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Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:14 pm
by C-dub
Does anyone carry a cover to put over their Wing if they're going to be parked in one spot for a while? It is summer time again and there is no protection from the sun in the parking lot at work. It is parked out there from noonish until I get off after dark, so the hottest brightest part of the day. It is only two years old now and I'm considering protecting the seat and everything else as much as possible for as long as possible.

Is a cover large enough to cover the entire bike too big or bulky to carry? I might just consider something to cover the seat. I think it might be the weakest link as far as the sun goes and would break down sooner that other areas.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:06 am
by baba67
I use the UltraGard Half Cover-for Honda Goldwing GL1800 GL1500 GL1200 GL1100 for most outdoor idle time.
It goes on quickly, water proof and light weight.
It comes in multiple colors to choose from.
Many available on EBAY.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:39 pm
by WingAdmin
I have tried the Ultragard half cover, and it works well:

https://www.amazon.com/Ultragard-4-458G ... ref=sr_1_1

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:33 pm
by RockportDave
I use my Ultragard half cover at work and when we stop during the heat of the day. Easy to put on and easy to put back in the pouch. Keeps the bike seat and upper parts from the sun and cooler in the South Texas sun.
Dave

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:31 pm
by C-dub
No time for that stuff yet. I took the wife out for a ride today, 98F here today. We stopped for lunch then had to listen to her jabbering about the hot seat for 5-10 minutes after getting back on. I'll at least try a towel tomorrow and leave it over the seat, while at work, and see if that makes much of a difference when I get out.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:09 pm
by Viking
I cover the bike in the case of inclement weather, but for sun, I just wad a fluffy towel into the Navigation screen area to keep the sun from getting to the LCD screen. My GL1800 is silver, so the sun's ability to fade the paint would not be noticeable anyway, I think. For the leather like surfaces and the black plastic, I use a wipe on/wipe off protector with UV protect additive. ( I use 303 Aerospace protectant)

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:00 pm
by RockportDave
C-dub wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:31 pm
No time for that stuff yet. I took the wife out for a ride today, 98F here today. We stopped for lunch then had to listen to her jabbering about the hot seat for 5-10 minutes after getting back on. I'll at least try a towel tomorrow and leave it over the seat, while at work, and see if that makes much of a difference when I get out.
C-dub,
Did you enjoy the cooler weather? Hope you ordered the UltraGard, gonna get hot again.
Dave

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:25 am
by brettchallenger
Consider moving to England. We have just had our four hot days and a thunder storm, that's our summer gone.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:25 pm
by C-dub
RockportDave wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:00 pm
C-dub wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:31 pm
No time for that stuff yet. I took the wife out for a ride today, 98F here today. We stopped for lunch then had to listen to her jabbering about the hot seat for 5-10 minutes after getting back on. I'll at least try a towel tomorrow and leave it over the seat, while at work, and see if that makes much of a difference when I get out.
C-dub,
Did you enjoy the cooler weather? Hope you ordered the UltraGard, gonna get hot again.
Dave
I have been enjoying it. Although, I had a long PGR mission today and even though the temps were only supposed to be about 90-91 we were not in the shade much.

Over the weekend, since I didn't have time to order anything to use yet, I tried using a fitted twin sheet. There was no rain, so I wasn't worried about that. It was able to cover the trunk and seat and the faux gas tank area. I tucked it into the trunk lid and the center console cover and around the underneath sides of the seat. Even with some wind blowing I was surprised to find it still tucked into these spots when I came back out 13 hours later. And the seat was much cooler to the touch. That will work temporarily until I get something.

I'm liking that Ultragard half cover and may get that. I'm checking to see if there are any other colors besides black and gray.

EDIT: It looks like there is 4-458S (for Sand), but it might not be available anymore. I'll see if I can find one, but if not the gray or charcoal it might be.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:35 pm
by WingAdmin
I have to say, the Wingstuff Half Cover is HIGHLY reflective, and keeps my bike significantly cooler than the darker covers. Its silver color is perfect for sunny days.

