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    Bike covers - good? Bad?

    I bought a new bike today and the sales guy told me I'm better off leaving my bike to the elements rather than using a cover every day (during summer that is). Apparently putting a cover on and off that often wears on the paint, and if the bikes still warm it will cause condensation leading to rust.

    He said newer bikes nowadays are designed to survive weather and I'm better off not using a cover.

    Seems reasonable to me, just wanted some second opinions?

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    If you plan on leaving the bike completely exposed (ie: no garage, no carport, no nothing), then put a cover on it. Just wait for it to cool down before you do. Your bike will be a piece of shit in no time without one.
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    A good cover won't scratch the paint and it'll be vented to breath so no condensation. I use one over the winter too indoors
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    Buy and use a good, vented cover. There is no reason that the cover will scratch the paint. It protects the paint from fading in the sun. And the warmth given off by the cooling bike dries the bike after a damp ride, rather than 'causing condensation', so long as the cover is vented. Plus there is an element of security - out of sight, out of mind - so despite the bike being parked outdoors it might be a bit less of a target for theft. I've used the Dowco Guardian for many years - the cotton lower fabric rots out because of the wetness after a couple years, but they have a lifetime warranty and I've had 4 successive replacements out of one initial purchase so far...
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    That salesman is talking out of his ass. Get yourself a good cover. I've got 2 really old Nelson riggs I can't wear out. The 30 dollar cheapies last a season and the 100 dollar ones last 10 plus years. I buy them big - easier to get on and off and they go right to the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddyGroove View Post
    If you plan on leaving the bike completely exposed (ie: no garage, no carport, no nothing), then put a cover on it. Just wait for it to cool down before you do. Your bike will be a piece of shit in no time without one.
    100%

    you do need to let 'em cool down, but yeh specially in the wet coast we get a lot of moisture, dirt etc.. you dont wanna leave a poor bike outside.

    when we go on week long trips, we cover 'em at the hotel over-night.. guaranteed.
    thats on the cruiser of course.. wish i had a super compact cover for the R1.

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    I had to park outside for a year with no overhead cover when daily riding every season (including winter). I put my cheap, thin, non-lined $20 eBay cover on the bike the minute I got home (ie. wet from rain and hot) and the bike was no worse off for it. You should cover it simply to keep the UV from fading all the anodized parts.
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    just be sure to give it a good rubdown with a good SPF 50+ sunscreen - especially lather up any plastics + carbon fiber...

    UV damage is relentless, cumulative, and only going to get worse
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    I have the good cover similar to what Harley sells .Heavy nylon ventilated lower anti heat treatment ,no issues 35 years and counting

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    ^^^ what brand?
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