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Bike Cover? What do you use?
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:33:35 pm »
Am in need of a cover for my new Connie.  Bike is inside a garage, so doesn't have to be waterproof.  What brand do you use and what size?  Want it on with saddlebags on the bike.  Had a bad experience with a cover on a BMW K1200RS - the cover scratched the windshield, even though it had a soft lining in the windshield area.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 08:41:45 pm »
XXL if using a Nelson Riggs. Mine is waterproof . Need it that size to fit the Backend, I went to the fabric store and bought a chunk of the fleece material and folded over the end to create a flap . I just but the Fleece over the Ears of the windshield with the front protected and so far all is scratch free.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 10:03:06 am »
I have a Nelson Riggs as well. http://www.revzilla.com/product/nelson-rigg-uv-2000-half-cover
Mine is the LG. It does not cover the bags, but the XL should.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 10:15:22 am »
My cover is Kawasaki OEM. PVC, with a fabric liner so it won't shouldn't scratch. There's a zipper at the back so the cover can be extended to accommodate a top box. It'll go over the saddlebags and a tall Kawasaki screen with no problem. P/N 039PCU0003

Mine's for outdoor use. Kawasaki does offer an indoor dust-sheet, but I've not seen one of those. P/N 039PCU0004

Come to think of it, if the bike lives indoors, why not use an old bedsheet to keep the dust off?
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 10:26:22 am »
I bought a no-name off Flea-bay for $18.00 but I'm not sure why.  I should have just used the bed sheet idea for indoors.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014, 01:42:34 pm »
Since mine is store "indoors" I just throw a soft sheet over top of it.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2014, 02:00:07 pm »
Yea, I've thought about a sheet, but I'm a bit cramped for room in the garage right now, and the cover is not for dust but to prevent scratches from people walking by, possibly carrying stuff.  For that reason, I want the cover to be more heavy duty than a normal indoor cover would be.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2014, 02:43:01 pm »
Mine is stored in a carport, so I really just need something to keep the dust off.  I picked up a cheap cover at W/M. 

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2014, 03:26:22 pm »
How about a thick fleece blanket from walmart and mini-bungee it together under the bike.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2014, 03:38:36 pm »
I use a guardian cover size large. Fits perfect with bags and passenger back rest. It is waterproof also. IIRC, paid around $70.


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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2014, 06:19:01 pm »
 Her Is the reply I got from Nelson Riggs when I asked the same question .

Thank you for your e-mail.  The Kawasaki Concours would need an XXL even if
it didn’t have the top trunk because the hard bags are so wide that the XL
wouldn’t accommodate it.  The backend width on the XL is 19" and on the XXL
it is 35.5".  if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2014, 06:33:26 pm »
I use a Dowco XL. Dowco has a lifetime guarantee. Mine usually lasts about 3 years(outside all year), then I give them a call and get a return number, clip off the tag and send it to them and they send me a new one free.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 07:06:41 pm »
I use a Dowco XL. Dowco has a lifetime guarantee. Mine usually lasts about 3 years(outside all year), then I give them a call and get a return number, clip off the tag and send it to them and they send me a new one free.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2014, 12:33:28 am »
I bought my motorcycle cover from Menards (Home Depot) type store. Well made, has heat panels in the muffler areas, and eyelets in the bottom to attach in the middle. They are usually 25 but on sale sometimes for $20. I think they are a generic Nelson Riggs. Mine is xxl I think.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 05:35:09 am »
I've had my Nelson Riggs for about 10 years and still looks like new....yes I use it too... :))
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2014, 11:07:21 pm »
Nelson Riggs XXL. I only use it when traveling so you will see it at the National.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2014, 02:39:45 pm »
A garage  :D

Even in a garage (at least a real garage, not one with carpet and paneling lol) my bike gets dusty.

So I throw a sheet over it.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2014, 05:45:27 pm »
I park outside on the side of my house. I'm on my second Bilt touring bike cover. Works fine. Priced right. Local Cycle Gear has them in stock and puts them on sale when they do the bike nights.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2014, 09:22:31 pm »
4bikes. Thanks to your input here I just bought the same cover - Nelson rigg defender 500 in XXL.  It fits Connie with my v46 top case and front and rear canyon cages and side cases pretty well.  A little high up the rear wheel, but not bad.  The compression bag is great also.  Fully compressed it takes up about 20 percent of my v46.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2014, 02:06:36 am »
Yup.  I went with the Nelson Riggs XXL also.  Fits great.  Seems perfect for my needs.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2014, 11:48:54 am »
Nelson Riggs XXL. I only use it when traveling so you will see it at the National.

are these things huge to pack ?? seems i'm always tight on room for stuff.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2014, 01:50:39 pm »
Dowco for me.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2014, 04:41:10 pm »
Classic MotoGear Extreme. I have used other covers but this one works the best so far and puts up with high winds and rain really well. It has a good fit as well and will readily fit other bike of similar size in case I decide to use it on something else. It fits well yet has a lot of flexibility in its design. Excellent purchase.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2014, 10:49:17 am »
Nelson Riggs XXL. I only use it when traveling so you will see it at the National.

are these things huge to pack ?? seems i'm always tight on room for stuff.

I usually use a stretch cargo net to lash the cover bag on top of the luggage or tail bag.  I find that the compressed cover in the bag still has some room left over for rain gear or the spare reserve bottle of gas.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2014, 11:01:47 am »
I park outside on the side of my house. I'm on my second Bilt touring bike cover. Works fine. Priced right. Local Cycle Gear has them in stock and puts them on sale when they do the bike nights.


Yep! +1 !!

The Built's waterproof, and even with the bags and tall Cee Bailey's, fits like a glove.
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