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Nov 3rd 2017, 01:57 PM   #1
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Its' SNOWING! so if you don't have a garage, you might be interested in this...

It's so much better than a bike cover: Cycleshell Motorcycle Storage Enclosure

There are also more posts for luggage and other things in the Classifieds section. If you want the whole lot, I can figure out a discounted total.
Nov 4th 2017, 12:20 AM   #2
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
There's a person down the street who has a Super Tenere', not sure if I spelled that right, where I pass by every day and feel sad for the bike. Today it was sitting there with 5'' of snow on the tank and seat, leaning on it's side stand...all neglected.
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Nov 4th 2017, 09:46 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
i use to just use a tent.... just cut the bottom out then use bricks to keep it held down. then when you wanna ride just lift the tent up over the bike and ride on, and when you want to do some work you have a (bit tight, but) dry place to do so
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Nov 4th 2017, 12:00 PM   #4
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

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Originally Posted by SilvieFox
i use to just use a tent.... just cut the bottom out then use bricks to keep it held down. then when you wanna ride just lift the tent up over the bike and ride on, and when you want to do some work you have a (bit tight, but) dry place to do so
The CycleShell holds up to wind much better than a tent, and it's more compact if you only have a regular-sized parking space to work with. Likely easier to take down and stow than tent would be if that needed to be done every time it wasn't in use. There's also no chance someone can just walk away with it, at least not while the bike is in it. Back when I used a regular cover, it (the cover) was a target for theft on more than one occasion. Someone even cut through the cable lock on it once just for fun. Things may be different where you are, but in Seattle, there's a very large number of tents visible in public making it easier to imagine someone might be tempted by an easy upgrade to whatever it is they currently have or don't. In addition to the potential loss of the cover, the incidents also put the bike at risk for damage while the perp's messing with it.
Nov 4th 2017, 01:16 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
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Originally Posted by cgt1229
There's a person down the street who has a Super Tenere', not sure if I spelled that right, where I pass by every day and feel sad for the bike. Today it was sitting there with 5'' of snow on the tank and seat, leaning on it's side stand...all neglected.
Oh man but that bothers me too! Yes I know that they are inanimate objects but I hate it so much to see a nice bike, especially those that cost many thousands of dollars, to sit out in the weather all the time. It cost so little to just throw a tarp over them or even an old sheet or bedspread. Why just park them and let the elements destroy them any faster than they have to? To me, nothing looks more forlorn than to see a fine and beautiful motorcycle covered in dust or snow for month on end simply because it's owner is too lazy to cover it in some way. Grrrrr!

Some people are not fit to be parents and some people are not fit to be motorcycle owners.
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Nov 4th 2017, 02:06 PM   #6
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

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and some people are not fit to be motorcycle owners.
Just throwing this one out there because of its humorous juxtaposition of so many seemingly contradictory stereotypes (make sure you have the sound on), including the lack of a bikini model:

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Edited by metricHalfPint on Nov 4th 2017 at 02:26 PM
Nov 4th 2017, 03:48 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
How bout you get one of these, so that when you piss off the Mrs. you have a place to go.


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Nov 5th 2017, 07:45 AM   #8
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

  DL650A
The biggest problem I see with leaving your bike out is burglars. I get a substantial break in my insurance rate by putting it in my garage. I think hiding it in a tent is probably the next best thing, and it will keep it dry.
Nov 5th 2017, 08:48 AM   #9
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Four sheets of plywood and a few feet of 2x4's and you could build yourself a nice little motorcycle hooch right there in your assigned parking space.

Could you not?

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Nov 6th 2017, 09:59 AM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by Sentinel
Four sheets of plywood and a few feet of 2x4's and you could build yourself a nice little motorcycle hooch right there in your assigned parking space.

Could you not?

Nice idea, but any apartment I've lived in expressly forbid that kind of thing... or I would have done it. Of course, I had a third floor indoor storage space across the hall from my apartment one year and that's where my bike lived all winter. That was probably forbidden... but hey out of sight, out of mind. My bike only spent one winter out in the snow. I had a cover on it and would go out twice a day to dust it off and make sure everything was secure.
Nov 6th 2017, 10:39 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
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Originally Posted by metricHalfPint
The CycleShell holds up to wind much better than a tent, and it's more compact if you only have a regular-sized parking space to work with. Likely easier to take down and stow than tent would be if that needed to be done every time it wasn't in use. There's also no chance someone can just walk away with it, at least not while the bike is in it. Back when I used a regular cover, it (the cover) was a target for theft on more than one occasion. Someone even cut through the cable lock on it once just for fun. Things may be different where you are, but in Seattle, there's a very large number of tents visible in public making it easier to imagine someone might be tempted by an easy upgrade to whatever it is they currently have or don't. In addition to the potential loss of the cover, the incidents also put the bike at risk for damage while the perp's messing with it.
i did this when i lived in an apartment, i just left the tent in my parking spot (again had a couple bricks in it to keep it from blowing around) also i just bought the cheapest tent i could find and never had an issue (and was in portland)
Nov 6th 2017, 11:53 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
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Originally Posted by Rustydust
It cost so little to just throw a tarp over them or even an old sheet or bedspread.
A tarp or even a proper weatherproof conventional motorcycle cover is not a good solution for any real length of time; wind and trapped condensation will damage your finish and fog your windscreen. Affixing it carefully and tautly with minimal points of contact and using a "breathable" cover may help a bit here but I've still seen situations of abraded high spots on the finish and a windscreen that looked like it had been sanded after a few months of being parked this way and ignored.
Nov 6th 2017, 03:31 PM   #13
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Is anyone else excited that Alpental is reporting 17" and Stevens is reporting 16"?
Nov 6th 2017, 04:55 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
Is anyone else excited that Alpental is reporting 17" and Stevens is reporting 16"?
Excited? Not exactly the word I'd use.
Nov 7th 2017, 07:56 AM   #15
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Excited? Not exactly the word I'd use.
I mean, I wish it was more. It's a start though.
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