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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Morning all!

I'm curious as to what everyone's habit is when parking. I personally park in gear but I've been told it may be damaging to the tranny. What do you all think?

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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 08:06 AM
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Depends on where I park. If there's a grade at all, I definitely leave it in gear. I 've never heard of anyone who expereinced a problem with the transmission as a result of leaving it in gear. I lived up in Bath, Maine a while back, and my house was in the center of a pretty steap hill. I had no choice but to leave it in gear, or I may not have had a bike when I went looking for it...Never an issue.

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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 08:16 AM
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I've never heard anything about tranny damage either. Just make sure your engine is stopped completely before you throw out the clutch and you'll be fine.

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Unless you want someone to wheel your ride off into the sunset I'd make sure it's in gear .

Never heard anything about tranny damage from leaving your bike in gear while its parked??
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Unless you want someone to wheel your ride off into the sunset I'd make sure it's in gear.
Say what You will have to explain that one
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I like to park mine in neutral. That way when I want to start it
all I gotta do is turn the key and push the button.
And if I'm gonna be away from it, I lock the forks.

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Say what You will have to explain that one
Sure thing..............

When you park and put your gear lever into neutral your bikes' tranny is not "in gear"........This means the drive "train-belt-chain" is not engaged to the rear wheel.....

This means your bike can freely roll forwards and backwards without engaging the "clutch lever" .

Fork locks are very easy to disable and with a free rolling bike.....

This means any determined thief or group can roll your bike right up onto a waiting van/truck and dissapear with your bike literally within seconds.

People go up to bikes all the time going OOO AAHH !! We never think they're looking to rip it off.........

I know, I'm paranoid I always park "in gear" use the fork lock - use a disc lock and have a motion-balance sensitive alarm system
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post #8 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 06:47 PM
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How does parking in gear prevent them from taking it out of gear with a single flick of the shifter or just simply pulling in the clutch lever? I'm working on the silly assumption that anyone looking to ride away on your bike has some idea how the controls work. Professionals don't do that anyway, they lift and load the bike into a vehicle and go.

That said, I always park in gear too. I've yet to hear of transmission damage being done that way.
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DON'T you think that even the dumbest of the bike thief's could just put it in neutral? PUTTING IT GEAR IS NO THIEF DETERRENCE
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Actually it is a theft deterrent. Anything that slows them down has them looking for an easier target.

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