Protecting Your Bike

Preserving your pride and joy

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

Protecting your bike's tires from flats is as easy as squirting a few ounces of TireGuardian into the valve stem-after removing the core, of course. This latex-based sealant coats the inside of the tire or tube, will plug holes up to 6mm in diameter and helps maintain air pressure by sealing microscopic pores. Pick up a 250ml bottle for $29.95 and ride assured.

Dowco Bike Cover
With a name like Guardian WeatherAll Plus, you know Dowco's bike cover is intended to see your steed through some seriously nasty weather. The Guardian's heavy polyester fabric is waterproof and has a soft interior panel to protect your windshield, vents to let moisture out and aluminized heat shields so you can throw it on as soon as you get home, while your bike's exhaust is still hot. An elastic skirt and under-bike strap keep the cover in place in heavy winds, and there are grommets and an internal pocket for use with a cable lock and the optional Guardian Alarm. WeatherAll Plus covers are available for bikes of all shapes and sizes starting at $85 and are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Motovation Frame Sliders
Crash protectors, crash bobbins, fairing protectors or frame sliders-whatever you call them, they're designed to defend out-rageously expensive bodywork and structural components if your bike goes horizontal. Motovations's frame sliders are made from UV-resistant nylon, and are specially designed for each application to provide the most effective protection-not just the cheapest manufacturing cost or easiest installation. They're available for the most popular sportbikes starting at $80.

ClearMask Paint Protection
The most agonizing aspect of new-bike ownership is watching scratches and nicks appear on that factory-fresh finish. Prevent them with ClearMaskAR paint protection film from ClearMask. This clear polyurethane covering is abrasion-resistant, flexible, non-yellowing and easy to use. Apply it to any surface to protect against scuffs, scratches and sand pitting. It can be washed and waxed just like the rest of your bike, and is easily removed come resale time. ClearMaskAR comes in 10-foot rolls of varying widths starting at $18.50.

Battery Tender Four-Way Charger
Is it time for your two-wheeled toys to bed down for the winter? Keep their batteries topped up and maintained at the proper storage voltage with the four-bank Battery Tender charging station. Its four 1.25-amp chargers are microprocessor-controlled and operate independently to offer individualized charging treatment for your bikes' batteries. At $249.95 it's a heavy investment, but it's cheaper than replacing (and disposing of) a quartet of dead batteries.

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