- Bike racks on motorway?
I’ve not been pulled yet and I’m pretty sure I have done several 200+ mile journeys with mine. I do make sure my reg plate is visible and I guess the lights can be seen through the bikes wheels. But I know that I really need a lighting board. Did find some plus connection kits on fleabay not too pricey really…Posted 4 years agohjghg5Member
Mine used to wobble above 60, partly because it was on a small car and stuck out a fair way. Hated the thing, although I never lost a bike and did plenty of miles with it on. Never got pulled for lights/number plate although I wouldn’t have had much of a defence if I had been. So glad I can now fit bikes inside and don’t have to use the thing.Posted 4 years agodknwhySubscriber
If I had the choice i’d opt for a tow ball mounted one but I couldn’t afford it at the time so opted for a Saris Bones RS (ratchet system). It’s on an MPV thing so gets shielded from the wind pretty well and has been fine with 3 bikes at autobahn speeds. We’ve done 1000’s of miles with it on and not had a problem.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t have an additional board and should really as the lights and plate are partially obscured. Have been lucky so far…..gusamcMember
with a cheap folding rack I added (via tailgate ‘gaps’ and rear seat belt top mounts) 2 extra 1″ motorbike hook straps, make sure rack straps in good condition, don’t rely on just rack strap clamp (put a loose knot etc in strap to help stop slippage), do up properly and if it rains it might be wrth checking as things seem to stretch/slip when wetPosted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
Lots of cars boot lids are now made of plastic, with aero spoilers and the like, which makes the standard way of latching straps very iffy. I didn’t realise on my Honda it was plastic until some dozy mare reversed into it and it needed replacing. Personally I have the Thule 3 bike towball mount carrier and it is a great bit of kit. Cant fault it for the job, other than if someone goes up the back of you and destroys the bikes. But that is less probable than me forgetting about them on a roof mount set up and a car park height barrier.Posted 4 years agodavidisaacsMember
IanW, I guide for http://www.bikingandalucia.com and got pulled by the Guardia Civil in Spain, as the bikes (firmly fixed on a tow bar mounted rack) were slightly obscuring the no. plate (100 EURO fine). I have a feeling it was as much revenue collecting as law enforcement!Posted 4 years ago
I ALWAYS use a tail board now regardless if the no plate or rear light clusters are obscured.thisisnotaspoonMember
So glad I can now fit bikes inside and don’t have to use the thing.
I thought that when I bought the C-max, but after a winter of twice weekly night rides depositing a 3″ thick layer of mud and dog poop in the boot of the car* I bought a rack 🙂
*yes I could have washed it or used a boot liner, but that’s a half hour washing it with muk-off/dirtworker whilst cold/wet/hungry and it’d never actualy be ‘clean’. And the boot liner (unless you get one of those cutom fitted ones) always shifted or caught on a pedal, dropping all that carefully contined mud into the boot anwyay.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
I was looking at more from a safety point of view than compliance with the local regs.
The carrier I use is more like the one pictured above than the towbar designs. Mostly the number plate is visible, although accasionally not, depending on which bikes are on the back, whats on the roof and how carefully I have loaded them.
Either way, as you point out if you meet the wrong officer its going to cost whatever detail you can argue.
Reg boards sound like a good idea.
Nice looking business you have there btw and a lovely place by all accounts.
IWPosted 4 years ago
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