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Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 Cover

  • Made of full-strength UV-treated Tri-Max polyester
  • Overlapped, double-stitched seams are electrically heat-sealed and reinforced with tape
  • 100% waterproof
  • "Perma-Venting System" allows cover to breathe, preventing condensation buildup underneath
  • Windshield protector prevents scratching
  • Aluminized lower panels protect cover from engine and exhaust heat
  • Elasticized bottom has rustproof grommets for bungee cord (included) and locks
  • Lifetime warranty from Nelson-Rigg

Note: The only difference between the Defender 2000 and Defender 3000 is the color of the cover.

Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/Silver / MD 203967 NEL208-003 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 Cover 4.5 5 53 53
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
As advertised! Excellent cover. Purchased for my 2012 FJR1300 with stock saddle bags, fits very tight, but it keeps flapping to nil. While being used in Bavaria, (perpetual cloud, wet, and precipitation), it kept my bike mostly dry in rain and snow. When I did put the cover on after a rain, the bike was pretty dry the next day. If you are unsure about sizing, just email Nelson-Rigg, they sized me up for the bike and haven't had a problem. A good buy! February 2, 2015
Smaller than you think Bought a XL for KLR 650. Covers bike, but would be a VERY tight fit for a top box or side case setup. That being said, it certainly does not seem like it'll come off in the wind. The heat-reinforced areas are designed for bikes with lower exhaust and doesn't really come into play for the KLR. The cover has a tag on it which says "back of cover," which means "put this on the front of your bike." December 30, 2014
Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 Cover This is my third cover. The first was for a smaller Yamaha, second was a half-cover, third was for a BMW R1200 RT. It is for night-time use in a garage. It works well when the bike isn't fully dressed (panniers, top-case). Much too small with the cases. Top quality, great design and ease of use. The half-cover works well for both bikes. About a year old, gets a lot of sun (SoCal) and has begun to break-down. Not bad use for the cost. The other covers are still running strong after about 1 - 2 years respectively. Will buy Nelson-Rigg again...and from Revzilla. Best customer service around. Others could take a lesson. December 5, 2014
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Jessica F: Needed for protection against sun and rain. Good to hid the bike for our moto trip. May 15, 2015
Jean-Paul O: Had used the prior Defender 2000 model for the past six years, and it was time to get a new one. The old XL fit a little tight over my Triumph Spring GT. I opted for the XXL. Now it completely covers the bike. Excellent fit!

I'd recommend the XXL for anyone with any touring bike with saddlebags and a tall front.
Feb 12, 2015
Jeff M: Waterproof, great reviews, half the price of a harley cover, compression sack included. Nov 5, 2014
C P: This was my third Nelson-Rigg cover. First was for a 600 CC sportbike and the second a half-cover for when it sits out at work. When I got a BMW K1200RT it was a no-brainer. The cover wears well under SoCal sun, protects the finish, doesn't haze the windscreen and is well styled. Found sizing to be fairly accurate. Oct 24, 2014
Erik S: yes Oct 7, 2014
Mark G: To protect my bike during our rainy winters. Sep 29, 2014
Tom S: I used a NR cover for 3 years before and it was still in very good shape after that time. I believe I got the standard cover before so I just wanted to upgrade a little bit this time. Jun 30, 2014
Debra L: I do not have a garage. To store my 2012 Honda Shadow Aero in the shed I have to ride the length of my yard. I leave for work very early and riding on the wet grass in the morning is a pain. I was looking for a waterproof cover so I can store the bike at the end of the drive. After reading reviews I felt this cover would be a good choice. Jun 3, 2014
Joshua A: Needed a bigger cover to fit over my top case! May 7, 2014
Blake A: Wanted a sturdier cover as the bike is outside during summer months. Had used auto parts store covers which deteriorate from UV in a season. This is much more substantial, easy on and off, more waterproof and I am very pleased with the product. May 2, 2014
john h: I chose this based on Revzilla reviews. Apr 20, 2014
Terrell C: From searching forums, seems to be the most recommended cover Apr 11, 2014
Matthew H: Balance of Price/Materials. Apr 9, 2014
R E: Recommendation Mar 19, 2014
Timothy W: Recommended by another rider. Also the Lifetime Guarantee. Dec 6, 2013
Steve D: Unfortunately my Victory Vegas has to stay outside year round here in New York City. This product got great reviews. Looking forward to getting my bike through the cold winter here. Nov 18, 2013
David K: Hoping it fits my Piaggio MP3 400ie need a cover for the upcoming fall and winter Sep 16, 2013
Orlando T: Nov 2014
I've had this cover on my bike for 2 years and it's been great. Sadly it was stolen(?) can't imagine why but had to get a replacement.

