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post #1 of 13 Old 08-22-2018, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk Bike Covers

Was wondering what you fellow Strom guys are using for full coverage motorcycle covers.
I am Interested in the Dowco guardian weatherall plus

Anyone have one or alternative suggestions?
If you have one what size worked best?

Looking for complete coverage of bike
And able to work with windshield and side bags

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-22-2018, 07:44 PM
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https://www.bikebandit.com/riding-ge...-cover/p/10218

I have been using this for years and I have no complaints.

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https://www.bikebandit.com/riding-ge...-cover/p/10218

I have been using this for years and I have no complaints.

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looks nice. what size did you get?
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Large works wonderfully with or without my Give E22 boxes.

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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 as a backup figuring at $20 the first one wasn't going last long but the original is still going strong. The newer one is 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.

On a tip from Notacop, I got some NikWax TX.Direct and will give it a wash to see how it does in a rain storm while traveling. As soon as the wife is gone for a few hours.
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I would start with your intended purpose for the cover. Everyday cover, indoors to keep the dust off or outdoors to protect from the elements. Or is it for traveling.

My son and I have to keep our bikes (K7 Wee and DR650) outdoors in the SoCal sun and occasional rain. We have the Dowco guardian weatherall plus for both. Have been using them daily for about 3 1/2 years and both are slightly faded but in good functional condition.

For traveling, I have a lighter, more packable, unknown brand cover for the Wee.
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Large works wonderfully with or without my Give E22 boxes.

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Does a large cover down to your wheels
I been using Nelson Riggs XXL and it just fits
Also found a couple of reviews for xl one and dude says it barely covers his hubs on a klr without windshield
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I would start with your intended purpose for the cover. Everyday cover, indoors to keep the dust off or outdoors to protect from the elements. Or is it for traveling.

My son and I have to keep our bikes (K7 Wee and DR650) outdoors in the SoCal sun and occasional rain. We have the Dowco guardian weatherall plus for both. Have been using them daily for about 3 1/2 years and both are slightly faded but in good functional condition.

For traveling, I have a lighter, more packable, unknown brand cover for the Wee.
I should have mentioned outdoor bike year round 2 blocks from ocean in NY
I like the Dowco but need full coverage
Like down covering wheels
My Nelson rigs are perfect in an XXL size but don't last 10-12 months due to sun
The guardian doesn't look like it fits the bill
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Does a large cover down to your wheels
I been using Nelson Riggs XXL and it just fits
Also found a couple of reviews for xl one and dude says it barely covers his hubs on a klr without windshieldI should have mentioned outdoor bike year round 2 blocks from ocean in NY
The large will be fine if you don't have panniers, if you do an XL would be ideal. I suspect you'll get 2 or 3 years out of the a covermax. If your going to store it in that environment, I recommended acf-50 or corrosion. Take off the plastic, cover your wheels and fog-it.


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Besides the NikWax and a divorce, there are several kinds of tent waterproofing sprays at the sporting good store.
One of those big bike covers would be a strain on the washer. Might work at the Laundromat with a commercial sized machine.
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I got the 2xl Nelson Rigg's 500 Defender cover and it fits good with side bags and top box on my 2012 650 Adventure model.
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