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old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:02 pm



Hi all,
New member here... and before you jump on me for not doing some site searches...I have. I have found tent like configurations and roll over the top set ups but what I am looking for is the OLD fashioned heavy weight cover ( yes the kind they tell us not to use because they don't breathe ).

I am sick of these light weight, flimsy, so called covers that will not stand up to a decent rain storm or high wind. They are fine for dust, UVA,and morning condensation, but last nights rain storm has put me over the limit.

I have 3 bikes and one has to reside outside, and that one needs more than just the over glorified bike condom to cover it.

So...anybody point me in a better direction.

swoops



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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby redbug » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:13 pm

Check with Shelterlogic.com. They have 3 different cover styles and weights.
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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:24 am

Thanks red,

What I am looking for is the standard style cover that drapes over the bike. What would be nice is a strong base drawstring to snug up the bottom as opposed to the hooks ( usually 2 ) which allow wind to blow part of the cover loose.

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:10 am

This one on Amazon is about the heaviest that I've seen.
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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:25 pm

My full cover is a nylon tent-type material that has both a drawstring as well as elastic hooks. I treat it occasionally with tent waterproofing spray, and it is completely, absolutely waterproof. That said, it's bulky, so I don't use it much. I carry my half cover with me, which is also a nylon tent material, and has elastic loops that fit over the foot pegs. It's been through some huge rainstorms, never blew away and kept the bike completely dry. I treat it the same way, with the tent waterproofing spray. I've come outside after a night of rain while camping, and lifted the cover up to drain a good gallon or two of water that had pooled in it - and the bike was still dry underneath.

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby aj1500 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:47 pm

I have the cover NVSB4 posted and would highly recommend it. it is vented so is does breath
it has patches to reinforce the area for the antennas, it fits the 1500 pretty good, not perfect but no complaints
it is hands down the best cover I have had to date

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:08 am

I might just give that one a try. The weight of the cover and price are attractive. I have spentv more on another cover which in no nothing more then an inside the garage cover.

The high winshild and overall height of the 1500 keeps any cover that I have seen able to get down close to the ground as you see in all these bike cover adds.

Thanks guys

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby aj1500 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:19 am

I have a tulsa tall on mine, I think that is the only reason the cover won't go to the ground in the front
it pulls down just over half way of the front tire but wraps around the entire rear of the bike just fine
I ride to work daily and cover it every day, my last cover had been blown off a couple times during storms but this cover has never come loose and I don't even tie it. I just let the elastic hold it in place

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:25 pm

Well...it has been ordered.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks again guys

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:24 am

Well here is the new cover... fits like a glove ( this is the 1200, I think the fit won't be as tight on the 1500 as I have an extended winshield)... good and heavy and it really poured last night, dry as a bone. No wind is going to move this baby.

Thanks all

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PS gonna buy a smaller one for my Silverwing!








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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:05 am

Glad to hear that we were able to help and that you like the result.
Let us know after a couple of months use how it is holding up and give another review of it then.
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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby aj1500 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:28 pm

just my 2 cents, I have had mine for going on a year and other than some fading from intense sun on it all day it is still like new
I'm going to treat it with the silicone spray for tents soon, that should restore the color back from the minor fading

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:24 pm

CONCERNED UPDATE!

I just uncovered my 1200 to take down the road to a friends pole barn for winter storage

WATER UNDER THE COVER!!!!!








We haven't had a hard rain in a week. I don't know if it got thru then or somehow condensation at night is getting in. Bad news is now its down in a barn for the winter and won't be able to investigate further until spring.

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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby harvey01 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:17 am

I would wonder if the water on the inside was caused by daytime temps and then night air. In other words the condensation is not due to a leak or water getting around the cover but is actually being made under the cover. I am not a scientist but just guessing.
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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby dingdong » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:24 am

Sorry about that! That's the main reason most covers are breathable. No rain needed to cause condensation from humidity to accumulate under there. Sitting all winter under that cover might be cause for concern.
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Re: old style motorcycle cover

Postby swoopster » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:56 am

I will accept both of your premises if the water would not have accumulated in a specific area. I am hoping that it is condensation and now I am faced with buying another "breathable" cover to store it for winter. A typical pole barn, metal building with a concrete floor. I have stored my bikes there for years with no problems using the light flimsy covers. So we will have to wait for spring to review again.

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