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    Question Bike Cover for Winter

    This last Memorial Day a tornado took my garage. Well, it left the garage with a rather large pine tree imbedded diagonally across the garage. The result was a totaled car and lawn tractor and a bunch of other stuff. Fortunately the bikes were spared (Honda, BMW, and Schwinn) My wife sold her Honda and the Schwinn fits in the basement or porch. However, my '96 R1100GS is left outside.

    Please, if you have any suggestions for an all weather motorcycle cover, I'm all ears. Again, it's a '96 R1100GS with an Aeroflow screen. No side bags or topbox.

    I don't know if or when the garage will be rebuilt.

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    I don't see where you live. Around here, upstate NY, if I were in your situation I'd get one of those pop-up kinda shelters; a foot of snow, cover or no, can't be good!

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    I think the Dowco covers were one of the top choices. If you cover outside, I find itís good to monitor for mice/rodents, even cats that like to sleep on the seats
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    Shelter

    I have seen stuff like this cheap. My sister had a 10 x 6 that cost $60+- that lasted for years

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    No love for amazon but screen shot shows several examples

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    This last Memorial Day a tornado took my garage. .
    Sorry to hear that.
    A tornado destroyed my sister's garage in Marshalltown Iowa last year.
    Insurance paid for a nicer garage than she had before.

    If you use one of the temporary shelters try to place it where the wind won't catch it.
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    A neighbor has one of these and is happy with it:

    https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Shield-M.../dp/B00RN90DVW

    There are many similar solutions offered by other vendors.

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    Buy a prebuilt garden shed big enough it fit the motorcycle. I sure wouldn't leave it outside, even with a quality cover. Anyone you know have a little room in a shop or machine shed that could store it for the winter?
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Thank you

    Thank you for your responses. I had been thinking about a garden shed for the lawn tractor and the rest of the crap that had been in the garage...just didn't connect when I thought about the bike.

    I'll figure out what to do and post a picture, eventually.

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    +1 on Dowco covers if you can find them.
    I bought a used CycleShell about 5 years ago and could not be happier with it!
    It’s made in America, and I’m about to order a new cover to replace the old one when it fails.
    It might not work for you, but check out their website.
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    Edit: The CycleShell was purchased from a friend that put a sidecar on his GS and could no longer use it. He had bought it used so it is probably 8-10 years old.
    The cover fabric is getting thin, Nikwax tent and gear solar/waterproofing spray has helped extend it's life for the last 2 years and it might last another
    year or two before I have to fit the new cover.
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    Cycleshell looks nice.

    I don't have time to lay a concrete pad for a shed before the weather turns bad. This spring I'll revisit it. Maybe I can get a garage built in the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Maybe I can get a garage built in the spring.
    Didn't your house insurance cover the garage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Cycleshell looks nice.

    I don't have time to lay a concrete pad for a shed before the weather turns bad. This spring I'll revisit it. Maybe I can get a garage built in the spring.
    Most garden sheds have a built in wood floor. You just need to find a level spot in the yard to set it, and a few minutes to level it. One afternoon and you have a shed. In most areas you can find a company that sells them and will drop it off and level it. If you want to go crazy haul in a load of gravel and level it, then set the shed on it.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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