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post #1 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 11:55 am Thread Starter
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Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good cover for the LT. I am looking for one that has the openings in the back so I don't have to remove the antenna. I keep the bike in the garage so it doesn't have to be an all-weather cover, more for keeping the dust/dirt off.

I was thinking about the BMW OEM cover (I think this one has the openings in the back). Does anyone have this cover? Is it any good? Where can I buy one that will ship to Canada?

Thanks, Todd.


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post #2 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 12:14 pm
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Re: LT cover

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I bought the OEM with the openings but have not tried it yet. It is a big sucker and expensive. I just sold my 01 and bought a 03 and found a nice cover on the trailer that came with it. I tried it last night and found it had no hole. I emailed the previous owner and he said he simply removed the antenna. You could buy one without the hole, remove the antenna, fit the cover and mark where the hole needs to be and take somewhere and have a button hole put in. I am considering marking the hole location and hammering in one of those tarp grommets.

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Re: LT cover

Still love my UltraGard Classic H - Half Cover. Read more about it here (see reply #6). No need to worry about antennas. I can put it on in about 10 seconds, and take it off in about 5 seconds. I'd buy another in a heartbeat. Here's an updated link to the cover iteself ...which now sells for $31.46 and comes in three colors (black, grey, sand).

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Re: LT cover

I use a light nylon(?) cover for my LT, it is not exactly waterproof, but works great for keeping the bike clean when parked in the carport or garage. I bought it at Walmart a couple of years ago for $20 I just cut a slit where the antenna goes, and when I put the cover on, I just bunch it up while grabing where the hole is, bend the antenna a bit to insert, then pull the back of the cover down. I know cutting a hole sounds crude, but it has weathered lots of wind and other weather as well, and hasn't ripped open or been any problem, AND it doesn't show when I'm riding the bike! (of course because I don't ride with the cover on) I suppose that spending a lot of money on a custom cover with just the right hole in it is an option, but I just don't have that kind of expendible income....I'd rather buy gas and tires!!

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post #5 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 4:59 pm
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Re: LT cover

I recommend a Nelson-Rigg UV-2000 3/4 cover. Packs small, very tough, waterproof, etc.
$39.95. Get the X-tra Large for the LT. I'm on my 2nd one for the LT. The 1st only lasted 4 years!

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I use a light nylon(?) cover for my LT, it is not exactly waterproof, but works great for keeping the bike clean when parked in the carport or garage. I bought it at Walmart a couple of years ago for $20 I just cut a slit where the antenna goes, and when I put the cover on, I just bunch it up while grabbing where the hole is, bend the antenna a bit to insert, then pull the back of the cover down. I know cutting a hole sounds crude, but it has weathered lots of wind and other weather as well, and hasn't ripped open or been any problem, AND it doesn't show when I'm riding the bike! (of course because I don't ride with the cover on) I suppose that spending a lot of money on a custom cover with just the right hole in it is an option, but I just don't have that kind of expendible income....I'd rather buy gas and tires!!
++1 I have the Walmart cover and I installed a grommet ring in the material for the antenna, works just fine, had it about 4 years.

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Re: LT cover

I have the BMW full cloth dust cover - does not come with a hole for the antenna so I marked the spot and cut a hole. taped it off and it has worked fine for 5 years. The elastic has worn out and it is a lot loser as the material has "relaxed" over the years. I use it in the garage to keep the pollen and other stuff off. I got it as a close-out so the price was very good. Not sure I would pay retail for it. What I would recommend is the Traveler by EZ Tour. it is a half cover that is waterproof and very well made. Light, compact and easy to work with. I travel with it as it folds up to about half the size of a foot ball. There is a picture of one on an LT if you go to their web site - EZ Tour - I just used in a very strong storm and it kept all the good stuff dry..

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post #8 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 8:43 pm
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Check out the EZ-Tour covers. I have just purchased the Half Cover as I wanted the smallest package that I could take on trips. It fits well and is very light. Probably takes about 2 minutes to get it out and get it on the LT. Covers the entire windshield/fairing and then back over the box and it comes down so the antennas are out.

