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My current bike (56-plate Hornet 600) is my third bike, after another Hornet and a 125 Varadero. The first two used to just live out on the back yard in all weather, and so did my current one, for a month or two, and has been under a cover ever since.

I noticed the other day that the tail of the bike (where it comes to a point) has a spot where there's no paint. I wondered at first if it was me '3-point-turning' on the back yard and I'd nudged the wall, but then I realised that I'd have hit with the numberplate first if that was it and I'd have known about it.

Eventually I figured out that it is the rubbing of the cover when I take it off/put it on the bike that has worn the paint down. Thank fully I have an orange model so the light plastic colour isn't standing out loads; if I'd still had the black one then it would've shown up all right!

I don't have an option of a garage as we just don't have one on the property, but I've been to see a friend today and he's shown me a bike 'tent' that he's bought to keep his Hornet in. Looks quite snazzy and there's loads of room in there.

It's left me wondering if I should bother with the cover or not. The bike is used every day, no matter what the weather, and it spends 8hours+ at work exposed to the elements anyway. Is a few hours at home without a cover really going to make that much difference?

I'm gutted about the paint job as there's not a mark on it otherwise (well, apart from marks by the foot pegs where my boots have rubbed on the side and scuffed it, but this seems a problem on all Hornets that I've seen). Assuming the tent isn't an option, should I make do with loosing the paint, have no cover at all, or by a cover that isn't lined with sandpaper? :lol
 

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Do you still have that Lidl or Aldi bike cover?
Keep the bike covered, put some gaffer tape or some electrical tape on the area where the paint is getting worn off.
Don't worry about the tape's adhesive. If it sticks to the paint it can be easily removed with some WD40.
Now, go out and get a decent cover and after you cover the bike, tie it down with some bungies or rope so it does not move about and rub off some more paint.
 

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I did keep it bungee'd to the bike at one point (underneath the engine, both sides tied together) but at 5am it's a ball ache to be undoing it :banghead
 

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I've used a cover on my bike ffor 6 years and it hasn't rubbed any paint off, get a decent cover you tight wad :rollin Canvas covers tend to be better IMHO, though they do loose the water-proofness eventually.
 

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Yeah, mine has like a soft lining inside, almost like my gloves. I think I'll look at a new one soon. I like that tent that my mate has but it's not really suitable for the space where I keep the bike
 
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