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post #1 of 32 Old 09-25-2016, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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not real sure that my bike will fit into the garage along with my two cars.

reviewing the CCnRs for the new neighborhood, i discovered i cannot erect a storage shed in the back yard, s-o-o-o-o...

i thought i might buy a fabric cover, just to make it easy on myself. what's a good one?

weather here is mostly clement. oh, sure, a little rain, and sometimes humidity. will storing the wee under cover, outside, invite corrosion, or...? fortunately, up to now, i have been able to keep my bikes in the garage.

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post #2 of 32 Old 09-25-2016, 11:18 PM
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oh those dang cc&r's. Why not just keep one of the cars outside?
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Where there's a will... Unless you have a very small garage, or large cars, you might be able to make it work. I've got 3 bikes and two cars in a normal size 2-car garage. (One of the cars is a Miata, though.) If you pull one car straight in and close to the wall, then angle the other one in, that will make a little space between the cars near the front, and a little space beside a car near the back.

Can't really make a recommendation on the cover, since all mine are indoor covers, but all the popular sites should have them as well as reviews. My experience with car covers is that they are not really waterproof (even the ones that say so) and let some water and dust through. Might not be so bad on a bike since it won't sit on the paint like on a car. OTOH, you want it to be breathable so it doesn't hold moisture in and cause rust and corrosion.

Edit: Did I see dollies for motorcycles somewhere? If you could put the bike on a dolly, maybe you could keep it crossways in the front of the garage, assuming the cars don't need the whole length.

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Here's one dolly example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgyQkJF8dXg

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How much can you spend? Speedway makes those roll up tents for around $350. It's not a "shed" so if the CCnR specifies "shed" you got them on a technicality. Otherwise, I'd leave a car in the driveway. In Boston I have to keep my bike right up against the wall in front of my car and move the other car out when I use the bike. That gives me about 2 feet of walking space. In Arizona I have the same predicament as you so 1 car will sit in the driveway.

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DowCo makes a nice cover, Acf50 spray surfaces and electrical regularly, rodent screen for air intake, keep the fuel tank full with fuel stabilizer, and theft protection

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Second the Dowco as use the Guardian Weatherall Plus in large on my 650 and it works very well in winter conditions (which, I am guessing, are infrequent in your neck). If you want, you can always spray a DWR coating on it to make it even more weatherproof. The noted ACF or Boeshield and I have only plugged exhaust, but could see that air intake is another possibility of rodent entry.

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reviewing the CCnRs for the new neighborhood, i discovered i cannot erect a storage shed in the back yard, s-o-o-o-o...
Where do they expect to store a lawn mower and yard/gardening tools?

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Until you get a better solution, you can rent a small storage-unit space for about $40 a month. Maybe more down that way.

It's not the best solution unless it's within walking distance, but it gets the machine out of the weather. And THAT is a priority...sure, you can leave it out in a rainstorm. Leave it out for a few weeks, even. But when you're looking around, either Craigslist or a used-cycle agency...you can spot the ones which were just parked outside. Red plastic, speedo needles and kill switch, bleached out. Seat cracked. Plastic faded or yellowed; and paint faded. Rust on painted parts and especially around the engine and chain and rear sprocket.

Don't go there. Get it under a roof, out of the sun and direct downpours. If nothing else, a good fitted cover will keep the sun off it; but that's hardly a long-term plan.
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