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New bike - outside storage and rodents/bugs?

I recently bought a '16 CBR600.

It's stored outside. My previous home would see the bikes stored in a large flat concrete area and it was all very well manicured with few bugs or anything.

My new place is unfortunately surrounded by people who would rather live in the jungle than the suburbs. We're in FL so spiders get like 6ft wide and rats and snakes are everywhere even in December.

I keep it in a locked fenced backyard with a cover on it. My first concern is theft, but now I'm worried about rodents chewing wires or it getting swarmed with ants. I might be over thinking this but I just dropped $10k and don't want to be filing an insurance claim for a wiring harness if I don't have to.

Aside from basic lawn maintenance (I can keep the yard ant free with treatment, etc) how can I keep this thing from being damaged by pests? Anyone been in a similar situation? I'm trying to find a way to get it in the house but I have a crawl space and sportbikes and stairs don't mix well.
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You could purchase a storage shed for the bike...... there are a number of bike specific designs out there that would give you the benefit of a floor, walls and a roof over the bike -- that won't keep critters out altogether but it could reduce the number somewhat. The nice thing with that sort of setup is you can put out poison for the rodents and keep it out of reach of anything you actually care about.

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Thanks for the info. I think I am going to try and get it into my front porch. It's up some stairs though. 2 steps about 8" high. Any ideas how to get it up there?
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Thanks for the info. I think I am going to try and get it into my front porch. It's up some stairs though. 2 steps about 8" high. Any ideas how to get it up there?
A ramp would do the trick...... You'd probably want something at least 3 or 4 feet long so the angle doesn't get too tight at the top as you cross onto the porch. bottom of fairing might scrape, etc.

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Thanks for the info. I think I am going to try and get it into my front porch. It's up some stairs though. 2 steps about 8" high. Any ideas how to get it up there?
Use a ramp of some sort.

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A ramp like this maybe?
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What you can do is go to a lowe's or Home depot, pick up a couple 2x6 or 2x8's ( I would say 8 or 10 foot long to a decent angle) glue them together and make a ramp. I would also stain them/clear coat if you are just going to keep them on your porch as well to prevent rain and moisture, and bugs, from getting into the wood.

Glue them side by side.. not one on top of the other. so they become 2x12's or 2x16's. it should just be long enough that if it bows a little it will use the stairs to hold it from snapping in half. Also make sure you secure the ramp so while you are pushing (or if brave/skilled enough riding) up the ramp you wont have to worry about it moving on you. IF money is not an issue I would check out actually bike/vehicle ramps. If you are a DIY type of guy you can probably rig something

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Here is what I would recommend: Folding Arched Single Runner Dirt Bike Ramp 7'5" Long | Discount Ramps

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I second the idea of buying a prefabbed shed. Easy, and does everything you really need it to do for you given your land is flat.
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What you can do is go to a lowe's or Home depot, pick up a couple 2x6 or 2x8's ( I would say 8 or 10 foot long to a decent angle) glue them together and make a ramp. I would also stain them/clear coat if you are just going to keep them on your porch as well to prevent rain and moisture, and bugs, from getting into the wood.

Glue them side by side.. not one on top of the other. so they become 2x12's or 2x16's. it should just be long enough that if it bows a little it will use the stairs to hold it from snapping in half. Also make sure you secure the ramp so while you are pushing (or if brave/skilled enough riding) up the ramp you wont have to worry about it moving on you. IF money is not an issue I would check out actually bike/vehicle ramps. If you are a DIY type of guy you can probably rig something
Im gonna pretend you didnt say to glue 2×6s together what exactly do you mean? Maybe im missing something. I dont think ive ever seen the carpenters on the job glue wood together.

Have you ever actually been to Home Depot and seen the prices of wood? If money wasnt an option, then he would buy wood. Because a ramp would most likely be cheaper.
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Im gonna pretend you didnt say to glue 2×6s together what exactly do you mean? Maybe im missing something. I dont think ive ever seen the carpenters on the job glue wood together.

Have you ever actually been to Home Depot and seen the prices of wood? If money wasnt an option, then he would buy wood. Because a ramp would most likely be cheaper.

You have never had shop/wood working class where you use wood glue (you have to clamp the wood together and hold it there for like... 24hrs or something for the glue to dry). I shop at Lowe's not Home depot. You can get uncut 2x6x8 (that is 2inch by 6 inch's by 8 feet) and cut angles out of the ends so they are flush with the group and the top of hit stairs. That would cost you around $7. Whereas a ramp costs $60+. Not sure how a ramp is cheaper??
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For the porch, I would go with this if you can.
https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Shield-S...rcycle+storage
or this.
https://www.amazon.com/Mophorn-Motor...rcycle+storage


For the ramp, don't cheap out. Not to mention the wood weighs a ton.
If you did go wood. Get 2x8 drill a dowel hole for the insides so you can pin them together until your done. Metal or wood, longer is better for the belly pan and wide so you could drive or walk it up.

My choice for ramp would be something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Lawn...otorcycle+ramp
or this.
https://www.amazon.com/Rage-Powerspo...otorcycle+ramp

You spent the cash, make your life easy and also consider being able to move or SELL it later..

On the bugs, moth balls in a sock. Several placed in the enclosed space will deter just about all. Mice would be traps as in bait cages they check in and don't check out.
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For the porch, I would go with this if you can.
https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Shield-S...rcycle+storage
or this.
https://www.amazon.com/Mophorn-Motor...rcycle+storage


For the ramp, don't cheap out. Not to mention the wood weighs a ton.
If you did go wood. Get 2x8 drill a dowel hole for the insides so you can pin them together until your done. Metal or wood, longer is better for the belly pan and wide so you could drive or walk it up.

My choice for ramp would be something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Lawn...otorcycle+ramp
or this.
https://www.amazon.com/Rage-Powerspo...otorcycle+ramp

You spent the cash, make your life easy and also consider being able to move or SELL it later..

On the bugs, moth balls in a sock. Several placed in the enclosed space will deter just about all. Mice would be traps as in bait cages they check in and don't check out.

I have one of these at our vacation home; it's easy to put up, take down, it's fairly priced & weathers the weather well. I have it bolted down to plywood. There's a clasp on the frame, thus, it can be locked using a padlock. Not fool proof to be sure, but I too located it in the backyard, behind a locked fence/gate.

Motorcycle Covers, Motorcycle Shelters, Harley Covers, Scooter Covers

A quick search revealed a host of options, here's another option

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IOIQHXI?psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RN90EIE..._t2_B0098ISYGC

https://www.amazon.com/Shelter-Porta...Z96TT7BRWM6NWJ

This last one is a good sized shelter; it appears to be good for tonnes of other uses.

As for ramps I like the type that are arched, rather than flat. Easier legs & back to get up in taller locations.
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