When many people think about motorcycles, they imagine riding their Harleys across the long open road of the American West. This romantic vision might be what drives people to ride in the first place, but what most people don’t think too much about is what it means to park their hogs safely.
Though it might not be what you’re most excited about, parking safely is an important part of enjoying a Harley motorcycle rental in Las Vegas. Read on for some tips on how to best park your Harley Davidson motorcycle—it’s more complicated than you might think:
- Think about what the kickstand is resting on: One major problem you might run into while parking a motorcycle is the kickstand sinking into the ground and the motorcycle tipping over. This isn’t an issue on pavement, usually, but if you’re parking on grass, mud or even hot asphalt, you could see the kickstand issue pop up. To counteract it, make sure to carry a kickstand puck or pad with you in your gear. Its flat surface and strong material ensures you won’t get stuck. If you don’t have one of these items, which cost about $10, you can improvise and use a crushed can or a piece of wood.
- Park flat: You might have seen someone struggling to push their motorcycle up an incline so they can ride again, a struggle made more difficult if the ground is at all slippery. To avoid this, make sure to park on a flat surface so it’s easy to manually back up the Harley. Remember that most motorcycles don’t have a reverse option and require riders to use their legs to back up. If you have no choice but to park on an incline, back the motorcycle in so that you can use the engine’s power to get you out of a tough spot.
- Think like someone who doesn’t care about motorcycles: Parking brings all sorts of challenges, and it’s always good to think from an outsider’s perspective. For example, if you park in a parking space, make sure to park so that the motorcycle is near the back of the space, not pulled in all the way. You should do this so drivers of cars and trucks can see that there’s a motorcycle in the spot without beginning to pull in, which will help you avoid an accident. Also, if you’re parking two motorcycles in one parking spot, make sure to leave enough space on each side so that each rider can get on their bike safely and have enough room to get out.
These simple tips will help make your time with a Harley motorcycle rental in Las Vegas a fun and successful one. If you want to explore the Las Vegas area on a sweet ride, check out Escape Eagles, a motorcycle rental and tour guide company that’s been helping people see the region from a new perspective for over 15 years.
Escape Eagles is family-owned and will help both tourists and locals rent Harleys and Hondas for one or more days so you can have fun in the nearby national parks or along the Las Vegas Strip. Call today to find out more about our rates and services!