to work. I don't mind the motos as much as I mind the smokers but they are becoming fewer.

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    My parking is in my office on the second floor. Any 300lb rider who can manhandle his Harley up the stairs is welcome to park it there any time.

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    Locally, motor scooters can park at any bike rack as per ordinance. 50cc limit. As to the Hog, they tend not to grasp the term courtesy.
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    Meh. So what? I wouldn't care unless access to the bike rack was blocked. I've had service trucks parked in front of the bike rack, but the motorcycles next to it don't bug me. Had a guy light up, once, but I didn't feel compelled to reel out a bunch of "biker" stereotypes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwp View Post
    My parking is in my office on the second floor. Any 300lb rider who can manhandle his Harley up the stairs is welcome to park it there any time.
    Beat me to it. I was wondering if the OP pulled up to his building and found a motorcycle chained to his favorite tree.
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    As long as there is still room at the rack for bicyclists who want to use it, I will take a motorcyclist parking there over another car on the road any day.

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    I have both my bicycle and a Honda Trail 110 that I use to commute back and forth to work...and yes I park it wherever it will fit. Why? Because I have had two Scooters crushed from parking them in a regular parking space and having some cager whip into the parking space and not see my ride!! So now I park it as FAR AWAY from any car as possible.

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    The unmitigated nerve of someone having the audacity to smoke outdoors.

    Here's a news flash: You got exposed to more "poison" by the motor vehicles that passed you on your commute to work than you did by the motorcyclist. Where's the rant about them driving on your roads?
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    I have never had a motorcycle at the bike rack. I know it would irritate me, though. Then again, I work at middle and high schools, so I have to deal with a whole different element in finding parking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Figment View Post
    I have both my bicycle and a Honda Trail 110 that I use to commute back and forth to work...and yes I park it wherever it will fit. Why? Because I have had two Scooters crushed from parking them in a regular parking space and having some cager whip into the parking space and not see my ride!! So now I park it as FAR AWAY from any car as possible.

    Funny how that line of thinking is usually justification for parking on the sidewalk, beside the front door, as opposed to in the back of the parking lot, where there are also no cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enine View Post
    Actually is was a 300lb girl. I didn't even mind the ideling harley the smell of the cigarette was much worse.
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    Doesn't bother me as much as the chucklehead that insists on taking up most of the length of the rack by locking his bike sideways along the rack, instead of perpendicular.

    I've been thinking of getting a few cheap locks and adding them to his collection and throwing away the keys. (grrr) Maybe I should ride my beater and lock it to his bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
    Doesn't bother me as much as the chucklehead that insists on taking up most of the length of the rack by locking his bike sideways along the rack, instead of perpendicular.
    I resemble that remark, when it's one of those crappy wheelbender grid racks. But I've never parked at one where there were more than 2 bikes anyway, even at the bike shop it's rare to see someone show up on a bike.

    I only recently bought a lock and started thinking about locking up when I go into stores. I still have only locked once, because honestly there just isn't anywhere to lock at the 2 or 3 stores I've been to this week. Not even really any street signs. There are some lamp post but they're these big decorative things that my lock won't fit around.
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    For the most part I say all two wheelers are happy neighbors. However putt-putt nuisance Harleys are not welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
    Doesn't bother me as much as the chucklehead that insists on taking up most of the length of the rack by locking his bike sideways along the rack, instead of perpendicular.

    I've been thinking of getting a few cheap locks and adding them to his collection and throwing away the keys. (grrr) Maybe I should ride my beater and lock it to his bike.
    'wheelbender' racks are badly designed in the first place, the only way to actually lock your frame to them safely is to go sideways like that. Be grateful that he prevented you from locking your bike to it; you would have ended up with either a stolen wheel or a stolen frame (with a lone wheel left on rack).

    Motor scooters I only rarely see in the bike parking, and it always looks out of place to me. It just seems to me a motor vehicle belongs parked in the street like a car, not locked on the sidewalk with a tiny cable combo lock...

    Doesn't bother me as much as when I see a motor scooter driving the Wrong Way on the Sidewalk. !?!
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    Use a desktop printing package and make an official looking sign that states, "Harley Davidson Parking Only" Put it where you want the Harley to park and be amazed as they follow the bait. It worked for me.
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    Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
    Doesn't bother me as much as the chucklehead that insists on taking up most of the length of the rack by locking his bike sideways along the rack, instead of perpendicular.

    I resemble that remark, when it's one of those crappy wheelbender grid racks. But I've never parked at one where there were more than 2 bikes anyway, even at the bike shop it's rare to see someone show up on a bike.


    I used to park my bike at work lengthwise along the rack also, for both reasons -
    I wanted to lock the frame and both wheels
    There were never more than 2 bicycles, so I wasn't concerned about space

    One of the cleaning employees locked his bike to the end through the frame, to avoid finding only a wheel.
    Unfortunately, someone removed a bolt from the rack to slip his lock through, and rode off on his bicycle.

    This made it all too clear the rack in the garage was not safe, so I now park inside a locked door, under the stairs. Periodically, there may be a 2nd bicycle parked there. I think anyone else considering bicycling sees that I won't use the rack, and figure they should follow my example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
    The unmitigated nerve of someone having the audacity to smoke outdoors.

    Here's a news flash: You got exposed to more "poison" by the motor vehicles that passed you on your commute to work than you did by the motorcyclist. Where's the rant about them driving on your roads?
    Cars have far stricter standards for emissions than motorcycles, and that carburetor'd, catalytic converter-free Harley was pumping our CO, NOx, and unburnt gas at the OP. Here's a reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
    Funny how that line of thinking is usually justification for parking on the sidewalk, beside the front door, as opposed to in the back of the parking lot, where there are also no cars.
    I almost always parked my motorcycle in a parking space when I rode, and got the occasional complaint for "taking up all that space". Usually from someone who had to park and walk a little bit further. Asking if they'd feel better if I parked a bloated kidhauler that got 15 mpg and was hard to see around in the same spot instead of my bike that got 49 mpg usually calmed them down.

    Last time I saw anything close to this was walking into work last fall when I saw 2 of the town bike cops bikes parked in the one handicapped spot. With plenty of legal spots available.

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