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CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter

Updated on January 16, 2015

What is a CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter Anyway?

Well... It might sound a little obvious to say that a CycleShelter is a portable motorcycle shelter. BUT... This isn't just any ol' tarp that you'll toss over your gorgeous Harley! No no... This is a pretty nifty little "tent" that was specially designed with practicality in mind.

Some of my readers know me as the "Resume Gal" and "Career Gal" where I help people with their job searches, but I ALSO used to own and operate a nice little Portable Garages and Shelters website where I sold ... uh... portable garages and shelters. Among them being the CycleShelter (brand name) motorcycle shelter!

So, let's continue on, and I'll introduce you to this cool item!

(Note on images: These are MDM Rhino company photos, which I have permission to use)

The CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter Opened Up
The CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter Opened Up

CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter Measurements

So, will this motorcycle shelter fit my bike?

I did get quite a few phone calls from customers asking if the CycleShelter motorcycle shelter will fit their bike. And, my answer was almost always: "Probably - but you really need to measure it first."

Truly, I do not know the specifications of motorcycles. In my mind, they go:

=> "small" (like the Honda 250 that I learned how to ride on when I took the State of NH Motorcycle Rider Safety Course),

=> "medium" (which to me is like the size of a bike that is bigger that a breadbox but smaller than a car - but one I might be able to ride someday), and then

=> "large" (which is any bike that appears in my eyes to be the size of a bulldozer - you know, the kind I need a ladder to mount).

So, that said, here are the dimensions of the CycleShelter (and we're talking about the SINGLE motorcycle shelter here):

=> Overall width (some folks tell me that the widest part of their bike goes from mirror to mirror - so, if your mirrors don't fit into this equation, it may not be big enough): 44 inches wide (that's 3.6 feet)

=> Overall length: 128 inches long (that's 10.6 feet)

=> Overall height (at the highest point of the shelter): 76 inches high (that's just over 6 feet)

It might not be a bad idea to go to MDM's site ( and check out some official spec sheets. You can also give them a call - a couple of the guys ride, and they use the products themselves.

Portable Motorcycle Shelter CycleShelter Outdoors
Portable Motorcycle Shelter CycleShelter Outdoors

A Motorcycle Shelter Fit For a Harley Road King

My account manager (the ever-awesome David at the MDM warehouse in Milford, CT) says that a couple of the guys at the warehouse have Harleys that fit into the CycleShelter motorcycle shelter.

Dave has seen a fully dressed Road King in one (with side bags and windshield) - and I think that this one falls under my personal definition of "large."

One of the guys also has a short chopper that fits just fine in the shelter.

I have also had one customer who measured the width of his mirrors, and they were just a bit too wide, and would have pushed against the material. Fortunately he did this BEFORE he ordered - so, please take heed: Measure your bike before you order!

Double CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter
Double CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter

Now, A Little About The DOUBLE CycleShelter

This Motorcycle Shelter Fits Trikes and 2 Bikes

This particular motorcyle shelter - we call it the Double CycleShelter is a bit larger than the single version. This one shares the same basic dimensions of the single, with the exception of the width.

The Double CycleShelter is approximately 7-feet 6-inches wide - so, it should fit just about any Trike.

What if you have 2 bikes? I think that a good way to determine if you can comfortably fit both bikes in the shelter is to set them up, side by side how you would normally place them, and then measure. Again, remember to measure from the WIDEST point of the bike - like my customer wisely did when he noticed that his mirrors might stick out further than originally thought.

One thing to keep in mind about the DOUBLE CycleShelter is that it is a bit heavier than the single - about 60 pounds when shipped. So, this is NOT one you can just pack up and carry on the back of the bike.

This DOES come with a carry bag - just like the Single CycleShelter - but in this case, if you are touring, you would probably have to stow it in a trailer if you are pulling one along.

A lot of folks use this one for keeping dust and dirt off their bikes while wintering them over in the garage. It seems to be a little bit more cumbersome than the single Cycle Shelter.

The motorcycle shelter comes with a handy for storage or travel.
The motorcycle shelter comes with a handy for storage or travel.

