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I buy the cheap $10 Chinese covers, which last around a year or two. I buy two for each bike. One cover over the other, when that top cover starts to tear/deteriorate, I order a replacement and put the second one that is remaining over the new one. That way the covers are cheap, give double protection and last a comparatively long time for the money.
 

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Question:
How do you use a tarp or a cover on your motorcycle immediately after parking it?

Won't that cover touch the exhaust pipes or a cylinder head and melt?

Or do you have to get in the habit of parking the bike first, going inside and doing your business for a while,
and then 15 minutes later come back outside and put your tarp / cover on it?
The last bit. I let the bikes cool down for a while - maybe up to an hour, depending on the bike. The cover can retain the heat of the engine for a long time. The Aprilia, like most Italian bikes, runs hot so I let it cool down for a couple of hours.
 

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