Cheap waterproof bike cover? needs to last 30 days.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Johnny4x4, May 13, 2018.

  1. Johnny4x4

    Johnny4x4 Hope 2 B Cool Sumday

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    So I am headed to Alaska in a few month with my pops. I would like to cover my bike at night when camped, or when going on a hike.

    I have a 2011 BMW 1200 GS Adventure.

    I bought a BMW Cover last year, but it doesn't pack very small, and it's heavy.

    I have hope that you lot will guide me in the right direction to a light, waterproof, pack small, cheap, cover with elastic or a belly strap that will fit a huge bike and last 30 days.

    I have thought about just a tarp, but figured it would be a pain to keep strapping or tying it on.

    Anyway, I am open to all suggestions.

    thanks
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  2. Boricua

    Boricua Long timer

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    I have a half cover for my tiger explorer. Its not waterproof. I would not recommend a waterproof cover. Condensation will be a problem. A half cover packs a lot smaller and get the job of keeping most of the weather out. Under $40 its not too bad.

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  3. WindBlast

    WindBlast Recalculating........

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    $19 Walmart cover
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  4. White mt guy

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    Oxford covers are waterproof and cheap. I think I paid $24.00.
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  5. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    I used to cover my parts fetcher, it stood outside all year under cover except when needed. Never any problems, and that is in cool wet and humid UK. Full coverage BTW.

    In German cities, most housing is appartments and there are quite a few bikes under cover, some for long stretches.
    Both Polo and Louis - German bike parts retailers have a range, cheap and light. Occasionally the food retailers Lidl and Aldi have them even cheaper.
    German parts/clothing stores FC Moto and Bikerland may have the same - they have a good rep dealing with sales and shipments to the US.

    Mine, from Lidl was about £10, and is still going strong.
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  6. shrederscott

    shrederscott Long timer

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    Skip the covet

    Your bike will be fine
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  7. jb882

    jb882 13HP of fury.

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    5 bucks at WalMart.... So much more useful than a bike cover and will function as one just fine.
    Possible uses beyond a bike cover off the top of my head..

    Throw it over your tent in a really heavy rain or hail storm to keep water out and keep your tent from being destroyed.
    Tent floor to keep the tent off wet ground and keep rain out.
    Guy it from trees for a rain or sun shelter
    You could sleep under it in a pinch
    Work mat to keep you off the dirt when you are fixing a flat or troubleshooting a final drive failure.
    And many more....
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  8. Johnny4x4

    Johnny4x4 Hope 2 B Cool Sumday

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    The Idea behind a cover is a quick way to avoid prying eyes and sticky fingers. waterproof is a plus depending on how my gear is stored for that particular instance. I am not worried about condensation as i will only be covered for a short time each day, and at night.
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  9. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Hijack on, sort of.

    I'm looking for a motorcycle cover that will hold up to being on a trailer at 65 mph + and won't flip up and off with all that wind on LONG trips. Like 1000 + miles. I don't have an enclosed trailer.

    I got one at fleet farm for $20 bucks but I didn't even try it due to it being so flimsy. Covering a sport standard bike, not a GS with the kitchen sink. :D
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  10. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    How about boat shrink wrap? :D

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  11. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    I do the same thing at hotels when bike travelling on the big GS. I also cover the bike if I need to go grocery shopping or visit a Walmart and don't want to lock everything down. More to hide the gps and tank bag. For hotels at night I usually get to park under the portico if I'm discreet. This is what I do. I have a cheap cover (under $20) that is made of lightweight nylon. I added the metal bungee twisty things to the grommets, so at night I can "tie" them to the footpegs. I find that it's the wind that does more damage to these covers than anything else. In the morning I can roll up the cover and compress it into a large Ziploc bag and be on my way.
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  12. misterk

    misterk Been here awhile

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    yep, revzilla has them for $25
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  13. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    I've used both a tarp or bike cover on some of my trips. Using just a bike cover, it covers the bike but doesnt really do anything else for you. I found that you can use the tarp to cover the bike, or if it's raining you can hang it up and it'll cover the bike, you, and some gear. My choice now is to take the tarp.
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  14. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    I use a bike cover at work. it's parked outside with some partial tree cover. been using the same nelson riggs half cover for 4 years now. cover needs to be replaced as it's got many holes.

    keeps the bird shit and horrible tree sap off my bike. it would have been faded to crap had I not kept it under cover.
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  16. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    I have a Nelson-Rigg 1\2 cover that works great and is waterproof. Lightweight nylon with elastic straps. Has held up for great
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  17. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    the newer nelson riggs half cover doesn't fit the same. beware if you have a very long and skinny bike like my KTM SMT with top box. new model in XL is VERY wide in front
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  19. Argus16

    Argus16 ...................

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    Since you're travelling thru Canada enroute, Canadian Tire has decent ones for CAD45.
    On your way back return it, stating it doesn't fit.
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