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Some covers have a soft inside surface to prevent scratching. Others I've used in the past were just nylon or similar fabric inside and out - this type packs smaller if your plan on carrying it while touring. I never had a problem with scratching from either type. BUT...

The problem with covers is that dust, dirt, and often moisture (condensation) will still get on the machine under the cover when they are used outside. I rode a Goldwing to the Mid-Ohio races one year. Parked it on a cement slab and put the cover over it. It was a breezy day, and people were also tearing around the parking lot and grounds on ATVs, kicking up clouds of dirt. After the races, I pulled the cover off of the Wing, and was appalled to see that the entire machine was heavily coated with dust & dirt. It was gross! I had to carefully wipe the machine down with a soft towel and spray wax / cleaner before I could ride it away. Overnight condensation will also dry quicker in the morning if the machine is not covered.

A cover is OK for covering the machine in a garage during winter storage. It may also be effective for keeping heavy overnight rain off of the machine when parked overnight on a trip. But if its still raining the next day and you have to ride on, you just end up having to pack a wet cover and the machine still gets soaked. If your riding day ends in a rain ride, I don't think covering a wet machine is a great idea.

Basically, covers aren't good for too much - I don't plan on buying one for either of my machines.
 

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Interesting site. That is more of a tent, than what we were referring to as covers before. But a very clever tent, one that allows you to get the bike in and out of it easily. Glad it has worked well for you. I finally bought a house with a two car garage a couple of years ago, but I owned lots of bikes without a garage before that. Paid for a commercial storage locker for the prior eight years to keep my motorcycles in... At about $90/month for the commercial storage, it makes the bike barn a very inexpensive alternative.
 
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