BMW makes a sweet bike carrier for the X1 that plugs into the two tow hook mounts on the rear bumper. For some reason they have yet to release the same thing for my X3.
Why is not the rooftop rack an option. You can get it for one quarter to one third the price of a hitch?
I wanted a hitch for more than just a bike rack. But, there are people who don't want bikes on top of their vehicle for various reasons (underground parking/garage clearance for example). I know two people who have forgotten their bikes were up top and hit something. One of them refuses to use roof mount racks from now on.
Ok, if someone can't remember there is aomethong on their roof and they want to spend another grand because they can not remember that, I guess I can't argue.
I went with the hitch mounted Thule Doubletrack 990XT ($300). So far it's great, locking pin for the hitch and locking clamps for both bikes. Most surprising was that with only one bike (in the back most slot) you can still open/close the tailgate without removing the bike from the rack. I thought that was worth sharing in case anyone is looking at hitch mounted racks.
The two more expensive models tilt away from the vehicle for opening the tailgate, but if you're only carrying one bike then you don't need to pay another $140 for that feature. :thumbup: