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Question lightweight cover ideas?

Looking at the possiblity of a cover for the LT for a x-country this spring/early summer. I have seen the Wallmart version on this site, it just seems (from pics) too big for me to haul around. Space becomes a premium when traveling across the country from the Northwest as I need clothing to prepare for upper 30's and pouring rain (snow atually 2 years ago) to 100 degree heat.

Any advice or ideas on a minimalist cover? If not I will survive well (with more room) without one so it's s not a hanging matter but I thought I would ask. Thanks for your ideas. Ken
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NelsonRigg.com

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Good half covers, min room needed to sto... waterproof on top... been using them for years... no issues so far

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http://www.eztouring.com/wanderer.htm

I've used this one for the past 7 years - still appears and works as new. My stuff sack is about the size of a small loaf of bread, butt I hear they're now even smaller using a folding technique.

New ones come with a grommet hole for the antenna. I just remove ole Toad's antenna and lay it on the seat areas. Has lower fringe grommets if you wanna use a cable lock.


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Looking at the possiblity of a cover for the LT for a x-country this spring/early summer. I have seen the Wallmart version on this site, it just seems (from pics) too big for me to haul around. Space becomes a premium when traveling across the country from the Northwest as I need clothing to prepare for upper 30's and pouring rain (snow atually 2 years ago) to 100 degree heat.

Any advice or ideas on a minimalist cover? If not I will survive well (with more room) without one so it's s not a hanging matter but I thought I would ask. Thanks for your ideas. Ken
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When ever I go L.D. I pack the Nelsonrigg Half Cover.

http://www.nelsonrigg.com/pages/Bike...V-2000-Big.htm You want the XL.

You could roll it and put it into a beer can to pack, but it fits over the bike quickly, VERY tight, tie downs are great and it covers the areas you need covered and keeps prying eyes off stuff. Antennas are not an issue and you keep the dust and moisture off the seat and gauges. For the money they would be hard to beat.

Here is a tip I learned years ago: Make sure you clean the windshield before you put the cover on. I ruined a screen years ago by putting the cover over and scratching the tar out of it.

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Looking at the possiblity of a cover for the LT for a x-country this spring/early summer. I have seen the Wallmart version on this site, it just seems (from pics) too big for me to haul around. Space becomes a premium when traveling across the country from the Northwest as I need clothing to prepare for upper 30's and pouring rain (snow atually 2 years ago) to 100 degree heat.

Any advice or ideas on a minimalist cover? If not I will survive well (with more room) without one so it's s not a hanging matter but I thought I would ask. Thanks for your ideas. Ken
www.eztouring.com Lightweght 1/2 or full cover. Ripstock nylon. 1/2 cover fits in a bag 7 inches square and 1.5 inches thick. Fits on LT nicely!

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The aerostich black @ $120 is the best I've found and stores in a pack the size of a sandwich..really! I've had mine for 3 years and it looks like new.Ron

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...r-p-17131.html
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A few of us have this half cover and are quite pleased with it.
http://www.tourkingcovers.com/shop/

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Half cover

I like this one from EZTouring. I have had mine for a couple of seasons and use it all the time.. Half Cover, well made IMHO.

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Looking at the possiblity of a cover for the LT for a x-country this spring/early summer. I have seen the Wallmart version on this site, it just seems (from pics) too big for me to haul around. Space becomes a premium when traveling across the country from the Northwest as I need clothing to prepare for upper 30's and pouring rain (snow atually 2 years ago) to 100 degree heat.

Any advice or ideas on a minimalist cover? If not I will survive well (with more room) without one so it's s not a hanging matter but I thought I would ask. Thanks for your ideas. Ken

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i bought a half cover...put it into a space bag,, squeezed out all the air and it fits in between the tourpack and the passenger backrest
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Beer can size, sandwich bag size, man all this cover talk is making me hungry. I guess I can live with packing one less beer and PB&J.

Thanks for all of the great advice.
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I have a Gezagear cover, found at www.gezagear.com. It fits in a soft bag that's about 4 inches in diameter and about 12 inches long. Stretchy material is waterproof and keeps MeinByk nice and dry when she spends the night outside by herself in some hotel parking lot .

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http://www.eztouring.com/wanderer.htm

I've used this one for the past 7 years - still appears and works as new. My stuff sack is about the size of a small loaf of bread, butt I hear they're now even smaller using a folding technique.

New ones come with a grommet hole for the antenna. I just remove ole Toad's antenna and lay it on the seat areas. Has lower fringe grommets if you wanna use a cable lock.
Sadly, my experience has been no where near as good as brother Dick's or LTOehler.

I went through 2 covers (Traveller) in a bit over 2 years. I covered my bike every day at work, loosely rolled the cover up in the side case when not traveling, and hung the things up to dry when wet, and was extra careful when putting them on and taking them off (especially with cover #2). Maybe they aren't intended for every day use.

I like the fella that makes them - we worked out a fair deal on the second one. I just felt for the money I spent, they sure went bad quick.

My next cover will probably be something like one of these -- http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...657&Division=6
or maybe one of the others mentioned in this thread.
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I ordered the Nelson-Rigg half cover for everyday commuting. I will let you know how it works out after a few months.
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