Purchasing a motorcycle cover is pretty much like buying clothes for yourself. The more choices you have, the more complicated your shopping experience becomes. So before you head on to any online or brick-and-mortar store, it pays to do a little research first. This way, you'll be able to make a more informed decision and get value for your money.
Here are some questions that you should answer to find the cover that best fits your needs:
1. What kind of cover do you need.indoor or outdoor?
Your choice of motorcycle cover largely depends on where you intend to use it. If you have a covered garage and you just need to protect your motorcycle against dust and minor scratches, an indoor cover will do. It is usually lightweight and cheaper compared to those that are used outdoor.
Outdoor covers, on the other hand, are primarily designed to be heavy duty because of their task of protecting your motorcycles or ATVs from dents, water, moisture, scratches, and other damaging elements from the environment. Because they have to endure more beatings, most outdoor motorcycle and ATV covers have greater features, making them more expensive. An outdoor cover can be utilized even indoors, but an indoor cover can't be used outdoors especially during harsh weather.
2. What's the size of your motorcycle?
For you to get the motorcycle cover that best fits your ride, you have to get your motorcycle's dimensions. Measure its length, width, and height accurately and compare it with the dimensions of the cover you're planning to buy. Make sure to get your ride's longest, widest, and highest spots plus attachments and consider the figures you'll get when selecting a cover.
In case the dimensions of the motorcycle fall in between two sizes, go for the larger size. However, you should also make sure that the cover won't completely cover your motorcycle all the way to the ground. Allow your ride to breath by making sure there are a few inches of clearance between the body and the motorcycle cover.
Also take note of those covers that are sized based on the motorcycle's engine. Read the label first to be sure that they are specifically designed for the kind of bike you have.
3. Which features matter to you?
This is where the hard work comes in because some features can make the cover more expensive than others, so you have to decide what feature you should consider and which of them you should forego.
If you're planning to leave your bike outside, then the motorcycle cover you should get must be heat resistant and must have waterproofing feature. You may also consider the cover's safety grommets especially if you live in an area where the number of car and bike theft cases are alarming. The safety grommets allow the cover to be used with a padlock or a cable. You can also get a cover that's machine washable. The bottomline here is to know the features that are important to you before making a purchase, and you definitely won't go wrong.