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post #1 of 11 Old 05-03-2014, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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My bike came with a cover but it is ridiculously large! What cover do you guys recommend that is good with a ceBaileys windscreen and 38 LT side panniers??

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I bought my cover from Walmart. Size Large. It was $29 i think, something like that. It has protection for the windshield and grommet holes along the bottom. Decent quality and it folds into an attached bag too. This was a number of years ago. They may carry something else now, no idea.
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My bike came with a cover but it is ridiculously large! What cover do you guys recommend that is good with a ceBaileys windscreen and 38 LT side panniers??
The worst thing you can do to a bike is cover it. The wetter your climate, the worse it is. Covers trap moisture causing your bike to rust way quicker than it would otherwise, even if left naked to the elements. It might not be a bad thing to protect from sun damage, but let that sucker breathe when it's damp or humid.

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I only want a cover for traveling to keep things out of sight

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Please illuminate me! What is all that stuff? Electronic warfare suite? ASW equipment? Pressurization panel for sub-orbital week-end rides?

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Bikebandit had their XXL el cheapo cover on sale, so I picked one up. My vstrom has side/top cases so I needed the extra volume of the cover. I use it when I go to work and want to protect the bike from the sun and the UV rays. It's in no way waterproof, which I don't mind since waterproof covers keep more moisture 'in' than they keep out! I'd rather have it breathe.

It's amazing how bleached out my cover has gotten in 2 years, glad all that solar energy was kept off my bike.

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My bike came with a cover but it is ridiculously large! What cover do you guys recommend that is good with a ceBaileys windscreen and 38 LT side panniers??
I got mine from Wal-Mart, back in 06. Wolf brand, $19.98, and size XL. It fits well over my Trax side cases (45L & 37L) and top case (38L). I have the stock shield.

The cover has been used and abused, waded up and stuffed in its case wet, dry, muddy, etc. and it is still in great shape. I had even purchased a second one from Wal-Mart a few years ago, figuring how long could $20 cover last. It came in the same box but was called the Sportsman by Budge, still XL. The cover is not waterproof more like water resistant. I use when traveling to keep the majority of the rain, dew, ice off the bike at night and to keep it from prying eyes.

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Maybe just a smaller half cover is what you want unless you can pull those electronics off or just something to cover the electronics and maybe the seat? I only use my cover when the bike is stored over the winter (an inexpensive but good quality GEARS unit I picked up at a bike show (check their website for covers, half covers etc as an example) but the bike winters in the garage. When traveling, the gps is only item of concern and it ends up in my pocket while the bike sits outside in the elements. The stock seat wipes off quickly in the am if necessary and off I go. I really would not want to bother with bringing along a cover while traveling.

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Be careful with covers when out traveling. Bike gets dirty, cover goes on bike, wind picks up, cover repeatedly brushes against dirt on paint, scratches all over in the morning. Seen it happen more than once.

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