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Old 12-15-06, 08:42 PM   #1
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Anyone own a Honda Element?

It looks to me like a tandem will fit inside with the front wheel removed. How do you deal with the gizmo on the floor between the front seats?

Incidentally, 26-27MPG is about what we get with our Saturn sedan and roof rack. It'd sure be a lot nicer to have the bike inside the car.

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Old 12-15-06, 08:56 PM   #2
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Check out T@H. There appear to be some good answers on the second page.
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Honda Element and a Santana. I built a riser that fits over the center console and mounted a Yakima Blockhead on a board that sits in the back. Remove front wheel, slide tandem in rear wheel first. Rear wheel sits on riser, front forks secure to blockhead. The rear spacing on the Santana makes it a little crowded between the front seats, but we have driven for 8 hours with no major problems. 26-27mpg on the highway if I am paying attention to my acceleration and speed.
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[QUOTE=just me]The rear spacing on the Santana makes it a little crowded between the front seats,/QUOTE]

We have a Blackburn rack on the back of our Noventa. Do you think it'll still squeeze between the front seat cushions?
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buddy had one and was able to transport his tandem just fine. I like it wife thinks it a funny colorued box

I do know that the doors are not great for kids and crouded parking lots .. they tend to trap you between your car and the car next to you. that is why my buddy sold his.

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Space between front seats, just above the armrest is 10.75 inches. No kids, but the doors will trap you in a parking lot if you are trying to load groceries.

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Space between front seats, just above the armrest is 10.75 inches. No kids, but the doors will trap you in a parking lot if you are trying to load groceries.Jack
Perfect! It sounds like I'd just have to remove the trunk bag and invent some kind of support for the rear wheel. That's certainly not a deal breaker. With the rear wheel slightly elevated do you still have to raise the fork mount to keep the front chainring from rubbing the floor?

I hadn't thought about the funky doors but I always load groceries in the back anyway. My wife thinks that it looks like a Mini Cooper on steroids. It strikes me as being a car similar to my '68' Volkswagen mini bus.
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I built a riser that fits over the center console and mounted a Yakima Blockhead on a board that sits in the back. Remove front wheel, slide tandem in rear wheel first. Rear wheel sits on riser, front forks secure to blockhead.
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Jack -- a photo would be a great help if you could post one. I would also be interested in experience people have had with a tandem inside a Honda CRV.

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My Duet fits in my Element with a standard BikeTite-on-a-1x4 mount and the rear wheel between the seats. I've also got a rack on the back of the tandem (not pictured here) that takes up a bit of elbow room, but overall its not a problem. With a trunk bag, though, I can't really talk to my passenger/stoker while driving. We usually take it off.



FYI, I drive a manual tranny so I'm shifting all the time. I put the rear wheel of the tandem as far over to the passenger side as I can and there's no interference with shifting. Also, I don't have arm rests, which would make things a little tighter.
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I will take a picture next time it is loaded. Not sure when that will be. However it will be very similar to woog except the rear wheel is about 4 inches higher to get more elbow room. His rear wheel appears to be sitting in the cup holder. I do have arm rest, so I wanted the drop outs to clear the arm rest.

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I will take a picture next time it is loaded. Not sure when that will be. However it will be very similar to woog except the rear wheel is about 4 inches higher to get more elbow room. His rear wheel appears to be sitting in the cup holder. I do have arm rest, so I wanted the drop outs to clear the arm rest.

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Thanks much Jack. I think woog's picture is a revealing one, and good enough for me. As to doing the same thing with a CRV, I did a search on hobbes and it just doesn't work the same. Unfortunately the CRV seats do not come out easily. One poster indicated he took off the front wheel, folded the CRV seats down (but not flipped up again), and set the bike in sideways with the rear wheel resting on the folded seat. Doesn't sound very stable to me, in addition to posing a challenge with chain grease and paint job. I think I'll stick with my Tandem Topper and Civic, but it is great to put our half bikes inside the CRV for longer drives. Less bugs, less noise.

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