Re: a little too cold to ride in the NW suburbs of Chicago today
For the bike cover... Try going to your local motorcycle dealerships (especially Harley) and ask someone from the back if they have any of the covers that they ship the bikes in... they're made of a light fabric material and they're great for keeping dust and paint overspray off the bikes, and most dealers just uncover the bikes and throw away those covers before putting the new bikes on the showroom. They may stand up to keeping rain and snow off but I've mainly used them to keep paint overspray off the bikes when I'm painting one in the garage. Never hurts to ask and you may end up with more than a few free covers.