What is it about black and yellow BMW F800 GS bikes with bicycle racks? Many of you readers should know that I have been obsessed with finding a way to carry my bicycle on my F800, and I have chronicled my sightings and research here on the blog. It wasn’t until last summer, when I stumbled upon a bumble bee F800 just like mine parked at the Trailside bike park in Park City, that I found a design I liked. It was the Real Tyme Engineering system that I settled upon, built in Salt Lake City, and for sale on Globetrottin.com. Up until today, I thought it was the best solution for me, and I have no regrets. It’s fairly easy to take on and off, and holds the bike securely. It features a 4-bolt mounting system to fit on the stock luggage rack points, and you can use readily available Thule, Yakima, and Rocky Mounts full length bike trays (or whatever you may have laying around). Works for me, although I must admit, being able to carry 2 bikes would be better for cyclocross. Not possible, right?
Wrong. Meet professional mountain bike athlete Chris Van Dine. I spotted Chris’ bumble bee outside the Park City Whole Foods (it’s going down in the Whole Foods parking lot), with this system from a company called 2×2 Cycles. I liked the way this rack was built to hold 2 bikes. I also liked the way the bikes are offset and behind the rider, allowing a little more room for a passenger or extra luggage. All in all, a very viable option for the F800 GS. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a 2×2 double bike set-up, and doing a full review. Stay tuned!
Deal O’ The Day
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields