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post #1 of 16 Old 05-22-2018, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Light weight bike cover

Looking for a lite travel cover for over an 03 V with full luggage. Has anyone used the Dowco Ultralite? It says a size large for a V but I don't know if that includes luggage.

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No experience with the Dowco. My cover is from Wally World, the Wolf in XL. I've had it for years, bought it in 2006 I think. I use it the garage and when traveling. It has been abused, just wadded up wet or dry, dirty or clean, and just stuffed in the sack. It's had ice on it, snow, and rain. It even went through Hurricane Harvey. It isn't 100% waterproof though, more like water resistant. I have side cases and a top case (Trax) and the XL fits fine.

I picked up another figuring at $20 the first one wasn't going last long but the original is still going strong. This one was called a Sportsman from Budge Industries (size XL) but the box looks the same as the Wolf to me and the cover looks the same too.

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if you google "lightweight bike covers" in the little gogglebox at the top of the page you will find several prior postings on this very subject. Lots of good stuff!
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I have one from cycle gear that I've had for years. It's lightweight and folds up into a small pouch.

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I have a Nelson Rigg UV2000 size XL half cover that covers my 650, Givi Airflow, Givi panniers and V47 full size trunk. Folds up to the size of a 6" Subway sub or slightly smaller. 100% waterproof. Elastic that hooks onto footpegs. Never blew off yet. Goes on all my trips that involve rain. Highly recommended.

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Hard to beat the Nelson Rigg UV 2000.........

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I tried my cheapo cover from Fleet Farm on the trailer and it ripped around the handle bars when flapping around at highway speeds.

I'm looking for a HD one for the trailer since I don't have the space to keep an enclosed trailer.

Suzuki makes a few.

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Thanks, had a look at the Riggs and going to order it up. Seems a bit more bang for the buck. And thanks for the heads up on the old thread. I do search and get all the older threads but sometimes (not all) it's like getting a tire review from 2015. You miss out on all the new reviews and stuff. Plus it gets fresh conversation going. Just a thought and thanks again for the heads up on the Riggs.
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I tried my cheapo cover from Fleet Farm on the trailer and it ripped around the handle bars when flapping around at highway speeds.

I'm looking for a HD one for the trailer since I don't have the space to keep an enclosed trailer.

Suzuki makes a few.
Having a full/heavy duty cover to cover the bike is fine. When stored. As long as it is tied down very well if kept outside. But never try to tow a bike on an open trailer with a cover on it! You will do more damage than you might ever imagine.

I sometimes think a heavy cover on a bike parked outside does more harm that good.

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Geza makes, or made, panty hose like covers for the bike.
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