If your motorbike is exposed to the weather, it will not only rust sooner, it will also make your bike a target for thieves. It makes perfect sense to put an all weather motorcycle cover on it?
Well that’s what I thought. However, it is not as simple as that.
While visiting a relative, he was eager to show me his bike (naturally).
Considering he had owned the bike from new, only rode it locally, and that his ride was kept under a veranda roof on a concrete slab, I asked him why his chrome was so corroded and rusty.
He informed me that he had made the mistake of placing a motorcycle cover on it. I was confused as I thought that would be the right thing to do. Tony explained as follows:
“The cover traps the moisture that rises from the cement and therefore the bike cannot breathe and encourages rust. I found out the hard way.” Tony
The problem was that even though rain did not land directly on the bike, moisture rose into the cement slab and created condensation under the cover.
I imagine this would not be a problem inside a garage that is dry and has a dry floor. In this situation you may be able to safely put an indoor motorcycle cover on your bike to keep the dust off. You may also use an old bed sheet to keep the dust off and allow ventilation.
As you can see, I am lucky enough to keep all of my motorcycles in a large dry shed, however I don’t worry about dust. Dust is a good excuse to wash and detail the bikes.
If, unlike me, you do not have a garage/shed, then a waterproof motorcycle cover may be the best option. Just remember to dry it out often to avoid the mistake Tony made.
Steps to Follow
- Take the cover off and dry it out, then wipe down the motorbike and run it to warm it up, and finally leave the motorbike and cover out in the sun to air out
- If the bike is not being used and is in storage, use a small portable fan underneath the cover, installed at floor level to keep air movement around the bike
- As the condensation is coming up from the cement/ground, place the motorbike on a scrap piece of carpet if indoors or on a plastic sheet if outdoors, during winter
- When purchasing a new cover, get one with air vents at the top and/or made from a breathable fabric. Air vents will not let rain in, but will let the air circulate to keep the moisture down underneath the cover
- Leave a gap between the floor and the cover to encourage airflow
- Don’t cover your motorcycle if it is wet
- Try to keep the cover from touching the motorcycle
- Don’t cover the motorcycle until everything has cooled down
- Keep a good polish barrier on your bike
Motorcycle Covers are available in many varieties and sizes, providing many features such as UV protection, rust inhibitors, non-scratch liners, air vents, breathable materials and a waterproof surface. Let/s take a look at some examples.
1. Zerust Motorcycle Bag
1st Choice for Extended Storage
Haul N Ride are always searching for innovative products and clever solutions to problems. Zerust Motorcycle cover is definitely an innovative storage system, is easy to use and is durable. The Motorcycle Cover is corrosion proof, water resistant, mold proof and rust-inhibiting. It is fabricated with Xfilm and fully encloses your motorcycle for complete protection.
While traditional covers only cover your bike, this cover has a zip cover that completely encloses your ride. Another amazing thing about this product, if you want storage for extended time, Zerust Motorcycle bag will protect your valuable motorcycle from corrosion and oxidation for up to 5 years.
What is Zerust?
Zerust® anti-rust and anti-corrosion technology is built into the zip-up motorcycle enclosure. This is the ultimate solution for seasonal motorcycle storage and for preserving high-value bikes. Zerust is a VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) which emits an invisible, odorless vapor protecting metal surfaces to keep rust and corrosion from forming and spreading on metal surfaces.
The Zerust molecules are incorporated into the Motorcycle bag and are safe for both health and the environment. Zerust is a well-known and approved corrosion prevention method which is widely used by metal and automotive industries throughout the world. A Motorcycle that is protected with Zerust Motorcycle bag can even be stored in cool and humid conditions.
How Zerust Motorcycle bag works?
The Zerust components present on the surface of the metal suppress corrosion in three ways:
1. They passivate the electron flow between the high and low energy areas on the
surface of the metal
2. They form a layer that prevents moisture and impurities directly contacting the metal
3. They regulate the PH value of the possible moisture layer on the surface of
How to use Zerust Motorcycle bag?
