Oxford Aquatex Bike Cover
Customer Product Reviews
Great for travelling
I have had three of these, which I use for covering up my bike from prying eyes when travelling. They need replacing every five years or so as they do crease with repeated packing away. Very light, small and packable. The only downside is that the seams are not taped so they still leak a little through these onto the seat etc. I've bought some DIY seam tape for the top sections which I will iron on. I wouldn't recommend these for bikes sitting outside routinely. The more robust Rainex is better, with taped seams (but is significantly bulkier so no good for travelling - I tried!)
A good cover
For what it is it'll do the job, not sure whether it's particularly waterproof or not and using the hoops for holding it down at the front is a must in windy weather. Due to previous experiences over the years I don't expect much from Oxford products, but I'm sure it'll work for a while. I bought an XL for my old F650GS and it fits fine. The heat resistance is good.
Lasts one year only!
It is my second cover and unfortunately both of them lasted only one year before it starts ripping easily. Bike gets soaked after heavier rain. Also had to hand stitch straps of both covers. Quality control not that great. This cover probably will perform and last longer if used inside. 2 stars is quite generous from me.
Keeps it dry
Used to store my bike under 3 tarps so this is so much easier. I was worried it wouldn't do a good job in the wind and rain but it has a buckle underneath and elastic (around the wheel area) to prevent it from flying off the bike. It's stood up to this terrible weather so far but my bike is stored in an entry so that probably keeps most of the wind off it. I would recommend buying the cover even if your bike is in a dry environment to keep the dust off it and, as always, sportsbikeshop always does an amazing job :)
OK for the price
These covers do a reasonable job. Decent fit and easy to use. Not really waterproof though but keeps the worst of the weather off. Seems to last about a year and a half before the material disinegrates completely. Nevertheless at this price you can't expect too much so although this is my third set, I'm happy to keep replacing them at £20 or so a time.
OK, but don't last long
While these covers are pretty good when they're new, they lose the ability to keep water out after around 9 months or so. This is the 3rd one I've had now and prior to that I had 2 Oxford Stormex covers that also lasted less than a year each. I tried refreshing them with the Oxford repellent spray but that didn't do anything so its more cost effective to simply buy a new one of these each year. I have a Triumph Speed Triple R and the Medium size is a good fit.
my bike sleeps outside,its a very nice and expensive machine and I want to look after it properly,i use 2 oxford covers,first one in contact with the bike is the top of the line,stormex oxford cover,I wrap bungy chords around it to keep it tight around the belly pan..and then I throw the aquatex oxford cover over the top of the stormex,this makes for a fantastic way to look after a bike that sleeps outside..moisture/condensation stays between the 2 covers,my bike has been outside for 5 years now and it looks like its being kept in a nice warm cosy garage..also the aquAtex looks less fancy and doesn't call attention to your bike as much as a more expensive cover would,both of the covers are very good,you get a more expensive and better product the more you spend,the aquatex performed perfectly,keeping all the elements off the next line of defence..great products....