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Marketetable cover for the 919?

I have a friend that I restore old bikes with. He is in the boat canvas business. He made me a cover for my 919. He is asking whether or not I think it is marketable ad what would riders be willing to pay?

The cover attaches at two marine type pins that screw into existing holes in the frame. It then stretches over the bike from the front fender to the tail. The cover does not cover the tires and wheels.

The cover protects the paint and topside when sitting out. The advantages over the full cover are less bulk as well as ease to put on and take off the bike.

I hope to post photos later today but it is -7 outside and - did you hear? - the Colts play tonight!

I am not trying to sell these - just asking for some input.

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Would there be any paint damage issues from the canvas rubbing?

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Very soft stretch fabric. It stretches so tight that I don't think there can be any real movement. I have'nt tried to trailer with the cover. I have never had success with that on other bikes - down the road in the back of the truck covered causes to much wind and therefore scuffs.

The cover he has given to me is from an R&D guy from his Florida plant. The gentleman used it for one year to protect his niner from an autobody shop next to their plant. I asked the question and no damage was noted on his bike.

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Sounds interesting......looking forward to the pictures. It reminds me of these covers: http://www.gezagear.com/

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Thanks for the link. He originally called the cover a 'bra' as he gave it to me. Similar to what you have shown me. I'll do my best to get the picks by tonight.

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I'm sure there would be some market, although a pretty small one since you have to consider the relatively small number of 9'ers. Honda makes a cover for it and I think it runs about $100. I got one off eBay and it's very well made.
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Honda's cover is nice. I am forwarding all links to my manufacturing friend.

The unique bra style might be an attraction for some. I am impressed by his cover. It'll be interesting once warm weather gets here...It is now up to -3..
to try it out.

This is exactly the feedback he is looking for. Thanks

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I'm sure there would be some market, although a pretty small one since you have to consider the relatively small number of 9'ers. Honda makes a cover for it and I think it runs about $100. I got one off eBay and it's very well made.
that looks just like my nelson riggs cover (minus the honda logo). good cover.

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Sounds interesting......looking forward to the pictures. It reminds me of these covers: http://www.gezagear.com/
I would love to get a cover like that. I would be interested in one....

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I would love to get a cover like that. I would be interested in one....
Great cover for trips and commuting!

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Here are the photos. Sorry I am new to this and there must be a better way to reduce the image size... help?

My friend feels these can be put to market for less than others shown. What are peole willing to pay for something like this?





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Really nice! What material is he using to make these?

I'd be tempted to get one of these to cover the bike while it's parked at work, but I'm not sure it would stretch around the bar end mirrors.

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If the cover can be rolled up real small it would come in handy for parking at work. No one likes to come out to a wet bike. assuming the rain has stopped. Ken also brings up a good point, Bar end mirrors are used by quite a few of us, this cover would have to accommodate the extra width.

For long term storage a full cover is still be more desirable. I prefer using a 100% cotton sheet, it is breathable meaning it will not trap moisture.

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Great feedback! All comments welcome. I see my friend is our newest member as of this morning.

He has owned over 20 motorcycles in his life and is restoring a CL360 with me as we speak. It will be fun to see where all this input leads.

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I like the looks of it and await the answers to the rest of the guys questions. What kinda price makes it worth him making?

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Great looking cover...............aftermarket mirrors and fender elimintors would present the most problems...

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The fabric is a hospital grade waterproof stretch fabric. I'll be talking with him in the shop next Sat.. He was hoping to market the cover for the $50 to $60 range. That seems very reasonable to me.

I know how I use my cover at the office now. It is a full cover that is a pain to take off and on due to the hooking over the tires. This is about half the size of my full cover an therefore more manageable.

My only comment about the fabric is its' bulk. Though smaller than my full cover it still won't fit easily under the seat. That would be ideal. He and I will be watching this thread and as I said earlier - 'keep the comments coming'.

By the way were down to -3 and it is only 9p.m. ... and we road December 30

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I prefer using a 100% cotton sheet, it is breathable meaning it will not trap moisture.
And I thought I was the only one doing that. My bikes are stored inside and I still cover them up with a sheet.

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How heat resistant is it? Thinking of the exhaust.......oh, and for $50.00 and it will fit my 600RR I am down!

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And I thought I was the only one doing that. My bikes are stored inside and I still cover them up with a sheet.

Sarah hates me for using the fitted sheets.................

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