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    Cover for the TW

    Can anyone recommend a good waterproof cover for the TW? Has to fit with cycleracks on it. Thanks in advance. J

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    I am going to draw heat for this. It is one thing to throw a cover over your bike while storing it for the winter. I use a blanket...sometimes to keep dust and debris from other projects I am working on from getting on the bike. When hauling the bike, the wind will whip the cover against your paint no matter what cover you use. I am against a cover on a bike being hauled...no matter how much the cover company represents that their cover will not scratch the paint.
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    I use a Heavy Duty Canvas Tarp to cover my bikes. Waterproof, breathable, and heavy so the wind don't blow them off.
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    I wouldn't use waterproof...moisture in the form of condensation will form inside, so your bike still gets wet. If you want something to store it in at home, there is a bike sized storage shed that folds down to store.
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    I am not a paid recommender, just a consumer. For inside/or outside, consider a bike capsule from the Car Capsule company. I have stored in these and they are awesome. They keep your bike dry, they are mouse/rat proof.

    If you do not like the capsule, and you are storing outside, consider a SealSkins cover.
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    that sounds wrong on so many levels
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    I am also not a paid recommender, but I use this. The XL/2XL are made for huge touring bikes so it fits over the side bags fine [I have the XL one]. It's pretty water proof as far as I can tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bryce Winnick View Post
    I am going to draw heat for this. It is one thing to throw a cover over your bike while storing it for the winter. I use a blanket...sometimes to keep dust and debris from other projects I am working on from getting on the bike. When hauling the bike, the wind will whip the cover against your paint no matter what cover you use. I am against a cover on a bike being hauled...no matter how much the cover company represents that their cover will not scratch the paint.
    Are you really worried about the paint on a TW that much? If the paintjob on your TW isn't already covered on scratches and dents/dings, you aren't using it right...
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    For the riding season, I use a simple nylon lightweight cover, that flaps about enough in the wind (at the bottom) to prevent condensation – to stop it from eventually blowing off the bike, I’ve found that camo netting does the job without smothering it too much. There are far more points on camo netting that can be used to bungee it in place if it blows up rough – a combination of the two is neat, light weight, and storm proof. In the winter, they go in the garage, and left uncovered whilst there

    For outdoor winter comparison, I draw on my experience with the lawn tractor, high winds, pissing rain, snow – everything the season can throw at it – but it stays outside in all weathers. In this case, a nylon cover is pretty much useless, so I use a heavy duty canvas cover designed for (believe it or not) a “lawn swing”. I’ve found that it’s heavy enough not to get blown off in up to 85mph winds, completely water proof in all weathers, but it does collect (and then keep) condensation

    I suspect this is partly due to it being “over-sized”, and it’s weight, but I use the same sort of canvas cover over some lawn furniture that’s a much neater fit, and had it blown up and off in high winds. In the case of the lawn furniture one, it’s currently held in place by the puddles that have formed on top (did I mention we get wet winters around here) ?

    I’ve only been on the Island for three years, so this has been a learning curve for me. What I can tell you, is that heavy canvas maybe won’t put a shine on your tank, but it’s likely to cause electrical problems, unless you can allow some air from underneath without the whole thing blowing off

    On the other hand, light nylon will flap about more than a very flappy thing that’s prone to flapping, and even with a camo net over the whole ensemble, is likely to take its toll on the paint work over winter (unless you take the tank off and place it indoors, which would seem to be the ideal solution)

    Those “bike garage tents” in my neck of the woods would likely be found over a mile away by now – the wind would either rip it apart, or propel it into the distance (as for rodent proof, you must have some toothless rodents in your parts) …….
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    Just ride it all winter.
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