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post #9 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 9:14 pm
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Re: LT cover

Not sure which cover the others have that is OEM. Mine is big and heavy, fills an entire saddlebag. It has holes on both sides for antennas. They velcro shut and there is soft material for the windshield. It was expensive though, and does come with it's own bag qand reflective piping (like you need piping on a cover)


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++1 on the EZ Tour product. They offer a very light packable cover that holds up well. Mine is 3 yrs old and no problems. I did add a plastic grommet and reinforced it with GoreTex for the antenna.
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post #11 of 21 Old Apr 18th, 2011, 10:03 pm
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Re: LT cover

One thing to take into consideration is when on the road how small do you want it for packing, I run the half size its nice and pack up small from ez tour
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Re: LT cover

Here is more info on the EZ-Tour cover. Very light parachute material that's treated so it's rain repellent. Something good to keep the eyes off the innards of your Beemer a knight.

Linky ==> http://eztouring.com/

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I went with a $0.99 cover from E-bay. Put two plastic grommets in for antenni and it balls up about the size of a fist. Only use it for dust and sunshine and so far (two years) it's held up well. I have a BMW cover but not the room when traveling.

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I have the OEM, and like previous comments it is bulky. It could be put on the luggage rack for trips though, Friend of mine had a folding antenna from a previous k bike that he installed on his LT and used a cheap cover. Those antenna's are expensive though.
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Re: LT cover

Thanks for your input everyone. I'll probably go with the smaller cover suggested for travelling and use my old car cover for the bike when it's in the garage to keep the dust off. The car cover's big enough that I can wrap it around the back end without worrying about holes for the antenna.

Great input. Todd.


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I would recommend the Nelson-Rigg UV2000. I have had that in the past, but decided to try the Ez-touring cover based on recommendations here. I prefer the UV2000 for a variety of reasons, and it is half the price.

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I would recommend the Nelson-Rigg UV2000. I have had that in the past, but decided to try the Ez-touring cover based on recommendations here. I prefer the UV2000 for a variety of reasons, and it is half the price.
I am interested to know the reasons for your preferences to the NR UV2000 and also how compact does it get. I am considering an EZ-tour cover and like you I have had a NR, but not the UV2000, in the past.

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I am interested to know the reasons for your preferences to the NR UV2000 and also how compact does it get. I am considering an EZ-tour cover and like you I have had a NR, but not the UV2000, in the past.
I can't get to my Nelson Rigg cover just now to measure it, but it comes with a flapped pouch and packs down to about a 3''+/- diameter with a length of 7"+/- or so. Packs tight. Drys rather quickly and works great.

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I only cover mine in the garage in the winter when it sits for extended periods, I bought the cheap cover that JC Witney sells for like $25, The one for full dressed touring bikes fits perfect. Did have to make small hole for the antenna. Comes with bag and folds up very small for travel.
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I am interested to know the reasons for your preferences to the NR UV2000 and also how compact does it get. I am considering an EZ-tour cover and like you I have had a NR, but not the UV2000, in the past.
The NR comes in a carrying case that is very easy to pack. The EZ-Tour is a huge pain in the butt to re-pack. They say you eventually learn how to do it better. Yeah. I don't want to "learn" how to fold up a cover. The NR packs down tight easy and fast. The NR is more opaque, which I expect to translate into less heat on the seats in summer.

So not huge things, but I see no advantage to the EZ-Tour and it's double the price.

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The NR comes in a carrying case that is very easy to pack. The EZ-Tour is a huge pain in the butt to re-pack. They say you eventually learn how to do it better. Yeah. I don't want to "learn" how to fold up a cover. The NR packs down tight easy and fast. The NR is more opaque, which I expect to translate into less heat on the seats in summer.

So not huge things, but I see no advantage to the EZ-Tour and it's double the price.
I use the Z cover. Packing!!, it's a stuff sack. Just keep on pushing it in, NO FOLDING.

I have even packed it, when it was wet. Never a problem.
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