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Old 03-05-08, 06:11 PM   #1
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Tandem inside Tacoma with shell.

This was my solution for keeping the Santana in the back of the Tacoma when I put a shell on it.
Originally I attched a Saris mount to the bedmat so I could use a fork mount and back it in. Shell shape changed that idea so I came up with a proto-type, though I probably won't do anything unless there is a need to make it work better for me, slide mount for putting the tandem in fork first with out having to crawl in to secure it. Hard on my old knees.
Crude but works and use it for my single also.
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Nice setup, but (fortunately) you have a taller-than-normal shell. I'll have to see if our Co-Motion Speedster fits in our Tacoma with a cab-high shell. It is likely that our limiting factor is height of the captain's seat (requiring either the removal of the seatpost or loosening both the Captain's seatpost and Stoker bar mount).

Thanks for posting photos!

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Nice slider.

Similar, but going the other way in the back of a pre-behemoth '06 Tundra DoubleCab. If we rode a larger tandem I'm not sure we'd get away with this upright portage in this particular shell (A.R.E. Z Series). We even had a hard time getting large tandems into the back of our Suburbans before switching back to a pick-up truck.






In addition to just wheeling the tandem in caddy-corner and securing the fork to a slightly modified (and discontinued) Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle / board, I also have a Yakima 9mm tandem mount attached to some wooden skids that does what your rig does, except that it allows me to remove the rear wheel. It either sits on the bed of the truck tucked in behind a second tandem for trips where we might have the opportunity to ride both on and off-road, or is used to tuck just a single tandem in tight up against one side of the bed to free up rear cargo space on long road trips where cycling is secondary and doesn't require quick removal or stowage.



It's proven to be a very good vehicle if I ignore the mediocre fuel economy and/or just average it out against my daily-driver motorcycle which gets something like 36 mpg.

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Nice setup, but (fortunately) you have a taller-than-normal shell. I'll have to see if our Co-Motion Speedster fits in our Tacoma with a cab-high shell. It is likely that our limiting factor is height of the captain's seat (requiring either the removal of the seatpost or loosing both the Captain's seatpost and Stoker bar mount).

Thanks for posting photos!
I got the ARE MX just for that reason. I need 38" for my single and the cab highs were at 37". Don't know what the Tandem is right off but it fits.
Had a Snug top Hi-liner on my last 1999 Tacoma but they don't or didn't at the time make it for the 2007.
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Nice slider.

Similar, but going the other way in the back of a pre-behemoth '06 Tundra DoubleCab. If we rode a larger tandem I'm not sure we'd get away with this upright portage in this particular shell. We even had a hard time getting large tandems into the back of our Suburbans before switching back to a pick-up truck.
In addition to just wheeling the tandem in caddy-corner and securing the fork to a slightly modified (and discontinued) Rhode Gear Shuttle board, I also have a Yakima 9mm tandem mount attached to some wooden skids that does what your rig does, except that it allows me to remove the rear wheel. It either sits on the bed of the truck tucked in behind a second tandem for trips where we might have the opportunity to ride both on and off-road, or is used to tuck just a single tandem in tight up against one side of the bed to free up rear cargo space on long road trips where cycling is secondary and doesn't require quick removal or stowage.

[It's proven to be a very good vehicle if I ignore the mediocre fuel economy and/or just average it out against my daily-driver motorcycle which gets something like 36 mpg.
I wish I could afford to drive a new model Tundra but they are just too thirsty and too large for my garage. I could get away with a cab-hi shell and back the bike in like yours.
Really hoped I could with my Tacoma but just a few inches off because of the slant of the rear hatch.
If I couldn't have fit it in the way I did I was going to make something simular to your rear wheel off rack.
Tandem owners seem to have a lot of ingenuity, don't we?
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