Create a Motorcycle Cover Pattern

Shape for a motorcycle cover pattern. Debbie Colgrove

A motorcycle can be a big financial investment which means you'll want to take care of it. While no one ever wants to put their bike away in some regions it's hard to ride at certain times of the year. Just because you're not riding your bike doesn't mean you can just let it sit either. There are some precautions you should take to prep your bike for the end of the season. One of the simplest things any motorcycle owner can do when storing their bike it to invest in a good cover.


If you have to store your bike, especially outside, it's important to use a motorcycle cover to protect it from the elements. Wind and rain can do some serious damage to an engine over time. Along with the fact that nobody likes riding on a wet seat! A motorcycle cover is easy to store and travel with to ensure that you can always ready to protect your bike when the need is, even from surprise summer storms. 

If you have to store your motorcycle inside, especially for a long period of time using a cover will help protect it from dust. A simple tarp can give you some coverage but a custom made motorcycle cover will offer the most protection and a little style as well. 

Motorcycle covers use a lot of fabric (the amount will depend on the size of your bike) however the actual construction of the cover is pretty simple. If you can sew a hem you can make a motorcycle cover. A sewing machine will make quick work of this project.

Because these covers are meant to be protective it's important the for the fabric to be sturdy and waterproof.

These covers are great for personal use or as a thoughtful gift for the rider in your life. Follow the directions below to make your own motorcycle cover pattern.       

Creating the side pattern:
(Use the first image as a guide)

  • Measure the length of the motorcycle, add 2" to the length to allow for easy removal of the cover.
  • Measure the height at various areas of the length, marking them as you measure them, to create a pattern as shown in the photo.
  • Add 1" to the bottom of the side pattern.
  •  Cut 2 of the side pattern.

Center Pattern Piece:
(Use the second image as a guide)

  • Measure the widest area of the motorcycle. Allow 3" extra inches to the width (2" for ease and 1" for seam allowances).
  • Measure the top edges of the side pattern piece, 1/4" from the pattern edge. This is the length of the center of the cover.
  • Cut 1 of the center -- the length (of the center) by the width.

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