Strange, but not every motorcyclist can find such a useful thing as a cover. It protects your precious device from rain, dust, dirt, bright sun, surprises from animals and from prying eyes or the hands of passers-by.
Why doesn’t everyone use it?
In fact, there is no holding back from buying a cover, not the cost, but banal cotton laziness. If you think about it, then ordinary users associate with a motorcycle cover not its protective properties, but labor costs. Everyone just wants to put the motorcycle in the parking lot and run immediately about their business, and upon returning, click the key and rush off into the dusty distance. With the motorcycle cover, first take it out, then unfold it, throw it on the motorcycle, straighten it, check that it does not burn from the hot pipe, fasten it and only then jump on business. Moreover, upon your return, be so kind as to shake off everything that attacked or leaked on it during your absence from the cover, fold it down and only then start warming up the engine. It’s dreary. It takes time and, at least not much, but labor. It is for this seemingly nonsense reason that the pilot bypasses the purchase of a motorcycle cover.
The second reason not to buy a cover is the way to store a motorcycle, they say I have a covered parking or garage, why do I need a cover?
But in vain. Even in a garage or covered parking lot, does the cover protect your treasure, or do you think there is no dust in the four walls?
What are motorcycle covers made of?
There was a time when any motorcycle in my grandfather’s garage was covered with a simple piece of tarpaulin, well, thank you, at least not with a greenhouse film. In fact, there are few heroes who cover the motorcycle with a film, but sometimes such fellows still come across. Like, he still stands, I don’t ride it, what will the film do for him? Yes, actually nothing, except for the accumulation of condensation, which by no means will please you, much less a motorcycle. Condensation not only increases the risk of corrosion, rust, but also creates a heavenly environment for mold and mildew. You open a motorcycle next season, and there are whole fungal plantations and a seat in the thickets of mold. Cute! Therefore, if you decide to simply cover the motorcycle with a film out of economy, set it aside for other purposes.
The fabrics from which motorcycle covers are made must satisfy a whole list of characteristics:
- Moisture protection
- Prevention of condensation
- Easy to wash
An impressive list can be encompassed by synthetic developments with polyurethane impregnation, which makes the fabric indifferent to moisture. If in the description of the cover you come across abusive “polyvinyl chloride”, know that this is +10 to the fire resistance of your cover. The fact is that thermal protection is important not so much from the outside as from the inside. Sometimes there is no time to wait for the motorcycle to cool down. If your cover is not heat resistant, then you will simply burn it on the exhaust system and the hot engine.
The fabric must breathe so that condensation does not form. We have already said above that this is evil for a motorcycle. You don’t want to breed rust and mold on your motorcycle, do you?
The prostate in the wash is just as important to the motorcyclist. Covers endure a lot of humiliation from the urban environment. Rain, mud, birds and animals, sometimes vandals or just ill-mannered people who can easily throw something on a motorcycle, all this stops the cover. It is logical that it should be easy to clean.
At the expense of washing, usually no one bothers and it is simply spilled from the Karcher.
The most common materials for motorcycle covers are oxford and tarpaulin.
What else to look for when buying a motorcycle cover?
It is logical, of course, that firstly, it should fit you in size. But there are usually no problems with this, because there are size ranges with a division into classes and even the presence of a windshield and side bags. Let’s talk about the case itself.
Seams – the seams of the motorcycle cover are ideally glued or rubberized, because this is the most vulnerable place in which water flows. Sometimes, drivers take models that are complex in cut, which undoubtedly look great from the outside, but such covers are more likely to leak. Logically, the seam is already a potential leak. It follows that it would be good to choose the option where there are the least seams. Although I must admit that such cases look like a big cap.
Elastic bands and fasteners – The cover must be secured in some way so that it is not carried away from the parking lot with your motorcycle like a parachute or sail. Laughter laughs, and when the model of the unit is small, and the wind is strong, then an unbuttoned cover may well cause the motorcycle to overturn.
Elastic bands are not that practical, simply because they add hassle to the moment of covering the motorcycle. Clasps or ties, all kinds of buttons are many times more convenient, because you calmly throw on the cover, and then fix it. You can take combination covers with rubber bands at the wheels and clasps under the motorcycle.
There are very interesting models with magnetic clamps instead of clasps.
Perforations – a useful little thing that saves you from condensation in hot weather. You cover the entire motorcycle, but the perforated inserts allow it to breathe. Some manufacturers make models with zippers at the steering wheel or near the side bags, in case you need to get something quickly. There are also models with perforation or film on the license plate.
Lining – the inner side of the cover should ideally be soft. It touches the paintwork, so the hard inner wall mentally jars the driver, with the theoretical possibility of adding scratches to a beautiful tank or freshly painted fender.
Design – There are pilots who say, they say, all this is nonsense, the most important thing is the color of the cover. For me, the color of the cover is the last thing. Yes, how can a technologist be smart that the black color of the cover will affect the heating of the equipment under the bright midday sun, because it does not reflect the sun’s rays very much, perhaps the motorcycle will heat up under such a higher temperature than under green or blue. And at night in the dark you can endlessly wander in search of a motorcycle under a black cover … In my opinion, the taste and color – all markers are different. Moreover, there is not such a great deficit – to choose the model of the case you like in the colors to suit your mood.