That said, it is somewhat large when folded up, a lot larger than my old cover. I think if I were to buy one now, I would probably go for the Nelson-Rigg Half Cover, which is thinner and packs much smaller, yet is still the highly reflective silver cover. I've had very good results from other Nelson-Rigg products.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:15 pm
by C-dub
One thing I've noticed about any of these covers is that none of them have holes for any antenna. Most require being folded over if possible, but s couple said they installed grommet holes for the antenna. Have any of ya'll done that with your covers?

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:23 am
by Boondoc88@gmail.com
The Aerostitch Ultralight is constructed from a gloriously lightweight 30-denier rip-stop nylon. Comes in white, black or grey. Packs down easily into a handy built-in storage pouch. Silicone-urethane coated on top, which coupled with the parachute-strength fabric, makes it resistant to most weathers and tearing. Best of all, lightweight doesn’t mean fragile. If durability and weight, fit and function are your criteria, this wrap is the benchmark in which you should compare to all other travel-friendly solutions. 
Have mine over 15 years now.
Boondoc.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:33 am
by Sidcar
I'm on my third, and definitely last, Ultraguard. This one has lasted 18 months before splitting (first a small split then a dirty great big one). The other two both split after two years. They all faded to a pale grey inside nine months. I could return it under warranty but after paying shipping back to the US it's not worth it, also I'd be without a cover for who knows how long.
Instead I patched it using a piece of the cover it replaced (I'm of the generation that doesn't throw things away "just in case") .
Open to suggestions about a better cover.

Sid

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:29 am
by C-dub
Boondoc88@gmail.com wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:23 am
The Aerostitch Ultralight is constructed from a gloriously lightweight 30-denier rip-stop nylon. Comes in white, black or grey. Packs down easily into a handy built-in storage pouch. Silicone-urethane coated on top, which coupled with the parachute-strength fabric, makes it resistant to most weathers and tearing. Best of all, lightweight doesn’t mean fragile. If durability and weight, fit and function are your criteria, this wrap is the benchmark in which you should compare to all other travel-friendly solutions. 
Have mine over 15 years now.
Boondoc.
Is yours a full or half cover? What do you do with the antenna?

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:52 am
by Sidcar
It's a full cover. I fold the antenna down and put a cut away yoghurt pot over each joint to protect the cover.
It would be an ideal cover if it lasted 5 years instead of 18 months.

Sid

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:27 am
by Viking
Sidcar wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:52 am
It's a full cover. I fold the antenna down and put a cut away yoghurt pot over each joint to protect the cover.
It would be an ideal cover if it lasted 5 years instead of 18 months.

Sid
Sid, I have this cover for my bike, from WingStuff with their name on it. I have an older version that has a caricature of a Goldwing on it rather than just the name, but it has lasted me now about eight years, and it is inexpensive.

https://wingstuff.com/products/3163-ful ... -gold-wing

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:01 am
by OldguyGlen
I have been using a very cheap one from Menards or Home Depot. $20.
It was a gift, so I didn't really choose it. But it works well. Full cover with elastic and small bunge cords. Rolls up to easily fit in a pannier. It has a bag, but I don't bother with it. Goes over the windshield, and give some protection to the tires. I carry a tennis ball, punctured to slip on the antenna. At $20 how long does it need to last? I patch other covers I have with iron on denim patches... Usually lets me extend the life a few extra seasons.

Re: Heat reflective cover?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:16 pm
by C-dub
My ultragard half cover arrived a few days ago and I used it for the first time today at work. I got it on okay before the sun came up and when I left at 1800 got it off just as easily. I was a little surprised how easily I was able to get it back into the little bag it came in. The seat was noticeably cooler than on previously sunny days without any cover. That makes me happy since my primary goal isn't really to keep it cool, but to protect it from the sun itself and hopefully last longer before requiring replacement.

We'll see how long the cover lasts. Thanks for all the recommendations.