Introduction: Motorcycle Shell DIY Garage

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Here I made a Motorcycle Shell Garage, using PVC pipe and a Tarp.

You will need 1/4 inch PVC pipe I used 7- 10 foot pieces
10- 1/4 inch elbows
10- 1/4 inch T-connectors
2-trailer hitch (or something to link all the T-connectors together ie. A long bolt with washers and a nut)
Pipe glue
Pipe saw (I used a miter saw)
Permanent marker
Tape measure
Sewing machine

Step 1: PVC Pipe

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I took PVC pipe with T connectors and elbows. I made 5 U shapes.

I cut top pieces starting at 3 feet then added an additional 2 inches for each additional piece:
3ft 2in
3ft 4in
3ft 6in
3ft 8in

I cut the sides starting at 5 feet and added 1 1/2 inches
2x 5 ft
2x 5 ft 1 1/2......

Step 2: Cut the T-connectors and Put on the Hitch

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I cut the T connectors to slide flush on the trailer hitch. Then slide them on.

Step 3: Cut and Sew for PVC Pipe

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When you cut the tarp it is the length of each U shape, so the smallest U it is 5 feet plus 5 feet plus 3 feet plus additional room for the piping and sewing this will be the length of the tarp piece.
Measure the height by standing the PVC pieces all up with the middle piece straight up and 90 degrees and side pieces at 45 degrees, the distance between the two pieces is the height of the tarp.
Measure the 3 feet plus(sewing for pipe) on the center of the top of the tarp and begin to slope to the ends of the length of the tarp. Sew 3 inches along edges of tarp at all the places where the pipe will fit inside.

Step 4: Sew for PVC Pipe

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Sew 3 inches along edges of tarp at all the places where the pipe will fit inside.
When you get to the joint area I left a small place in order to get to the joint to glue the elbow In place.

Step 5: Finnished

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Put it all together and glue all the joints ensuring that your pieces are straight.


MillennialDIYer (author)2017-11-15

How is this holding up?

lightellen (author)2017-02-23

Does this garage have UV ray protection? Sometimes, a motorcycle cover can be destroyed in one summer by the sun's rays.

jsgraham (author)2013-06-23

I live in the Texas Panhandle. The one and only constant here is the wind. How are you keeping your cover from blowing away? Are you staking the trailer hitch pin to the ground in some way? Are you staking each end down in some fashion? If so, did you create grommets or a stake loop in the tarp for this?? If not, that may be a future suggestion for an improvement.

DenverGee (author)jsgraham2013-06-23

I have a wheel chalk that weighs about 50 lbs and I have it wire-tied to the front pipe, I did happen to sew three of the grommets from the original tarp. These are where I hooked the ties to. Thank you for the suggestion. There are many improvements that I have thought of... Keep them coming it will help others with their ideas.

gijoebob (author)DenverGee2013-06-24

I would imagine a mixture of paracord, zipties and tent stakes could remedy any wind issues.

AdanM7 (author)gijoebob2016-09-19

Filling the first and second pipes with sand or concrete would also remedy that issue without adding to the size of the structure.

davidsona (author)2013-06-18

Just curious, but what is the basic pattern and sewing locations for the tarp. I tend to do better with details.

adampudliner (author)davidsona2016-05-12

I wouldn't mind knowing this as well!

csmalley311 (author)2015-07-09

Can you break down whine tarp part? It's a little confusing the way it's explained above. Thanks

rush_elixir (author)2015-06-30

cool...can you make one that fits on a GIVI box...then you just pull the tarp to cover the motorcycle?

reitz (author)2015-02-12

Cool idea. Just a question.

Isn´t it a perfect radius?

Sides pieces would be?

2x 5 ft

2x 5 ft 1 1/2in

2x 5 ft 3in

2x 5 ft 4 1/2

2x 5 ft 6in

I thought it would be like:

2x 5 ft

2x 5 ft 1 1/2in

2x 5 ft 3in

2x 5 ft 1 1/2in

2x 5 ft

Thank you

dryvali (author)2014-01-09

Where did you find 1/4 inch PVC? I can only find 1/2 inch and bigger at HD and Lowes

Glimm (author)dryvali2014-03-01

pretty sure it's 3/4.

valkgurl (author)2013-06-24

Very ingenious! And if we could fit it in the tow behind the bike trailer---even better! Ours would have to be quite a bit bigger tho as we have a large cruiser--thinking ripstop would be lighter.

Similar versions are sold--see the back of RIDER MAG if you want more info--don;t know how much now but were several 100USD last time I checked.