Oct 2012
It's (somewhat) bullet proof for street parking.
Aug 19, 2013
Anthony G: Most bang for the buck, weather proof, great reviews. Aug 15, 2013
J. Luis V: Because I wanted the best and longer life cover in the market, period. Aug 9, 2013
David K asked: What size cover would work with a Yamaha WR250R? Aug 8, 2013
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Blake A: I have no idea. Most likely the smallest without looking at a sizing chart. My bike is a BMW K1200GT so a fer piece bigger. The chart will give you the right answer but since 250 is about as small as you go the small will be right. The cover is excellent. Have used the $30 auto parts store ones and still do for travel but this unit is really worth the $70 or so it costs. I saw a half one at a really the other day and it too is a good cover for its purpose. Highly recommend the purchase. Aug 8, 2013
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Giles F: I have a BMW R1200GS with luggage and I use the XXL. I used to have a F650GS and I think that bike is closer in size to the Yamaha WR250R you have; I recommend the size large, that way your wheels will be well-covered too. Hope this helps. Aug 8, 2013
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Doug B: I'm gonna say a Medium should do you fine. I don't have a dirt bike, but my sense of the sizing is that you should be fine if you have no saddlebags or other things that increase the width you're trying to cover. Aug 11, 2013
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Austin M: Size MD works for my Ninja 250. Barely large enough to cover wheels so perfect fit. Aug 8, 2013
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Paul F: For my Hayabusa I got an extra large. GSX 1300. Hope this helps! Paul Aug 8, 2013
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daniel s: Large Aug 8, 2013
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J. Luis V: My guess is the smaller. Aug 8, 2013
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J. Luis V: My guess is the s Aug 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi. I'm trying to find out a good cover for winter storage indoor but can also be used outdoors. Can anyone who has it speak as to how good is it overall?. Is it soft inside as to not scratch the paint?. Any recommendations on other covers besides this one?. Thanks in advance! Oct 7, 2013
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Nicholas T: I have the cover and I can tell you that it is very well made a suited for storing your bike indoors or outdoors. It has vents to let it breathe without letting in any water. It has a soft material inside where it might contact the windscreen, but the rest of it is waterproof coated fabric inside. I've used for years without scratches. If you are concerned with scratches, you could try laying a soft bed sheet over the bike first, before the cover, and that would prevent scratches if you were planning on storing it in a windy environment. Oct 8, 2013
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keith p: I'm all about this bike cover!!! I have to park my bike outside and it's done a great job protecting my bike...mainly from yard service dudes and their debrea spreading blowers. works great in the rain too. the inside is nice...it's not super plush, but I haven't had any problems with scratches on my paint. it also has 2 covered vents to help with ventilation on hot days.
you should get the cover...you'll be happy w/it
Oct 8, 2013
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Pamela H: It's been a good cover to date. Started using in early June. My only comment so far: Don't think it is effecting cover performance but the black material is a dish water grey now from the sun. Surprised it looks so dingy from sun after only 2-1/2 months it was outside. Stored in central south Texas though. Now it's in a garage. It has a lifetime warranty so that was a selling feature for me. Oct 11, 2013
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M A: the cover is not soft inside..
The quality is very good though
I'm using it on a honda crf250L enduro..
So not really concerned with a paint job...
The cover does not quite come to the ground because of the high stock mirrors on my bike..
I found it difficult to find any advice on sizing for dual purpose bike covers
Oct 8, 2013
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Jason G: I bought this cover for my sportster and I love it. It's pretty thick and has good elastic to keep the elements out. The nylon is decently soft so I haven't been worried about scratches. I did size up and it's made it easier to get it over the bike without dragging against the paint. Hope that helps. Oct 8, 2013
