I always rinse my down with clean water right after a ride, wipe it down quick with a towel and then lube the chain right away, seems to make clean up less of a hassle and i dont like rusty looking chains either.
Just out of my personal experience, I left my bike out for a week and it rained 4 days. I assume that this is only a problem with my bike as the seal on the gas tank was bad so the water leaked into the tank and then i could not start the bike until i drained the gas tank and then i was cranking it for a while before i got all the water out. I have heard of one more incident like this so i dont ever keep it out anymore.
if they are water-proof (not water resistant), don't use it. moisture gets trapped under it and will rust stuff. you're better off leaving it in the rain.
don't use it in a windy place. the cover will dull the edges of the bodywork where the cover sits.
clean bike before you put it on.
DON'T start the bike with the cover on. my friend left his aprilia at another friend's house (for winter storage) with the cover on. neither one of these guys believe me that a bike is better left sitting for a winter than being run for 20 minutes. anyway, the owner of the garage would start both bikes and let them run for about 20 minutes each month. he never took the cover all the way off and ruined to headlights on my friend's factory.
when i didn't have a garage, i would rent a storage unit with a buddy. we've had four bikes in one and it was $50/month.
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