It’s always time to cover up

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Bikers understand the joy of cruising on the open road, but they also very much know the importance of protecting their cherished bikes from the elements. Not everyone has the benefit of a lock-up or garage, and even if they do, these can be dirty, dusty places.

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A motorcycle cover is more than just a piece of fabric; it’s a crucial shield that protects your machine from various environmental threats, including rain, sun, snow and dust

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So, why use a cover? Well bikes, unlike cars, are more exposed to the elements when parked outdoors. The impact of the weather can be detrimental to different parts of the bike.

A motorcycle cover is needed for protection from rain and moisture: The United Kingdom is no stranger to rain. A waterproof cover is essential to prevent water from seeping into sensitive parts of the bike which can cause rust and corrosion.

It will also shield from UV rays. Constant exposure to the sun can fade paint and damage upholstery. UV-resistant covers are designed to block harmful rays, keeping the bike’s colour vibrant.

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They also prevent build-up of snow and ice, which can lead to moisture damage. A cover keeps the bike dry and prevents the freeze-thaw cycle that can harm mechanical components.

And of course they protect from dust and debris.

There are various types of cover, such as:

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Waterproof: Ideal for outdoor use, especially in rainy regions, they are often made from materials such as nylon or polyester with waterproof coatings.

UV-resistant: These are treated to block UV rays, and are perfect for areas with high sun exposure.

Heat-resistant: Designed to withstand high temperatures, these covers can be used soon after a ride without the risk of melting or damage.

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Breathable: To prevent condensation and moisture build-up, breathable covers allow air to circulate, keeping the bike dry.

The use of a motorcycle cover is not limited to long-term storage. It should be a regular practice, even if the bike is parked for a short period:

They are ideal for overnight protection as even a single night of exposure can impact the bike. A cover acts as a barrier against dew and potential vandalism.

If you commute on your bike, covering it during work hours can protect it from the midday sun or unexpected rain, while for winter storage or long periods of inactivity, a cover is essential to keep the bike in pristine condition.

Finally, even in a garage, a cover is beneficial to prevent dust accumulation and accidental scratches.

Covers have come a long way over the years, and high-quality covers feature soft liners to prevent scratches, and security features such as lockable grommets to deter theft. Fitment is crucial, with covers designed for specific bike sizes offering better protection.

Additional features like zippered access points and transparent windows for licence plates enhance utility. These advancements reflect the ongoing evolution of motorcycle covers, balancing protection with convenience.

By choosing the right type and making it a habit to use it regularly, you can significantly extend the life and aesthetics (and value) of your motorcycle.

Information on when to use a motorcycle cover taken from quora.com


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