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EZ Touring Wanderer Full Motorcycle Cover

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This was the cover that I took on my first rally.  The cover itself did not disappoint, however, there are a few things I'd probably do differently in the future.  First, the positives of this cover:

  • Lightweight
  • Compatible - It comes with its own stuff sack which a cylinder approximately 5 inches in diameter by 12 inches long.  I'd be willing to bet in a compression sack, you could get it even smaller.
  • (Apparently) Heat resistant.  For five days in a row I put it on the bike after the engine running around 18 hours a day.  No melting or other indication it was reacting negatively to the heat of the exhaust.

I really like this cover.  However, if I had it to do over again, I'd probably buy a different cover.  Specifically the Traveler Half Cover.  Originally I thought I'd want the entire bike covered, however, when it comes down to it, who care about the lower half?  One of the reasons I put a cover on the bike is to discourage people from poking around on it and potentially stealing accessories.  A half cover does that fine.

This leads to a disadvantage of any full sized cover - it sort of a pain to get in when you're tired and just want to go to bed.  Mind you, its NO WHERE near as much of a pain as the BMW Cover, however, every time I've put it on the bike, I couldn't help but thinking, "Gee, a half cover would be really easy to get on..." At some point to secure it properly, you're going to be laying on the ground.

One other thing that I would do differently - I wouldn't get black.   It occurred to me in a parking lot that it would be reasonably difficult for a person in a car to see the cover in a dark parking lot as they were pulling into, what they believed was, a seemingly empty parking space.  I'd probably get the silver in the future.

A few other (potential) negatives about this cover:

  • Only one set of securing grommets.  The stock BMW Cover has two.  Honestly, I don't know how much of a disadvantage this really is, but it seemed like this was something that could be added without adding significantly to weight or bulk.
  • Loose Fit.  If you read my review of the BMW Cover, then you know I whined about it fitting too tight.  Well, I just can't be pleased.  With that said, there are lots of opportunites with this cover for water to pool on the top.  It is waterproof, so it shouldn't matter.   It did also occur to me that the loose fitting nylon could very easily be turned into a sail and possibly knock the bike over in a very strong wind.  This may just be another argument for the Half Cover.
  • No reflective tape.   Anything to help visibility in a dark parking lot I think is an added bonus.

All and all this is a great cover, though its not cheap.  I would just determine whether you really want a full sized cover before you buy it.