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post #21 of 33 Old 04-22-2019, 01:25 PM
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Can I ask what size you use?
I was wrong, the one I have (I had to go check) is the Dowco Traveler cover. The Large is a snug fit over a top box while the X-Large is a bit baggy. Pretty much the same, a half cover that keeps the sun and the dew off the seat, instruments and body of the bike.

Mine says Large but the URL now calls it the Sport Bike cover
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post #22 of 33 Old 04-22-2019, 05:14 PM
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I use the Nelson Riggs 1/2 cover,,,was used on my Goldwing,,,now used on the DL650 with Madstad 20" shield & a 58L Givi Trekker Outback,,,no side cases

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post #23 of 33 Old 04-22-2019, 09:37 PM
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cover it. I have used Dowco and Nelson-Rigg. get the best of either brand. The N-R I had came with a life time warranty, they replaced it twice, no questions... Arizona sun is hard on covers, harder on uncovered bikes. I finally made space available in the garage.

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Look like I'm going to put a little more effort into covering it, even when it's covered by the roof of the patio.

I really can't see myself dragging a cover around with me when I head out of town though. I've got lots of storage with side and top boxes, but surely travelling with a cover seems like overkill.

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post #25 of 33 Old 04-23-2019, 10:13 AM
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When traveling, I pack the cover in its bag & secure it to the rear seat with Rok straps. No room occupied in luggage.
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post #26 of 33 Old 04-24-2019, 12:35 PM
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I wouldn't even question it. Cover for sure! The damage done to the bike is exponentially more expensive than a decent cover.

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post #27 of 33 Old 04-24-2019, 03:58 PM
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With a one car garage, my Vstrom is parked sideways across the end, and my wife parks her car behind it. My DR650, though, has to live outside.
I put down a few pavers under the garage eave to park it on and cover it with a Dowco cover.

I've never had any weather related damage this way. (Colorado has a pretty dry climate, things don't stay damp too long.)

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post #28 of 33 Old 04-25-2019, 12:46 PM
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Before I moved to a place with a garage, I covered mine with an old tent rainfly in the summer then tarped it for the winter. Not pretty but kept it clean and dry.

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At home, one bay of the 2-car garage becomes the "toy box" section where my D'elle, Kayzie, and bought-new, 1977 Viscount Sebring bicycle (last year of English manufacture; later years were made in China) reside. In the photo, everything in the racks consists of the "exploded view" of the 1980 KZ750 E1. The head is done, ready for valve lapping and reassembly, then I'll split the cases and refurbish all that stuff. The Black/black interior Escape sits out all summer in the sun.

Oh by the way, I have a Dowco all-weather cover I use on trips.
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post #30 of 33 Old 04-26-2019, 03:32 AM
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NYC resident, my bike has lived outside for 2 years. Minor surface rust on all the bolts, but it's still a Japanese motorvehicle. It's never went more than 2 weeks without being ridden, and rarely more than a week I covered it for most snow, but missed a day.
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