Many motorcycle riders always make sure to put their vehicle in the garage, but what do you do if you don’t have a garage? It’s easy for motorcycles to get damaged if left out overnight, even if there is no bad weather. Insects, animals, and even other people can cause damage. If it unexpectedly rains, your seat may be damp in the morning, making your ride to work unpleasant. Fortunately, even if you don’t have a garage, there are a few ways you can keep your motorcycle protected.
Get a Cover
Motorcycle covers are popular for a number of reasons. They’re very lightweight and inexpensive. A cover is basically like a fitted tarp. It’s designed to cover your motorcycle and fit snuggly over the frame. Most can be tied at the bottom so that the wind can’t catch the edge of the cover and blow it off. These covers are made out of water-resistant material, so your bike will be nice and dry when you remove it. Another benefit to one of these covers is that you can take it with you. You can protect your motorcycle when traveling or even cover it while you’re at the office or other appointments.
Invest in a Motorcycle Shed
Buying a motorcycle shed is a great option that is more permanent than a temporary garage and offers more protection than a carport or a cover. These sheds are similar to a traditional garden or storage shed you may have in your backyard, but they’re specifically designed to fit motorcycles. The door is large enough to accommodate your motorcycle, and there is a ramp that makes pushing it into the shed very easy. These sheds may even come with hooks and other storage solutions for your helmets and other motorcycle accessories. They’re permanent structures, so they won’t get knocked over by the wind, and their durable sides keep out the weather. Because you can shut and lock the door, your shed will keep your motorcycle safe and secure from animals and potential theft.
Install a Carport
Another option is to put up a carport. These structures don’t have walls, so they don’t offer quite as much protection as a garage does. However, they will protect your motorcycle from the rain, snow, and hail. Today’s carports are also much more attractive and stylish than the old, all-metal options that many consider an eyesore. There are many different options available, and you’re sure to find one that fits your style and comes in the size you need. Carports can be added to most homes, and they’re typically fairly easy to install.
Put Up a Temporary Garage
Temporary garages are similar to large tents. They typically consist of a metal frame with fabric walls and top, although some do have hard sides. They are a freestanding structure that you can set up and take down as needed. While you can use one year-round, you can also take down your temporary garage and take it with you. This can be a great solution if you travel south during the winter or if you plan to make an extended stay elsewhere.
No matter which option you choose, you need to make certain your motorcycle is protected. If you don’t have a garage, a shed, carport, cover, or temporary garage will at least provide some form of protection.