motorcycle cover over winter

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by west yorks uk, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. west yorks uk

    west yorks uk Member

    i will be shortly putting my bike away for the winter, i keep it in a wooden shed & iv been considering getting a motorcycle cover to leave over the bike for a few months but would this be a bad idea as the bike will get condensation on it during the cold weather? what would be the effect if it had a cover & got lots of condensation & i didn't check it for a few months?

    thanks in advance for your help & insight.
  2. SeaRider04

    SeaRider04 Active Member

    I kept mine in a metal shed with plywood froor using a cheap motorcycle cover over it over the winter with battery tender hooked up, I did not see any condensation build up on mine and didn't see any effect when Spring arrived, just take off the cover and it fires right up.
  3. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

    Do not use a plastic tarp. You want a indoor cover not an outdoor cover. It has to breath. An old bed sheet is fine. Even a good idea to run a fan to keep the air moving around.
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

  5. ultradoc

    ultradoc Active Member

    I too have used an old bed sheet and with no problems. that's about the cheapest way to go.
  6. franka

    franka Active Member

    I keep mine in a covered garage but the front of the garage is open to the elements, live in a condo with secure parking. Although it's chilly and the wind comes through the bike stays 100% dry. Even at that I cover it summer and winter with a vinyl motorcycle cover, however, the trick is to have one with a breathable air vent. You can usually pick up a decent one for around $100.00, I've been using mine for three years and no signs of exaggerated wear.
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    And shove some steel Wool up the pipes so the rodents dont nest in there:s
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    I have my bikes in 2 wooden sheds i usually throw a cover over the one in the workshop just in case there are any objects flying about what i use for a cover is a thick dust sheet
    shed is fairly tight so no real access for mice etc but cat is out on patrol a lot just in case any come near
    dog chases the badgers away but all they do is eat the slugs and snails
    i had a mouse make a nice nest in a helmet before i had a cat and found a rat in one of the sheds built on to the house but last cat was good at killing rats i just hope this youngster is up to the job

  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Objects flying around? not throwing things are you:s
  10. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    It is a workshop i have hammers and cold chisels and lots of other stuff that i play with from time to time and with the best will in the world something at sometime may go flying
    so the bike has a protective blanket just in case :p