A Bit About the CycleShelter Motorcycle Shelter Components & ASSEMBLY Instructions

Features and Specifications & How To Put It Together

Ok folks... Hot off the CycleShelter motorcycle shelter's product specification sheet - here are some of the things you need to know about this thing:

=> The outside color is a silvery-gray, with navy blue interior.

=> The shelter is vented (you'll see the vents toward the top of the "dome"), which protect against condensation.

=> The frame is made of a tubular metal base with fiberglass edge poles - these are all labeled and coded.

=> The material is a polethylene material (which is rip-stop, water/oil/mildew resistant).

=> The shelter comes with a storage bag, and the single shelter can be transported on the back of your bike.

I was able to put the 1-page Assembly Instructions online for you to look at if you think it might be helpful to get a "heads up" before you decide to get one. I am a very visual person, so seeing things ahead of time has tended to help me. It's a lot like putting up a tent - once you've done it once, you'll be all set!

Even though I no longer own the website, you can still find the CycleShelter - AND other temporary shelters that might also do the trick for protecting your prized ride here at the MDM Shelter site until someone takes over the old Portable Garages and Shelters site:

A Little Bit Larger Motorcycle Shelter

And a little more sturdy than the fold-up CycleShelter

The CycleShelters (that we just discussed) are NOT meant for long-term outdoor use. T

They will not hold up long in extreme weather - they're just not designed for that (again, the poles are a lot like tent poles, and the fabric is also quite light).

So, if you need something that you can leave up in your yard, I usually tell people to consider the 5 (wide) x 10 (long) x 8 (high) portable garage unit we call the Cycle Cabana. Because it's a little larger, you're not limited to using it for just your bike...

People use them for their ATVs, lawn furniture, lawn tools... etc. So, it is a little more versatile if you want something a little more substantial.

Other Motorcycle Options on Amazon

My website carries inventory offered by MDM Rhino Shetlers - and the CycleShelter is one of them. However, I recognize that some people may want to look at a few different brands and models. I've found a few on Amazon here!

Thanks for visiting!

So what do you think about this article? - Would YOU use a Cycle Shelter?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Did not realize there were such things. Looks like a clever idea.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      These are great! I have never seen these before even though I have been riding motorcycles for years! Most people just throw the standard covers over their bikes but I have seen a lot of bikes still get rusty from condensation using them. These tents give the all important air flow and if your bike is not touching the outside of it, should stay nice and dry hopefully!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      What a great way to protect one's bike.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I most certainly would. Talked to a biker that has one of these shelters to store a bike for sunny days. Sounds like a great invention. :)

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Interesting. I have a lack of garage space right now for my cars & motorcycles I was looking at what alternatives there were.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @tonybonura: John & I are hoping to get a couple of enduro (back road) types of bikes for rides on old forest roads. That will be fun!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      A very informative lens. I'm not looking for a bike shelter because I don't have a bike right now. I hope to change that situation soon.


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      myamya 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, great job! Squidlike

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      maria 5 years ago

      i can not wait to show these to my hubby, he has been looking for something like this.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      It looks like a very useful thing. It is great for owners with not enough space. And if I think a little, who has enough space?

      Thumbs up for motorcycle shelter!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      These are pretty cool. I need to find a way to shelter my Kawasaki KLR 650. So much wind here, tho. Everything blows away! Thanks for introducing me to this product line. Very interesting concept.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      pretty stuff! never seen before

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @Pete Schultz: Hi Pete! You're absolutely right - people do use these for other "toys!" Thank you so much for visiting!

      :) Kath

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      Snowmobile shelter as well......Interesting.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @jackieb99: They are definitely pretty cool! Once I actually get a bike of my own, I'll use one of these for the indoor storage. I'm still a little ways away from that yet. :) Thanks so much for visiting my lens, Jackie!

      :) Kath

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I'd love to have one of these for my bike!

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      writerkath 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you, OhMe! I actually earned my Motorcycle License - but still don't have a bike of my own! Still working up to that! :) I need a LOT of practice before I can hit the even semi-open road. :)

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      writerkath 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you, OhMe! I actually earned my Motorcycle License - but still don't have a bike of my own! Still working up to that! :) I need a LOT of practice before I can hit the even semi-open road. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I don't have a motorcycle but if I did, I would sure want one of these CycleShelters