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Old 04-17-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Best outdoor bike cover?

I am in need of a new bike cover, I have a Royal Star Tour Deluxe (not very common) and it has wide bars, making most covers fit too tightly, stressing the seams & eventually riping the fabric. Anyone had ideal luck with a great manufacturer, or know of an affordable custom? Would have to be waterproof, outdoor grade & suitable for snowy climate. Thanks for any input you have.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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It's just a suggestion, but you could also just get a waterproof tarp. It's not as purdy, but it should do the job just as well, if not better.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #3
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Maybe look at West Marine for a small boat cover.

You really are riding a small boat anyway.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:04 AM   #4
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Maybe a 'Bike Bubble?' Motorcycle Capsule, Motorcycle Covers, Motorcycle Vinyl Bubble, Bike Capsule, Bike Bubble, Bike Covers
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:28 PM   #5
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Dowco covers are the best IMO. I used one for six years when I lived on my boat, and it's still holding up fine.

I think HD OEMs Dowco; if they don't, they're made identically.
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Dowco does make good stuff. +1 for Ken.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:31 PM   #7
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Well, the ex-wife got the garages, house, kids, and enough of my future income to prevent me from attaining another one. I had a Dowco Guardian when I had the Vulcan, the first onr ripped in 2 weeks, the dealer replaced it and the second one was looking quite ratty 18 months later when I sold the bike with it, but I was impressed with it's fit. I have a CoverMax 1/2 and a Coverall (I think) both are 2 years old and about worthless but only paid $30 each for them. I was loking at the carscover line, which seems very well made but no way of telling it it'll actually fit the gigantic bike I need to get under it. I hate to use just a tarp due to abrasion, and the bubble is only for indoor use, lol

Thanks for the input, I'm not sure if I'm gonna get a Walmart one on the cheap or hit the dealer for a Dowco Guardian again.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:10 AM   #8
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the first onr ripped in 2 weeks, the dealer replaced it and the second one was looking quite ratty 18 months later when I sold the bike with it
That's odd. Mine faded, and I burned the nylon in one spot when I put it on backwards, but other than that, it's fine.

There's been ads in the bike mags for a little garage-like structure with 1/2 circle hoops. You roll the bike onto it's floor and then pull the hoops and cover over the top of the bike. Then you zip the door closed behind the bike. Might be too much for daily use unless you could leave it in place, but maybe not.

When I got the Vee I decided to rent a 10X10 storage unit (5X10 would have worked, but I wanted a "shop" area too). For about $100 a month, it was worth the peace of mind and the obvious benefits to the bike. The unit was a mile from the complex, so I'd ride a bicycle to and from to avoid parking hassles.

I love my garage. If it had a/c, I'd put a cot in there and never come out.
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Thank you Sara, at least this reply isn't toatlly random & is on topic. Your software is working better.
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I think you should buy a coat from her & donate it to one of the new squids that have shown up. Call it research.
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