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Offline mattchewn

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2014, 01:17:58 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.


Yep! +1 !!

The Built's waterproof, and even with the bags and tall Cee Bailey's, fits like a glove.
$45 @ CycleGear.
Been using it now for 2 years.

I paid 50 something for my Bilt on sale from 109$ reg price.
Works great and fits well with everything on the bike.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2014, 03:04:01 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.
$45 @ CycleGear.
Been using it now for 2 years.

I paid 50 something for my Bilt on sale from 109$ reg price.
Works great and fits well with everything on the bike.
Matt

Tulsa's CycleGear's had them on sale this past month for $45.

They're great covers.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2014, 03:02:27 pm »
Read alot of reviews, but not the biggest fan of Nelson Rigg products, so i thougt I'd try something different:

http://www.revzilla.com/product/tour-master-elite-motorcycle-cover?utm_source=product&kwd=&adtype=pla&kw={keyword}&gclid=CI2P7JbT2L0CFcdaMgodVEwAxA

I had sum Zilla Bucks in the bank, so used those and paid around $50 for this cover, in 2XL size.
Speaking of which, I've purchased SEVERAL items (large and small) from RevZilla in the past year, and have been 110% satisfied with their service, free shipping, and generous return/exchange policies.

The cover Fits well with the bags on (no top box) and should have no problem accommodating a full size top mount when I finally get one.  I did find that folding the mirrors IN fit better overall.
Windshield area has a soft liner to keep scratches to min., and bottom has an adjustable stitched-on strap with a plastic buckle to keep the cover from blowing-off in the wind.
Tourmaster Claims 100% waterproof, but we'll have to see about that. 
The material is not what I'd call "heavy-duty" but it is substantial, and seems to be well-coated to withstand the elements.
Time will tell.


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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2014, 06:08:11 pm »
As mentioned, I got the Nelson Rigg Defender 500 XXL

3 things were important to me, other than the typical....

1. Travel size - my cover needed to compress down to something reasonable so it can go with me on trips - that's the only reason I bought it.  Nelson Rigg compression bag included - check
2. Color - A dark colored cover makes no sense to me (in the SE).  I wanted something light in color (white, silver, grey, etc) to keep the sun off my black bike.  Nelson Rigg in Grey - Check
3. Had to cover Connie with side and top bags in place. - XXL - Check

Haven't used it yet, but looking forward to the opportunity.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2014, 11:51:41 pm »
Does the Bilt work with a top case?

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2014, 01:30:05 pm »
Does the Bilt work with a top case?

Nope, only drawback.
Other than that, it fits like it was custom made for the Connie.
It fits nice and snug, and most of the time I don't have to even cinch the strap.
I only do that if I know it's gonna be super windy.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2014, 09:42:09 pm »
If it is outside all the time and you need something to protect it from the elements, buy something GOOD. If it is in a shed or garage by a cheap one off eBay.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2014, 09:46:16 pm »
Oh ya the cheap one I bought is just light nylon and slides easy over the bike without scratching and it bundles up into a ball about 1.5 times my hand. I think it cost me a little less then $20.00 shipped from China.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2014, 09:30:20 am »
Does the Bilt work with a top case?

Nope, only drawback.
Other than that, it fits like it was custom made for the Connie.
It fits nice and snug, and most of the time I don't have to even cinch the strap.
I only do that if I know it's gonna be super windy.

Thanks for the info. I guess the Bilt is out of the question for me as I need it to work with the topcase when on trips.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2014, 12:32:48 pm »
Although a little pricy, I went with the Kawasaki cover, as it works with a top case installed on the bike.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2014, 07:11:52 pm »
Larry,

Does the Kawi cover actually cover the top case, or just provide a zipped area where the top case can poke through?  Any pics of it on would be great...

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #36 on: April 16, 2014, 08:52:41 pm »
Does the Kawi cover actually cover the top case

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2014, 03:35:37 pm »
I really like the Laminar Kwikover, which is a small bikini-style cover that sits in a small bag that you keep attached to the bike, near the back of the seat.  It pulls forward and covers the important things on the bike.  Not enough protection for leaving your bike out in the weather, but handy for for sun protection.

The Kwikover section of Laminar's website seems to be down, but you can see it here:

http://www.laminarlip.com/products.php

Here's another variation:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1473/i/nelson-rigg-uv-2000-cover
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2014, 10:29:58 pm »


If you are using the cover for storage between rides then I'm no help, but when it comes to a cover to use on trips, there is no question in my mind. I use a Nelson-Rigg UV-2000 Cover. It's a half cover but will cover the bike with a Givi 55 on it and unlike most other travel covers is water proof and not just water resistant. It comes down about 1/2 way on the saddle bags and covers the entire front, dash and seat. I've put it to the test and it really is waterproof. The bike and cover were out in a drizzling rain for 24 hours and when it quit raining I took off the cover to a dry seat and bike. The other guys with more expensive covers had to dry off their seats. I have been using the same cover for the last 5 years. It packs into a small package and looks like it may be good for another five years. Can't beat that for $30.

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #39 on: April 25, 2014, 04:20:39 am »
Here's a picture that shows the Nelson-Rigg UV-2000 Half Cover on a C14 (column 2, row 2, image 4).

The UV-2000 in size XL on a Kawasaki Concours 14
http://www.motorcyclegear.com/browse/view_product_images/650

And I found this on the COG site (http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,34101.0.html).
It's a large on a C14:

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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #40 on: May 09, 2014, 02:49:35 am »
It was a little pricey but I've been very happy with the Geza cover I bought 2 years ago. It packs small and is easy to use.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2014, 03:32:56 am »
I am using a Nelson Rigg Deluxe All Season Cover.  I believe mine is an XL and I don't use it with the top case on the bike.  With the top case it would probably require the XXL.
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #42 on: April 15, 2015, 05:50:52 pm »
Just got my Connie 1.5 weeks ago, got the Dowco Guardian XXL because my Baby will likely always be out in the elements. I have the 47l Kawi top case on it and it fits pretty well, front wheel/rotor/caliper 100% covered, but the rear wheel- with the top box installed, is only 75% covered In my estimation...good e'nuff IMO. I also used an entire can of Kiwi protectant on in, water beads off like no tomorrow! It was $80 bucks shipped from Amazon
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2015, 06:00:34 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.

Thanks!


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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2015, 10:32:17 pm »
Have the UV-2000 Nelson Half Cover XXL top  :13:box....Made for it. :13: :13:
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Re: Bike Cover? What do you use?
« Reply #45 on: April 23, 2015, 02:27:59 am »
Nelson Riggs XXL E55 top case covered. I had some Fleece left over from making side case bags and folded over 1 end a few inches,making a pouch sort of and I put that on the windshield before I put the cover on.Pouch keeps fleece from dropping .