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Old 05-09-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Winter Rain Cover for the banana belt of AK

Hey there-

Ride a DR650

Down in Kodiak here and have no choice but to store my bike outside. I bought a pretty chincy Wal Mart rain cover and it didn't quite do the job like I would like it to do.

Cut to the chase: I need a really stout and and great fitting (all the way down to the base of the tires where they make contact w/ the ground) rain cover for my bike.

Can anyone suggest something?

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Hey there-

Ride a DR650

Down in Kodiak here and have no choice but to store my bike outside. I bought a pretty chincy Wal Mart rain cover and it didn't quite do the job like I would like it to do.

Cut to the chase: I need a really stout and and great fitting (all the way down to the base of the tires where they make contact w/ the ground) rain cover for my bike.

Can anyone suggest something?

Kevin

I'm not sure that'd be the best bet, boss. You ride in a salt rich environment and if anything I'd expect the rain to wash off some of the corrosive material that collects on your bike. Covering it might only lock that stuff inside a cocoon.

In some of the coastal places I've lived (like socal) it was pretty common for people that had lived near the beach to rinse their car with the hose fairly often to get some of that environmental salt off the paint. Rain might be less bad than the alternative.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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Store it in the Hangor/Cuttermans club

Mine is outside too
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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I'm a civilian who rent's an apartment so I really don't have a choice in this matter.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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in Spenard we use a sheet of Visqueen.... shoot it with LPS once in a while if you want to spend money.


you might be able to pay for it with a bar bet: Kodiak is south of Juneau
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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Blue tarp, and a few rubber bungies oughtta do.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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you and your fancy blue tarp yer highness..... and bungees too, wow what a show off.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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You can get a motorcycle cover on ebay for $1 and $15 shipping from China. I've bought several over the years and they do the trick. No opinion on whether you should cover the bike or not. My nice, shiny bike didn't look the same after a year in Kodiak, I think that's just the way it is.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:02 PM   #9
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Maybe he could borrow Maggie on rainy days and have her stand near (or sit on) his bike holding a big umbrella. That should provide ample protection from the weather.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:07 AM   #10
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Might have to tarp it!


Figured there would be some product that poor people (read do not own a garage) use, but apparently there is not.
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I read somewhere that some winter riders who are worried about road salt hose their bikes down with WD40 regularly...
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #12
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I read somewhere that some winter riders who are worried about road salt hose their bikes down with WD40 regularly...
A version of that was popular in England years back. That, and enough leaks to slobber up the back half. Don't know about now.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #13
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I read somewhere that some winter riders who are worried about road salt hose their bikes down with WD40 regularly...
Just make sure it's not PAM cooking spray!
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #14
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Barb has an ap for that

Check with Alaska Leather. They can find a high quality motorcycle cover.

I recommend the WD-40 idea for outdoor tarp coverage.

PAM get it Legion. Fite made a joke. Must be feeling the end of the school year.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #15
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PAM get it Legion. Fite made a joke. Must be feeling the end of the school year.

Although I've never put Pam over my bike I can't say that it sounds like a bad idea. Hmmmm...
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