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Old 03-27-08, 10:55 PM
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Interior Bike Mount

I was on the verge of buying a new 2008 BMW X5 this afternoon. I had done some research on the BMW forum and people there led me to believe that I could fit my bike inside (upright) and transport it using a Saris Tripple Track mount. It's a very simple system that lock thes fork down.

So I take the X5 for a spin and then park it next to me little 3 series that has the bike on the roof rack. I take the bike and try to get into the new X5 and, to my dismay, it didn't fit? I tried, along with 2 techs and 1 salseperson to fit my bike in there (wheel off) but no luck. Good thing I tried it first!

The whole point of me getting this X5 was so that I could carry more passengers and, more importantly, safely transport my bike. I'm really tired of using my roof rack. So the bike was the deal-breaker and both the salesperson and I are very disappointed. I mean, for $70K the damn thing better hold my bike in style!

I'm a BMW fan, but maybe a Porsche Cayenne is a better option. We'll see. Anybody out there have a decent SUV that will hold a bike on a Saris Track mount?
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Originally Posted by otismedina View Post
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Old 03-28-08, 12:23 AM
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It will fit in a Honda Odyssey or Element just fine, and with the money you'll save versus the BMW, you can by some Lightweight Obermeyers.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:17 AM
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Ever since the Ford Exploder roll overs the new SUVs have been getting lower profile.
I need 38" of height to clear my saddle and even the new Sequoia is too short inside.
My 2004 RAV4 was way tall enough but the newer design is too short.
I'm stuck with a truck and a shell.
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Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
It will fit in a Honda Odyssey or Element just fine, and with the money you'll save versus the BMW, you can by some Lightweight Obermeyers.
Again, thanks for your oh so helpful advice. The BMW or Porsche would be a business tax write-off. So buying a Honda doesn't save me much.

I'm taking my bike to the Porsche dealer today to see if I could make it work.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:24 AM
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Chrysler Town and Country. I have one now and regret having never had one in the past. I always thought they had that 'soccer mom' thing going on.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:29 AM
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I wish I could be more helpful but as a small person, I ride 49cm bikes that seem to never have any issue fitting into any suv. (I have a small Honda CRV)

Is it your saddle that blocks the bike from fitting?
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Old 03-28-08, 08:32 AM
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It may seem counter-intuitive, but did you try the X3? The cargo area is surprisingly roomy. Not sure how the height hatch compares to that of the X5, however.

The Nissan xTerra has an internal bike mount accessory. That car is pretty tall.

In addition to the Element that Ritterview mentioned, you might also try the Honda Ridgeline. It's a truck only in the sense that the X5 is a truck. They're both uni-body "tall wagon" chassis with AWD and independent suspension. You might be pleasantly surprised how nice it drives. The Fat Cyclist had nice things to say: https://www.fatcyclist.com/2007/12/19...he-bikemobile/

Hope this helps! I'm new to bikes but I'm a long-time car guy. (Bimmers especially, so I hope that X3 works! )
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Originally Posted by wludavid View Post
It may seem counter-intuitive, but did you try the X3? The cargo area is surprisingly roomy. Not sure how the height hatch compares to that of the X5, however.

The Nissan xTerra has an internal bike mount accessory. That car is pretty tall.

In addition to the Element that Ritterview mentioned, you might also try the Honda Ridgeline. It's a truck only in the sense that the X5 is a truck. They're both uni-body "tall wagon" chassis with AWD and independent suspension. You might be pleasantly surprised how nice it drives. The Fat Cyclist had nice things to say: https://www.fatcyclist.com/2007/12/19...he-bikemobile/

Hope this helps! I'm new to bikes but I'm a long-time car guy. (Bimmers especially, so I hope that X3 works! )
The X3 might work because it sits lower to the ground than the X5. I know for fact that it has more internal head height and a bike mount is available for it. I'm still leaning towards an X5 because it's bigger, more confortable and if I can lay the entire bike down (w/ front wheel on) it may be the easiest solution. Fold the back seats down and simply lay the bike in- no rack whatsoever. I'll make another run at the dealers today to check this out.

I'm a BMW guy too. Own one now and have been spoiled by it. Would be difficult to go to a Honda or Toyota, especially in LA traffic. If one can afford it, I'd rather sit in traffic in style and comfort.
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Originally Posted by m4bandit View Post

Is it your saddle that blocks the bike from fitting?
yes, exactly it.
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Old 03-28-08, 08:54 AM
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Maybe this is a stupid suggestion, but if it's just the saddle, why not mark the location where the seat post goes into the seat tube. Then get a quick release for it and pull it out when the bike is stowed.
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Old 03-28-08, 09:04 AM
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I got my LR3 for the exact same fitment reason you speak of. The step-up in the roof that happens just behind the drivers compartment makes it easy to slip a bike in from the rear. I have this (semi old) picture of a yakama truck bed mount in the back of the land rover. It worked nice but I ended up going to the hardware store and making a slightly more efficient tubular structure to hold the fork clamps on (which also gave me a bit more clearance since it lowered the fork mount closer to the floor).

