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Old 07-12-2013, 02:07 PM
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Question F11 & Mountain Bike

Does the mountain bike fit inside back of 5 series touring, folding rear seats (possible just one side) and without removing any wheels(actually altering bike any way, even the seat) on the bike?
Any pics of how bike fits this way?

I have seen BMW stock photos, with OEM bike mount, but front wheel removed.

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Old 07-12-2013, 07:34 PM
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In the F10 one can fit a road bike flat with the front wheel removed.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:19 PM
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I highly doubt it would unless you have a smaller MTB. The length of the bike would probably be longer than the cargo area with the seats folded flat and/or there wouldn't be enough height to accomodate the front wheel/tire without inhibiting the closure of the rear hatch.

Best best is to remove the front wheel of the MTB.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:37 PM
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I mean bike laying "diagonally" on the floor.
Removing front wheel loses the only "pro" of F11 over F10 to me
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:28 AM
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I mean bike laying "diagonally" on the floor.
Removing front wheel loses the only "pro" of F11 over F10 to me
How do you do that? I assume the only way to lay a bike is flat on the floor, on the bike's left side so that the rear rederailleur does not get any damage.

Even if you do have to take the front wheel off (which takes all of 20 seconds with a QR or QR thru axle), the benefit of the touring is that you can carry more gear such as a weekend bag, helmet, shoes, bike gear without worrying about hitting the trunklid or whatnot.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:29 PM
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How do you do that? I assume the only way to lay a bike is flat on the floor, on the bike's left side so that the rear rederailleur does not get any damage.

Even if you do have to take the front wheel off (which takes all of 20 seconds with a QR or QR thru axle), the benefit of the touring is that you can carry more gear such as a weekend bag, helmet, shoes, bike gear without worrying about hitting the trunklid or whatnot.
All of that fits just fine in the F10. The only way to get 2 bikes inside of any BMW is to buy an X3 or X5. Each time they go in, one still has to take off both seats, seat posts, and both front wheels. You also some type home fabricated bar with attachments so that the forks can be secured to the bar which is secured to the floor.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:17 AM
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Incidentally, BMW showed their Active Tourer concept lately which is specially prepared for transporting bikes...
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:57 AM
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Incidentally, BMW showed their Active Tourer concept lately which is specially prepared for transporting bikes...
That thing is completely off from my likes.
Plus it is the concept, where lots of more practical and cheaper alternatives exist today.

While I always was in the estate haters camp, I am considering F11 over any other BMW sedan/coupe solely for one reason: to fit bike completely in. Ironically F11 does really look good

Here were mentioned X cars:
Do they look so or they really have shorter boot compared to estate?
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:53 AM
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Interior DIY bike rack for an X3 for two bike. http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showth...ght=bike+mount
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:27 AM
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http://parts.bmwofsouthatlanta.com/s...roduct=1433541 Fits the current X3.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:49 PM
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Fold the seats, take out the rollo, and your bike will fit with the wheels on.
With the rollo on its place you'll have to remove the wheel.
Both seats down is obligatory.
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This is how I fit mine in today, and how I usually do it. Not at all elegant and normally I take the front wheel off (20mm QR thru axle) if I plan to transport more items. That said, the arrangement isn't going to work when I get my new bike, as a dual-crown suspension doesn't allow the handlebar to be turned at that angle and thus I'd be forced to remove the front axle and wheel.

I should buy a hitch and a bike carrier but I can't justify spending $600 on the two when the X3 is going to be retired next year.
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for six years I was carrying two mtb inside e61, one fits without removing the wheel - no problem, two fit with front wheels removed (actually, I think you could fit two without removing the wheels + handlebar adjusted, but it would be more difficult)
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:16 PM
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great.
that means that bigger f11 should have no problems as well. just if they have not messed up boot shape
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:38 AM
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great.
that means that bigger f11 should have no problems as well. just if they have not messed up boot shape
Hi spamboxer,

I have been reading the forum with great satisfaction for the past year since I got the F11. It's a 2012 520D F11.

I never got to registering on the forum, but now I did, just for you

Here are some pics of how to fit a mountain bike in an F11. As you can see the bike will fit with room to spare if you put the back seats down. If you are handy, I think you might be able to stack 2 bikes on top of each other like that. It will not fit with the back seats up.

(Please don't mind the bike, in the past 5 years it only left the shed twice: once for rearranging the shed and once to take pictures of it in the back of the car...)

The back of the car:


Trunk space with back seats up:


Back seats down, trunk cover still in place:


Trunk cover removed:


The bike:


Bike in trunk:


Trunk closed, back window open:


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But... I would be worried about making a mess of the car's interior. My advice would be to get a tow hook and a bike holder for that. It will be cleaner and faster to set up.

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Old 07-20-2013, 04:32 AM
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Hi spamboxer,

I have been reading the forum with great satisfaction for the past year since I got the F11. It's a 2012 520D F11.

I never got to registering on the forum, but now I did, just for you
Hi Alex
BIG respects for that.
Seems like you have answered all of my questions.

Without bar ends fit should be a lot easier. Great news

I need to leave bike inside the car for once-a-week after-works rides.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:44 AM
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(Please don't mind the bike, in the past 5 years it only left the shed twice: once for rearranging the shed and once to take pictures of it in the back of the car...)
Wow - major props for taking the time to help out a bimmerfest member.

I have another suggestion for you if you are willing to consider an Audi - the A7. My mountain bike fits perfectly in the boot and the A7 is much nicer looking than the F11.
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Wow - major props for taking the time to help out a bimmerfest member.

I have another suggestion for you if you are willing to consider an Audi - the A7. My mountain bike fits perfectly in the boot and the A7 is much nicer looking than the F11.
You do not need advice, your taste for cars is, well, hopeless.....
Drive the fourringer but do not forget to wear the sunglasses all the time!
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:09 AM
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You do not need advice, your taste for cars is, well, hopeless.....
Drive the fourringer but do not forget to wear the sunglasses all the time!
hahahaha

Comparing the BMW F11 to the Audi A7 is like comparing Melissa McCarthy to Jessica Alba.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:07 PM
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hahahaha

Comparing the BMW F11 to the Audi A7 is like comparing Melissa McCarthy to Jessica Alba.
Makes me wonder which of these two ladies you prefer....
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Something is seriously wrong with A7's butt : not quite right
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Everything looks great except the kick-stand. Thanks for the pics
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Everything looks great except the kick-stand. Thanks for the pics
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