Motorcycle GaragePosted: March 6, 2009
I bought a motorcycle cover for my bike about 14 months ago. I’ve been riding it consistently since I’ve purchased it in November 2007. Keeping the bike outside has taken a toll on the bike cover. It is practically disintegrating due to the UV radiation. I have tried to repair the tears with duct tape – it really looks like a redneck repair job.
Now I am at the store looking for a new cover. The old cover that is all messed up now is still being sold at Wal-Mart for $35.00. I bought it on clearance for $17 last year. I don’t want to get another one like it if it is only going to last a couple of months. Also, it is a pain to put on the bike. I have to wait for the exhaust to cool down to prevent the nylon from melting on the pipes, the elastic wears out and it isn’t as waterproof as I would like it to be.
I got this idea to build a garage for my bike out of a tarp. I thought about how a rolly-polly bug rolls up into a little ball and it gave me an idea for a collapsible motorcycle “garage” made out of bungee cords, stakes, 1/2″ PVC pipe and a heavy tarp. Here is my drawing of the design:
You collapse the ‘tent’ by lifting up on either side. There are stretchy bungees that connect to the apogee of each of the bent PVC ‘ribs’. This provides a spring-loaded feel when closing the tent/garage after driving your bike into it.
Now I can park my bike without waiting for it to cool down or worry about the darn wind from blowing my cover away!