Take a look and give the LR3 a drive, I have had mine for close to 3 years and love it.
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Originally Posted by m4bandit
Is it your saddle that blocks the bike from fitting?

Originally Posted by not2blu View Post
yes, exactly it.
Is it not fitting only when the seatpost is fully extended to your regular riding height? If so, why not just carry an allen key and mark your seatpost? This may not be the answer you were looking for, but it was the compromise I made when I bought my car.

I actually now like the fact that I have to reposition my saddle after transporting the bike in my car. It gives me a chance to give the bike a 'once over' inspection before a ride.

edit: looks like wludavid beat me to it

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Either way you're getting a really nice ride. Congrats on being able to afford one!
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My $7,000 Toyota Rav4 works perfect. I removed the back seats and can hold 3 bikes without removing the wheels.
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Originally Posted by not2blu View Post
The BMW or Porsche would be a business tax write-off.

You think so? Then you better not use it for transporting bikes (unless you are a paid director sportif)
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Originally Posted by wludavid View Post
Maybe this is a stupid suggestion, but if it's just the saddle, why not mark the location where the seat post goes into the seat tube. Then get a quick release for it and pull it out when the bike is stowed.
How about getting a mid-sized car and putting the bike in the trunk? Sounds like less work than re-installing the seatpost every trip.
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Old 03-28-08, 10:14 AM
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Is there a reason why you're anti-hitch? Let us know the reasons for keeping the bike inside the car. Just curious.

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It's not a Porsche or a Cayenne, but it is German.



With a hitch rack, I can haul 6 bikes, 6 people, plenty of room for gear, coolers, etc, and still get 22-24mpg.

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Originally Posted by kb5ql View Post
Is there a reason why you're anti-hitch? Let us know the reasons for keeping the bike inside the car. Just curious.
Tuesday, I was rear ended at a red light by an illegal alien with no license. The car he was driving was insured, but the insurance company is refusing coverage. I can't sue the driver, as you can only take US citizens to a civil court. My bike rack is a pretzel, and luckily my custom Rocky Mountain Element was inside the van, or it would be twisty too. I'm going to have to foot the bill on the repairs myself, so another $3000 for the bike would make a bad situation even worse.

The other advantage is that you can make a stop for food or go into a bike shop etc, and your bike is far safer than it is hanging on the back.

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what about this?

-it's got to be expensive, and it's custom so you could have any bell or whistle and you could sit in traffic "in style".
-floor to ceiling height looks tall enough for any bike.
-uses plenty of gas/oil (v8)... yet comes with roof mounted gun so you can go overseas and help fight for more.
-not sure if it would come with ninja fighters though....if so they could double as caddy's at the country club.
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Originally Posted by not2blu View Post
Again, thanks for your oh so helpful advice. The BMW or Porsche would be a business tax write-off. So buying a Honda doesn't save me much.

I'm taking my bike to the Porsche dealer today to see if I could make it work.
Can you get something cheaper and then donate the rest of what you'd spend on the BMX X5 to a charity? Or is that not the same type of tax write-off?
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Originally Posted by Az B View Post
Tuesday, I was rear ended at a red light by an illegal alien with no license. The car he was driving was insured, but the insurance company is refusing coverage. I can't sue the driver, as you can only take US citizens to a civil court. My bike rack is a pretzel, and luckily my custom Rocky Mountain Element was inside the van, or it would be twisty too. I'm going to have to foot the bill on the repairs myself, so another $3000 for the bike would make a bad situation even worse.

The other advantage is that you can make a stop for food or go into a bike shop etc, and your bike is far safer than it is hanging on the back.

Az
I was able to purchase a separate policy through my home owner's insurance for my bike. This way it is covered anywhere even on rides. About the only thing it won't cover is if I purposely do damage to it. It only cost me $56 a year and it cover's replacement cost with no deductible.
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Can you get something cheaper and then donate the rest of what you'd spend on the BMX X5 to a charity? Or is that not the same type of tax write-off?
He wouldn't be driving a BMW, then.

@The OP:

The Volkswagen Touareg might be worth looking at, too. it's very similar to the Cayenne, but looks a lot more utilitarian and less sportscarish, to me.
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