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Steven E: This cover is awesome. Comes in a nice compact bag you can store it in. The cover is made very well. Its very durable and fits my bike almost completely. About 3 inches of my back tire shows but that's not a big deal. I have 2008 FZ6 if you want to compare your bike to mine. The cover has vents on the side and so far i have not had any condensation build up on my bike when i take cover off. There is heat shielding on the bottom where your exhaust might touch the cover so no worries there. Also on the inside my windshield is protected with the material they have that touches that area. The elastic on the bottom is very tight and wraps around my bike nicely. It comes with a bungee cord that you can attach to the holes on the bottom but its the only thing i didn't like. I would purchase a better and a little bit of a longer bungee cord. Great cover in my opinion! Hope this helps... Oct 8, 2013
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Emiliano R asked: Hi. Looking for someone who bought this to speak to it overall. I'm looking to use it for indoor winter storage and possible for outdoor in non-winter. I'm hoping someone can speak to: Quality of materials. Breathability. Is it snug enough?. Is it soft inside so to not scratch the paint?. Any recommendation on any other cover?. Thanks in advance. Oct 7, 2013
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Doug B: I bought the XL for my Kawasaki Concours ZG-1000 last July. I live in Maryland, so we get all four seasons, although not so much winter as New England. I use it year-round outdoors and have found it to be sturdy, yet breathable. High quality materials for my money. On mine, the area over the seat and saddlebags has faded a bit due to the continuous sun exposure, but I have not noticed any accompanying deterioration in the integrity of the material.
I do find that after rain, because of the contour of my bike, water collects above the bottom seam near the centerstand on either side. I attribute this to the wear and tear on the elastic at the bottom over the past year, but the water does not touch the bike as far as I can tell. It just means you need to remember it's there when you go to uncover, or you'll get wet unexpectedly (guess how I learned that). I figure I'll get at least another year or two out of it before the fabric starts to break down.
I'm overall very pleased and would buy it again - heavy duty fabric, well made, appears it can last several seasons outdoors all the time.
Oct 18, 2013
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Robert M: I have had the cover over my red Ducati for almost a year and it has done a great job of keeping the bike dry and clean without scratching the paint. Every time I pull the cover off the bike is dry, even after a hard rain. I live in Japan where we can have very hight winds and torrential downpours and it has never blown off. There is a strong bungi like strap built into the bottom which really conforms to the bike down at the bottom of the tires very near the ground. There are also small bungi straps with hooks on the end which are built into the cover. There are eyelets to secure the free hook end of the bungi strap. This really keeps the cover on, even through the four or five typhoons we have had in the last year. The only negatives are that the cover faded in just a couple of months and recently the two plastic triangular side vents started cracking. Neither of these will affect the true purpose of the cover. It is a good cover at a great cover. Oct 8, 2013
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Steve K: This is a top quality cover and I have been very happy with it. It has a nice draw string to snug things up and have no issues with any paint scratches. very pleased with this purchase. It is used in the summer for outside use and is also used during winter storage. good product. Oct 7, 2013
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Emiliano R: Thanks much Steve! Oct 7, 2013
Deshawn D: I use this cover for my 2006 Honda CBR 1000rr cover fits nice and worked good. Keep my bike dry in Florida. Cover also has two eyelets and elastic bands with hooks to keep the cover secure. The cover has not scratched my fairings and I would recommend it. Oct 8, 2013
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Brian F: I live in an Apartment and use mine all year around on my KLR650 thats loaded up with boxes. Holds up great even in the hardest rain. Best cover I owned so I think you will be very happy with it.

