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October 5, 2015

Winter Motorcycle Riding

Just because temperatures are low doesn’t mean you have to put your motorcycle away until the tulips poke through the earth, but it does mean you have to adopt a different riding style.


Dress in Layers

Winter is cold enough on its own, but when you add wind speeds in the double digits, it’s like taking a polar dip when the polar vortex hit. Start with base layers like long johns and a thermal shirt so they’ll both keep you warm and wick away moisture that can turn cold in a hurry. Next, add mid-layers like a wool shirt or sweater that have a higher collar than the thermal shirt so air will be trapped between the layers and heat up.

Top it off with outer gear, donning a hardshell jacket like Gore-Tex for maximum warmth and wind-blocking. Wearing Gore-Tex boots also adds breathability and waterproofing, two things important for a comfortable ride. If you find your Gore-Tex boots slip a bit, you can add grippier pegs to compensate.

Finally, pick out lobster mittens that are lined and well-insulated, a neck warmer that fits snugly between your coat and helmet, and a fog-free face shield.

Prep Your Bike

The colder the weather, the colder- and harder- the tires. And for safe driving and maximum stopping time, motorcycles need winter-appropriate tires that can handle cold temperatures. Although driving can help warm up the tires, regular ones still stay hard and translate to decreased stopping time. Your tires are two tiny patches connecting you to the ground, and skimping on ones that don’t have the proper tread and resistance is a death risk.


Watch the Road

It’s never more crucial than in winter to see how the road actuallylooks. The freeze-thaw cycle causes its own havoc from the road constantly expanding and contracting, but the bigger problem is snowplows coming along and tearing up the asphalt, leaving cracks and potholes that can easily trip you up. But after every trip, make sure to clean your bike off for salt to minimize corrosion.

Keep Back

Stopping time is increased in the winter, and especially important in motorcycle because it’s uncovered. In ideal and dry conditions, it takes a good rider about 85 feet to stop at 35 mph. And with an average car measuring about 16 feet, that’s 5 car lengths…and snowy or winter weather increases that. But the faster you go, the more distance you’ll need to maintain between you and the car in front of you.

Mind the Weather

If it starts snowing or the roads are frozen, keep home. There’s almost no occasion that necessitates using your motorcycle in bad weather, and there’ll always be another day for you to take your bike out.

Whether you’ve stored your motorcycle for the winter or have tuned it up for cold-weather riding, make sure you put a DuraShield motorcycle cover on it. Our selection has something for everyone, and there’s always FREE SHIPPING to the lower 48 states.

September 30, 2014

Prevent 3 Types of Damage By Using Motorcycle Covers

Filed under: Motorcycle Covers — admin @ 4:24 am

As nice weather comes to a halt, you might tuck your motorcycle away until the next riding season. The way you store your bike greatly influences your ability to instantly hop onto it for a ride at the start of the next season. If you keep your bike out in the open, you might spend tons of time fixing damage caused by trees, animals and poor weather conditions. Think about investing in a motorcycle cover to keep your most prized possession safe from unwanted threats.

Tree Debris

There’s no doubt about it, tree sap wreaks havoc on your motorcycle’s paintjob, moving parts and fabric components. This sticky substance takes an incredible amount of time and elbow grease to remove. If you wait too long to remove the sap, you might not even be able to dislodge all of the residue. The worst part is tree sap’s ability to work its way into the moving parts, gumming up the works permanently in severe cases. Invest in a nice cover to prevent this problem altogether.

Animal Intrusions

If you leave your motorcycle uncovered throughout the cold season, it might feel like everything from rodents to insects tried to make their home there. You might find remnants of beehives, spider webs and insect egg sacs under the fairings, saddle and outside of the engine. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, may have even gnawed off the rubber materials used on the seat and handlebars. When not in use, seal up your bike with a tightly fitting cover to keep these pests away.Animal Intrusions

Weather Sabotage

Rain, snow and hail all pose a serious threat to your motorcycle’s glossy, beautiful finish. Rain and snow can work their way beneath the paint to create large bubbles that pop to reveal bare metal underneath. At that point, your bike will start to rust away from that spot outward. Hail poses an even bigger threat to your bike since its harsh impacts could dent up the finish and knock paint off the frame. A cover keeps your motorcycle dry while deflecting hailstones of all sizes.

