Oxford Products Stormex Bike Cover (medium), £69.99
Time tested: Nine months
What’s good? The cover has a soft inner lining which is kind to the bike it’s protecting. It slides over the bike pretty easily, although it takes a couple of attempts before this becomes a two-minute job. The medium-sized cover easily fitted over the Honda CBR500R I rode this year. There are two purpose-made loops that a chain can fit through so the cover is secure when the bike is locked up. This also helps keep the cover in place, although I never had an issue with it getting blown off the bike anyway. There is a strap and clip that you can use to slide under the bike and secure both sides. Even though I never used this I never had an issue with the cover coming loose. I used the cover when the bike was still hot and there was never a problem with the cover melting due to the heat-resistant lining, though the instructions say you should leave the bike to cool before covering it. The cover comes at not a bad price either.
What’s not? The thin tape used to seal the seams has started coming away in fairly large chunks. It doesn’t seem to have affected the water-repellent properties of the cover but I’d be nervous about relying on it over the winter. Also, the cover can be a little difficult to get on quickly on dark nights.
Quality rating: 3/5
Value rating: 3/5