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Old 02-16-20, 05:26 PM
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What car/truck/SUV do you drive that helps with your bike hobby?

I am new to ridding. Just purchased a commuter bike. I have been hiking every sat with a group for the last two years. I would like to start riding bikes some where other than by my house. I own a Miata and 240z. I am thinking of selling the z and getting a used FJ or 2005 ish forrester XT for the better handling and speed. A little concerned about head gaskets though. Not a must have but it would a nice to have if I could take a nap in the car. When I take my miata out for the hikes. A lot of times it's a two plus hour drive one way. Hike four/five hours done around noon/1pm. Would have been nice to take a nap before driving 2 plus hours back home. The Miata the seats do not recline much at all.

What is your transportation setup to get your bike and gear out on the weekend ?
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Old 02-16-20, 05:39 PM
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This gets me all over the place no matter what ride I'm doing be it road or mtb. So practical, so utilitarian, so under the radar.

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Old 02-16-20, 05:45 PM
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That's exactly what I was thinking of getting. The XT version. How reliable has it been? Seems like it would be great for taking a quick nap in. ha-ha. man I sound old.
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How tall are you? Forester and Outback rear seats fold down, people sleep in the backs.
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Love my Outback. I can fold down the back seat and toss a couple of bikes in without removing any wheels.
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
That's exactly what I was thinking of getting. The XT version. How reliable has it been? Seems like it would be great for taking a quick nap in. ha-ha. man I sound old.
I've owned 3 Subarus: WRX,Legacy and this. None of them gave me any major problems. The Forester now has 195k miles and still goes strong. My WRX was tracked a lot but mods were only suspension related(except for exhaust). So really just as long as you don't go overboard with engine mods, these Subarus are great cars. Just like Thermionic, I can fold the rear seat back and still fit a bike or two both with wheels on.
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Old 02-17-20, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
How tall are you? Forester and Outback rear seats fold down, people sleep in the backs.
I don't plan to do any car camping. Just take a quick one or two nap before driving back. My neck and body hurt when I try and take a nap in my 2019 Miata. The seat does not recline at all. After waking up at 6am, driving 2 hours one way. then hiking for several hours I am sleepy before the two hour drive back home.

I was just thinking I could take a quick nap curled up like this. I know I would need a full size full to sleep the normal way.

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A report just came out naming Outback and Legacy very safe. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2...-safety-award/
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Old 02-17-20, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
I don't plan to do any car camping. Just take a quick one or two nap before driving back. My neck and body hurt when I try and take a nap in my 2019 Miata. The seat does not recline at all. After waking up at 6am, driving 2 hours one way. then hiking for several hours I am sleepy before the two hour drive back home.

I was just thinking I could take a quick nap curled up like this. I know I would need a full size full to sleep the normal way.

I don't know your age, but in my mid-30s I learned how to sleep bolt upright in a chair with armrests. So, reclining car seats are pure heaven in comparison.
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I have a 2017 Forester. The driver's seatbelt cover fell apart after a short time. The vehicle was then recalled because the lazy Japanese robot may not have filled it with enough transmission fluid at the factory. The AC compressor crapped out one hot day. The battery died prematurely. Subaru has extended the transmission warranty to a total of 10 years. (Uh oh.) And a few moths ago I got another recall notice. Seems the electrical system that attaches to the front passenger seat sensors that detect when someone is sitting in the seat have been experiencing corrosion. No fix as of yet. Subaru's work around for now: Limit the use of the front passenger seat. I kid you not. And all this with fewer than...wait for it...9,900 miles in over 3.5 years.

But it can fit 2 bikes in the back when the rear seats are folded down. And I got a deal on it since my employer transports Subarus by rail.
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2014 Honda CRV with that I take the front wheel off the bike and it sits upside down in the back when it rides first class Otherwise the CRV has a receiver hitch and a traditional bike carrier that can be used on my truck as well. The CRV will get 32 mpg on highway so it’s usually the long haul vehicle and I can also lock the bike inside.
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Old 02-17-20, 12:06 PM
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I don't know your age, but in my mid-30s I learned how to sleep bolt upright in a chair with armrests. So, reclining car seats are pure heaven in comparison.
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My 2019 Miata the seats might recline an inch or two at the most. My neck is so sore when I take a nap. Last year I went to half dome. After hiking all day for about 15 hours when I got back to the car I was too tired and not safe to drive. I had to take a nap then. Love the car but sometimes I wish I had a mini van. ha-ha
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My 2019 Miata the seats might recline an inch or two at the most. My neck is so sore when I take a nap. Last year I went to half dome. After hiking all day for about 15 hours when I got back to the car I was too tired and not safe to drive. I had to take a nap then. Love the car but sometimes I wish I had a mini van. ha-ha
My decade. I'm turning 55 this coming Sunday, and I have a Mazda 5 minivan.
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Yeah, I was going to say, if you are past the mating stage in life, a minivan like the Toyota Emasculator is a perfect bicycle transport vehicle.

Mine died, and I miss it. (My external Kuat hitch rack on my Rav4 bottoms out every time I go over a small dip in the road.)

I could put 3 or 4 bikes in the back without even having to take the wheels off, if I turned the handle bars and hooked them over the middle seats.

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Honda Odyssey. both bikes fit in with the front wheels removed I made a rack to slip the forks into so they stay standing. Big bonus is protection from theft and weather.
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Yeah, I was going to say, if you are past the mating stage in life, a minivan like the Toyota Emasculator is a perfect bicycle transport vehicle.

Mine died, and I miss it. (My external Kuat hitch rack on my Rav4 bottoms out every time I go over a small dip in the road.)

I could put 3 or 4 bikes in the back without even having to take the wheels off, if I turned the handle bars and hooked them over the middle seats.
ha-ha you are killing me here. lol
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My decade. I'm turning 55 this coming Sunday, and I have a Mazda 5 minivan.

Happy early birthday!

I will be 54 in april. I had to do the math ha-ha.
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I do mostly door to door riding, but my Honda Element is great for my bikes. I can flip the back seats to the side and roll on the bike without taking any wheels off. Rubber floor mats are very easy to clean. Also great for naps. I used to do this at lunch time when I was at work. Sadly, they do not make them any more, but I've seen plenty of used ones.
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I want to hear more about the Datsun. That's my all time favorite car of the one's I've owned, how about a picture?
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Holds lots of bikes...
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I want to hear more about the Datsun. That's my all time favorite car of the one's I've owned, how about a picture?
Tired 5spd and 240z engine. Triple webers that sound nice when you crack the throttle open. My friends 2008 v6 3.5l rav4 is probably faster in straight line. ha-ha
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Sweet! Looks like you do some of those Woodside runs.
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We purchased a Nissan Rogue at the end of last riding season. I've got a hitch and Kuat carrier in the basement waiting for warmer, drier weather for me to install. I'm hoping that this makes getting out for a ride easier. Our other "mule" is a 2003 VW Passat wagon. It will take my bike in the back without removing the front wheel if I fold down the seats. I have a carrier to attach to the rear hatch, but I have to be careful with it - my frame geometry places the front wheel really close to the ground. I usually remove it to be on the safe side.
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2010 Sport Trac Adrenalin w/140K miles and 20-22 mpg highway. With my Kuat Alpha 3 itíll haul 3 bikes though Iíve stuffed more in the back with the tailgate down and the back lid up. Seats 5. AWD and IRS all around. Itíll tow about 7,000 with an equalizing hitch. 4.6L V8 whomp.
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