Protect Your Ride

Immediately protect your motorcycle with a cover after deciding to park it for the off-season. After all, the earlier you cover it up, the less work you will need to do to prepare it for the first ride of next season.

If you’re looking for more ways to protect your motorbike this upcoming winter, head over to DuraShield now to cover your baby!

May 21, 2014

Different Kinds of Materials Used in Our Covers

At DuraShield, we’ve mostly written about how fabulous our covers are, how to use them with your furniture and vehicles, and provided general maintenance tips for everything that our covers can go on. But one thing we’ve realized is missing is why we’ve chosen the fabrics and materials for our covers that we have, and it’s important that you know what’s in your covers. We don’t just take a tarp, tape it together and call it a cover — our work goes far beyond that, and we want you to know exactly why our covers are as high of a quality as they are.


ProtekX™ Plus

This heavy-duty fabric is a win all around for our covers, and provides optimal year-round protection from the elements. It’s tough, durable and breathable, and doesn’t sustain damage from bugs, the sun, dirt and other pollutants as other fabrics do. There’s also a metallic heat shield on it that helps guard against heat damage when placed close to hot exhaust pipes, like the ones on your motorcycle, golf cart, or ATV/UTV. Plus, it comes with air vents so there’s a steady airflow in and out that cuts down on moisture buildup. If too much water gets in and settles, it can cause rust on your vehicle, leading to a lot of problems down the road. You can find it in our motorcycle covers section.

ProtekX™ Extreme

This is like our ProtekX™ Plus fabric, but one step further: it’s a lot more heavy-duty for the really tough elements, and is mildew-resistant for extra guarding against moisture damage. The backing is made of an incredibly tough polyurethane blend, which means it stands up well to extreme weather and abrasion or scratching. It also comes with a no-scratch hood liner for that extra little bit of protection, and you can find it in our deluxe snowmobile covers section.


When you browse the covers in our boats section, you’ll find Stellex. You’ll notice a theme when we say it’s a tough fabric, and that’s because Stellex is a type of polyester specially fabricated to withstand sun fade and weather shrink. It comes with a fabric-coating technology that’s resistant to mold, dirt, bugs, UV damage and mildew, but is still incredibly light and strong.


Lunex RS™

The term “ripstop” may or may not be familiar to you, but it means a nylon fabric that’s stitched in a grid-like, cross-hatch fashion to protect against scratches, rips and tears (sort of like the parachute material you go skydiving with). There are thick threads sewn into light fabrics, which gives it a bit of a 3D texture, and is a hallmark sign of its strength and durability. It’s also really, really light, but can withstand trailering easily. You can find this in our boats section, too.

Cotton-Backed Vinyl

Cotton is a natural fabric, while vinyl is a synthetic one. Together, each fabric grabs the best of the other’s qualities and combines to make an almost superhuman material that’s strong, flexible, light and durable. You’ll see this in our tire covers section because our covers have to be able to fit a range of tire sizes, yet still provide protection to all of them. The seams are double-stitched for an added level of protection, ensuring your tires don’t see the sun at all and enjoy a bit of extra life to them.


Not all homeowners store their patio furniture in the garage or in a carport, so it’s important that these covers are able to withstand snow and rain for months at a time, as well as not cracking when the mercury dips down really low. Our covers with this material are thick, durable and tough so snow and dirt can’t make their way in, but come with zippers so you don’t have to fight at squeezing cushions and furniture into the covers.

