If you love your motorcycle as much as I do then you’re probably very concerned about motorcycle storage. But what options are there when the garage is full? That’s when you need to determine the best motorcycle tent for your bike’s storage and protection.
Motorcycle tents are made to cover your bike and keep it safe from the weather. That way you can have your own little mini motorcycle garage anywhere it will fit. We’re not talking about a full-size motorcycle storage shed, just a reliable and safe cover to keep your bike safe from the elements.
With years of experience riding everything from a Kawasaki Ninja 250R to my current BMW K1200RS I’m going to help you learn pick out your new outdoor motorcycle cover. I usually have 2-3 motorcycles in the garage at a time and they don’t always fit. Motorcycle tents are the solution to provide the outdoor motorcycle cover you require.
For more details about the factors to consider when buying a motorcycle tent see How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Tent buyer’s guide at the need of the motorcycle tent reviews.
Quick Answer: Best Motorcycle Tents for 2017 / 2018
- Quictent Heavy Duty Outdoor Pop Up Bike Tent
- Peaktop Heavy Duty Motorcycle Shelter
- The Bike Shield Tourer
- Speed-Way Shelter Deluxe Model
- ShelterLogic Shed-in-a-Box
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This motorcycle cover is quick to setup and easy to transport. It comes with its own durable 600D fabric carrying case which makes storage and transport easy!
- Vented mesh windows
- 3 models available
I like the powdercoated steel frame. The powder coating will help resist rust and degradation over time and it’s a durable coating for metal. There’s also a durable and highly waterproof polyurethane coating on the inside of the shelter fabric. This will last for years if properly cared for!
Overall my favorite additional feature on this motorcycle shelter is the ventilation windows to let out that sticky summer humidity!
Available in small and large sizes (double check measurements!) you can choose the best size for your bike.
- 2 sizes available
- Rugged 600D fabric cover
That’s not to say this motorcycle cover is bad. It’s affordable and more than enough protection for most. There folding cover is lockable so you can keep people from peering into the cover or getting to your bike easily. Of course if a thief really wanted to get inside, it wouldn’t be too hard to cut the fabric.
Speaking of fabric, the 600D waterproof cover is pretty rugged. This is a similar material to the thick nylon used in things like duffel bags and the bottoms of backpacks.
Similar in design to the motorcycle tents that we’ve reviewed above, this shelter deviates in a few key ways. Its design, height and stance really provide more of a true motorbike shed as compared to just a motorbike cover.
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I like that it’s galvanized steel which is a slightly more durable rust proofing method than powder coating. And for a motorbike garage I like the square steel tubing over round for its durability.
- Galvanized steel
- 3 sizes available
- Polyurethane waterproofing
There are mesh ventilation holes on the sides of this bike shield which can be opened or closed. This is a feature I like to see. It just helps get some moisture out of the tent after a rain, or on humid summer days. Nothing sucks more than a steamy bike cover, dripping moisture on the motorcycle.
Overall this is a solid motorcycle tent choice that I like because there are 3 sizes to pick from.
Are you worried that your motorcycle won’t fit in one of the tents above? Well, worry no more. This bad boy is made to store ATVs, double motorcycles, and CanAm style Spyder vehicles. No matter the size of your hog, it should fit in this shed!
- Space for two motorcycles
- Available in 3 sizes
- One of the largest motorcycle tents available
This beefy motorcycle tent tips the scales at over 80 pounds. Even though it includes a carrying case, I can’t imagine too many reasons to carry around an 80 pound double motorcycle cover. Except, perhaps, RV camping and motorcycle touring combos.
There’s an included internal light which is nice because you might just get lost inside this cavernous pop up motorcycle tent. It’s supported by a network of large diameter square steel tubing. Made for quick and easy assembly, there’s an integrated lifting handle for the shelter.
I like that the fabric is a polyurethane coated waterproofing with a very high rating. This should keep your two wheelers dry and safe. Be sure to anchor this shelter down in a strong wind, though. It’s large and could catch flight!
Saving the biggest and beefiest for last, we have the ShelterLogic mobile garage. This thing is massive and has plenty of room for any motorcycle you can throw in it. I love the sturdy steel frame and anchors!
- 1 ⅜” steel tubing frame
- 5 oz ripstop cover
- Available in 6 sizes
Stepping into the league of portable garages, and out of the realm of motorcycle tents we have the Shed-in-a-Box. This thing is made from nearly 1.5” diameter steel tubing. The frame is anchored by steel auger bits which dig into the ground and hold the whole thing down.
You can pick up this motorcycle cover in sizes from 6’ x 6’ up to 12’ x 12’. If you store them right, you could probably get 4 or more motorcycle into a 12’ x 12’ space.
I love that the fabric is UV treated waterproof polyethylene. That makes this triple woven cover durable, waterproof, and nearly indestructible. It attaches to the steel frame on all sides, both top and bottom. There’s even a zippered door panel.
The frame is powder coated and the internal fabric is a light off-white color that helps to keep the space bright. Overall, this is a top pick for those who need maximum strength and size.
