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    i drop my back seats down and slide my bike halfway through from the trunk (99 subaru legacy sedan). One word of caution-- if you're laying the bike down, be careful of what the brake is doing to your frame. I have a little knick in the clearcoat on my bike now from that, and I'm glad I noticed early on and start switching the handlebars the other way because I bet it could have damaged my frame.

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    I would think that a road bike would fit easily between the seats of a Grand Marquis. Carrying your bike inside the car provides better security and protects your bike from weather and road grime.

    1. Cover your seat with an old sheet to protect it fron chain yuck.
    2. Take off the front wheel and turn the handlebar sideways to make your bike as skinny as possible.
    3. Just stick it in there back wheel first.

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    I have a honda civic. I fold the back seats down, take off the front wheel, and throw it in.

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    I think this guys question is valid and applies to poor souls like me who have cars without fold down rear seats . I don't like the thought of using a trunk rack because it might scuff the paint on the car and a roof rack doesn't match the body kit. I was going to try to squeeze it in the rear seat but concerned about tearing the leather or staining the carpet so I was tempted to pickup one of those generic neoprene seat covers and to wrap the bike in a sheet or something along those lines. Then I could just tuck the front wheel on the passenger seat.
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    02 Focus ZX3, fold the seats down and pop the bike in (48cm Specialized).
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    Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon, bike fits behind the front seats with the front wheel off. Litespeed Vortex compact m/l.

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    Though not my car, I rode to a race recently with a guy who had a little Fiesta hatchback - we got two bikes in the back sans-front wheels.
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    PT Cruiser - don't even have to remove the front wheel. Just fold the rear seats down, turn the handlbars to about 90 degrees, close the rear hatch and off we go. Easy!

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    I usually put bike in back of my Durango w/o front wheel. On a trip to Ohio, we wanted to drive our Honda Accord Coupe, and I was able to load it and soft luggage into trunk w/out folding down back seat by taking off both wheels. Took a little caution (blankets, towels, plastic bag over rear end to keep grease off things), but a whole lot better than spending a fortune on a roof rack, exposing the bike to road grime, and increasing drag. I like this thread, because we're looking at buying something to replace the Durango, and it would be nice to get a small "utility" vehicle, with good gas mileage, that my bike (56cm Trek) would easily fit into easily.

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    I can fit my bike into the hatch of my Camaro after taking the front wheel off.

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    You can get a 1-1/4" custom hitch for many cars installed around $200-300, and a Yakima Kingpin (2 or 4) for around $150. I have gone the custom hitch route on 2 Audi A4 sedans and a Honda Accord. Far superior to any trunk mount rack (I would not recommend those except to a family doing maybe 1 or 2 bike carries per year). The brand to look for is Delan (though I think they sold to another company). If you have a Master Hitch store nearby, go there (not uhaul).
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    I own a 2003 Mazda Protege5. I just need to fold the driver's side rear seat and it fits with the front wheel still on it. My crap goes on the rear passenger seat.

    I have a roof rack for the future when I start taking road trips and need to carry a lot more stuff, but for now, I'm doing fine.


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    A lot of the cars mentioned have rear hatches and/or fold down seats, or are a bit taller than a typical sedan. If the Marquis doesn't have fold down seats it'll be a tight fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    probably?

    you don't have a bike yet, and you're already worrying about how to transport it?
    You don't know his circumstances and you're already sniping at him?

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    had to buy a new car last year and it was between the accord and the camery. went with the accord cause the back seats fold down,front wheel comes off and bike goes in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad
    Is this done much, to avoid the issue of trunk/roof racks ... and avoid the issue of damage/dirt/theft?

    I have a 2001 Grand Marquis, and while not much leg room in the back area, the car is pretty wide. The bike for transport would probably be a Trek Pilot 5.9 model.

    If you do transport your bike in the car, what kind of bike do you have ... what kind of car do you have ... and did you have to modify the car in any fashion?