WeatherPro 3-Ply

Just like “ripstop”, you’ve no doubt heard of PVCs, or polyvinyl chloride. It’s a really widely-used polymer, but we’ve avoided using it in our barbecue and grill covers because of its sensitivity to weathering effects (it can get brittle and crack easily). Instead, we skipped the PVC part so it stands up well to weather, and added a special solution to resist fading. It also comes with air vents inside for excellent breathability.

It’s important to know exactly why certain fabrics are chosen for specific covers, as each one has been specially chosen and designed to best fit each need. We want to give you only the best quality covers, but more than that, we want to make the whole shopping process as easy as possible on you. This is why we have free shipping to the lower 48 states, as well as a daily sale you can always capitalize on.

March 27, 2014

Protecting Your DuraShield Goods from Springtime Flooding

Now that spring is officially here, it’s almost warm enough to take your DuraShield cover off your car, ATV, boat, motorcycle, golf cart, barbecue grill or patio furniture. But before you do, remember that one of the quickest routes to needing a new any of the above is wrecking it with flooding. Take the following precautions to make sure your valuable gear doesn’t get waterlogged, and you’ll be able to put your DuraShield cover on them again next season.
Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Cars, Motorcycles, Golf Carts and ATVs/UTVs

One of the worst ways to damage a motorized vehicle is with water. The mechanical and electrical parts inside need water like a fish needs dry land, and the two should be in contact as rarely as possible. Water can very easily lead to rust, which will weaken the entire integrity of your vehicle and lead it to breaking down much sooner than it should.

Protect it at least parking it on an incline so water can do its natural thing: find the lowest space possible and spread out there instead of in your car, golf cart or ATV/UTV. On a regular basis, run your hand under the seats to check if water has crept in, take off the spare tire to check for moisture there, and, for cars, run the A/C with the windows up and sniff for mildew or mold.


It may sound silly to read about how to protect your boat from water damage precisely because they’re meant to live in water, but it’s a real risk that’s always present (especially with saltwater).

Regularly inspect the traps under the sinks, sea cocks, strainers, and holding tanks for any hiding water, and remove it as soon as possible to ensure they’re protected. These areas should stay relatively dry, and it doesn’t take much to keep them that way.

Barbecues and Grills

Your barbecue or grill should be washed regularly to avoid ashy buildup, but not draining and letting it dry properly can lead to big and expensive problems down the road. And as with vehicles, saltwater and chlorinated pool water are especially big concerns.

For ocean side grilling, try and keep the cover on as much as possible. It won’t form a perfect seal, but it’ll be pretty darn close. To complement that, regularly inspect and clean the grill, taking time to scrub off any rust that’s developed and coating it in oil to prevent more from building up.

If it’s pool party barbecuing you’re after, the chlorine can be a real killer (or bromine, if you use that instead). The biggest precaution you can take is not setting your barbecue right by the pool so the chlorine/bromine vapors have a harder time sneaking in, and repositioning the grill upwind to further combat the vapors (as well as inspecting and cleaning it regularly).

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover - Round Tables

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover – Round Tables

Patio Furniture

Generally, keeping patio furniture from being water damaged isn’t a problem if it’s made of plastic, only if it’s made of wood or metal. It’s also relatively easy to protect it from water damage because the form of patio furniture naturally lends itself to water running off, not collecting on the tops and sides. But you should still tilt the furniture after a heavy rainfall to avoid water collecting, and spray it a protector for that extra boost.

When it comes to whatever valuables you’ve covered in a DuraShield cover, water damage can easily undo everything the DuraShield cover has protected. Take no chances and browse our selection for the DuraShield cover that’s just right for you, and enjoy free shipping to the lower 48 states.

February 27, 2014

Car Safety in Extremely Cold Weather

The recent return of the second Polar Vortex has caused temperatures to plummet drastically, which isn’t such a big deal when safely ensconced indoors. But what happens if you take a drive out far and your car breaks down—would you be ready to spend the night in really cold weather and make it out in one piece the next morning?

