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Thunderbird Twin - Technical Talk Technical talk for the big Thunderbird twin

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Storage Condensation

I've never covered a motorcycle during storage before, but it seemed a pity to let this beautiful machine get a thick layer of dust on it. I opted to use a large cotton table cloth that should be able to "breathe". The bike is in the garage where it gets just slightly warmer than outdoors in the winter. Winters around here generally run in the teens & 20's but occasionally dip below 0.

A friend of mine said that even though the cover is porous and the bike is indoors, I'll still get condensation on the bike when the weather goes through wide temperature swings.

Anybody seen this? I could see a non-breathing cover doing this, but this is exactly why I chose the tablecloth.

Opinions/experiences? Push comes to shove and I'll just let the bike get dusty rather than having a buildup of damaging condensation, especially in a garage where I park two salt laden cars.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey-I got tired of paying for shipping bikes so I have been doing storage for 10 years now. I use a sheet of thin clear plastic that I tie from handle bars to sissy bar to keep dust from settling. Never an issue in Northern Lower Michigan for me. Luckily my job takes me to Florida so I can ride all year.
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Moisture problems

I bought an R Jays cotton lined vinyl cover, thinking the better the cover the better protection. How wrong was I.
When I uncovered the bike after about a month of not riding i found the tank covered in moisture and the leather panniers marked with moisture spots. they all cleaned up OK, but he heavy cover has been replaced with a light weight cover made from the same material as recycled/reusable shopping bags that keeps the dust off but is breathable and I have had no moisture problems.
The big cover would be suitable if the bike was left out in the elements overnight or for short periods only.
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I'm covering for the first time, too...never worried about it w/ my other bikes since they're always garaged, but this one just seems to deserve extra care. :-) I used a light cotton bedsheet, loosely draped on the bike, which should be perfectly breathable.
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I have a breathable cover left over from my last Harley. It really does the job as when the weather changes rapidly my bike will "sweat" from all of the condensation. With the breathable cover with elastic edges I don't have to do a thing. I have 3 salty cars in the garage as well. However, I do soak down all of my new bikes liberally with Boeshield T-9 and then wipe them off so the Boeshield gets into all the crevices to prevent rust.

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Fortunately I have always garaged my bikes. I don't cover it and keep it on a tender. When the roads are clear, which is most of the time in winter here, I ride it.


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