Waterproof Scooter Covers
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Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:57 pm quote
Now that the rainy season is upon us in NorCal, I find myself needing to find a cover for my scoot while at work.

I used to be able to park under an awning, but our business moved and our new location has no rain protection for the scoot.

Does anyone use a cover while at work? Are there any that are truly 100% water resistant?

The one from Motorsport Scooters looks good, but I was just wondering if anyone had opinions on it or any others?
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:01 pm quote
I have the official Piaggio GT cover with a reflective stripe around it and Granturismo written across it. It is, by far, the best cover I've ever owned for any vehicle. It fits the GT perfectly, and has extra zip-out compartments that accomodate a top case or a windscreen, if you have them, and zip away if not. It also has built-in bungie cords to strap along the bottom.

Maybe my only complaint about it is that it's so form fitting, it takes a bit of effort to get on and off.

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Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:03 pm quote
jess wrote:
Maybe my only complaint about it is that it's so form fitting, it takes a bit of effort to get on and off.
Yeah, I need to be able to get it on or off in a relatively short amount of time while standing in the rain in my work clothes.

Do you remember how much it cost?
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:04 pm quote
Jess-
Care to post a pic of it on your bike?
Petty Tyrant
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:13 pm quote
I don't have one handy, but I'll see if I can get one tomorrow morning.
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:15 pm quote
jess wrote:
I don't have one handy, but I'll see if I can get one tomorrow morning.
That would be awesome
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:34 pm quote
jess wrote:
I have the official Piaggio GT cover with a reflective stripe around it and Granturismo written across it.
I have that one, too. I'll echo Jess' thoughts. It is an outstanding cover, but a little bit of a pain getting in on and off, especially in the rain. I only use it at home. If I'm out and it rains on my parked scoot...it gets wet!

Kevin
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:38 pm quote
i have a termoscud lapcover that has a hidden "flap" that extends so that it covers the seat when the scoot is parked. allegedly this is waterproof (i haven't tried it yet). i ordered it from italy for my LT150 and, if memory serves, it was about $140 including shipping. this could be an option so that you have a lap cover and a seat cover vs. $89 for the scooterwest cover:

http://www.tucanourbano.it/it/f_termoscud.htm
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:38 pm quote
Kevin wrote:
If I'm out and it rains on my parked scoot...it gets wet!
Kevin
Yeah, but would you knowingly leave your scoot in the rain for 8-9 hours?
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:40 pm quote
e_w_y wrote:
i have a termoscud lapcover that has a hidden "flap" that extends so that it covers the seat when the scoot is parked. allegedly this is waterproof (i haven't tried it yet). i ordered it from italy for my LT150 and, if memory serves, it was about $140 including shipping. this could be an option so that you have a lap cover and a seat cover vs. $89 for the scooterwest cover:

http://www.tucanourbano.it/it/f_termoscud.htm
I've got a lap cover, and I believe there is a seat cover built into the underneath of the GT, but I'd be worried about my instrument cluster sitting in the rain all day.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:57 pm quote
i think the instrument cluster would be fine in the rain.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:00 pm quote
Mesmer wrote:
Kevin wrote:
If I'm out and it rains on my parked scoot...it gets wet!
Kevin
Yeah, but would you knowingly leave your scoot in the rain for 8-9 hours?
On occasion, sure (I try to keep it pretty well waxed up during the winter), but I don't commute to work on it daily. If I think it might rain I only cover the seat with the seat cover that comes with the GT. If I did commute daily on it, I would probably put the cover on if I couldn't park under cover. It is a pain, but not too much. Plus you get better at getting it on and off. The biggest drag would be if you arrive in a hard rain and have to get in on in that. It's doable, though.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:03 pm quote
e_w_y wrote:
i have a termoscud lapcover that has a hidden "flap" that extends so that it covers the seat when the scoot is parked. allegedly this is waterproof (i haven't tried it yet).
I ordered a Termoscud a couple days ago. It'll be interesting to see how it does in the rain. I'm mostly looking forward to it keeping me warm. It's getting frosty here in DC!

Kevin
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:33 pm quote
I have the same GT cover Jess has. I don't have much trouble getting it on or off, but folding it up to carry it around is a pain. I have ended up stuffing it in a shopping bag and hanging it from the bag hook.

I use it at home - only once at work when snow flurries were forecast.

I'm not sure if I would want to put it on a wet bike. The inside of the cover would get all wet - as well as the outside. It may take a long time to get it all dried out.

My scooter was out in some pretty heavy rains the other day and suffered no ill effects. The rain likely washed off a good bit of the road crud I picked up riding in to work that day.
Molto Verboso
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:36 pm quote
Thanks for all the info everyone.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:44 pm quote
Scootercovers
you may want to check these out. http://www.dowco-inc.com/Prod_Power.asp?seg=2&ProdID=50011-00 Looks like a good decent cover. price is ok also, Beale.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:15 pm quote
Scooter Covers
When you buy one, make sure you get one with the heat resistant backing around the back lower portion of the cover, helps prevent the exhaust from burning a hole in the cover. I bought 2 GT covers and one came with the heat shield, the other did not, both were from the Vespa Boutique. Bear.
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:42 am quote
My cover for rain at work is made by Glad, and comes in 13 gallon size. Open the seat, drop in the helmet, slip the Glad bag over the seat and tuck it in, and close the seat. 15 seconds, tops. After work, pull the bag off, shake it out, turn it wet side in, and drop in under the seat. Hop on and go!

I leave my MG at work in the rain with just the tonneau cover on all the time. That's how it gets clean!
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:39 pm quote
Mesmer - I didn't get a chance to do this this morning... I'll try again tomorrow morning.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:55 pm quote
jess wrote:
Mesmer - I didn't get a chance to do this this morning... I'll try again tomorrow morning.
no hurry
thanks though
Petty Tyrant
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Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:33 pm quote
Okay, here's some shots of my cover. In my haste, I notice in the photo that I pulled the back down too far over the license plate, and it looks like it's snagged there. In general practice, you wouldn't see it go taut like that on the back end.







As mentioned, there is a zip-out compartment for both a windscreen (which I do not have) and a top case (which I do). The back end is also insulated on the inside with some shiny heat-resistant material.
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