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Old 09-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #1
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Parking lots for Practice

I live in Japantown and was wondering if there are nearby parking lots that are empty on weekends to practice in over the weekend. Iíve been to the one at Cityís a college near Balboa Park but thatís pretty far to drive just for some practice. What are some areas to practice low speed maneuvers in the city?
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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Not really any closer, but I've found the lot behind the United Artists theater at Stonestown to be empty almost always. I haven't had any issues with security, and the lot is pretty large. I live in the Haight so I'd be curious to know if there are any closer parking lots too.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:18 AM   #3
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Stonestown lot is good

I went to SFSU and the Stonestown lot was a large enough one to practice in.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:26 PM   #4
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try schools I dont live by jap town but Ive just been going to Malcolm X parking lot and Kipp high school if you have any schools nearby try going late weekends..
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Old 04-23-2019, 07:35 AM   #5
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I took my MSF course where it says "Old Alameda Point" on Alameda Island on Google Maps, and there is a large space there. I think the MSF course has riding classes there every saturday and sunday for most of the day, but to my memory they only used half or less than half the space.

The pavement isn't incredibly smooth, but not bad either. I've been meaning to check it out for a while.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:55 PM   #6
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I've done quite a bit of searching for a location using Google Maps for vehicle testing, and although I haven't been there yet it looks like Mission College off of 101 in Santa Clara has a large parking lot and as a bonus they have some lane and corner markings. Check out parking lot A and B in the link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/m.../data=!3m1!1e3
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:33 AM   #7
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Why not go to the Presidio? There are a ton of parking lots and fairly empty on the weekends.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:10 PM   #8
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I've done quite a bit of searching for a location using Google Maps for vehicle testing, and although I haven't been there yet it looks like Mission College off of 101 in Santa Clara has a large parking lot and as a bonus they have some lane and corner markings. Check out parking lot A and B in the link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/m.../data=!3m1!1e3
They actually do riding courses there on weekends. They have a f-ing massive parking lot and its more or less empty when school is out.

If you are in SF I would say your best bet is City College, the lower parking lot is wide open.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:02 PM   #9
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Buy a pitbike, ysr50, nsr50 or similar. You can set up a small course in almost any empty parking lot to practice, and if you get a group together then it gets really fun.
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Any good parking lots in San Jose (north)?
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Old 01-05-2020, 10:29 AM   #11
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Any good parking lots in San Jose (north)?
Levi Stadium, maybe? Mission College?
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:03 AM   #12
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I've done quite a bit of searching for a location using Google Maps for vehicle testing, and although I haven't been there yet it looks like Mission College off of 101 in Santa Clara has a large parking lot and as a bonus they have some lane and corner markings. Check out parking lot A and B in the link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/m.../data=!3m1!1e3
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:18 PM   #13
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Also don't forget your local DMV. It's got painted circles just for motorcycles to practice on. And on the weekends the DMVs lots are fairly empty.
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:40 PM   #14
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Anyone know if any parking lots on the peninsula have opened up while we're in phase 2? I imagine that there should be some empty offices with empty parking spaces right now, but the ones I've checked before SIP had security patroling on the weekends.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:18 PM   #15
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Best not to use private lots. Stick with public facilities like schools, DMV, county fairgrounds, etc. They usually don't have security that runs you off.

I taught my wife to drive stick at Mission College lots. One time cop stopped by to see what we were up to, then went away.

Taught her to ride at Evergreen College. Campus cops drove by and watched for a while. Then they got bored and drove off.
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