Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover
I love the fact that I can put this on when the engine is still warm. The bike stays dry and I can leave the top case on. The cover does not go over the rotors when I leave the top case on, but that is me being lazy.
May 14, 2013
Great waterproof cover, versatile fit
This cover has been great in my rainy city. Many other covers are just "water resistant," but this one has shown itself to be waterproof and durable. It also has a covered vent to let moisture out, and it's pretty visible at night.
May 2, 2013
So far so good.
I've only had this cover a couple of weeks. But so far its done its job. No rain getting through, and keeps the morning dew off my bike. I dont have a garage so this is the only barrier between my bike and the elements. I have a Yamaha FZ8 and I ordered the sportbike version. It fits just right. The description said it would be Black and Silver when i ordered it. But it came in all Black. Not a big deal but maybe half silver would keep the bike a little cooler in the sun.
April 29, 2013
High Quality Product - Good Choice for me...
I use my Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus motorcycle cover to help protect my 2013 BMW S1000RR motorcycle. I also own a 2011 BMW F800GS, which is covered with a BMW (OEM) cycle cover. The former is a new purchase, while the latter is now nearing its second birthday, so in fairness, I haven't had the Dowco Guardian product long enough to speak authoritatively about its durability or longevity. Let me also say that I'm extremely fortunate to be able to house my bikes in a covered, muti-story residential parking structure, parked inconspicuously behind my SUV, which means that they're shielded from direct sunlight, rain, wind, and traffic debris/hazards. My primary purpose in covering my bikes at all is DUST MITIGATION: I live in an extremely hot, extremely dusty/sandy urban desert area, where dust and sand particles are in a constant battle to displace nitrogen and oxygen as the leading components in the air! Hence, my motorcycle cover needs are admittedly perhaps not as demanding as those of you forced by circumstance to leave your lovely machines out on the curbside or in the parking lot, fighting wind and snow and rain, year in and year out. So, I will offer the following observations:
1. Each cover (both the BMW (OEM) cover and the Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus cover) are decent - quite satisfactory for my particular needs;
2. The Dowco cover is made of a heavier weight material than the BMW (OEM) cover, which presumably might be advantageous in a harsh environment over the long run;
3. The Dowco cover uses an elasticized waistband to effect a secure fit around your cycle tires, where the BMW (OEM) cover utilizes a drawstring arrangement. In practice, I find advantages and disadvantages with BOTH styles: the Dowco elasticized waist is convenient, as it doesn't require fiddling with the dirty drawstring+plastic grommet arrangement of the BMW (OEM) cover. On the other hand, when fully loosened, the drawstring+plastic grommet arrangement of the BMW (OEM) cover allows easier, faster and potentially safer installation and removal (i.e. less frequently snagging a mirror, footpeg, or scraching a painted surface with what will eventually be at least a slightly dusty, dirty cover INTERIOR surface, particularly at and around the waistband, which is in contact with your tires, and very near the pavement surface). Not really a big deal, in my opinion, but make no mistake, the drawstring+grommet arrangement (as with the BMW (OEM) cover), once fully loosened, does allow somewhat faster, easier putting on and taking off of the cover, versus the elasticized waistband style of the Dowco cover;
4. BOTH the Dowco and the BMW (OEM) covers have eyelets on their waistbands, allowing use of optional locking devices;
5. The silver "metalicized" heat-shield paneling of the Dowco cover was and is an attractive (i.e practical) feature for me (allowing me to cover my S1000RR immediately after riding, when it's still very hot), although I will point out that this heat-shielding does not extend very high up the cover, so, while it is fine for the low-slung (OEM) exhaust pipe on the RR, it would not be effective (and therefore, would not be appropriate) as a cover for motorcycles with high-mounted mufflers (like my F800GS). Note that the BMW (OEM) covers have no heat shielding at all - they're not to be placed on hot bikes;
6. Sizing: after much research and review, I chose "Size: LARGE" for my Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus cover, hoping that it would cover my ENTIRE BMW S1000RR, including the wheels and tires (my bike is mostly stock OEM, with the exception of a Zero Gravity "Corsa" windscreen, which adds an inch or two in height, and a few other small items (like rear sets and axle sliders) which have no affect on mass or girth). I am VERY HAPPY with my "size L" choice, versus the Dowco recommended "Sport Bike" size, which is smaller. My preference was for a cover which would COMPLETELY cover and conceal the bike, right down to the ground (without any baggy slop or "droop" on top), and that's exactly what I got with the "Size L" fitted over my BMW S1000RR: when fully installed, the elasticized waistband of my cover rests just a couple of mm's off the the pavement, FULLY covering the tires and wheels (which, though contrary to the image on the Dowco website [which shows a mid-wheel positioning], is just what I wanted), and the top and sides are semi-taught, like a tent, not resting on the tank seat, or hot engine/frame. Perfect!
With the possible exception of SIZING miscalculations, it's difficult for me to imagine any rider being unhappy with the Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus motorcycle cover. It seems to me to be a quality product, quite capable and satisfying in fulfilling its intended purpose.
April 18, 2013
Would like thank you guys at Revzilla for recommending the right cover for my Triumph Street Triple. Fits the bike perfectly with complete coverage and goes on with ease. Highly recommend for any one looking for a great cover "Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover" makes a great one.......
April 9, 2013
Good bike cover
Good bike cover. Fits my needs exactly. Will keep my bike dry.
March 18, 2013
Awesome materials and cheap insurance
I purchased the sport version for a 2013 Triumph Street Triple. I could've went with a medium size instead of the sport as my year of bike comes with a low mounted exhaust. I went with the sport just for the peace of mind of having the extra heat resistant material higher up on the cover.
I've had this cover for about 2 weeks now and it has already paid for itself in my book. Here in Hawaii we just had a huge down pour for about 2 days. The front end of my bike is partially sticking out from cover. The frontend of the bike got pelted by rain, huge drops, not just light showers. When the rains subsided, I checked to see if anything got thru but she was bone dry.
I first heard about the material, climashield, from one of my favorite outdoor companies. They were using it in their outdoor clothing where extreme weather was expected. It is good stuff!
I gave a 4 on durability because of the short time that I've owned this cover and it's longevity hasn't be tested by my use yet. The seams are all taped, which is excellent detailing, and double stitched. It appears like it should give me years of solid use. This item is a must have if your bike will be exposed in any way to the elements and highly recommended.
March 12, 2013
I've had my last Dowco for years outside in the northwest so I bought the same one for my second bike. The elastic holds up well and it's easy to put on and take off. Nice big "front" and "back" tags.
March 4, 2013