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.
The best-selling motorcycle cover on Amazon is this from Favoto, available in both XXL and XXXL
2. Oxford Dormex indoor cover
Best indoor motorcycle cover
Tried and tested by Commercial Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Even indoors your bike needs
"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."
3. Oxford StormEx Cover
The Stormex from Oxford will protect a bike from rain, sunlight, snow, and dust. It's fully
Available in two sizes, both priced the same to cater for a range of bikes, this indoor cover is
5. Richbrook Indoor Cover
Seal of Approval - We've tested this product and have found it performs well. This indoor
6. Gear Gremlin Classic Cover
With an elasticated bottom and cut-outs for a chain to pass through at the front, this simple
7. R&G Dust Cover
This lightweight dust cover will keep your bike clean and protected in a garage and is breathable
8. BikeIt Top Cover
For a portable cover that you can take around with you, this top cover from BikeIt could be just
9. Carcoon Bike Bubble
The Carcoon is the original inflatable indoor vehicle storage device and is very simple to use.
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