    Also, do you have to take parts off (& back on to ride bike & back off to transport) the bike to accommodate getting it into the car?

    I used to have a full-size car, a 1988 Chevy Caprice. I never used a bike rack; I just took off the front wheel and slid the bike in behind the front seats. And a bike would easily fit in the trunk with the wheels off. So you should have no problem putting your bike in your Marquis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad
    Is this done much, to avoid the issue of trunk/roof racks ... and avoid the issue of damage/dirt/theft?
    Have you considered the issue of damage and dirt to your car? If you routinely stick the bike in the passenger compartment, unless it's a belt-drive or shaftie, you're going to get grease stains on the carpet. Dirt is less of a problem if you stick to fair-weather road bikes. (I used to stick my muddy MTB in my Caprice...)

    In the trunk is OK, it just takes a bit of time to remove both wheels and means you have to keep the trunk clean.

    Even a smaller car like my current vehicle, a Maxima, can hold a bike in the trunk. But I have a trunk rack now, and I use it.
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    I have an '05 Camry and can fit my 58cm trek in the back seat by only removing the front wheel (actually it is between the back seat and the front seats, in the back seat floor board standing up.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fa63
    I can fit my bike into the hatch of my Camaro after taking the front wheel off.
    Same for me

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    I've got a Toyota Corolla and my 52cm Lemond fits easily in the back seat with the front wheel off. I use a nylon bike bag (unpadded) to protect the seats from getting dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerJoeP
    Honda CRX.....I only remove the front wheel on the bike. 38 to 40 mpg with the CRX and I am good to go.
    YEA!!!! Its great to see another CRX owner. I love them. I have owned 2 of them and currently have one. They are great!

    How do you fit your bike in here. LOL



    My first... 1991 CRX Si in white



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    Then I got a new one. This new CRX is far from stock though.

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    Installed



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    OK. Enough about cars although I do love CRX's. I wish I could have bought it new off the showroom.
    As for the OP. I put my 57cm bike in the trunk of my civic. Just need to take the front wheel off and fold the back seats forward.
    Last edited by Turboem1; 01-14-07 at 06:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPradun
    I own a 2003 Mazda Protege5. I just need to fold the driver's side rear seat and it fits with the front wheel still on it. My crap goes on the rear passenger seat.

    I have a roof rack for the future when I start taking road trips and need to carry a lot more stuff, but for now, I'm doing fine.


    How do you like the Protege? I am seriously looking at a Mazdaspeed 3 to replace my F150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorad
    Is this done much, to avoid the issue of trunk/roof racks ... and avoid the issue of damage/dirt/theft?

    I have a 2001 Grand Marquis, and while not much leg room in the back area, the car is pretty wide. The bike for transport would probably be a Trek Pilot 5.9 model.

    If you do transport your bike in the car, what kind of bike do you have ... what kind of car do you have ... and did you have to modify the car in any fashion?

    Also, do you have to take parts off (& back on to ride bike & back off to transport) the bike to accommodate getting it into the car?

    I drive a Honda Element. I removed the two back seats and now I just roll my bikes right through the back door. Right now I've got two bikes and a ton of tools, pumps, parts and junk in there; room for another bike, too. Plus, for long trips, I've got a two bike hitch rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turboem1
    YEA!!!! Its great to see another CRX owner. I love them. I have owned 2 of them and they are great!

    How do you fit your bike in here. LOL



    My first... 1991 CRX Si in white



    Sold it with 204,000 miles and still going really strong!



    My new one. 1991 CRX Si in Black. Also my 1999 Civic Si in the background.

    If you take out the platform that is showing prominently in the first photo and move the passenger seat slightly forward, a bike fits in with absolutely no problems. I put the rear of the bike to the front.

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    I managed to get my Giant L frame into the back of a Ford Festiva (not my car!) with only taking off the front wheel and lightly tieing the rear hatch down. That was embarassing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fa63
    I can fit my bike into the hatch of my Camaro after taking the front wheel off.

    +1
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