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    It's A Dirty Cover Up......

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    That’s exactly what I ended up doing with my wonderful wife. Bingo. Took two minutes.


    Guys,

    Always wondered if I should have gotten married back when I was quite the stud............


    Slo_Rider
    Last edited by Slo_Rider; 8th February 2019 at 21:06.

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    Cover recommendation and advice on install

    Quote Originally Posted by Slo_Rider View Post
    Good morning folks,

    Yesterday, after I spent two hours trying to install my centerstand using several of the '5 minute' methods I got frustrated and knew I needed to take a break. Maybe I have some 'special' springs from 'Mother Honda' or just a weak ratchet strap but it just didn't work.

    When I tried to put my cover back on the bike it just fell apart. There had been a few little cracks but as I tried to pull it into place the whole thing just disintegrated. It was supposed to be rated for outdoor use since the bike sits out behind my apartment but maybe 'Nelson Rigg' and I have a different definition of outdoor use.

    Bottom line, after lunch I have to fight the center stand springs again and order another cover.

    Does anybody have a recommendation of a brand and model that will stand up to mother nature?



    Slo_Rider
    My bike is kept outside and I use a:
    Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus EZ Zip Motorcycle Cover
    SKU: 258941
    Color: Black
    Size: 2XL
    I purchased the larger cover to accommodate a tall windscreen, handguards, topbox and panniers.
    On the center stand spring install I viewed a Youtube video where the owner used heavy cord tied around the rear tire with a loop for the springs. You roll the bike forward to pull the spring to the rear and flex the line to engage hooks and the stand. This method worked for me with the OEM center stand.

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    It's A Dirty Cover Up......

    Quote Originally Posted by A_B View Post
    My bike is kept outside and I use a:
    Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus EZ Zip Motorcycle Cover
    SKU: 258941
    Color: Black
    Size: 2XL
    I purchased the larger cover to accommodate a tall windscreen, handguards, topbox and panniers.
    On the center stand spring install I viewed a Youtube video where the owner used heavy cord tied around the rear tire with a loop for the springs. You roll the bike forward to pull the spring to the rear and flex the line to engage hooks and the stand. This method worked for me with the OEM center stand.




    A_B,

    Thanks for the response and the YT link. He makes some good points and I will need to order one tonight and will look carefully at the Dowco EZ Zip.......Actually I might go by 'Cycle Gear' today to see that they have in stock.

    As for the centerstand springs....I might give it one more try but I am inclined to just take it to the shop and hope they only charge me for a half hour of shop time.

    Since I will be by myself I am hesitant to try the rolling method since I could easily dump the bike, and it would probably be against my concrete and brick stoop or the neighbors stoop. Neither would be good for the plastics.



    Thanks again,
    Slo_Rider

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    Senior Member It's A Dirty Cover Up...... SilverRocket's Avatar
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    I used the ratchet strap method and I think some heavy duty wire to pull the spring into place. Maybe a thick plastic zip tie would work too.
    Don't stoop down. Sit or kneel on cardboard when working on your bike, like I started to once I hit my 50's.

    As for the cover- were you keeping it outdoors in an area where it gets sun? I've been through numerous car covers that practically disintegrate because my carport receives a lot of sun and tons of pollutants (and ash from all the fires). I think the materials that make the cover water resistant will break down from that stuff (and maybe acid rain too, though mine never get wet).
    So I just buy the least expensive ones that work, instead of the most expensive that only last a few years.
    I used a bike cover for both my previous bikes and it's looking like new. Probably because it never saw the sun or water.

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    It's a Dirty cover Up.........

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverRocket View Post
    I used the ratchet strap method and I think some heavy duty wire to pull the spring into place. Maybe a thick plastic zip tie would work too.
    Don't stoop down. Sit or kneel on cardboard when working on your bike, like I started to once I hit my 50's.

    As for the cover- were you keeping it outdoors in an area where it gets sun? I've been through numerous car covers that practically disintegrate because my carport receives a lot of sun and tons of pollutants (and ash from all the fires). I think the materials that make the cover water resistant will break down from that stuff (and maybe acid rain too, though mine never get wet).
    So I just buy the least expensive ones that work, instead of the most expensive that only last a few years.
    I used a bike cover for both my previous bikes and it's looking like new. Probably because it never saw the sun or water.



    SilverRocket......

    Thanks for the response. Monday is supposed to be warm and possibly dry so I am going to try the ratchet strap again. This time I am just going to try using a small length of cordage on the non ratcheting side so I will have more pull room. My ratchet strap is pretty large so at it's shortest length it is still about 8" long and just using cordage may help. I know that is an odd explanation but that is my best effort.

    I ended up buying a Dowco Guardian cover which is nice unit but I initially bought a 2xl which I had to send back for an xl. Even that is a bit generous but if I ever put panniers on the bike it might be a better fit. My bike is outside and receives about 4 hours of sun per day so hopefully this one will last more than a year.

    Thanks for the thoughts and maybe the sun will eventually come out and maybe I can rework my pavers to give myself a wee bit better place to kneel or lay.


    Thanks again,
    Slo_Rider
    Last edited by Slo_Rider; 9th March 2019 at 14:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    Thatís exactly what I ended up doing with my wonderful wife. Bingo. Took two minutes.
    Your wife's name is Bingo?

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