Thoroughly clean and dry your vehicle according to the manufacturers recommendations (check owner’s manual). Your bike should be cooled down to room temperature before sealing it inside the Motorcycle bag. Zerust Motorcycle Cover is corrosion proof, water resistant, mold proof, rust-inhibiting, odorless and non-toxic.
To view the current price for this size
135 inch (3429 mm) x 70 inch (1778 mm)
and protect your ride with Zerust: Visit eBay
To view the current price for this size
145 inch (3683 mm) x 70 inch (1778 mm)
and protect your ride with Zerust: Visit eBay
If you do not have a garage to store your motorcycle, you will need to purchase an all weather motorcycle cover to protect it from the sun, (which may cause fading), rain, bird droppings, and other harmful effects in the atmosphere. You will need to select a cover to suit your specific requirements.
2. All Weather Waterproof, Sun Proof Motorcycle Cover Outdoor/Indoor
Now let us look at a Motorcycle Cover that is dust proof, UV resistant, breathable, washable and most importantly, waterproof. Perfect if you don’t have a garage. Just remember to dry the cover and bike out after the rains as mentioned above.
All Weather Waterproof Sun proof Motorcycle Cover Outdoor/Indoor is a protective dust proof cover for Harley Davidson Honda Yamaha Suzuki of even your home made bike. Packs up small and opens out to XXL. Protect your ride against rain, snow, dust, dirt and UV rays.
With nylon buckles and elastic around the base to make a secure fit, it can prevent the cover from falling or sliding off. The cover is supplied with a storage bag, which the cover can be folded into when not in use. This is a lightweight option and easy to carry.
Color: Black & Green
Material: 180T polyester taffeta with PU coating, which is non-abrasive, mildew resistant, water repellent, lightweight and super soft.
Total weight: approx. 435-485g / 15.3-17.1oz
XL: Length: 245cm/96.4in; Width:105cm/41.3in; Height:125cm/49.2in
XXL (Universal Fit): Length:265cm/104.3in; Width:105cm/41.3in; Height:125cm/49.2in
Note: Please check out carefully the size of cover is suitable for your motorcycle.
Packing list: 1 Motorcycle cover and 1 Storage bag
To view the current price and protect your ride with the All Weather Motorcycle Outdoor/Indoor cover: Visit eBay
3. Heavy Duty Army Camouflage Rain, Dust, Sun (UV) and Weather Proof Motorcycle Cover
Want to keep your ride a little more cozy? This camouflage army print All Weather Proof Motorcycle Cover is a universal fit and can be used on many bikes. The cover is a heavy-duty cover and weighs around 2.5 kg.
To View the current price and protect your ride with the Army Camouflage Weather Proof Motorcycle Cover: Visit eBay
And for those who have a Dirt Bike, we haven’t forgotten you. I began my motorcycle journey as a child on a Yamy YZ125. I got my license on a Suzuki TS250X and ended up on the “Extra Lovely” Honda XLV750R. I certainly never left any of those rides out in the weather, even though they were often bathed in mud and water.
4. Oxford Mx Aquatex Weather Resistant Dirt Bike Large Motorcycle Cover
Double-stitched nylon for strength and durability, complete with an elasticated bottom and belly strap to allow a snug fit. Perfect for outdoor and indoor protection. And for a bonus, the Dirt Bike Motorcycle Cover is heat-resistant to 150C. The cover has a carry case, to store away compactly when not in use.
- Length: 246cm
- Front width: 104cm
- Front height: 127cm
- Rear width: 35cm
- Rear height: 92cm
To View the current price and protect your ride with the Oxford Mx Aquatex Dirt Bike Motorcycle Cover: Visit eBay
Important: you cannot put a Harley under a cover unless it has a Harley Davidson logo.
5. Extra Large, Thick, Waterproof Harley Davidson Motorcycle Cover
High quality dust proof, waterproof, UV resistant, anti-scratch material composed of 210D polyester, suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
- Size: L245 * W105 * H125cm
- Color: Black & silver
- Comes with a convenient and easy to carry storage bag
To View the current price and protect your ride with the Waterproof Harley Davidson Motorbike Cover: Visit eBay
Hopefully you should now be well-prepared, armed with the knowledge of condensation prevention, and the safest methods to protect your ride with a motorcycle cover.
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