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post #1 of 33 Old 04-21-2019, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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To Cover or Not to Cover (that is the question)

As I don't have a garage (yet), I park my bike on a covered concrete patio when I can. As BBQ weather gets nicer, we are using the patio more often. I'm left with the option of putting a motorcycle cover on the bike most days, or just leaving it out.

What's the most common practice for every day? Cover it up protecting it from sun and rain (but it's a PITA), or just leaving it out?

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post #2 of 33 Old 04-21-2019, 02:40 PM
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When I lived in an apartment and had to park in the lot, I always covered it. The sun can be really damaging over time to things like paint and plastic, not to mention coming outside and seeing a load of bird crap all over your tank and seat. I think a cover is also good protection against touchy-feely people who'll walk by your bike and just do something silly, like turn on the kill switch (or even worse, sit on your bike).
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Unfortunately at present, I have 2 bikes out on the back patio, both with covers on them. The garage is filled with cars and bikes, so I have no choice, one will be gone will be gone shortly as I descend yet again into "Carburetor Repair."
But if outside I keep covers on them, one a Dowco guardian, another is a freebie I got for attending a Kawasaki event. Both work well.
But the best Ive got is a Suzuki-branded "Vstrom Outside Cover", built like Fort Knox, heavy and ordered from Robbins Foundry in England.
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I've had a couple of those Dowco covers (in fact I have one now), and I agree, I think you get pretty good value for your money on those ones.
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Unfortunately at present, I have 2 bikes out on the back patio, both with covers on them. The garage is filled with cars and bikes, so I have no choice, one will be gone will be gone shortly as I descend yet again into "Carburetor Repair."
But if outside I keep covers on them, one a Dowco guardian, another is a freebie I got for attending a Kawasaki event. Both work well.
But the best Ive got is a Suzuki-branded "Vstrom Outside Cover", built like Fort Knox, heavy and ordered from Robbins Foundry in England.

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Yep, Robbinson's, couldnt quite remember.
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A bike left outside will age at four times one kept in a shed.
Apart from the possibility of water, animals and bugs taking up residence, everything will fade - switch blocks, plastic trim, cables and wiring will quickly get that old second-hand look.

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Luckily I can garage mine but when on the road I always cover it.
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Luckily I can garage mine but when on the road I always cover it.
Same here, I always cover when traveling. Overnight or during the day if not in use. I also cover in the garage when I won't be riding for a few days or over winter.
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Mine stays in the garage when at home. I have a deep bay on one side, long enough for a boat. I park my SUV in first, then the Tenere sits sideways behind it and the door just shuts. If push come to shove, I will leave a car outside before the bike.

When I am on the road, I just leave it out. No covers for me.

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