We have a different form of "Travel cover" that would be easy enough to duplicate--simply use a rectangle of nylon or similar measured to fit over the SEAT and TANK area. Attach elastic loops (Shock cord is fine; bungies are too much) to the corners measured to fit over your bars or lights. Ours was a "second" and I am not sure the Co is still in business but it weighs a few ounces--more than light enough and small enough to fit in a backpack--and keeps hot sun off your saddle---nice for your butt!--keeps your paint from getting too hot or any access you have on there--and also keeps light rain off. You can also stash your helmets under there if you are within sight of the bike. --jackets etc too. We use this ALL the time both for stops and over nights when traveling.

Love to see more motorcycle stuff on here!!!!!!!

Th33w0krap15t (author)2013-06-24

I could totally see myself using this for a car to prevent hail damage. It'd obviously have to be scales up quite a bit but it'd work the same I'm sure.

GordieGii (author)2013-06-23

The first picture looks like a biker trap!

ai4px (author)GordieGii2013-06-23

A venus fly trap for bikers??? lol.

GordieGii (author)ai4px2013-06-23

I was thinking more like this:

Workstead (author)2013-06-23

Great idea, Is that 3/4" pvc? What size is the tarp? Thanks.

sangmei (author)2013-06-23


agis68 (author)2013-06-23

greate! I designed something very similar for my bike. I don't what happens in USA but in Europe its illegal to "build" this on streets

MuGai-jin (author)2013-06-23

Greetings, Nice idea. Going to make a pair for our bicycles. Thanks.

Shanderson (author)2013-06-23

This is wonderful. Seeing how that I only own a motorcycle for transportation, and I live in an apartment that doesn't have covered parking - this is a godsend. Especially in the rain, this will be clutch.

Thanks dude. All I need to find is a used sewing machine and hit up my home depot. Sweet deal.

ai4px (author)2013-06-23

This would be great for my ATV! Awesome idea.

May I may a suggestion? Connect the left and right sides (your clevis pins) with a cross bar. In the middle of that crossbar, put a 4 way union and run 3' of PVC forward and backward. The motorcycle wheels will sit on these pieces and then hold the whole thing down if there's a wind.

Esque (author)2013-06-23

What a brilliant idea!! I could see this being used for all sorts of things, you could even convert it into a fishing/beach shelter. One tip would be to cut the tarp with a hot knife just to seal the edges and stop it fraying.....I found this out from bitter experience LOL!!

Tgauchsin (author)2013-06-21

Well done! I had seen these on eBay and amazon to buy, but they are all $200+.

clay_modeling (author)2013-06-19

Very cool design - great for Texas summer weather. Not as portable (can't take it with me to work) as an all-fabric cover, but looks a lot easier to use for home if you have no room in the garage, or no garage at all.

klee27x (author)2013-06-17

This is a great design! 2 Questions. 1. Does it blow over in the wind? 2. If/when you don't ride for a few days, do you ever get paranoid and have to check that your bike is actually still there? :)

DenverGee (author)klee27x2013-06-18

It is stable but on the loops for the trailer hitches I screwed to the concrete, I also have a motorcycle wheel chalk zip tied to the front.

Yes, I did check after this weekend.

Maybe a small locking device is in order.

lordvellos (author)klee27x2013-06-18

depending on the wind speed it could move a little but a dont it it would be blowned away. You can also fill de base U shape tubes with sand or something to give extra steadiness.

As a little paranoid myself i will be doing mine with at leat one wedge transparent to avoid that "is it still there" phobia.

palombo5050 (author)2013-06-18

This is a neat project. Great idea

lordvellos (author)2013-06-18

very nice idea, i'm thinking about building a version for my dunne buggy, but i was tinking about making something of an arch instead of a U shape, i think it would hold against wind and rain a little better. If it gets rainny or a lot moist you should include some vents somehow so the moisture doesnt get into your paint or other parts!.

for the arch type the tarp section could be cut out as section of a sphere.
What is the pvc grade?

Laputahae (author)2013-06-18

what dimensions is the pvc?

f1dd13r (author)2013-06-18

That is excellent. We had a commercially available version for a car that was left here when we moved in. That one was very heavy and I couldn't manage it on my own so we eventually dismantled it for the materials to use around the garden.
Do you anchor it to the ground somehow? I suppose you could strap it to the bike or have some pockets to put weights in.

CaseyCase (author)2013-06-17

I like it. Sounds like a great way for me to store my lawnmower--thanks!

Kiteman (author)2013-06-17

That's an awesome idea - you could use it for bicycles as well.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2013-06-17

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