Motorcycle Cover Maintenance: Keeping Your Cover in Top Shape
A motorcycle cover is ideal for protecting your motorbike. It keeps away dust, dirt, and debris, and it protects your bike from scratches and scrapes. It's also useful for making your bike more secure, hiding just how valuable it might be. But, just as you need to maintain your motorbike, it's also important to maintain your motorbike cover. Taking care of it will keep it in good condition, prevent deterioration, and ensure it looks good too. There's more to motorcycle cover maintenance than you might think, but it doesn't have to be difficult to look after yours. With a few simple steps, you can protect it and ensure it's functioning and smart.
Choose the Right Cover
The first thing you should do if you want to maintain your motorcycle cover is to make sure you have the right cover. A decent cover will last longer and do a better job of protecting your motorcycle. While there are cheap options out there, it's worth investing in a cover that will last a long time. Having to replace a cheap cover regularly could mean you end up spending more compared to simply investing in a high-quality cover.
You will need to choose a cover that's suitable for the purpose you need it for. For example, consider whether you're using it indoors or outdoors. Some covers are suitable for both, while others are designed for indoor use. You should also think about whether you will be regularly taking it on or off, or if your cover is needed for long-term use.
At The Cover Shop, our covers are made with high-density 210GSM stitching weave to prevent dust migration. They're also breathable, resistant to bumps and scratches, and feature a soft knit lining to protect the body of your motorcycle.
Pick the Best Size
Choosing the right cover size can also be important for maintenance. Too big and it could sag and easily get caught on things. Too small, and it might get stretched out, plus it won't protect your motorcycle very well. Make sure you choose a size that's suitable for the size of your bike. If you're not sure, it's always best to make an inquiry with the retailer to find out more about which size will work for you.
Store Your Cover Properly
It's important to know how to maintain your cover when you're using it, but you also need to know how to keep it in good condition when you're not using it. If you need to store your motorcycle cover, you need to do it in the right way to ensure longevity and protect it for longer. Make sure you store it somewhere cool and dry, with plenty of ventilation. This will prevent it from being affected by moisture, mould, and mildew. It will also prevent any unpleasant odours from developing.
You could choose to fold or roll your cover, depending on the shape and material. The manufacturer might have instructions for you to follow to help prevent any creases or damage. Make sure you fold or roll it loosely so that you don't have flat edges, which could affect the condition of the cover over time.
Clean Your Motorcycle Cover
Motorcycle covers are excellent for keeping away dust and dirt. But that means that, instead of your motorcycle getting dirty, the cover can get dirty instead. Washing it now and then may be necessary to remove any build-up of dirt and various debris. Even a dust-resistant cover may need to be cleaned occasionally.
The most important thing is to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Motorcycle covers can be made from different materials, so it's essential to handle them in the right way. As a general rule, you can start by removing any debris that might be on the cover. Shake it off or gently brush away anything that could be clinging to it. You can then use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe the outside of the cover clean. Just some lukewarm water mixed with a mild detergent is fine. You can find cleaning solutions designed for the specific fabric if you want to be careful.
Make sure you don't scrub too hard when washing your cover if you want to avoid damaging it. Once you've washed it with soap, you can wipe it down with clean water or gently spray off the soap.
Drying Your Motorcycle Cover
To air-dry your motorcycle cover, you will want to place it somewhere away from direct sunlight. Spreading it across a flat surface or hanging it on a clothesline in the shade can be good options. It shouldn't take too long to dry, but make sure it's spread out so it can dry evenly. It should be completely dry before you put it away or start using it again.
Inspecting Your Cover
It's a good idea to inspect your motorcycle cover occasionally to check for any damage. As well as ensuring there's no damage on the outside, you want to be sure there's nothing inside the cover that could damage your motorcycle. Look for any tears, holes, or fraying material that might need to be repaired or could even mean the cover needs to be replaced. Check for any rough parts that could scratch your motorcycle so that you can prevent any damage from occurring.
Know Your Warranty
A motorcycle cover with a good warranty can help you out if there's any unexpected damage. Warranties will cover you if your cover doesn't last as long as you expected it to, and can allow you to get it repaired or trade it in for a replacement. Check the conditions of the warranty so you know what to expect and what protection you have.
When you buy a motorcycle cover from The Cover Shop, you benefit from a 5-year warranty to protect your purchase.
Find your perfect motorcycle cover with The Cover Shop. With three different sizes available (small, medium, and large), you can find the perfect fit for your motorcycle.