True, but there are more cost effective solutions to make loading easier than the price tag for shaving a few lbs off of a tandem. Just off the top of my head and going from least to most expensive.
Originally Posted by justcrankn
1. Take what can be a 1.5# to 2.5# seat pack with tubes, tools, and other stuff off the bike.
2. Don't load it with your trunk bag still attached... as those things tend to add lots of weight.
3. Get someone to help you
4. Load the truck from the back with the rear tire forward, bars back so that you can basically roll the tandem on and off the roof.
5. Get a step ladder for loading the truck ($20)
6. Get a set of dumbbells and do overhead presses and arm raises ($50)
7. Switch to a rear of the vehicle, single-bike receiver hitch bike carrier. ($200)
8. Get an ATOC TandemTopper to eliminate free-lifting the tandem. ($375)
9. Change out the heavy components on your bike for lighter ones. ($1,500)
10. Sell your heavy tandem and buy a new, lighter one. ($3000)
11. Sell your heavy tandem and by a new exotic, super-lightweight one. ($6,000 - $10,000)
12. Buy a vehicle that allows you to put your tandem inside where it's better protected and more secure. ($10k - $40k)**
**A likely change once you drop $6k - $12k on a tandem anyway
Mind you, I offer these up as someone who's nearly 50, is 5'8" of average build who hasn't set foot in a gym in 30 years that routinely hefted our 45# off-road tandem and 35# - 45# road tandems onto the roof of a Suburban and other high profile vehicles for a number of years... almost always by myself. The use of a step ladder and technique -- one foot on the ladder and the other on the rear seat of the open passenger door with the tandem held low with the handlebars immobilized to keep the fork straight -- made hefting the big bike relatively easy. Yes, it was a grunt that took focus, but it was doable. For cars, it can actually be harder if the racks are placed too far inboard... which is where the arm raising / lat exercises can benefit.
Again, lightweight tandems are desirable... and that's why most of us end up buying the darn things.