How to Build a Motorcycle Cover


Motorcycles that are stored in a garage or outside for any length of time should have a cover to protect them from the weather. You can buy a cover for your motorcycle, or you can save yourself some money and build one yourself. First you'll need to make a pattern for the cover out of plastic. The pattern can then be used with any type of material to create the cover.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Paper and pencil
  • 3.5 mil plastic
  • Scissors
  • Plastic clamps
  • Duct tape
  • Polyester fabric
  • Measure the length of the bike from the front wheel to the back wheel with a tape measure. Make a note of this measurement on a piece of paper.

  • Place the tape measure in the center of the handlebars and measure outward to the end of one side. Make a note of this measurement on the piece of paper you used in Step 1. .

  • Measure from the ground up to the top of the handlebars on one side of the motorcycle.

  • Add the measurement from Step 2 to the measurement from Step 3.

  • Cut two pieces of 3.5 mil plastic using the measurements from Steps 1 and 4. Use the measurement in Step 1 for the length of the plastic and the measurement in Step 4 for the width. This will give you two pieces of plastic that are the same size.

  • Place the two pieces of plastic over the top of the bike and attach them using plastic clamps.

  • Fold the plastic inward at the front tire to reduce the amount of plastic. Place a plastic clamp over the fold. Repeat this step for the plastic at the back tire.

  • Fold the plastic inward on one side of the bike and place a clamp over the fold. Repeat this process for the other side of the motorcycle.

  • Trace around the base of the plastic to create an outline. Trace a line on each side of the folds that you made in Steps 7 and 8.

  • Remove the plastic clamps and place the two sheets of plastic on the ground, side by side. Secure the two pieces of plastic together with duct tape.

  • Cut around the outline on the plastic with a pair of scissors.

  • Place the outline over a sheet of polyester fabric. Trace around the outline with the felt tip marker then cut around the outline with the scissors.

  • Sew the seams or edges of the polyester fabric together to create the cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can sew the seams of the polyester fabric with a sewing machine or by hand with a heavy gauge needle and thread.

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