The best motorbike covers – keep it under wraps

A cover will keep dust, weather and prying eyes off your bike and ensure it stays clean and safe.


by Jim Blackstock |

There are lots of reasons for keeping your bike under a cover - particularly if you have no garage and have to keep it outside. A cover can keep the wind, rain, and leaves off it so that when you come to ride it, it’s clean and dry and ready to go. It will also keep prying eyes away from your bike so that opportunistic thieves don’t know if it’s a brand-new £25,000 adventurer or a £500 winter hack.

If you are lucky enough to have a garage or workshop to keep your bike in, then a more simple dust cover can help to keep it clean and tidy ready for your next ride, without having to keep the rain and wind away from it.

If you’re looking at an external cover, then breathability, to allow any built-up moisture to escape, will help enormously. You’ll also want to find a nice, soft liner to prevent damage to the bike’s paint or finishes if the wind gets up, and a slot for a chain or lock is also useful.

For an inside dust-cover, you want material that’s as soft as possible, to again prevent damaging the bike, though movement is less likely indoors.

There are also several folding outdoor shelters that are more than a cover but less than a full garage, to increase protection from the elements as well as thieves.

It all depends on your budget, the space you have available, and how keen you are to protect your motorcycle.

Favoto Waterproof Motorcycle Cover

Favoto Improved Waterproof Motorcycle Cover
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The best-selling motorcycle cover on Amazon is this from Favoto, available in both XXL and XXXL sizes. Made in waterproof polyester with a silver lining to prevent UV rays from damaging the bike's paint, it has buckle straps under the belly to prevent it from moving around in the wind, for example, and there are two locking holes to allow a chain or lock to go through. It also has reflective panels for visibility.

Oxford Dormex indoor cover

Best indoor motorcycle cover
Oxford Dormex indoor cover

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Tried and tested by Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Even indoors your bike needs protection, particularly if it's going to spend the winter months parked up collecting dust.

"Available in four sizes to fit machines from 203cm to 277cm in length, the Dormex is Oxford's best-selling indoor cover, costs less than £20, and has a RiDE Recommended triangle.

"It's made from a soft, breathable material, which means good airflow and a reduced chance of rust and rot setting in. A strap under the bike keeps it locked in place and it looks really smart.

"Downsides? The elasticated hem can be a bit clingy, so you need to be careful not to catch sticky-out indicators or pillion pegs - you can't whip it off like Tom Cruise unveiling his GPZ900 in Top Gun. A velcro flap to run trickle charger cables through would also be nice, but that's nit-picking.

"Otherwise it's a solid and good value alternative to the old, painty dust sheet you were thinking of using. Just don't put it on your bike while it's hot or just after washing it."

Oxford StormEx Cover

Oxford StormEx Cover

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The Stormex from Oxford will protect a bike from rain, sunlight, snow, and dust. It's fully waterproof with externally-bonded seams and has a soft lining to protect the bike's finishes. There's a belly strap to stop it from riding up and a window at the front for a solar-powered battery charger. There's also a window at the rear for the number plate, though this can be covered. Gained a Recommended award from RiDE when the magazine tested covers.

Tectico Indoor Cover

Tectico Indoor Cover
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Available in two sizes, both priced the same to cater for a range of bikes, this indoor cover is made in stretchy polyester and is breathable, to allow any moisture to escape. It has an elasticated skirt to pull it in close to the bottom of the bike and straps with hooks means it won't ride up. Good for garages as well as long-term storage or underground parking.

Richbrook Indoor Cover

Richbrook Indoor Cover

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Seal of Approval - We've tested this product and have found it performs well. This indoor cover features super-stretchy lycra and satin fabric and 'clings' to the contours of the bike to protect against dust and UV rays. It's breathable so any moisture can escape easily and the soft material means no danger to the bike's finish. MCN Deputy Editor Emma Franklin described it as; "The nicest indoor cover I've used." It comes in black and red and a range of sizes.

Gear Gremlin Classic Cover

Gear Gremlin Classic Cover

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With an elasticated bottom and cut-outs for a chain to pass through at the front, this simple cover from Gear Gremlin has a Hi-Viz top to ensure it is noticed and avoided. It's waterproof and will keep UV rays and dust off the bike as well. Washable in case it gets dirty, it also comes with a storage bag. Awarded a Recommended triangle by RiDE.

R&G Dust Cover

R&G Dust Cover

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This lightweight dust cover will keep your bike clean and protected in a garage and is breathable to prevent condensation from forming. Belly-straps ensure a snug fit and the company also produces a much more fitted and dedicated cover for the Ducati Panigale.

BikeIt Top Cover

BikeIt Top Cover

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For a portable cover that you can take around with you, this top cover from BikeIt could be just the ticket. It covers the top of the bike and protects it from rain and dirt and would be a very handy solution to keeping your bike clean and dry when at work, for example. It comes with multiple securing points to prevent it from billowing or blowing away.

Carcoon Bike Bubble

Carcoon Bike Bubble

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The Carcoon is the original inflatable indoor vehicle storage device and is very simple to use. The bike is pushed in and the cover zipped up around it. The fan is plugged in and inflates the envelope around the bike so that nothing touches it. The fan circulates the air so no condensation forms and there's even a battery back-up in case of a power failure, the keep the unit inflated.

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