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Since I now own a brand new motorcycle I purchased my new 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide in the summer of 2008 I want the best cover out there to protect it while its parked in my garage as well as for when Im out on a road trip. Ive been a fan of the Guardian brand of covers for a long time because of the quality and durability. For my Street Glide I chose the Guardian WeatherAll Plus cover with the optional security alarm.
The cover is made from a heavy-duty polyester fabric that feels thick and durable. Its completely waterproof. Not a drop of rain penetrated the ClimaShield Plus fabric treatment. Sometimes during hot summer rains, moisture can get trapped under the cover leaving your bike with a layer of moisture on it. Fortunately, this WeatherAll Plus cover has a venting system to let moisture escape.
Ill never buy a bike cover that does not have heat shields a layer of aluminized fabric sewn in right where the cover comes in contact with the exhaust pipes. If youve ever used a cheap bike cover, you know that heat from the exhaust pipes can melt the cover so you have to wait until the bike is completely cool before putting on the cover. The Guardian WeatherAlls heat protection layer means you can put on the cover when the bike is still warm.
The inside of the front part of the cover has a soft fabric that feels like fleece that covers your windshield. What a nice touch. The edge of the entire length of the cover is elastic so it fits securely over your bike. I like that the cover was big and deep completely covering my bike like it is in a cocoon. Not a spec of dust got in there from my bike being covered in my garage all winter.
Reinforced grommets on the edges are for stringing a cable lock underneath the bike to lock the cover to itself. I didnt use a cable lock because I opted for the alarm that comes with the cover. It goes off when someone attempts to remove the cover from your bike.
The alarm runs on a 9-volt battery and emits an ear-piercing 130 decibel screech of a warning to scare off potential thieves. The alarm fits in a pocket inside the front part of cover (shown in the above picture). A hook connected to the alarm also connects to a spot on your bike. I hooked it to my front brake disc because people usually go for one end of the bike first to remove a cover.
The second the cover is moved it pulls the hook activating the alarm. Fortunately, no one tried to remove the cover during my time using it on a road trip. In fact, Ive never had a problem with theft or the threat of theft of either my bike or bike cover. But the alarm adds peace of mind when youre in places where theft is an issue.
The Guardian Alarm (item number 26038-00) retails for $19.99; and the WeatherAll bike cover ranges from $84.99-$124.99 depending on the size you get. There is a size to fit nearly every motorcycle. A motorcycle cover can last a lifetime if you take care of it. I think this price is very fair for all youre getting.
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