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Old 06-04-16, 08:09 PM
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If it FITs . . . buy it!

On the first day of a 1,000 mile road trip with our tandem and single racing bike in our old (1997) Honda Accord station wagon, the engine light came on; engine shut off automatically and we coasted to the side of Interstate 40 at Ash Fork, AZ.
So where is Ash Fork? Middle of the desert! 70 miles from Kingman (and the Nevada border) and 50 miles from Flagstaff, AZ.
Restarting it, tranny would not engage. Called a wrecker whose mechanic opined his gas station could not fix our problem. So got towed to nearest big town with a Honda dealership for 350-some bucks. Being a Sunday, Honda dealer was not open til the next day.
Was told by Honda folks that for 250 more bucks we could get an engine computer analysis; declined that suggestion.
Mechanic said at minimum we had a major problem . . . new radiator and likely a complete rebuilt engine for a mere 5,000!
The Honda wagon did not owe us a dime as it was 19 years old with 'only' 175,000 miles on the odo.
Long story short . . . ended up buying a new Honda Fit . . . a little sub-compact that magically swallowed our tandem + racing bike + all our vacation stuff from the Honda wagon!
Had researched new appropriate vehicles to haul our tandem + stuff a couple years ago and the Fit was on top of our list.
Bonus: according to the Fit's computer we got 47 mpg on the rest of the trip.
Not a fun experience overall; however, we did not get hurt and all is well that ends well!
Pedal on TWOgether!
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Old 06-05-16, 05:07 AM
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What is the length in the back of the new Honda? Wouldn't of thought it was long enough for a tandem.
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Old 06-05-16, 08:06 AM
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Congrats on the new tandem hauler.
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I drove a Honda Odyssey for 12 years and tearfully parted with it last year with 240,000 miles on it. It was the perfect hauler for everything. Tandems, (recumbent tandem as well)..bikes, gear, people comfortably. I do upholstery and it was ideal as a pickup and delivery vehicle. Also, when I was flipping houses, I liked the fact that 4 x 8 sheet goods fit inside and the door closed.
When the old girl went away we bought a Honda Fit. A 2013 that we were lucky enough to find with only 7500 miles on it. I put a trailer hitch to attach a bike rack. I also put a Yakima rack on top and just recently got a sidewinder rack for the tandem. I get anywhere from 30-40 mpg. Mine is a manual transmission and I think that the stick is a bit peppier.
Have fun with the Fit...great little car. The cargo configurations are amazing.
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The Fit with rear seats folded flat give us room to put our tandem upright between the gap of the front bucket seats. We do remove wheels, stoker bar/pilot seat and pedals but leave on our rear rack. Closing the hatch it just misses hitting the pilot's bars. However our custom tandem's wheelbase is 63.5 inches. With our rear rack left on the tandem we add 8 inches to that short wheelbase (to 71.5 inches) with still more room to spare.
With the 60/40 rear seats (the 40 part) folded flat and the passenger front seat also folded flat they claim 8 feet of flat space allowing to lay down a tandem. However this requires the passenger/stoker to sit behind the driver (Yeah, just like on the tandem).
We completed the rest of our 1,000 miles trip with all gear, suitcases plus Rudy's racing bike on top of everything inside that sub-compact.
As cajunpedaler states ". . . the cargo configurations are amazing."
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Great story. Yes, a Fit would be a perfect fit for an experienced team. At 71 I finally gave up on shoving our bike into the back of an Impreza, so with our new-to-us Impreza we finally gave in and went to a roof rack. We don't have a garage.

We only started tandeming at 117 team age and at 138 are still getting faster. I doubt that will last much longer.
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The Honda's certainly do have some clever loading options. We use a not so subtle Mercedes van with a 14' load space.
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Well, at ages 83 and 81, we are no longer f-a-s-t either, but did go our for a 22-mile tandem toot just to get a coffee this morning and then lunch!
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Fantastic Fit's they are. We have 2, or had 2. Gave one away. You both look wonderful
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