Roadgear cover on BMW K1200LT
BMW Motorcycle Cover
Roadgear Hibernator Motorcycle Cover
by "Mad Dog" Earle for webBikeWorld
Several visitors have written to us over the last few months
asking for recommendations on a motorcycle cover for their BMW motorcycles.
The majority of the emails inquired
about a basic motorcycle cover for use in the garage
during long-term storage. The cover did not
necessarily have to be waterproof, and it didn't even
have to be a BMW brand, but they wanted the cover to be
"non contact" to prevent scratching.
Is there such a thing as a "non contact"
motorcycle cover? Hmmm.... I don't thinks
so, unless you count one of those inflatable motorcycle
garage cocoons that can fit in a garage. Some of
them can even be filled with inert gas for really long
I wasn't sure which type of cover to
recommend, but it just so happened that Roadgear sent us
a couple of samples of their new "Hibernator" motorcycle
cover recently. The Hibernator fits BMW
motorcycles but is not BMW-specific. It comes in
three sizes, "Sport", "Jumbo" and "Mega".
The Mega size fits big touring bikes
like the BMW K1200LT. It's larger than the Jumbo
and also has a larger "pocket" that will fit over the
big K-bike's windscreen.
The Jumbo size works well on Rick's 1986
R65 shown here. The bike has a BMW "S" style
fairing, and it's set up pretty much like a slightly
smaller scale R90S.
I probably could have used the Sport
size to fit the R65, but the Jumbo works fine and has
the added benefit of also fitting the Tiger, although
the Tiger almost never gets a bath or a cover, befitting
it's tough-guy persona. The R65 is different,
because it's now 20 years old, a true vintage bike!
To get an idea of its size, we tried the
Roadgear Jumbo motorcycle cover on a few different
It's a bit too big for a Ducati Monster
(the Sport size would probably work better), just about
right for a Multistrada or a Triumph Daytona 955i and it
also fits the Triumph Tiger, both the "Steamer" and
"Girlie" versions. If you don't know the
difference, you need to get on the Tiger train!
The covers are made from very soft
flannel material in the U.S.A., like most Roadgear
products. The covers are very easy to put on and
take off, which is a plus.
We previously had the
R65 covered with an old twin sized bed sheet, and
although it's easy to put on and take off, it slides all
over the place at the slightest breeze.
The covers also have the Roadgear logo,
which is usually found as a strip of reflective tape on
most of their products.
The Roadgear covers have strips of
elastic sewn in at the front and rear. It's just
enough elastic to hold the cover on, but not enough to
make it too hard to get the cover on over the bike.
It's always a good idea to wash and wax
a motorcycle before it's put away for storage during the
winter, because even the softest material may scratch
the paint if it's dragged over a dirty surface.
The Sport, the Jumbo and the Mega can be
considered permanent garage dwellers; they're not
designed to be carried on the bike and used outdoors.
But they work perfectly for dust-free garage use and the
sizes will fit most bikes, both modern and vintage.
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Review: Roadgear Hibernator Motorcycle Cover
Retail Price: Sport - $69.90; Jumbo - $79.90; Mega - $99.90
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