Is It Normal To Lock Up a Motorcycle?


I’ve seen Scooters locked up before but never a motorcycle. I know there are a number of motorcyclist readers out there so what’s the story here?

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  • If it can roll…. one of the Fairmont apartment kids have probably taken it for a joyride or two already. Locking it up just allows them to knock it over and put subway wrappers in the exhaust pipes.

    (motorcycle rider)

  • You never know PoP, Lou Ferrigno might come along and throw it in the back of a pickup truck if it wern’t locked up… his residual checks have long dried up.

  • First time seeing this in DC, but I’ve seen it in NYC before.

  • They make little locks that attach to the wheels so that they can’t roll. Even if you get the thing jump started, you need to have the key for wheel lock. Or else, you get quite the abrupt stop.

  • It’s kind of silly to lock up a motorcycle. Mostly because it’s so much easier to break a car window and grab an ipod than mess with stealing a motorcycle.

    PS – it shouldn’t be on the sidewalk..and technically neither should scooters.

  • Robert-

    “Technically” it is my understanding that scooters under a certain weight class can be locked up on the sidewalk- but the motorcycle certainly should not!

  • Katie-

    Any scooter large enough that it needs to be registered (such as a Vespa) is illegal to park on sidewalks in DC.

    People only think it’s legal because the law is not strictly enforced.

  • I ride… If someone doesn’t want their motorcycle stolen, they should lock it up with the biggest chains and locks possible. Thieves generally drive a van, and it takes them 30 seconds to literally pick up a bike, put it in the van, and drive off. A chain like this won’t do much, since it can be easily cut, but it helps a little. His best defense is riding a bike pro theives don’t care for. (not easy to resell/part out) and keeping a very low profile (using a bike cover, parking in a hidden spot)

    As long as the bike/scooter is not obstructing the sidewalk, people should be able to do this. It’s a win-win situation. Riders get easier parking spots that don’t endanger their bikes from being ‘tapped’/tipped over, and drivers get the benefit of having one fewer vehicle to compete with for parking. I miss Europe in this respect.

  • RE: Scooters on the sidewalk: It’s not legal in DC, but it is in MD. That’s why I gave up my adorable Vespa when I moved here, it’s not worth it.

  • It is easier to steal an ipod, but you only get a hundred bucks for it. That bike is worth thousands parted out.

    Heck, lemme just find my bolt cutters . . .

  • I don’t own a scooter, but IIRC many people who lock up scooters on sidewalks will remove the license plates and take them too – to an outside observer, it leads to some “Isn’t that illegal?” head-scratching, but it prevents parking enforcement from issuing a ticket.

  • I ride, and once mistakenly didn’t lock my bike up in my gated back yard. When I woke up in the morning it was gone. The DC police actually found it with in 8 hours too. The fools who stole it just rolled it to a nearby alley and put a drill to the ignition. After going an inch into the metal they learned German engineering isn’t that easy to crack. After the repairing it, I use a wheel lock and lock my gate religiously.

  • I ride a scooter – it’s licensed, but i never put the plate on it. thieves will make off with the plates, anyway.

    i also chain up on the sidewalk every day, all over the city. It’s the best! Free parking everywhere. As long I’m off to the side and out of foot traffic, no one seems to mind. The Italian restaurant near my work likes to have my scoot out front, anyway.

  • It is insanely easy to steal an unlocked bike… just ask my former co-worker who had his stolen… TWICE! And this was from in front of a law-enforcement related association!

  • This bike lives on 13th a bit south of Columbia Heights Village. So far I think I have supplied the village with a scooter (my bad – unlocked), and three bikes (all locked): Most recently a Green Schwinn (High Sierra?) with dual Wire (fold-able) baskets, and a bent frame near the rear wheel mounting on the right side (while sitting). (Locked to a iron fence with a non-bic U-lock.

    Quite frankly, If that POS bike was stolen, they will steal anything.

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