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Old 07-31-2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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Fiamma Bike Rack on an 2106 AS Classic, Yes or No?

Thanking about getting one of these installed on our 2016 Classic. Good or bad idea? Can I still access the back storage compartment easily?
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #2
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Yes, you can still access the rear storage compartment, but it is inconvenient.

But - if you want to carry a couple of bikes, this is a very good solution. We enjoy ours.

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Are the Fiamma bike racks available again? I thought they were temporarily unavailable because of the shooting at the factory in FL.
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:08 PM   #4
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Thanking about getting one of these installed on our 2016 Classic. Good or bad idea? Can I still access the back storage compartment easily?
Can't recommend. Ours was dealer installed when we bought ours. Used it almost 2 years, removed it for two reason first you will have access to the rear compartment but it is inconvenient with the bikes off and extremely !!!! limited with bikes on.

The last straw was when one of the brackets broke going down the road. luckily we saw it before the second bracket failed. AS honored the warranty and replaced the mounting brackets at no cost. After researching on this forum found this is a recurring issue with this bike rack so we removed it. YMMV

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Old 08-02-2017, 11:14 AM   #5
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We have that bike rack on our 30' International. Makes it a little harder to access the storage compartment but great to haul the bikes. Ours was dealer installed 18 months and 20,000 miles ago no issue so far. I check the rack every travel day. Also, there is a weight limit fir the bikes. 70 or 75 total pounds if I remember correctly. We had our bikes weighed to be sure we would not go over max.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:16 PM   #6
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I have a 27'FB with a Fiamma rack. I have broken three upper arms. I do not recommend the rack. If can you keep the trailer from bouncing around to much they will work. But if you pull the trailer on rough roads so that it bounces those bikes around the brackets will break and Fiamma charges $50.00 for years each one.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:00 PM   #7
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When I have seen these racks on the Airstream with two bikes on them they block the license plates and the tail lights. Is this safe and legal?? I want one but that was my concern.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:40 PM   #8
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Another option, www.arvika.ca, or
Bike racks.com
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:47 PM   #9
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I think they are available.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:09 PM   #10
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We had one on our 2015 19' FC and just got done putting one on our new 2017 25' FC. Very important that the bracket arm is level so that there is no downward or upward force on the bracket. It is only designed to take a fore and aft force. If ours ever shows signs of a crack I plan on replacing it with a bracket with a universal joint.

I too have put it on our checklist to check the brackets before each tow.

The 19' Airstream's storage compartment was a pain to use due to the rack. Glad our 25' Airstream has both storage compartment's on the side. The bumper storage is still a pain but we only keep our blocks in there so they are easy to grab around the bikes.

The bikes don't block the license plate or lights any worse than what my bike rack on the car does - so far I have not heard of any tickets given to anyone. But don't plan on covering your bikes.

We have two crossover type bikes - not a road bike and not a mountain bike, something in between. Because of this it took a bunch of time to figure out how to get the two bikes to fit. There really is not sufficient room between bikes - the rails should be spaced further apart. So you will have to purchase the extended arm to allow you to spread out the second bike away from the first. But I did manage to get them to fit with zero rubbing.

In the photos attached you can see the tight spacing and the extended arm I had to purchase. I also mounted my extendable antenna mast to the bike rack.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:54 AM   #11
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Like others have said, I wouldn't recommend the bike rack. We bought our AS used and it already had the rack installed. It only took one season of using it when I said it had to go. We sold it and bought a front mount receiver hitch for our F250 and have been much happier with this setup.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:50 PM   #12
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We have this rack on our trailer; my wife and I installed it ourselves. As others have noted, the rear compartment is accessible, but not as accessible as without the rack, especially when the rack has bikes on it.

We love the rack. We almost always take our bikes, and in six years and about 100K miles, we've never had a problem with it. Bikes go on easily, and can be unloaded just as easily.
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