Before the Cold or Storm Arrives

While weather forecasts aren’t 100% reliable, they do give enough indication of impending doom and gloom, and this is your chance to do the smart thing and pre-empt it as much as possible. Start by building an emergency kit with the following items:


  1. Sand and/or Salt: Just in case you ever run into a slippery patch of snow, it’s always a good idea to have something that can provide a bit of grit and traction for your tires.
  2. Snow Removal Equipment: This can be as basic as a window scraper, or as elaborate as an extra shovel and pair of boots stowed in the trunk. Snow has a way of building up very quickly, and there’s no other way of describing going out there in sneakers than to say it sucks.
  3. Food: You can’t predict how long you may be stuck in your car, so stock up on 2,000 calories of non-perishable food, like granola or energy bars and trail mix. Try to choose food that’s high in protein because that’s what your muscles are made of, and they’re the things that’ll keep you warm.
  4. Water: You may be able to go days and days without food, but going without water has a much shorter time limit. Make sure to stow water in plastic bottles that won’t break—don’t use glass bottles—and wrap them in blankets to minimize the chance of them freezing.
  5. . Blankets: If you can obtain or afford goose-down blankets, that’s the best option for you keeping you the warmest in cold weather. Otherwise, stick to wool for its breathability or fleece for its moisture-wicking synthetic properties, and try to avoid cotton blankets. Fire blankets are also a good idea.
  6. First Aid Kit: A good first aid kit has a mixture of bandaids, gauzes and wraps, antiseptic solutions or ointments, painkillers, tweezers and scissors, eye patches, thermometer, and many other items. For your car, also include a seatbelt cutter.
  7. Candles and Flashlights: It gets dark awfully quickly in the winter, and with it, a tremendous loss of heat and awareness. But stocking up on candles, deep cans to hold them in, and strike-anywhere matches (stored in a waterproof container), as well as wind-up flashlights, is always a smart idea.
  8. Whistle: As loud as you can yell for help, it’ll become ineffective quickly because a) the wind can overpower your voice, and b) you’ll lose your voice if you yell for help long enough. But remember the scene in Titanic where Rose used a whistle and that caught the rescuers’ attention? Whistles work.
  9. Maps: There’s almost nothing better than Google Maps, but it has two fatal flaws—it needs an electric or battery-powered device to operate on, and it needs reception for GPS. On the other hand, paper maps will never run out of batteries, and you can use them in the remotest, GPS-lest locations.

    Although it may be tempting to take the DuraShield cover off your golf cart, boat or motorcycle, keep it on for a little while longer until it warms up from the cold weather. Our covers are made of a breathable fabric that’ll keep the elements out, and just in case you don’t, take a look at our selection and enjoy free shipping on everything to the lower 48 states.

January 3, 2012

DuraShield Motorcycle Dust Cover Now with PolyPro

Motorcycle Cover

Dust Motorcycle Cover with PolyPro

DuraShield’s Motorcycle Dust Cover is now available with breathable PolyPro material. This soft polypro material is designed to prevent moisture buildup while keeping dust and dirt off your bike.

The double-stitched seams make this motorcycle cover durable, and integrated grommets allow you to use tie downs to secure the cover. A matching storage bag makes it easy to store your cover when not in use.


  • Breathable PolyPro Construction
  • Integrated Grommets with Tie Downs
  • Color Matched Storage Bag
  • For motorcycles with windshields, fairings, sissy bars, and/or back rests/tour packs
  • Available in Medium, Large, and X-Large

November 22, 2011

New Motorcycle Cover Available at DuraShield Covers

DuraShield Standard motorcycle cover

New! DuraShield Standard Motorcycle Cover

DuraShield Covers has a new motorcycle cover available. The Standard Motorcycle Cover is similar to our Lined Motorcycle Cover but without a cotton lining for a lower price. The Standard bike cover is lightweight for travel and folds up into a tight package for storage.

The DuraShield Standard Motorcycle Cover is versatile for indoor and outdoor use. The 300 denier poly fabric is waterproof, dustproof, and UV resistant. The lower portion of the cover is constructed with heat-resistant material that will not melt on hot pipes. No need to wait for your bike to cool down before installing the motorcycle cover!

