Some purists don’t like them, and proud owners can’t understand why anyone would want to hide their pride and joy. Still, every rider has got to admit that a bike cover sure comes in handy. Whether you use it as a shield from the elements or a deterrent to thieves, a bike cover can mean the difference between exposed/vulnerable and hidden/secure.
Big Bike Parts distributes products from Ultragard, a company known for is its line of bike covers. No matter if you’ve got a Gold Wing pavement pig or a little 100cc errand-runner, chances are Ultragard makes a cover to fit your ride, protecting it from Mother Nature as well as the eyes of bandits.
We get a wide variety of bikes around here, and no matter what I ride home, I need a cover to fit over it when I park it for the night. Large covers can get blown around by the wind (or away completely — ask me how I know), while tiny covers aren’t much good at protecting a huge bagger. I needed a one-size-fits-all cover (from an Ultra Classic down to a Rebel), so the nice folks at Big Bike Parts hooked me up with their Ultragard Classic II in bagger size.
It’s made of tough, heavy-duty, water-resistant, polyurethane-coated polyester. It’s also UV stabilized to extend the life of the fabric and minimize fading. Double stitching, along with interlocking seams, provides durability and a watertight closure, and the SoftTek liner won’t scratch the windshield.
But my favorite feature is the scorch-resistant lower heat shield, which for the most part allows me to throw the cover on a bike immediately after parking it, without fear of material melting to the pipes, or, worse, starting a fire after I’ve walked away.
The Cruiser II comes in gray and black, or an eye-catching red and black, in bagger, touring, cruiser, street, scooter, and trike sizes. It includes a storage pouch and a five-year warranty. RB —Jon Langston
Hard Data: Ultragard Classic II Cover, From $49.95 (as reviewed, $69.95), Big Bike Parts, 714/234-3336, www.BigBikeParts.com