Cars are still the more popular choice when it comes to means of transportation. However, I’m a great motorcycle enthusiast and I love all the perks that my ride provides me. First of all, taking a road trip on a bike allows me to enjoy the scenery in a way I could never experience if I traveled by car. Second, the money I save on gas, I spend on entertainment and delicious food. Snuggling on my bike with my girl is an added bonus.
In order to keep my motorcycle in top condition, there is a maintenance routine that I follow. I regularly clean it, check the oil, keep tire pressure as recommended, and change the brake pads when necessary. I also use a motorcycle cover to protect it against ultraviolet radiation, dents, scratches, and tough climate conditions. The cover also makes my bike not that obvious to thieves.
When I bought the first cover for my bike, I didn’t take the time to research the best features it should have and I ended up getting a cheap and inefficient one that I soon needed to replace. For that very reason, here are some tips from my personal experience to help you choose the best motorcycle cover.
You will find motorcycle covers that are made to fit bikes of different sizes and some designed for specific models. As a motorcycle owner, you may be able to guess the size of the cover you need, but it never hurts to take the exact measurements of your bike first. Size varies from a brand to a brand, so always compare your measurements to the sizing charts listed on your potential purchase. If you can’t find a cover that exactly matches the size of your bike, it’s better to choose one that is bigger rather than one that’s too small.
Measuring your motorcycle involves determining the height, width and length. To find the height, measure from the ground to the tallest part of the bike (often the handlebars). There is no secret to measuring the width, while the length should be measured from the tip of the front tire to the tip of the back tire.
Materials vary in thickness, weight, and protection. High-quality covers are often made from lightweight and waterproof polyester. This type of covers is what you need for maximum resistance to rain. There are other options made of thicker fabrics, but they tend to be a lot heavier. You will also want your motorcycle cover to be breathable, especially if you intend to keep it covered for a longer period of time. This will allow condensation and heat to escape, which prevents mold, rust, mildew or water damage.