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Designed to cover 104 inch Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha motorcycles, the Anglink Motorcycle Cover could be the best motorcycle cover for many enthusiasts. It’s the cover that can retain your perfect black finish on the bike without the sun’s UV rays damaging it. This is a relief to motorbikes owners because outdoor elements are always a concern.
I must say although the 210D oxford fabric is not superior to the preceding 300D polyester fabrics, it surely guarantees durability over the 180T or 190T fabrics. The fabric is coated with polyurethane to enhance its waterproofness to ensure that no raindrops penetrate to destruct your bike’s components.
Moreover, the cover is tear resistant, wear-resistant and weather resistant. The treacherous snow or storm conditions in the mountains will not do much of the damage when parking your bike in the wilderness. This cover is lightweight, thus making it a cinch to travel with. It can withstand the water pressure of up to 2000 Pa, meaning that the heavy downpours will be shielded.
What I also found interesting is the adjustable elastic band which helps in securing the cover on the motorcycle. Combined with the windproof buckle design, it keeps the cover sturdy against strong winds in the wilderness. Almost all sorts of weather conditions, the cover can take care of.
The built-in safety lock holes help in minimizing theft. These 2 anti-theft cloth lock holes enable you to run through chains and ties to lock the cover. While this attempt may emerge fruitless for serious theft, it can deter chance-takers especially when you are nearby. Furthermore, the safety locks prevent the cover from being stolen by the next motorcycle owner.
In ensuring the bike owners that the cover is of high quality, the manufacturer is offering a one year warranty. Provided you care for it, I don’t see any possibility of returning it within a year. If you are not satisfied with the purchase, you have the opportunity to return for a 100% money back guarantee.
The cover weighs around 1.7 pounds with dimensions 104″ x 49″x 41″. I have not seen information regarding the inclusion of the carry bag for ease of transport. But that should not be expensive to purchase.
Now that we have gone through the important reviews of the best motorcycle covers on the market, let’s discuss the buyer’s guide. As promised before, in this guide I will try to help you make an informed decision.
I have discussed the important factors you need to consider before making a purchase. As much as I seldom consider price when making a purchase, I would wish everyone follows my strategy because price can be deceiving it helps to assess the product meticulously to see if it has the important features such as waterproof, water resistance, breathability, air vents, security grommets, heat shield, windshield, and others. I will highlight these…
In a nutshell, you should consider weather protection, transportability, security, sizes and heat-resistant fabrics.
Under weather protection, we consider UV protection and waterproof/water resistance. These form an important part of every motorcycle cover. When parking outside, what comes to mind are the possible rainfall and the destructive UV rays.
Although often used interchangeably in marketing purposes, these concepts are not the same. Many companies advertise their motorcycle covers as being 100% waterproof but only to find out they are actually water resistant and not as stated. The water resistance (DWR) coating can fade in years to come which will then demand another coating to keep repelling water.
Before making a purchase, ensure that the cover is waterproof as the manufacturer claims. The materials polyester and nylon are the common fabrics that are known for their capabilities in waterproofness. Some fabrics are coated polyurethane and the seams are taped to ensure the best waterproof quality. Have an evaluation of each product you intend to buy.
In my review, all the products are waterproof and they come with treated seams which seals the waterproof. Moreover, they are breathable to let the moisture out. Some water-resistant fabrics, quite often, do not feature the air vents which then can lead to mildew growth.
To wrap up, I say look for the product that is waterproof or water-resistant as well as breathable. Other motorcycle covers have the air vents at the bottom to let ample air circulate. But given a choice, go with the waterproof fabrics as there is no concern of a degrading coating as it the case with water-repellent fabrics.
This is yet another concern that awakens many motorcycle owners. Combined with water, UV rays can cause water spots and thus discoloring your bike. If exposed to sunlight, your motorcycle may look old in a short period of time. That affects the sale-ability of the motorcycle in the future if you intend to buy a new one.
With that said, look for covers that are UV-treated. This guarantees you that the finish will stay beautiful for a long time.
The security of the motorcycle is also important. Also important is the security of your cover. To start with the motorcycle, these covers are not adequately equipped to deter theft. Yes, they come with grommets or eyelets where you can run through the ropes or ties but these are never enough to deter criminals if they have enough time to steal. But can potentially deter chance-takers.
But you can attach the chain and lock the cover and also lock it to a fixed object so that both the cover and the motorcycle do not get stolen. It’s also easy to steal the cover, so if you use the grommets you can deter that theft.
Also problematic is the invitation of criminals to your parked motorcycles. There are some fancy covers that indicate to criminals that you have covered the bike here. I advise you to avoid such obvious invitations just to improve the security.
A small size may not cover the entire motorcycle and as a result, other parts will still be exposed to the outside elements. A bigger size as well can be detrimental to the wind blows as air can sneak through to blow it up. Check the right size versus the right motorcycle. In my review, I have tried guiding you about the relevant sizes covered by some covers. You may check the dimensions of the motorcycle and that of the cover and then compare.
After a long day of riding the bike, the exhaust pipe becomes extremely hot to install the cover. The cover can melt and get damaged. In such cases, you have to wait for some minutes so that the bike cools off. Imagine the inconvenience of waiting while you are late for a meeting!
Motorcycle covers come with aluminized heat-shield to protect against the hot pipes. Other covers come as half-covers to eliminate the part that covers the exhaust pipes. Well, that’s not advisable to buy because it can still expose your bike to rain and UV rays.
With transportability, I refer to the ease of transporting the motorcycle cover. In that case, you have to take into account the weight as well as the compression bag. Some covers come with compression bags while others you have to purchase these bags separately.
The more advanced motorcycle covers with multiple layers are common to heavyweights. A lighter motorcycle may be convenient but not efficient in protecting your bike. That’s a serious trade-in you have to consider.
The extra features can also play a significant role in distinguishing the best motorcycle covers. The features could include the adjustable elastic hems for a snug fit or zippers for ease of installing the covers. Also important is nighttime visibility with reflective materials at the bottom to alert others to not collide with the motorcycle.
Some bikes come with additional pockets where you can stuff in alarms to deter criminal activities. The soft windshield cotton is also important to protect the windscreen against the scratches.
In order to increase its longevity, it’s important to care for the cover. Check the cover prints for instructions on how to care for it. Many of them are not to be machine-washed. Warm water with soap detergent and brush are the best accessories to wash these covers. This YouTube video can give you tips on how to care and install the motorcycle cover.
2019 By DAVID SHON
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