Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 Cover
Does the job well
I figured that I would wait to review this until I had some actual time to observe the covers performance. After 3 days of rain and 30+ mph winds, I figured that now was as good a time as any. Simply put, it does the job that hoped it would, and it has held up well to snow, rain, wind, and everything else that mother nature has thrown its way. I don't believe that anything is truly waterproof, but so far it has kept the wet out. Nelson Rigg did a very nice job on this.
May 30, 2016
Lightweight Cover for Indoor Use
After almost 3 years of use - here are some thoughts:
- Very easy to store
- Very easy to put on day after day, without fear of scratching stuff
- Medium fits a CBR600RR or a Ninja 250 very well.
- When it rains, it becomes almost like shrink-wrap, which can make it take longer to dry out and helps create pools of water on your bodywork.
- "Sharp" edges, such as the plastic tail on a sportbike will eventually cut through the fabric (see photo).
- Not abrasion resistant enough for most outdoor use.
To me, this is the perfect indoor or dry climate cover. For outdoor use in a climate where it rains or is otherwise damp, I'd probably go with something a bit heavier.
April 26, 2016
Runs smaller than you think. Still a great cover.
Got the XL for a Dyna Low Rider, and would not fit - fortunately, it does fit my buddy's 48 Sporty, and like all Nelson Rigg Defender covers, it's bombproof. Will be grabbing an XXL for the Dyna shortly.
Buy a size larger than you think you need.
April 5, 2016
Good but not great
Definitely not water proof. After two years the cover leaks like a sieve. Water seeps through the cover onto seat, bags, etc. and not just through the seams, the material is not waterproof at least not after covering my bike in the sun for two years. The seam tape also started to come off after a year, could not glue it back on. Other than that, its a good cover. Fits well, hasn't ripper or been damaged in any way, the elastic still good.
November 18, 2015
Quality, but not waterproof
I have used this cover outdoors for about 2 weeks.
First the fit: buy one size big. I use this on a DRZ400 and an XL fits well. There is extra room there for bags and such but the height is good. the elastic and hooks on the bottom are really fitting and help keep it down.
The initial quality: this is good-the cover feels durable. I have used several covers and my initial impression is that this cover is quality.
The features: The venting is in a great position. two vents on either side sit above the tank on the sides of the cover. no water will get in here. the hooks and elastic are really nice to hold the cover on the bike. the elastic on this cover is really stretchy so it's not a problem to take the cover on and off. I don't have a windshield, but there is a soft patch that would lay against it.
The waterproofing: This is the only negative I have for the cover. The main reason I bought it is because of the waterproofing. Most places water does not get in, however anywhere that the cover is touching the bike, and there is water laying on the cover, the water will seep through. The cover just doesn't stand up against osmotic pressure. after each rain my seat has been wet because the cover lays on it and the water lays on that. I would say that this cover is water resistant, not water proof
Conclusion: I recommend this cover for those who park in an area that does not get direct water. those who park outside but under a porch or overhang.
October 16, 2015
Not entirely waterproof
Its a cover. It does that job well. The heat resistant material is a bit low, and my exhaust ends up sitting right at the edge of it. If you have a particularly high exhaust, it might touch the not heat resistant stuff. Doesn't seem that bad though. Mine hasn't melted it just yet.
On water proofing. Its ok. Had a few occasions to test it and it was spotty. Wherever the material touched the bike, it came through. Otherwise, it does keep it mostly dry.
June 21, 2015
Nelson-Rigg makes great covers
I'm in the unfortunate situation of not having a garage, so I need to cover my bike. This is the third cover (on my 3rd bike), and it's been the one I seek out every time. My first one I had for over 2 years. It lives outside in the Florida sun/rain and held up better than expected. It kept my bike dry. However, it did start to fade and develop mold on the inside. I was in the process of warranting it, but I sold the bike and cover.
I bought my second one for my replacement bike and only used it for 6 months before replacing that bike (Sportster) with a Street Glide. The Large cover that fit my Sportster very well wouldn't fit my SG, so I used the chart and bought an XXL. In truth, I think the XL would fit better. There's a lot of extra material at the back (I don't have a luggage rack, but do have solid saddle bags. It's also a little short on the front. If I had a bigger windshield it wod definitely be too short.
Overall, it's still a great cover and keeps my bike dry. It's a good stop gap measure until I finally buy a house with a garage.
April 13, 2015
i like the fit
great buy fit my motorcycle good. xxlarge work good if snug fit
February 23, 2015