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#1 Craig

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 09:44 PM

Thoughts, experiences, or fantasies about a 2nd vehicle that will be used just for hauling the bike to the trailhead? 

 

While I can envision ALL sorts of Brian Lopes type conversion vehicles, I'm more interested in something reliable enough to get me to the Ozarks (Berryman/OT Trail), and local stuff.  The comfort that a SUV provides for longer trips (more room to stash your stuff) is nice, but I expect 95% of it's usage to be 1 or 2 person day trips. 

 

I have only owned 2 seat sports cars for the last 30 years, have been pleased with the space they offer ME, but wish to prepare for the time when my current ride's maintenance cost's > new (to me) vehicle's cost's. 

 

Manual trans is a BIG plus in my book, if it matters.

 

Please discuss ...

 

 

 

 


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#2 TenBeers

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:43 AM

Base model Toyota pickup truck with a 4-banger and manual tranny.  Reliable, useful for other things as well, and hold their value.  Which means they are also kind of expensive used, but you tend to get that back eventually.


'11 Sawyer (suburban assault dog-running bike)

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#3 Brett

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:20 AM

Full size e350 van 4x4. 460 with a 6 speed. Shackle lift 35's bed liner interior. Drawer on rollers with ability for a bed in the drawer. Bikes and gear on top with drawer closed. Rock sliders that double as steps slim roof rack on top for water and fuel and roof top tent


Or a cheap keep Cherokee with a 1 up rack on top

#4 sniker

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:33 PM

I kind of like John Bakers set up with that Ford Transit. I know he wishes he had gotten a longer bed on it, ya know, to hang up a hammock.

It's smallish and has the side slider doors.

Just a thought.


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#5 The Krackheads

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:18 PM

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#6 BrianFalls21

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:07 PM

I second TenBeers suggestion. I turned my wife's 97 4runner into my MTB hauler when we upgraded her to a 4th gen 4runner. I'd prefer the 4 cyl. standard Tacoma, but I already have the 4Runner and I'm too lazy to find a trade. Plus, it's reassuring to know I have 4 low and a locking rear dif. The fuel mileage stinks in comparison, but oh well.
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#7 ZenkiS14

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:14 PM

My 4-dr NIssan Frontier makes a good road trip vehicle for bikes. 3 in the bed, 2 on the rack, and enough room in the cab for 4 buddies, and gear in the bed.


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#8 CovertOps51510

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:46 PM

Quad cab Tacoma. Mine's a daily driver with 200k and the camper shell makes camping a breeze.

#9 jamesh75

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:55 PM

Subaru Outback



#10 gigi

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:49 AM

Subaru Forester - love my manual transmission in that - of course its a 2008.  i think they still make them though!  We traded in a pickup for it a long time ago and have never looked back.  Perfect for daily commuter and has enough room to fit all our equipment and doggie for trips to Colorado in the summer.  


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#11 ZenkiS14

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 09:54 PM

Here's my rig, 5 bikes, 4 people, and gear. Pretty solid for a weekend.

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-Kyle
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#12 TenBeers

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:13 AM

Kyle has bike issues.


'11 Sawyer (suburban assault dog-running bike)

'16 Stache 9 29+

'16 Farley

'17 Fuel EX 8 27.5+


#13 OffRoadAddict

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:25 AM

Here is my set up. It is a combination of three yard sale racks modified to hold extra weight. It works great for me! Unfortunately it is just for one bike at this time. My buddies have to drive themselves. This bike is awesome on the local trails and I can really enjoy riding single track by myself when the signs say Trail Closed! (that sign must be for someone else. not me.) It gets about 5MPG on single track but does better on the Katy Trail. This bike is Old School Electric Assist.  Everyone should have one!

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#14 OffRoadAddict

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:34 PM

What, no comments? I saw this bike on a kids college visit a few years ago and had to make up a story for it. (I hope no one took it seriously)


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Posted 24 February 2018 - 10:26 PM

A used 2 wheel drive full size pickup with a V-6.  You can find them cheap, they're reliable, and with a camper shell you'll have dry storage, and a place to sleep.  



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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:01 PM

You know I'm a fan of the 3rd gen manual trans 4Runner 3.4 '96-'00. Stockers can get 18-22mpg. 4 seater. Reliable, main issue- lower ball joints require replacement with oe approx every 150,000 miles as preventative maintenance. Can be done in the driveway no problem. Non-interference engine. My Niner can fit in the back with front wheel removed and seat lowered (fork mount) but you sacrifice one person seat, hitch rack for the other bikes. It is a 20ish year old vehicle, usually with at least 200,000 miles on it, expect maintenance needed. The 3rd gen 4Runners have good forum support.

 

 

OffRoadAddict- I was going to hunt that bike down and borrow it but the rear tire doesn't match.






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