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Old 03-28-14, 07:58 PM   #1
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Transporting my trike

I have a car that will not handle a hitch or roof rack. I bought the Sea Sucker for trikes. Scary at the thought that I would trust them on a 6 grand trike but I had no good option besides buying another vehicle.
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What do you mean that your can can't handle a hitch? I've seen Mazda Miyata with aftermarket hitches, so unless your car's bumpers on dragging on the ground, you can probably get one on yours.
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Old 03-29-14, 07:11 AM   #3
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I put a after market roof rack on my Hyundai Accent and transport my trike(old style Accent very small). Just have to take off the seat. After market hitches are available for all cars. Not all that expensive to buy or install either.
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I put a after market roof rack on my Hyundai Accent and transport my trike(old style Accent very small). Just have to take off the seat. After market hitches are available for all cars. Not all that expensive to buy or install either.
BMW 750 LI has no roof rack available for my year. No oem hitch available. Best I could do was with u-haul that said if I drove the car to Tempe Arizona, they would fabricate me a hitch for free so they could post it on their web page or pay them one thousand dollars to do it where I lived. Sea suckers were 325 and take up no room when not in use. Looks like magic keeping my 700 on my roof. Would prefer my Tule however given the choice.
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Just takes a little cobbling to make a regular rack work

I carry a Catrike 700 on my Scion XB using a standard Rhode Gear double bike rack that hangs from the rear hatchback. I added two cross pieces made from 1" schedule 40 pvc irrigation pipe to the bike rack. The pipes are held in place by the parts that would normally tie down the bike frames. The front wheels sit on the roof while the rear wheel is between the pvc pipes. I use a single ratchet web clamp from Harbor Freight Tools to cinch the front wheels to the vehicle and a couple of cut up bike tubes to secure the front wheel to the pipes. I take off the accessories (pump, bag, flag) and seat cover to keep the sail effect down. Unfortunately Rhode Gear was bought out by Bell and they quit making this rack. I never found a car this particular rack wouldn't fit.

The Scion XB can be fitted with an aftermarket hitch but they are $$$$ and require a lot of work to install. That's why I did the cobbling.

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Old 03-30-14, 02:37 PM   #6
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Hard to believe your car doesn't take a hitch... even both my smart and fiat 500 have hitches and can tow a small trailer. The trailer is for my kayaks not bikes as those go on a platform hitch rack. Double check for a hitch. Good luck
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