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2X2 Bicycle Rack turns your motorcycle into a four-wheeler


October 8, 2012

The 2X2 Cycles Motorcycle Bicycle Rack lets you carry a bike on the back of your motorcycle

The 2X2 Cycles Motorcycle Bicycle Rack lets you carry a bike on the back of your motorcycle

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If you really like your motorcycle, then perhaps you might be keen on the idea of using it as your one and only source of motorized transportation – for part of the year, at least. However, what happens if you’re also an avid cyclist, who sometimes needs to transport your bike? According to inventor, cyclist and motorbike rider Garrett Blake, all you need to do is buy his 2X2 Cycles Motorcycle Bicycle Rack.

“I could not see why I would own a motorcycle and not be able to have duality in use,” he explained to us. “I always hated having to decide between a motorcycle ride or taking the car to transport the bike to my favorite trail head or group ride.”

That frustration resulted in his creating the 2X2.

The brake light-equipped steel rack mounts on the rear of the motorcycle using supplied bolts – no drilling or altering of the vehicle is required. Exactly how it’s mounted varies between different makes of motorcycle. Buyers will be advised on the mounting method for their particular motorcycle when they order the rack.

Once the 2X2 is in place, the bicycle reportedly mounts on it in a matter of seconds. The process starts with the front wheel being removed, and the fork getting clamped into a lockable quick release at the front of the rack. Next, at the rear of the rack, the left-side crank is lowered into a rubber-coated sling, and secured in place with another quick-release mechanism. The detached front wheel is then attached to a receptacle just above the sling, using its own quick-release.

Finally, a strap is run over the bike’s handlebar stem, and attached to the motorcycle’s frame or passenger foot pegs. This is for added security, and – according to Blake – it helps keep the bike’s weight concentrated on the back of the motorcycle, as opposed to hanging out behind it.

But yes, about that ... how does carrying a bike affect the motorcycle’s handling? “It is a bit different between motorcycles,” said Garrett. “If you mount it on a 50cc light displacement scooter there will be more effect than on a 600-pound [272-kg] dual sport. On average the effect is far less than a passenger on board.”

The 2X2 Cycles Motorcycle Bicycle Rack works with Honda, BMW, Kawasaki, KTM, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph, Aprilia, and Ducati motorcycles. It is available now, for US$298. Another motorcycle bike rack, the Johnny Rack, was available as recently as last year, but the company is no longer in business.

Source: 2X2 Cycles via Dirt Rag

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

Aw, great, now, if you wouldn't get catapulted, during an accident, you would risk getting impailed by your own bike! Not to mention the aerodynamic nightmare of having those weird "antlers" at the back...

Edgar Castelo

Any data on the effect that side winds have on the loaded carrier?

Anthony Uren

Wow, the first comment is from a SuperNegative Person! Go figure. Let' tear things down with negative thoughts and destroy and hate and think how things could go wrong. Yeah! That's the ticket! Thanks Edgar, I'm sure you fear and fret even crossing the street.

F Ed Knutson

I got a chuckle as I too am a worrier & thought 1st about the ramifications of a bit of a wreck...then I said, well, most responsible motorcyclists won't have a problems...'cept for all the other peeps on the road gawking. It's a great concept but the 'wow' factor could be problematic/


There's nothing wrong with the basic idea of extending your bicycle's range by using a motor vehicle to carry it longdistance (cycling purists would disagree, naturally). But this isn't an elegant method: the bicycle on the back raises the centre of gravity of the whole thing, making it less stable, and would be affected by sidewinds, never mind the risk of the rider becoming entangled with the frame in the event of an accident. Maybe a better, but rather different, way would be a really well-designed electric-assist bicycle?

Alexander Lowe
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