Bike Cover

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Spaggy, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

    Jul 18, 2010
    Mountain Home, AR
    Yeah, my trip would get ruined, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. Rent a car, either finish the vacation or drive home.

    I've had two cars stolen when I lived in Memphis. Both times it was a hassle, but all in all everything worked out okay.

    I keep considering some sort of additional anti-theft security for the bike, I just haven't pulled the trigger, yet. Right now, I'm living in a small town where people really do leave their front doors unlocked and their keys in the ignition of their vehicles. I also have very good insurance.

    When I travel, my anti-theft precautions are: parking in front of the hotel, and covering the bike.
  2. mookybird

    mookybird Gramps

    Nov 4, 2011
    Olympic Peninsula, Washington State
    I don't have a good picture available but this is a golite poncho on a KLR. I always carry a poncho anyway and with a couple of pieces of bungee cord it makes a pretty decent bike cover that weighs 10 ounces and being made of silnylon it's waterproof and takes very little room in a pannier or pocket.

    If weight and bulk aren't critical you can get a coated nylon version from campmor or similar that is about 1/3rd the cost and just as functional, there are also excellent mil surplus versions in camo if you can find them.

  3. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

    Jan 2, 2010
    where ever I put up my Bivie
    did a trip recently and used a $2 plastic painters drop sheet attatched to the bike with small bull dog clips. It worked a treat and was light wieght,compact and durible. I believe in the out of sight out of mind as a first line of security.
    I will up grade my plastic drop sheet to a sil nylon tarp which can double as a shelter.
    happy travels
  4. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

    Jul 9, 2009
    Wandering the Smokies and sometimes in Costa Rica
    I will carry a 9'x9' Kelty tarp pm my 6 week trip this year. Triples as a front porch for tent, cover for tent in lieu of rain fly if I prefer, and bike cover if I deem it prudent. Packs to almost nothing
  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

    Aug 21, 2008
    N.W. Arkansas
    a 9x9 tarps packs to nearly nothing?

    mine packs to about grapefruit size.

    But I do carry it, for the reasons you listed, its a multi purpose tool.
  6. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

    Jun 2, 2010
    Oak Park, Il
    Here is my .02 worth:
    The cover that came with my bike weighs almost nothing and packs really small. When I am camping I can put a lot of my gear on the seat and cover the bike. Besides protecting it from prying, curious eyes, it also keeps the dew and rain off my bike.

    However, once I saw a big storm coming and covered the bike. That was a mistake as the cover acted as a sail and my fell over. Paul
  7. Retics

    Retics n00b

    Dec 19, 2012
    Edmonton, Canada
    The last time I went camping out with My sports bike I woke up to kids playing out around the tent, I went out to investigate and one of the kids was doing pull ups off the left side of the handlebars as it teetered back and forth, I yelled at the parents to get their F@#$%&G kid off my bike. I wanted to knock the kids dad in the teeth.

    Get a cover , save yourself some hassle .
  8. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

    Mar 30, 2009
    Merrimack Valley
    If you a just trying to keep water off. I've used clear plastic drop clothes. Secure the ends, front and rear, by tying the two ends together in a square knot. Front at the headlight and rear fender, or whatever works on your bike.