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Do you cover your bike , when....

Do you cover your bike when parked at a motel?
My thinking is more to keep prying eyes away.

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post #2 of 29 Old Apr 17th, 2010, 9:01 am
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Do you cover your bike when parked at a motel?
My thinking is more to keep prying eyes away.
Depends on a coupla factors when it comes to ole Toad sleeping covered or not.

If foul wx is in, then ole Toad gets covered.
If I park ole Toad *around back*, then the cover comes out.
If I can park ole Toad under the Porte cache (sp?), within sight of the lobby and reservation area (and with their ok), then ole Toad sleeps nekkid.
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No cover, I use every inch of space for other things. I take all my stuff into the hotel then secure the bike. Never had any issues. I guess it depends to on where you stay. Some hotels let you park under the front door roof.

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Do you cover your bike when parked at a motel?
My thinking is more to keep prying eyes away.
Almost always cover mine with a half cover. I cover it both for the reason you mention and also to keep weather, bird droppings, etc., off of the bike. I still remove what I can easily remove (bayonet mount tank bag, trunk rack, bag, etc.), but I plan to install a GPS and CB before this summer and it will be nice to cover them as I believe neither has a quick disconnect feature.

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Almost always cover mine with a half cover. I cover it both for the reason you mention and also to keep weather, bird droppings, etc., off of the bike. I still remove what I can easily remove (bayonet mount tank bag, trunk rack, bag, etc.), but I plan to install a GPS and CB before this summer and it will be nice to cover them as I believe neither has a quick disconnect feature.
I do the exact same thing with The "Traveller" from E-Z Touring. Packed in it's bag it's about the size of a honeydew. I do remove my GPS.

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I do the exact same thing with The "Traveller" from E-Z Touring. Packed in it's bag it's about the size of a honeydew. I do remove my GPS.
I also cover mine with the "Traveller". It's very compact and easy to pack. I like to cover it for security reasons and also to keep the morning dew off and have the seat dry when I head out for the day's touring.

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Cover mine with the Nelson-Rigg half cover (XL). Rolls up nice and small - and keeps prying eyes, and dew away (in the North West it's wet out every night).

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I also cover mine with the "Traveller". It's very compact and easy to pack. I like to cover it for security reasons and also to keep the morning dew off and have the seat dry when I head out for the day's touring.
I just purchased a 'Traveler' but haven't used it yet. It fits very nicely and is very light.

Question though, do you lock it to your bike some how? or just use the bungee cords that came with it to secure it?

After paying around $100 for it I'd hate to see it missing the next morning.

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I have carried a half cover but not always. Never had a problem at hotels as of now. That being said, I am going to Maryland next week so I probably jinxed myself.

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I just purchased a 'Traveler' but haven't used it yet. It fits very nicely and is very light.

Question though, do you lock it to your bike some how? or just use the bungee cords that came with it to secure it?

After paying around $100 for it I'd hate to see it missing the next morning.
I use the Traveler also and have never tried to lock a bike cover to any bike I have owned. I haven't had a cover stolen in more than 25 years of touring, but I am sure that writing this probably ensures I will lose my Traveler soon!

I did write my name in the area provided on both the cover and the carrying bag using a permanent marker. If someone steals it, they will either have to deface it seriously or explain to their friends why they have a cover with someone else's name on it. :-)

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Simple answer is YES all the time. If I am leaving the bike for more then a hour parked I have a half cover. If over night I use a full cover. OUTA sight OUTA mind as they say.

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When my LT stays outside for the night I always use a full cover, always.

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Nope ...call me vain i guess i want people to see what i ride...


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Cover mine with the Nelson-Rigg half cover (XL). Rolls up nice and small - and keeps prying eyes, and dew away (in the North West it's wet out every night).
+1 on Nelson-Rigg all the time when parked for more than a few minutes. Keep the leather seat and plastics out of the sun.

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+1 on Nelson-Rigg all the time when parked for more than a few minutes. Keep the leather seat and plastics out of the sun.

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+2 on the Nelson Rigg. the small cover stuffs in just fine behind the passenger backrest and in front of top case with the top case moved back !! Same reasons.. Dew, Hot, Rain, and keeps the honest more honest...

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No, never! If I start covering it it's gonna think I give a damn and expect me to put all kinds of premium oil and crap in it. My 99' and I have an understanding; it starts up every morning or I part it out.
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Yes, Especially when you leave the key in the ignition in Gallup, NM.

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I carry a half cover, too. It takes up very little space and sometimes I stay in motels that kinda remind me of the movie Deliverance..................

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No, never! If I start covering it it's gonna think I give a damn and expect me to put all kinds of premium oil and crap in it. My 99' and I have an understanding; it starts up every morning or I part it out.
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I just purchased a 'Traveler' but haven't used it yet. It fits very nicely and is very light.

Question though, do you lock it to your bike some how? or just use the bungee cords that came with it to secure it?

After paying around $100 for it I'd hate to see it missing the next morning.
I just use the bungees to secure it to the bike. In 30 years of touring with motorcycles and covering them at night, I've never had someone steal a cover. I also have my name on the bag and the cover, but don't suspect that would stop someone who really thought they should have it.

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I've been using an E-Z Touring cover for over 100K during road trips and still works fine; highly recommend the E-Z Touring covers. Every year or so, I re-waterproof the cover and it keeps the rain and other crap off the LT.
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I cover mine every night when it is not in the garage good weather or bad moteling or camping. That is unless it is covered with bugs and I know it is going to rain, cheap wash.

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At work, Motels, Events, anytime it's going to sit in the sun or damp. Best reason is to keep the honest honest. I use a $ .99 Chinese full cover,(E-Bay) so light it rolls up about the size of a softball.

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No cover, I use every inch of space for other things. I take all my stuff into the hotel then secure the bike. Never had any issues. I guess it depends to on where you stay. Some hotels let you park under the front door roof.
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On planned overnight trips, we bring the half-cover along and if it does not fit with the luggage, my five put straps on the cover's cloth bag and we attach it to the rack on the LT. It beats the snot out of morning dew. Leave it to dry in the motel, but if its wet on the last day, then need it or not, it rides on the rack and usually sun and air dries on the way home.

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Covered ... period.
Figure those unknown persons out in the world are on a need to know basis .... then don't need to know what I am riding or how outfitted.

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When outside the garage, its covered if I'm off the bike longer than 30 minutes. I use the WalMart blue & silver one....it cost <$20 and does the job very well....even in the wind.


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My Traveler half cover is on the bike at all times,
it is always covered if outside at night,
leather seats take a long time to dry out.

But I also use it occasionally when we go into restaurants or stores,
it's a lot easier to cover it up than to remove all the farkles
they would be much too tempting exposed.


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Where's the love? LOL

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No, never! If I start covering it it's gonna think I give a damn and expect me to put all kinds of premium oil and crap in it. My 99' and I have an understanding; it starts up every morning or I part it out.

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