If you don’t have a shed or garage to keep your motorbike in, then it will have to stay exposed to the elements and prying eyes of potential thieves.
While a cover will help protect it from sun and rain, a folding shelter can be more convenient, offering an easier way to cover your bike.
Rather than stretching a cover over the bike to fit where they touch and potentially trap moisture against the body, wheels and engine, these shelters fold over the bike and don’t generally touch it. So, if the bike is put away wet, then the moisture has the space to dissipate.
Also, if it is windy, for example, then there is less chance of the material moving against the bike’s paintwork and damaging it.
And in some cases, the framework of the cover can be locked, adding a degree of security as well. That’s on top of locking the bike to a ground anchor inside the shelter, for example.
So here are some options to store your bike outside easily and securely.
The best motorcylcle shelters:
This shelter from Vevor operates like others, with the rear section of the frame lifting off the ground completely and the bike riding in, with the shelter than folded back over the bike to cover it.
This one is described as waterproof, UV resistant and will protect the bike from snow and dust as well. The frame is galvanised steel and the cover uses a 600D cover with a waterproof lining.
Size: 270cm (l) x 105cm (w) x 155cm (h)
This folding cover gets mixed reviews (as they all do) but those who like it really seem to like it. Itu2019s almost three metres long and 1.7m tall and the manufacturer says it is large enough to fit virtually all bikes.
It sits over the bike and the frame spans bring the cover over the top and secure at the back, from the bike’s perspective and protects the bike from rain, sunlight, dust and debris.
Size: 295cm (l) x 105cm (w) x 170cm (h)
FlowerW Large Shelter
This shelter uses a slightly different-shaped frame to create a higher, more house-like shape when closed. It also has air vents on either side of the peak of the u2018roofu2019 and like others, is formed in 600D material for waterproofing and UV protection, as well as from dust and prying eyes.
The frame is made from powder-coated mild steel so you’ll need to be careful not to chip it off and it comes with expander bolts and brackets so the frame can be secured to the ground. It’s also huge.
Size: 345cm (l) x 137cm (w) x 190cm (h)
This shelter gets pretty good reviews online and comes with galvanised steel framework so youu2019ll never need to worry about it getting rusty. It comes in kit form and should be simple to assemble and the cover is made in 600D canvas with breathable mesh vents in the roof. The manufacturer describes it as u2018massiveu2019, saying it will fit all conventional bikes.
Size: 270cm (l) x 105cm (w) x 157cm (h)
Available in three sizes to suit different bikes, this shelter from Storm Protector makes lots of u2018onlyu2019 and u2018uniqueu2019 claims, including that it is the only cover that has been designed to withstand winds of up to 100mph u2013 a common failing with this kind of shelter.
The frame also has a bracket to allow a padlock to lock it in the closed position, adding to the security. The frame itself is made from ‘quenched steel’ which would appear to be powder coated rather than galvanised, and it comes with six anchor bolts to fix to the ground.
Size: (sports) 275cm (l) x 110cm (w) x 163cm (h)
This shelter from Armadillo is not cheap but the manufacturer does purport to be the leader in the market and says this is the original folding motorcycle cover. It too uses 600D material to protect the bike from rain and wind and the aluminium frame will not rust.
It has a locking mechanism on the frame to prevent it from being opened (additional padlocks needed) and it comes with anchor bolts to fix to the ground for extra security. It comes in three sizes to cater for a range of bikes.
Size: (large) 345cm (l) x 137cm (w) x 190cm (h)
The Hidey Hood is a bit different; itu2019s a bit like half a cover or half a dome tent that fixes a wall or fence then you park the u2013 probably small u2013 bike parallel to the wall or fence and the cover folds out from its storage position against the wall.
It’s a neat solution but does mean you need to have space by a wall or fence available. It uses tent-style poles to tension the waterproof fabric and the company also produces a wall or ground anchor for security. Stability in high winds could be an issue.
Size: 250cm (l) x 167cm (w) x 167 (h)
Here's a little list of other options which may be suited to you if you want something a bit bigger or smaller than the above.
Asgard Storage shed
Best small shed
If you don't have a shed but you have the space for one, this secure option from Asgard is a top choice. It's got reinforced and galvanised metals in all the right places, robust anchor points and drill and pick resistant locks. There are hidden vents to allow fumes and moisture to air out.
Favoto Waterproof Motorcycle Cover
Best cover for temporary outdoor storage
Of course, if you donu2019t have the outdoor space for a shed or shelter, just enough room for your bike, there is always the option of the waterproof cover. These will keep your bike dry and with the added benefit of having a nice large hoop for your lock, youu2019ll be able to show potential thieves that pinching your bike will be a hard thing to do.
Prestige Motorbike Shelter
Best for workplaces, collections and garages
If you have more than one bike and want something a bit more substantial in the way of motorbike storage then Shelter Store offer galvanised or powder-coated options. With anti-climb roof and frame ends and clear polycarbonate panels, this solution is something that would take up more space but offers some great outside storage.