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Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by notgasy, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. notgasy

    notgasy Member

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    Has anyone suggestions of how to transport 2 road bikes on my new model S? Anyone had a rear hitch receiver installed? What about any experience with the roof top
    Whispbar system?
     
  2. Plug Me In

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    I think it is user AaronS had a hidden hitch bike rack installed and was pretty happy with it. This was several months ago.

    I fold the rear seats down to carry my bike and I'm pretty sure I could get 2 in there with a blanket or some padding between them.
     
  3. hyperpretension

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    Same here--I toss my bike in with the seats folded down all the time without taking off the wheels. I'd just throw a blanket on top of one frame if I were carrying two bikes.
     
  4. shark

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    bikes in MS 3.jpg

    2adult and 1 kid's bikes
     
  5. paulkva

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    I've put bikes inside the trunk:
    IMG_3678.jpg

    And I've attached a 2-bike rack to the rear hatch, although I've only ever put 1 bike on it at a time:
    IMG_3679.jpg

    The adult bike fits fine inside the trunk with the seats folded down. I got two kids' bikes (16" and 20" wheels) into the trunk with the rear seats UP.
     
  6. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I wrote up my install of the Whispbar here - Roof-Rack-Install-and-Disassembly - although I use mine for a kayak, not bikes.

    @notgasy: we live close to each other, if you want to see my Whispbar send me a PM.
     
  7. Morristhecat

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    That's an interestung bike rack, what kind is that? Is it mounted such that it could rub into the paint? Or is it suction cups?
     
  8. notgasy

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    Hi. Has anyone had experience transporting 2 road bikes with their Model S? Hitch? Whispbar setup?
     
  9. notgasy

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    I know I will wind up scratching something in the process if I do this. Thanks for the note however.
     
  10. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

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    I added a hitch to my Roadster and can haul two bikes. On the highway it was a surprising 20% hit on range.
     
  11. DRS1

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    For some reason I thought I remember the sales rep told me there were attachments in the roof for a rack for bikes or snow ski.
     
  12. aaron.s

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    I went the Eco Hitch option and very happy with it

    http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/30861-Eco-Hitch-Install

    I would however advise against the Thule you see in my shoot as it is big and obscures the rear camera.

    I since switched to the "Thule Aero hitch" same as the one above.
    Very light, easy to remove and does not obscure the camera as much.

    Be aware if you are using Aero or any deep dish wheels it really hits the range more than regular road rims
     
  15. Seven7

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    Have you tried just putting the rear seats down and stuffing the bikes in? It's not pretty, but it can be done if you pull the front wheels off the bikes and put them (the bike wheels) on top of the bikes.
     
  16. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

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    I have a Whispbar setup with 2 Frontloader bike mounts. Got the bars / bike mounts through REI to get a discount and the mounting kit direct from manuf (as REI didn't stock).

    The installation wasn't too bad, and I'm tall enough that hoisting bikes onto the roof isn't a problem.

    There is definitely some noticeable additional noise at most any speed, so you may find yourself turning the stereo up another notch to drown it out.

    The reduction in range with the rack attached and unloaded is minimal, but you'll definitely notice the difference with bikes attached and at freeway speeds.

    We took a Supercharged road trip from Raleigh NC to STL and back (I think we visited 10 different chargers in the process), we were routinely over 400 Wh/mi if going over 70 mph.

    Only SC where having bikes on the roof was an issue was in Normal IL, as that site is in a parking garage with limited height clearance. We unloaded the bikes in the bus depot at the main level and locked them up at a nearby rack, got lunch, then got verbally abused by some bus depot minion when loading up the bikes to get back on the road.

    Overall, very pleased with the roof rack option versus the tailgate rack we have for wife's RAV4.
     
  17. EdA

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    With the rear seats folded down it should be pretty easy if you remove both wheels and get some mover's blankets from Harbor Freight Tools.
    These puppies also come in handy: Pedros Chain Keeper w/Quick Release from BikeBling.com

    My wife and I transport our tandem inside our Model S.
     
  18. hyperpretension

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    No need to take the wheels off. This is my track bike. Road bike also fits in no problem with both wheels on with my 58 cm frames.
    IMG_1765.JPG
     
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    Adult-sized road bikes fit no problem with both wheels on and the seats folded down.
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  20. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    Removing the wheels gives the OP more flexibility with two bikes.
     

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