Renting a trailer for $500.00 plus the huge fuel burn may just enough to off set the cost of an open deck utility trailer.
Tarp it, but make sure it's from the bottom up as mentioned previously. Cover the bike with a flannel sheet or an old comforter before you close the tarp. It will prevent scratching of the paint.
Sell the trailer in the spring ...
2011 BMW R1200GS Triple Black SOLD, 2009 Yamaha WR250R, 1978 Yamaha XS650 SE, 2006 Kawasaki Super Sherpa, 2004 Yamaha BWS, 1967 Honda CD125, 1980 Honda C70 Cub. SOLD. (on display at the Headingly Musem for the Winter)