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« on: July 05, 2011, 07:21:59 AM »

So I just bought a cheap cover off of ebay because it folds down nice and small.  Then it occurred to me that there are riders out there who never bother covering their motorcycle on overnight trips.

I'm thinking I'd prefer to cover it, just for the protection from passing eyeballs... but of course, it won't stop anyone who's really curious.

So what do you do?
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 07:39:46 AM »

If it's just me or me and 1 or a few others on a multi-day trip and we're hoteling it, yes. If I'm at a rally and camping, generally no.
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011, 07:47:24 AM »

I never cover my motorcycle.  It might rain and it always needs cleaning.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011, 08:04:55 AM »

I never have, but that is more because I don't have the space for a cover.  Or I do, but it would take of my emergency capacity.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011, 08:10:42 AM »


I never have, but that is more because I don't have the space for a cover.  Or I do, but it would take of my emergency capacity.


That's why I hit up ebay for a travel cover. I figure if I'm only using it a few nights each year, it doesn't have to be the heavy duty beast that my daily cover is. So I'm getting one that they say packs up small and light (yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg like most of the ones I see through normal vendors).

And in a pinch, I'm thinking the cover could pull double duty as a tarp, or to hold small items that can then be attached with bungee cords, or whatever. I can see it serving a few functions at least.

And if all else fails, I'm only out twenty bucks, so if I don't like it, or it doesn't work, or I need the extra capacity, it can hit a trashcan.
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 08:39:26 AM »

I RARELY stay overnight in a city.  I'm usually parked close to the entrance of any hotel I'm at, and I'm insured, so no I never bring a cover .... why bother.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011, 09:38:38 AM »

I don't overnight in East St-Louis, Detroit or other urban areas where my (insured) bike could be stolen for crack money.

I voted "never'.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011, 09:44:45 AM »

I just park next to a better looking bike than mine. Really, older ST bikes are not high on the list of wants for most bike thieves.

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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 09:54:24 AM »

Well, one person said they cover it every night and it's clearly screwing up the percentages, so I just wanna know....


Who let the Ducati rider vote?


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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011, 10:04:48 AM »

No cover...it's just something else to carry.
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 11:04:04 AM »

I have never covered any of my bikes.  I park under the hotel canopy whenever possible.
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 12:58:56 PM »


Well, one person said they cover it every night and it's clearly screwing up the percentages, so I just wanna know....





My bike is 20yrs old and is considered one of the ugliest bikes on the road. So thankfully my bike is a buzz kill for anyone looking to cop-a-feel. The only time mine sees a cover is when it goes to hibernation in the winter (back corner of the garage). Sleepy
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 01:21:47 PM »


Well, one person said they cover it every night and it's clearly screwing up the percentages, so I just wanna know....


Who let the Ducati rider vote?





The guy who created the poll??  Twofinger

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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 02:18:26 PM »

I used to bring a cover on longer trips and used it occasionally. At MotoGP in Indy during the hurricane year, I saw all kinds of bikes get blown over, all had covers on; mine didn't and was fine.  
On a western trip while the bike was covered in Moab, someone stole the cover. That put an end to traveling with a bike cover. Lol
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 08:19:45 PM »

I use it when the mood strikes me, which isn't often. Depends on weather, location, whether I'm leaving any accessories on the bike, sunspot activity, and the price of wheat.

Because I didn't want to use up packing space to carry a cover, I picked up the kwiKover sold by the Laminar Lip folks. That keeps it on the bike but out of the luggage 100% of the time. I'm too lazy today to run out and take photos, but here are some from their web site that shows how they look on inferior bikes.   Wink





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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2011, 09:29:50 PM »

I cover mine every night and even cover it every day at work.
When I worked in NYC; I also locked the cover to the bike.
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2011, 12:00:39 PM »


I never have, but that is more because I don't have the space for a cover.  Or I do, but it would take of my emergency capacity.


+1  Cheap covers don't last.  Good quality covers take up a lot of room.  

I tried covering just the seat once to keep it dry, but that makes no difference if you end up riding in the rain the next day.

Besides, I have a Wee.  It usually needs a wash and would probably still be there in the morning if I left the keys in it.
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2011, 12:53:07 PM »

I like the bike to wear bugs and dirt like a badge of honor on extended trips.


I also figure people are less apt to screw with a filthy bike sitting in a motel parking lot.
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I like the bike to wear bugs and dirt like a badge of honor on extended trips.


I also figure people are less apt to screw with a filthy bike sitting in a motel parking lot.


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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2011, 01:54:46 PM »


I use it when the mood strikes me, which isn't often. Depends on weather, location, whether I'm leaving any accessories on the bike, sunspot activity, and the price of wheat.

Because I didn't want to use up packing space to carry a cover, I picked up the kwiKover sold by the Laminar Lip folks. That keeps it on the bike but out of the luggage 100% of the time. I'm too lazy today to run out and take photos, but here are some from their web site that shows how they look on inferior bikes.   Wink




I just got one of these the other day. I've been commuting on the bike since my wife's car got totalled a few weeks ago. I like that it keeps the sun/rain off the gauges and seat. I also like that it keeps my tank bag out of sight.

I've never covered my bike before even when I'm camping but I'm likely to in the future if only to keep the dew at bay.  Bigok
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