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RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 BMW X5

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Review of the RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks on a 2016 BMW X5

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2016 BMW X5, we're doing a test-fit of the RockyMounts Backstage Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, that part number is: RKY10002.Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over a couple features. First feature I want to go over is our tilting feature, because we can do this with our bikes fully loaded. We're going to come here to our convenient handle in the back, so we won't have to reach between our bikes. We're just going to pull on that and tilt our bikes with our bike rack away from our vehicle. In this position, we are going to gain full access into our back hatch area to get anything in or out that we may need.

You'll see that we do have room to stand in between our vehicle and our bike rack as well, if we need to. Close everything up, and to put our bike rack back in place, we'll simply lift up until it clicks.Now, we have another position we can actually put this into. This is going to be our swing position. We're going to come down here and loosen up the blue handle. We'll loosen this up completely until it comes loose from our bike rack.

Then, we're going to come to the blue handle here and just pull up on that. That's going to allow us to swing our bike rack out, away from our vehicle. We do want to make sure that we rotate our platform when we get about halfway, until that locks into place. Then, we can continue to swing out our bike rack until it latches in here at the front.Now, in this position, we are again going to have that full access into our hatch area. This is going to give us just a little bit more room to get out those larger items.

We can stand in front of our vehicle without having to worry about the bike rack being in the way. Close that up, and to put our rack back into place, we're going to start at our blue pin here, pull that out, start to rotate our bike rack back, until about halfway again, pull out on our pin at the base. We'll continue to rotate that back around until everything lines up, and we'll start to tighten our bolt back down. We want to make sure that's parallel with the ground, so that we can tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle completely.Now, how our bike is actually secured to our rack, we're going to have a cam-buckle strap. We'll push on the blue lever on the opposite side and pull our strap through.

Then here at the front, we're going to have a wheel hook. This is going to sit either in front of our brakes or in front of our frame depending on how our bike is made. We'll push on the blue button here at the bottom to release that, pull straight up and then pull straight down to tighten that down. We can move that hook towards the front to make it easier to take our bike off.Now, you'll notice our cradles here. This is going to allow us to accommodate fat-tire bikes, and we will have an extra strap for our back tire as well, since we have that deep and wide cradle. Our cradle is also going to fold into itself, giving a nice secure click whenever it's in place. We want to make sure we fold that hook over and keep it out of the way.Now, we'll take a few measurements here. First is going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle. It's going to be about 30-and-a-half inches. Ground clearance is going to be about 20-and-a-half inches. Our closest point is about seven inches away.Now, we can also fold this up against our vehicle, again, pulling on that blue lever at the back. We can fold it up, which is great for close-quarter situations like parking. We're only adding about 16 inches to our vehicle now, with a ground clearance of about 12 inches, and our closest point looks to be our cradles sitting about three-and-a-half inches away.Now, as for our hitch, you'll see down here that it's designed to work with two-inch hitches only. We have our anti-rattle bolt and lock. That lock is also compatible with a lock for our bike cable. It's going to secure here at the back, which will prevent theft and tampering of your bike rack as well. Whenever our anti-rattle bolt and lock are completely secured and tightened down, it's going to keep a lot of shake and play out of our bike rack as we head down the road.That's going to be our completed look at the RockyMounts Backstage Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, part number: RKY10002, on our 2016 BMW X5.

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