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    Default 2018 RTL outdoor cover pools water

    Hello,
    I am new to the forum and new to the Spyder family. I am on the road with my new Spyder and I cover it every night. I have the Ultraguard cover and it seems to fit well and serve its purpose. My question is the cover pools water in the rain between the front of the bike which is elevated and the rear trunk which is again higher than the area over the seat. Has anyone found a way to eliminate this? I am not sure that any other cover could eliminate this problem. After a very rainy night there was quite a bit of water pooled up stressing the cover especially between the antenna and the front grips and windshield area. I did a quick search but found nothing on this issue.
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    Very common problem with almost all covers, to some degree.

    Adding some additional tie straps that go UNDER the bike so you can draw the cover tight should help a lot but likely won't eliminate it completely.

    Note: just cutting a hole in the cover to attach extra straps isn't good enough.......as windy conditions will tear out the hole rather quickly.
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    Get a windshield shade, the kind that pops open and is collapsed with a ring. Put on cover, open shade, sit it on the seat: no more low spot, no more puddle. Fits in saddlebag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cptjam View Post
    Get a windshield shade, the kind that pops open and is collapsed with a ring. Put on cover, open shade, sit it on the seat: no more low spot, no more puddle. Fits in saddlebag.
    that or few bungees hooked on bottom of the front side of windshield, run up & over like clothesline to a loop around trunk. Bungee placements experimentation may be required. But that will provide support across the middle when you cover & bungees can wad up in small or strap down additional stuff you may want to carry

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptjam View Post
    Get a windshield shade, the kind that pops open and is collapsed with a ring.
    Joe, do you have a link to the "ring" type as an example? I Googled and can only find the foldable and accordion style ones. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FalconAF View Post
    Joe, do you have a link to the "ring" type as an example? I Googled and can only find the foldable and accordion style ones. Thanks!
    When he suggested that, I thought it was a good idea.
    But after thinking about it a bit........
    That will tend to "balloon" the cover out at the top, so if any space is left open around the bottom edges of the cover, it might tend to work like a parachute in a strong wind and try to rip the cover off the bike.
    Not so sure that is a good idea after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solman View Post
    Hello,
    I am new to the forum and new to the Spyder family. I am on the road with my new Spyder and I cover it every night. I have the Ultraguard cover and it seems to fit well and serve its purpose. My question is the cover pools water in the rain between the front of the bike which is elevated and the rear trunk which is again higher than the area over the seat. Has anyone found a way to eliminate this? I am not sure that any other cover could eliminate this problem. After a very rainy night there was quite a bit of water pooled up stressing the cover especially between the antenna and the front grips and windshield area. I did a quick search but found nothing on this issue.
    Thanks
    Full cover or half cover?

    The only one I know that eliminates this problem is the BRP OEM storage cover, but it's a bit heavy and cumbersome for traveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptjam View Post
    Get a windshield shade, the kind that pops open and is collapsed with a ring. Put on cover, open shade, sit it on the seat: no more low spot, no more puddle. Fits in saddlebag.
    just need to put something on the seat that will lift the cover high enough to prevent puddling. Could even be a bungie strung between the windshield and trunk or something like that.

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    I have a Tourmaster 1/2 cover that I use when traveling. It fits pretty tightly with very minor pooling when I run the windscreen all the way up before installing the cover. Motel hand towels are just the ticket for eliminating cover moisture prior to morning departures. If you need to add additional strap points, most hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot) sell tarp clamp fittings that will attach to your cover without the need to sew in additional attaching grommets. They are effective..... Jim
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    I have a Duraguard half cover and since I installed the Rivco flag mounts and flags it no longer fits the way it is supposed to. Which is ok as I want the Flags. I any thinking about buying a few large beach balls and blowing one up and leave under the cover to alleviate the pooling issue. The reason for multiple beach balls for me is I live in Florida and not sure how long they will last in the heat not blown up in the side covers.
    These are states that I have visited.

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