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Old 08-13-2007, 07:49 PM
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X3 Bike Rack

Searching the forums and google in general didn't result in any real answers. I have an X3 on a two year lease. I'd like to set it up to carry bikes once in awhile. I really don't want to do the internal solution as I have a lot of stuff to carry with me from time to time as well. I'm also not a huge fan of the rooftop solution although I'd consider it. Ideally there would be a rear mounted bike rack that was very stable that didn't require any alterations to the vehicle as it is on a short term lease.

Does anyone have any ideas?

BTW I have a six speed manual, just approaching 1,000 miles and the end of the break in period and I'm very happy with the car.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:05 PM
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Yes, there is an exterior bike rack that mounts from the hitch, just like many of the ones you see on the road (except this one is OEM). I don't have the part # on me right now, but it's listed as a Swing Away Hitch mounted bike carrier. MSRP is $425
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:19 PM
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Yes but that means I need to add a hitch to truck. I'd rather not do that since it's only a two year lease...
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:26 AM
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I know you said roof racks were not your first choice, but Yakima sells adapters that let you mount their cross bars to the X3 roof rack. I have a set and have used them to transport bikes and kayaks.

Go to http://yakima.com/ for info.

Also BMW sells a set of cross bars for the roof of the X3 which can carry bikes.

Lou
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:04 AM
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Take a look at this one - it's a BMW carrier, however I have found that some of these parts cannot be ordered in Canada (YMMV in the US). Not sure what the modifications (if any) would be necessary to attach to the vehicle, however it indicates that this carrier can be mounted without a hitch.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=82&fg=51&hl=2

It appears to accomodate up to 3 bikes.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:22 AM
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I googled the part number and found this one: I need to look in my accessories brochure.


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82710147373 Each $497.50 $447.75
Rear Mounted Bike Carrier - W/O Trailer Hitch
This accessory slides into the SAV trailer hitch cross-member to carry up to four bikes. Swing mechanism allows access to cargo area while bikes are mounted.
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I'm not sure if you have to modify the bumper cover or not. There is that spring at the bottom... The mount WITH the hitch is about the same price.

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I'm sure you can get a semi-universal Saris or Thule rack that mount over the hatch. Thule makes an OK trunk rack that will prob. fit on an X3. Price is around $100.00

Roof, internal or hitch would all be better though.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:35 PM
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BMW Bike Lift

Just received the OEM base system, surfboard carrier and bike lift from Morristown BMW internet sales (recommended from X3world.com). Ask for Mike. The internet price for all 3, including $20.00 shipping) was less than I would pay for any Thule or Yakima via internet sites. I will take pictures in two days when we go on vacation and post. I think the bike lift will be easier for me to use. From first inspection it is well built and ingenious; simple to install.
Bike lift: http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemVi...0&productId=74

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Old 08-16-2007, 10:46 PM
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Just received the OEM base system, surfboard carrier and bike lift from Morristown BMW internet sales (recommended from X3world.com). Ask for Mike. The internet price for all 3, including $20.00 shipping) was less than I would pay for any Thule or Yakima via internet sites. I will take pictures in two days when we go on vacation and post. I think the bike lift will be easier for me to use. From first inspection it is well built and ingenious; simple to install.
Bike lift: http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemVi...0&productId=74

Jon

Very interesting. What price did you pay? The MSRB seems sky high. I'm 6'9" so I'm not sure if I need the bike lift or not. It's probably worth $100 just to keep it simple...
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:19 AM
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I installed the BMW bike lift and am ready to head to the beach. Few things to know about the bike lift. 1. The seat and handdlebars need to be at about the same height.
2. You may need to move a bike computer or other accessory mount from the handlebars. 3. You will need a cable lock if you want to prevent theft.

This was easy to install. The lift is spring loaded and lifting the bike is a piece of cake. The vertical pole is easily removed with a thumb screw when you get to your final destination. Sorry about the cell phone picture quality.

My bike is a 16 year old Bridgestone CityBike. It matches the Bridgestone tires! It was a designed as a courier bike.
Many thanks to Mike Dos Santos at Morristown BMW for the discounted price on the parts.

Jon
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:17 AM
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Pretty slick little unit!

Now they just need to find a way to modify the PDC to beep when you're heading into the garage with the bike still up there!!

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Old 08-19-2007, 09:41 AM
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Arrived at the beach safely. Bike did not fall off. But it did hit a few overhead tree limbs on some side streets at the beach. It was fun to watch the bike shadow from overhead street lights make the bike look like it was passing us to the left. Only hear a faint whistle at 35 mph. Very little noise at speeds above that. MPG was 22.4 on intestates. Usually get 24.5 on the same trip w/o bike and rack.

No PDC for the roof from BMW, but it does come with a windshield sticker with a picture of a bike on an X5 to remind you of the height. Every little reminder helps!

Cowabunga from the beach! (Went for a 15 mile bike ride this am-a little breezy with a 15-20 mph wind from the south)
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