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Old 09-12-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Motorcycle, cover or no cover!

I currently have an Overbilt lift on a 2015 Dutch Star, my question of those of you with motorcycle lifts on the back, how many cover the bike to keep it clean? My instinct says no yet I know how filthy it will get back there, just wondering what others do,
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Old 09-12-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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Covers can get flapping and eat paint right off.
Washing it after getting to your destination doesn't take any paint off.
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Old 09-12-2015, 05:54 PM   #3
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The only trailerable cover I know of is: GEZA GEAR | Stretch Fit Custom Motorcycle Covers
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I currently have an Overbilt lift on a 2015 Dutch Star, my question of those of you with motorcycle lifts on the back, how many cover the bike to keep it clean? My instinct says no yet I know how filthy it will get back there, just wondering what others do,
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Well Sir, I carried our '08 Honda GL 1800 on a Hydralift on the back of our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT for over 8,000 miles. At times, I covered it, but most of the trips were done with it un-covered. Yep, there's no doubt about it, your bike will get dirty. A large part how of bad it will get is, what kind of roads you travel on. Newer, cleaner and well used roads will yield less dirt and, you're bike won't be all that bad.

But, on less used roads or, those with mild dirt, sand, farm areas etc, will yield more dirt/dust etc. thrown up by the tires and, sucked up by you engine fan and, squirted through the radiator. As far as covers are concerned, there are a couple different models.

We have one called "Utra-Guard" and, it was sold by a company called "Wingstuff" on the West coast. It's a thick, stout but nice cover. It DOES NOT FLAP due to the fact that there's a zillion straps on it cinching it down in all directions.

And speaking of that, that's why we elected to not put it on for many of our trips. It was just too much of a pain in the a$$. And, because you cannot SEAL the bike up, due to all the straps etc., the bike would still get a tad bit dirty, even way up high. So, we figured what the heck, if it's going to get dirty anyway, then why spend all that time cinching down a cover.

It's nice if, you travel through some rain etc. There's no doubt about that. Below is what ours looked like with a cover on it.
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I agree it's a PITA to set it up this way, but this is how I carry my bike for long trips. Underneath the tarp is the standard Harley touring bike cover. That cover protects the paint from the tarp.

The tarp is what keeps it clean and no flapping around. There are many bungee cords holding the tarp all around the lift so dirt does't blow up under the cover. When I unload the bike after a trip like this, it's just as clean as when I loaded it up.
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I agree it's a PITA to set it up this way, but this is how I carry my bike for long trips. Underneath the tarp is the standard Harley touring bike cover. That cover protects the paint from the tarp.

The tarp is what keeps it clean and no flapping around. There are many bungee cords holding the tarp all around the lift so dirt does't blow up under the cover. When I unload the bike after a trip like this, it's just as clean as when I loaded it up.
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I most certainly applaud your setup and, the fact that you can keep your bike really clean while in transport. But, I don't envy you in the "setup" time in both getting ready to hit the road or, after a days driving the coach and removing all the bungees, tarps and cover. This is one of those pride things though. You obviously take the time to do what you have to do, because you take pride in your bike and, want to protect it. I don't blame you. These d... motorcycles cost a lot these days.

I too like a spotless, shining Wing when I ride. Well, like stated, we'd use the cover once in while and, while it did SOME good, it was not perfect. It could have been better if not perfect if, I would have modified it with some cuts, sewing, reliefs, alternately placed straps and buckles, etc. But, the older I get, the easier I want to make my life.

So, we sold the Hydralift and, I now "Rampage" the bike into the back of our truck and tow it. The bike still gets a bit dusty but, a nice wet towels does a bang-up job when I off load the bike. It takes about 5-8 minutes.

The best way we used to do it was an enclosed trailer with a ramp. The bike remained spotless and, It took me about 3 minutes from the time I drove the bike into the trailer, to the time it was fully locked down and, the rear ramp/door was closing. But, as you and, any M/C hauler would know, you can't bring a toad with you in a situation like that unless your enclosed trailer is a monster.
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Thanks for all of the info, that custom cover looks like it has some promise. The only time that I really intend to use the lift is on longer trips when I will be staying in one place for more that week, so set up and take down time is less of an issue to me. At the end of December we will be heading to Florida for a couple of months and then Sturgis next summer so this may work for me.
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A cover will flap with the wind and likely adversely affect the paint job on the motorcycle. I have been towing a motorcycle for years, and it's better to let it get dirty and hose it off rather than risk the paint job. Or, as others have said, get an enclosed trailer.
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A cover will flap with the wind and likely adversely affect the paint job on the motorcycle. I have been towing a motorcycle for years, and it's better to let it get dirty and hose it off rather than risk the paint job. Or, as others have said, get an enclosed trailer.
Well, you're correct if you're talking about a cheap, flimsy nylon or other material that just "sits" on the bike to keep it from seeing the sun. But, if you LOOK at the one on my Goldwing, on the back of our coach, it's at thick or, thicker than some sleeping bags. It's flannel lined and, has more than a dozen cinch strap/buckles in all directions. We used it several times and not one bit of paint damage was ever incurred.

But, without a doubt, it was a pain in the a$$ to install each time. And, because it was not totally sealed, there was still some dust that got to the bike.
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