This page will cover everything you need to know about motorcycle parking.
It’ll answer where you can park, where you can’t park, and some tips on how to park correctly.
Parking a motorcycle is not rocket science, but a little common sense and practice goes a long way.
Can Motorcycles Park Anywhere?
With their small size and maneuverability, you’d think motorcycles can park anywhere they can fit, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
The same parking laws that apply to cars also apply to motorcycles, such as:
- Don’t park where signs prohibit it.
- Don’t park at red curbs or on stripped parking spots.
- Don’t park on the sidewalk.
- Don’t park between parking spaces.
How to Park a Motorcycle (Angle Parking)
When parking on the street, you should typically:
- Park the bike at a 45 degree angle from the curb.
- Have the front of the bike facing the street.
- Set the kickstand on a hard surface.
To properly angle park your motorcycle, you’ll need to:
- Pull over towards and slightly ahead of the spot where you’ll park.
- Put the bike in neutral and turn the bars so you head back towards the curb at an angle.
- Turn your front wheel, set the kickstand.
This method makes it easier to park along with side of the road with other motorcycles, and it’ll make getting back on your bike and on the road again much easier (and safer) as well.
How to Park a Motorcycle on a Hill?
To park your motorcycle on a hill:
- Angle it from the curb with the back wheel against the curb.
- Make sure the bike is facing uphill.
- Leave it in gear.
- Set the kickstand on a solid surface.
General Tips for Parking a Motorcycle
While parking a motorcycle is not rocket science, a little common sense goes a long way. Here are some tips:
- Park in a legal space – not the sidewalk – to avoid being ticketed, having your bike towed, or attracting unwanted attention or angry from someone having a bad day.
- Park in a visible spot to prevent your motorcycle from being stolen while you’re gone.
- Signal your intentions to other drivers when you park.
- Double check for traffic before your pull back into the roadway as other drivers may have trouble seeing you.