Bike Cover

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

  1. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    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.
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  2. mookybird

    mookybird Gramps

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    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.



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  3. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    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
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  4. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    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
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  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    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.
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  6. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    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
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  7. Retics

    Retics n00b

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    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 .
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  8. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    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.
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