A quality motorcycle cover is essential for protecting your pride and joy from the elements when you do park outside.
Defend your motorcycle against mother nature
By Gordon Comerford
Rain, dust, ultraviolet rays and our dive-bombing feathered friends all threaten to foul our efforts to protect our bike’s shiny finish. Motorcyclists have two choices when faced with these perils—leave the bike hidden in a cozy garage or get out and enjoy riding. I’m betting the first choice is not an option most of you would consider. So a quality motorcycle cover is essential for protecting your pride and joy from the elements when you do park outside.
I had the opportunity to put the Guardian WeatherAll Plus Motorcycle Cover to the test. I received the XL size that is designed to fit large touring bikes and cruisers. The cover is constructed from waterproof, but breathable, 300D polyester fabric with a mildew-resistant undercoating and double-stitched and taped seams.
A soft cotton lining protects your windshield, heat resistant lower material won’t melt on hot exhaust pipes, and an elastic shock cord with an under-bike web strap, combined with built in vents, keep the cover secured.
Dowco added a stitched slot to run a locking chain through your front wheel for added security. There is a sewn-in pouch for an optional security system.
I tried the cover on my Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic and Road Glide Limited. It fit very well and covered nearly every inch. I also tried it on a Can-Am Spyder for fun. It covered the body, but would not cover the front wheels.
Since there was no rain in the forecast, I tested the water proofing with my garden sprayer. The result was a dry motorcycle. The wind picked up while I was simulating rain, and the cover stayed in place.
The cover is large when in its storage bag, which could make it cumbersome to pack, and there is no antenna hole in the back of the cover, leaving any antenna slightly bent. Other than these small things, it is a great cover.
If you are looking for a quality cover and don’t have pesky antennas to contend with, the Guardian WeatherAll is a well-made cover with a lifetime warranty that will help you defend your motorcycle against all the threats Mother Nature throws at it.