A premium “Vent X” venting system allows condensation to evaporate without damaging your engine, pipes, or chrome, while effectively blocking rain and snow from seeping through the cover.

Grommets and tie downs are included for keeping the motorcycle cover secured in windy conditions. You can also thread a cable lock through the grommets to secure the cover and act as a theft deterrent for your bike.

A matching storage bag comes with the motorcycle cover at no extra cost. Use this handy storage bag to store your cover when not in use. This cover is available in X-large, large, and medium sizes. Free shipping on all orders to the continental United States!

November 10, 2011

Engine Guard Chaps

Engine guard chaps

Use soft lower covers in cold weather to protect your legs.

If you ride your bike in cooler weather, engine guard chaps are a great way to protect your legs from the cold. Soft lower covers are handy, since they fold to fit in your saddle bags for easy storage.

One of the features you should look for in a pair of engine guard chaps is a pocket or two on the inside of the soft lowers. The extra storage space comes in handy, especially on a cold or rainy day.

The soft lowers should be easy to put on and take off. Complicated straps or lacings will make it a pain to install or remove the covers, so choose a simple snap, buckle, or Velcro system if possible.

The soft lower covers should fit snugly to keep them from buffeting in the wind. The better they fit, the more aerodynamic they will be and the more they will protect you from the cold. If you have highway pegs, make sure the lower covers will fit before you buy them.

When the temperature rises above 50 degrees, take off the engine guard chaps to avoid overheating the engine. You’ll also get better mileage without the chaps in place when you don’t need them.

September 28, 2011

Motorcycle Cover Care

Motorcycle Cover

Wash your motorcycle cover by hand with warm soapy water.

Your motorcycle cover will provide the best protection if you keep it clean and use it properly. The following tips will help you take care of your motorcycle cover so that it can fully protect your bike.

How should I clean my motorcycle cover?

The best way to wash your motorcycle cover is to hand wash it with warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Machine washing and harsh cleaning products can degrade the waterproof and UV coatings on the fabric. Let the cover air dry. Do not tumble dry. For tough stains that don’t wash out with soap and water, use a mild liquid detergent to spot treat the stains. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.

Can I install the motorcycle cover on a hot bike?

Motorcycle covers with heat-resistant panels are safe for hot pipes. The panel is designed to withstand high temperatures and won’t melt on your pipes. If your motorcycle cover does not include heat-resistant panels, wait until the pipes cool down to install the cover.

Can I install the motorcycle cover on a wet bike?

We recommend letting the bike dry (or using a soft towel to dry it) before installing the cover. Although your motorcycle cover is breathable, it is designed to keep moisture out. Too much moisture trapped underneath the cover can affect the cover’s performance.

July 19, 2011

Motorcycle Covers and Strong Winds

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Motorcycle cover

The motorcycle cover should be tight enough to prevent excessive wind flapping.

In windy conditions, your motorcycle cover should be tied down tightly to prevent flapping in the wind. Excessive wind flapping can shred and destroy the cover and even damage the finish on your bike. Whenever possible, park your motorcycle in a sheltered area that provides at least some protection from the wind.

Fabric and Fit

The more snugly your motorcycle cover fits your bike, the less the cover will flap in the wind. Extra fabric can snap violently in strong winds. If the wind is strong enough, you’ll want to use more tie downs to secure the cover tightly to your motorcycle.

A heavier weight fabric performs better in windy conditions than a lightweight motorcycle cover. Air vents also help to prevent excessive lofting by allowing airflow underneath the cover.


Wind turbulence during towing is another problem. Make sure the motorcycle cover you use for travel is approved for towing. The cover must be snug and securely attached to the motorcycle. DuraShield motorcycle covers are not approved for towing on an open trailer. The wind flapping could easily rip apart the cover or damage your bike’s finish.

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