Good luck,

Oct 7, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is there an opening for rear antennas such as on my HD Ultra? Nov 4, 2014
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J. Luis V: No, any opening would compromise the waterproof capability, in my bike, both antennas folds down wich ease installing the cover. Nov 4, 2014
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A S: Thanks. Bike is garage kept. Just looking for good dust cover. Nov 5, 2014
Giles F: Unfortunately, there are no openings for rear antennas. Nov 4, 2014
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Dejan M: It does not have the opening. Nov 4, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will the Nelson-Rigg Defender 2000 cover a BMW R1200RT? High windshield but no panniers or top case. Getting conflicting information on what size to buy. Everything from the L to the XXXL. Any real use feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also any info about this cover scratching or hazing? Aug 31, 2014
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John C: I don't have a touring bike but I have a Yamaha FZ6R which is a 600cc size bike. Based on Nelson-Rigg sizing chart, the medium (750cc or smaller) should fit my bike but I decided to get one size larger which is the large (750cc - 1000cc) and it fits great. I decided to get the one size larger so that it was be easy for me to put on and take off. I had ones where it was just the right size and it was a pain for me to stretch and put on. I would definitely get this cover again as it is a quality bike cover for a reasonable price.

As far as scratching or hazing, I have not experienced any. I leave my bike outdoors 24/7 since I don't have a garage and it is subject to the East Coast weather year round. I had the cover for about 2 years now and the only thing is that the top part of the cover which used to be black has turn grey since it is in the sun all the time (haven't road much in the last year or so due to work).

Not sure if my experience helps you in finding the right size for your bike.
Sep 1, 2014
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J. Luis V: Over a year ago, I got the bigger size available: 2XL, it fits perfectly on my GL 1800 Goldwing, so my guess is the XL will be perfect for your RT, the cover has a soft cotton inner layer for the windshield, so no scratches at all, and despite I live in a very hot and very humid area, it didn't affected my bike in any form, as for the cover itself, bike parks on a car port track, under a wooden structure 50% shadow, it only gets a little fade on the black top area, real waterproof cover. Aug 31, 2014
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A shopper asked: G'day, I live right on the coast with plenty of salt spray, wind ,rain and its really hot, just wondering if the cover will last in the direct sunlight, the Oxford i bought just fell apart probably from the excessive elements mostly the wind I would say. Do you recomend any other brands ? a Dowco, a Held, or do you think the Nelso-Rigg Defender 2000 is the best value for money or whats the 3000 do thats different. Also what size do you think for a Suzuki GS500F with a rack on the back ? Oct 8, 2013
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bill k: well, i live in exactly the opposite climate which is high altitude (7000ft.), temperate, not very windy and dry. it has been however, a wet fall. also, at high altitude the sun is much more intense. with that in mind i would say that the waterproofness is very good except for a minor leak on a seam probably due to pulling it over a large rack on the bike. my only complaint is that the color faded badly over the summer due to the sun at altitude. as this is my first cover i can't say if anything is better but i would say that i'm satisfied with my purchase other than the fading. one more thing. i ride a kawasaki klr 650 with all the armor and an extra tall windshield. i bought a size large which covers fairly well but wish i would have bought the xl. hope this helps! Oct 11, 2013
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Janet T: Aloha! I ordered the Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 in XL for my Harley 883N with sissy bar. It fits well with a little room to spare. The material is durable with the bottom section heat resist. I currently have my bike in the carport so the exposure isn't as harsh as yours. We do get a lot of moisture in Hawaii (high humidity and rain) and there are vents on either side. I do not cover my bike when its wet or hot. There are reinforced grommets that you can tie down to avoid any flapping in winds. You could even lock it to deter theft. I think that any cover under your harsh conditions would require replacement at least yearly. You do get what you pay for. Spend more for quality and you won't be ordering as often. Oct 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: What size would you suggest for a Triumph Thruxton
Dec 5, 2013
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J. Luis V: I had the same question, checked Nelson Rigg's website and found the info. Dec 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: Would the 2XL size fit my 2006 GL1800 Goldwing? Mar 5, 2013
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RevZilla: According to Nelson-Rigg's online sizing chart, XXL will fit a Goldwing and other larger touring bikes with a windshield, panniers, and a top-case. Mar 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have a 2013 gsxr-600, what size would be good? according to their size chart it would be medium, but i read reviews of people saying the large fits cbr600s perfectly, what would u recommend? Jul 19, 2015
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A shopper asked: What size Defender 2000 cover would you recommend for an 07 Harley Nightster 1200 cc? Apr 18, 2014
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A shopper asked: As listed on Nelson-Rigg's website, a new compression sack is included with all of the 2013 Defender line up. Mar 29, 2013
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RevZilla: Just had one pulled and I checked it out. It does come with a backpack/compression satchel; see attached photo. Apr 2, 2013
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