Bike cover becomes wind sail?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by doc4216, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. khager

    khager Long timer

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    Had my 1st Wee-Strom blow over in the wind. Not a T-Storm, just a windy day. Bike was on center stand with a cover, facing North with a strong south wind 20-30 mph. Wind blew it forward, rolled off the centerstand and fell over to the side with the gas tank smashed into a 2-3 ft. high concrete pole used to keep cages out of the M/C area. Expensive lesson. Don't use a cover on a windy day. Don't park it on the centerstand, and don't park it next to a pole. Had I parked further away from the pole it would have just layed over on the crash bars and handguard.
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  2. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    I have used a cover for years in a windy area with no issues.
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  3. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Carry a clip board AND a walkie talkie, and they'll go get the hammer drill for you!:rofl:rofl
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  4. DAKEZ

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  5. rat110

    rat110 Has a Zombie House

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    I got lazy one day and didn't secure the clasps on my cover. Big winds picked up that night, and I didn't think anything of it.
    I went out the next day, and the cover was gone off my bike. Im scratching my head, thinking did some kid come into my drive and pinch it? Why would they do that??

    A while later I was hanging some washing out, and I glanced down the row of houses (low back fences in my area) and there was my cover hanging off the corner of the roof of a house 2 doors down. Im glad it was just the cover and not the whole damn bike :lol3
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  6. spoon

    spoon Rubber's gone!

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    On a partictularly windy day my R1150R was blown over from the side stand. No cover. Wind gusts were over 40 mph.
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  7. tapdiggy

    tapdiggy Been here awhile

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    I have had a cover-related tipover. Fortunately, the bike landed in grass. I learned that an absorbant wipedown rag is better. They are far easier to stow when not in use. Also, you won't have to look like an impotent schmuck trying to take the cover off the bike if the wind is still brisk at departure time.
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