How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Tent for You
There are quite a few important factors to consider when you’re picking out a motorcycle storage shed or tent. Let’s go over a few to keep in mind as you choose.
- Motorcycle Storage Size
- Preparing for the Elements
- What To Do If Your Tent Fails
Motorcycle Storage Size
Right now you’ve got one motorcycle to store and you’re certain that’s all you’ll have. Next spring you find a deal you just can’t pass up and all of a sudden there’s an extra motorcycle that needs a home. Sure, you could sell one but the heart yearns for bikes.
Of course it doesn’t always work this way, but consider my point. If you start buying extra touring gear for your motorcycle, where will you put those bulky trunks for storage?
It’s amazing how fast motorcycles and their gear begin to pile up and you find yourself again needing more motorbike storage space.
Consider going with a bike cover that’s bigger than what you need. Maybe a double cover, even if you just have one bike. That way when more gear or more motorcycle suddenly start springing up you’ve got somewhere to put them!
Like any good box-shaped object there are three dimensions that must fit your bike. First, measure the length of your bike from furthest forward point to furthest rear point. Usually this is front tire to rear taillight.
Measure the width of your motorcycle on its stand stand. Be sure to take into account the lean of the bike if you’re using a side stand. With the bike on its side stand, measure from the furthest lean point (usually a handlebar or upper cowling) to the other side.
If using a center stand your bike’s width profile will be quite a bit more narrow. So, depending on the bike’s width, a motorcycle shed built for 2 may be able to accomodate 3. Don’t forget to measure thoroughly and account for any saddle bags or loose gear that you want to fit.
Finally, and probably easiest, is to find the height of your bike. Just measure from the ground to the top of your bike which is most likely the windshield. Don’t take the factory height specs in case there’s an aftermarket windshield which could change the measurement.
If you measure these and the bike cover you’re considering is barely big enough, just do yourself a favor and find a bigger one. You don’t want the bike cover rubbing against your bike in the wind, or just not fitting when it’s assembled.
Preparing for the Elements
In some locations a wimpy piece of fabric with a few lightweight rods to hold it up just won’t cut it. If you live in an area with particularly harsh weather, make sure you’re using a motorcycle cover with enough strength to handle it.
If your area gets heavy snows, you’ll need a very beefy motorcycle shed to cover it up. Consider upgrading to a tent supported by steel tubing that can be anchored to the concrete or earth.
This is also especially important if you’ll be setting up your motorcycle cover in an area exposed to wind. If your yard is completely open and the winds can rip across without anything to slow them down, a strong storm could end up blowing your motorcycle cover over.
Which then results in a domino effect with the motorcycle inside ending up tipped over. Consider your weather and location for storage.
Look for a motorcycle cover that can be anchored to the ground or driveway using some solid bolts and anchors. Never leave your cover just sitting on the ground or it might blow away and knock over your bikes!
There are many ways that durable waterproofing can be achieved with industrial materials such as motorcycle covers.
Heat sealed polyethylene is a common material for durable covers. Like most synthetic materials it won’t hold up to UV exposure forever so do plan to replace these covers every 5-10 years depending.
The most durable waterproof seams for a motorcycle tent are going to be welded, or melted together. In this process two layers of synthetic material are actually heat sealed together to create a strong and waterproof bond.
This is superior to sewing because it leaves no holes behind for rain to get in, and it’s stronger than a sewn seam if done right.
If your motorcycle tent does spring a leak and it’s not under warranty there’s an easy fix.
What To Do If Your Tent Fails
Alright, so it’s not under warranty any more. Maybe a branch fell off and punched a hole in your motorcycle cover. Maybe you’ve had it for years and the fabric is beginning to weaken and drip. Either way there are a couple things you can do to repair or improve your motorcycle cover.
By far the most simple solution is to double down. Buy a new tarp from the local hardware store that will cost you maybe $10. Throw this tarp over the top of your motorcycle cover and hold it down with straps or bricks. Done.
You could attempt to remove the failing fabric and sew or replace it that way. However, the added time of making things fit correctly and sealing the finished product against the elements is simply not worth it. Don’t even bother.
Instead, to extend the life of your motorcycle shelter, just cover it with an extra tarp right from the beginning. This will extend the life of the shelter fabric almost indefinitely for just a couple extra dollars. Avoid the problem altogether.
Motorcycle tents come in just about every size and style you can imagine. In fact, you could even build one with a few 2×4’s and some tarps. No matter what you choose to do to protect that shiny two wheeler, make sure you pick one that’s going to work for you.
Before you come to a conclusion on what motorcycle cover to buy, consider a few things. Where do you live? Where will you store the bike? What kind of weather do you get? Will the tent go on pavement or dirt?
Then choose a motorcycle tent from our list that will fit your bike. Remember, needs change and you might want to store extra gear. It’s never a bad call to go a size or two up. Then you’ll have an excuse to get a second motorcycle! After all, you’ve got the motorbike storage space.
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Have a great time riding and please be safe!