Trailhead Security

pawleyk

Running from Monday..
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Hey guys,

My wife and I are back in the PNW for a couple months while she works and I get my pilot's license. We left our Chevy and the Four Wheel Camper in Costa Rica and will return to them and continue our trip South this fall.. Until then I bought my first bike- a low miles Honda CB500x, to get around and to weasel my way into just one more form of adventure travel.

I've never really ridden motorcycles before but have always been intrigued and thought this summer would be a good time to learn. I took a two day basic riding course (required here in Oregon) and have a shiny new license with an endorsement for two wheels! The class was great and I'm taking learning slow.. I'm spending about an hour on the bike each day and working slowly and cautiously at anything that makes me nervous. I'm getting tons more confident and comfortable already, which is good because it will be my only way to get around other than my mountain bike.

My only real question, for now, is about using the bike for hiking and backpacking. I'd really like to use it to access trailheads, especially mid-week between flight lessons when there will be fewer people. Do any of you guys use your motorcycles for this? What do you do with your riding gear and the bike when you leave it for a couple days, or even a couple hours? I'll probably get a chain and lock so I can lock the bike to a tree. Maybe I can run the chain through the pants/jacket/helmet as well? Or maybe stuff the gear into a bag and hide them in the woods?

Anyway, just looking for a little feedback. I'm looking forward to seeing a bit of the world from two wheels now..

-KP