Apparently I am in the minority here but I can't figure out why anyone would want leave a peice of machinery out in the weather all winter. This reminds me of when my boys were little and they would take a hammer or other tool out in the yard and leave it there. I would find it in the spring during my first grass cutting all covered with rust and half buried in the dirt. I guess some people have enough money to consider a $5K+ peice of equipment to be disposable. I wonder if these will be the same people who will post about what a piece of junk a Suzuki scooter is come mid-summer. Or maybe some people just enjoy replacing cables and switches and bearings years before they should have to. It's nice to see Darwinism still is alive and well...
Not wishing to pile-on, but for some garaging for all their vehicles is not an option.
I am an apartment dweller by choice (it helps a lot when you travel for work), not all apartment complex's have garages available, and I have to consider more than my wishes when my family is choosing somewhere to live. I'm fortunate I have a garage where I am now, and keep my bikes there. I cannot afford the rent (and nor is there availability) for an additional two garages for my cars. They stay outside. In the previous complex we lived in, all I could get was a carport, so I did. All vehicles were outside.
I do not neglect any of my vehicles.
They are designed for outdoor use, in varying climatic conditions. Having said that, they do also require maintenance and care. Anyone who chooses not to carry that out, is more likely to have issues than somoene who correctly prepares, and cares for, their vehicle. Do not confuse external storage with neglect.
Anyone who doesn't consider any possession (whether it be a $20 hammer, a $5k+ bike, or a $200k+ house) disposable is a fool, who is setting themselves up for mental issues when it has to be disposed of. Everything is dosposable. The only variable is where to draw the line as to when to dispose of it.
For each, that position is different, depending on their own unique circumstances, and no-one else has the right to judge them for their decisions.
I'm sure we've all made bad calls from time to time.