Finding Motorcycle Storage

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 4, 2013)

Motorcycle storage can often seem to be a little confusing the first time you consider it. After all, motorcycles are supposed to be a little easier on the average consumer aren't they? They use less gas, take up less space, can go just about anywhere, and the list seems to go on and on. However, often when the weather starts to turn bad, you will not be able to ride your bike like you used to. That is where motorcycle storage comes into play. Here's what you need to think about when you begin looking for a storage facility for your bike.

  • Types of storage. Just like with any other kind of vehicle storage facility, there are two basic types for you to choose from. These are either indoor or outdoor storage facilities. The preferred type of facility is going to be an indoor one, since it will protect your motorcycle from the harsh depredations of the weather, and help keep your motorcycle looking newer, longer. Keep in mind though that such facilities as this are often more expensive than an outdoor facility.
  • Requirements. Many motorcycle storage places will have certain requirements that you will need to follow if you wish to store your bike there. For example, some places may require you to have a full tank of gas (for safety purposes) before you can store your bike in one of their units. Be sure that you know exactly what the requirements are, and that you are willing to follow them, prior to signing any contract.
  • Limitations. Often vehicle storage facilities will have limitations on what they can store on their premises. This usually will not impact bikes as much, since the main limitation is usually size an space available. However, since facilities are often charging by the foot, they may have a minimum requirement that you would need to meet. If this is the case, talk to some friends who need motorcycle storage as well, and see if they would be willing to split the cost with you.
  • Included services. Almost all facilities include some kind of service, beyond simply providing a place to store your motorcycle. Ask what service the facility will include with their rent. Do they have twenty-four hour property management? How easy will it be to access your motorcycle when you want to? Will they have someone check on the bike to make sure that there are no new leaks, and if there are will they notify you?
  • Total cost. Before you sign anything, make sure that you know exactly what the final cost will be. Often motorcycle storage facilities, just like any other storage facility, will charge a higher price for the more services that they render. Be sure that you understand what each of these charges are for, and that you will be able to pay them on time. Remember, many vehicle storage facilities will not release your vehicle until your bill is current.

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Lee Wyatt

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