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    AM cars...

    What's the best car to drive to the AM trailheads...?

    Subaru's are too XC, but big old Chevy pickups are too aggro dh/fr guy...

    I need a good AM rig...
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    hopefully this is a joke.....
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    i'm going to say a 4runner, xtera, or honda crv or similar . trucks are for the downhillers. Cars are for weenies, be it weight or road.

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    Subarus are too XC? I take jumps in mine... Well, mostly step-downs...
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    How bout a Van?

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    The Element is the ultimate AM vehicle, equally suitable for AM bike or ski.

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    Jeep Wrangler (not the 4 door hummer version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyag1
    How bout a Van?
    what are you a child molester?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    What's the best car to drive to the AM trailheads...?

    Subaru's are too XC, but big old Chevy pickups are too aggro dh/fr guy...

    I need a good AM rig...
    How about an 86 accord ?
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    Xterra baby!!! It truly is the ultimate AM rig.

    Whats with the Subie hate? Those things are rad.
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    Simply the Best All mountain Transportation (SBAT)




    And no William42 I am not a child molester... LOL

    I do have 2 kids in my home state University tho. A daughter who is 19 and a son 21.... both ride AM and DH and DJ. Also my wife rides AM on her Stumpy

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    fail.

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    2001 xterra, It looks good too!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mitsubishi Delica of course....


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    What's the best car to drive to the AM trailheads...?

    Subaru's are too XC


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    Quote Originally Posted by flyag1
    How bout a Van?


    No moss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by William42
    what are you a child molester?

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    Great timing, I have had a run of bad luck

    Great timing I have had a run of bad luck when going AM in with my XC rides.




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    AM means it can do everything to some degree. If I can't sleep in my vehicle, I don't want it. Tents suck...motels suck...self-sufficiency is the goal. Vans or pickups with camper shells are the best overall compromise around, and AM bikes are a compromise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Goatse
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    How about a 1969 bronco?


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    Quote Originally Posted by whos that guy
    How about a 1969 bronco?
    More downhill than AM

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    I'm quite pleased with my 4Runner. It gets the job done. My Grand Cherokee also got me anywhere i wanted to go too...MTBing,camping,kayaking. I hated to get rid of that Jeep,but it was its time.

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    No pics of my element but here are the sami
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    No pics of my element but here are the sami
    DH for sure with those short chainstays, no problem hanging some ass behind that seat... Haha. But like the Bronco really cool rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    No pics of my element but here are the sami

    The tires are worth more that the truck!

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    One word... UNIMOG
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    Subaru WRX with a 2" lift and dirt tires!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13


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    That ones good, I like this one too.

    Bike good, work bad.

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    The tires are worth more that the truck!
    Your right, 700 for sami and 850 for wheels and tires

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    this unimog should get you wherever your AM riding desires

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    Pretty interesting bike rack on that FJ, what is it?

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    93 Geo Metro, 45 mpg, low maintenance , roof rack, durable, front wheel drive, go anywhere, cheap to repair, cheap to buy. Poor man rally car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigiugueto
    Pretty interesting bike rack on that FJ, what is it?
    www.northshoreracks.com

    I am a huge fan of it for weekends away or for shuttling big bikes.

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    If clearance not an issue, Audi's grocery-getter:
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    I'd drive a Subaru any day! I miss my wrx wagon... caddy's don't like bike racks... I need a new car to haul my bikes in... Wagons are my personal fav when it comes to hauling my bikes around. Not very many nice ones out there though imo.

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    Land Rover Range Rover!

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    my Tonka works for me...



    Through anything...



    over anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNC
    AM means it can do everything to some degree. If I can't sleep in my vehicle, I don't want it. Tents suck...motels suck...self-sufficiency is the goal. Vans or pickups with camper shells are the best overall compromise around, and AM bikes are a compromise.
    Agreed Here's our weekend battle wagon.
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    I have a Matrix SRX, with racks. I can either throw the bike in the back with the wheels on or put it on the roof. The roof is handy when the bike is mudded up.

    It's dependabl, good power, and good mileage. 30 mpg on the highway. My poor mans subie. The 2009 WRX wagon is the one I prefer, but no "Ken Block" jumps for me!!

    I test drove the WRX on a test track, Wow!!! In order the get the best out of the subie you have to pitch it! (sideways of course) probably the best handling sedan I have ever driven.

    I also like the Toyota FJ 4wd for looks and offroad

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    Like this?

    Not super fast but they can use "All" of the "Mountain"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReD_tomato
    my Tonka works for me...
    But you wouldn't do that with a bike on the back...?

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    I roll up to the trailhead in a truck that cost less than the bike.



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    I'm trying to figure out whether to use clipless or platforms on my CRV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    But you wouldn't do that with a bike on the back...?

    sure, why not? notice I dont have a hitch mount. Its a rack attached to the spare tire giving me enough clearance in the rear. If that wasn't enough, I have two mounts on the roof. Done it before, and no problems.
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    Has anyone started a 'best AM sock' thread yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReD_tomato
    sure, why not? notice I dont have a hitch mount. Its a rack attached to the spare tire giving me enough clearance in the rear. If that wasn't enough, I have two mounts on the roof. Done it before, and no problems.
    Good to hear. I'd be worried about clearance/kicking up rocks if it were too low.
    For roof mounted, I think I'd only trust a fork-mount option, as the COG of the wheel-mounted options might create too much sway/lateral play for technical/choppy off roading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth
    I'm trying to figure out whether to use clipless or platforms on my CRV.
    I would use clipless. They'll work great keeping your feet strapped in when you roll down the side of a hill.

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    I usually run a 07 crv for the usual trails but when the going gets real rough I bust out my 79 IHC ScoutII w/a 4" lift that rig takes me any where!!!
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    I'm thinking of picking up a Sherman Tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth
    I'm thinking of picking up a Sherman Tank.
    Damn down hillers... haha

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    Nissan Qazana. Lifted cross over. May have to wait for it to actually be produced though.

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    and yes I had a bike rack for it.
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    something cheap so i can spend more on the bike....

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    Quote Originally Posted by b4 stealth
    hopefully this is a joke.....
    Wow! I really thought this has to be a joke too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle Nomad
    Next thing someone is going to ask is what length of hair should they be wearing for AM riding.
    That's proportionate to your AM bikes' amount of travel.

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    If it gets there, why does it matter what you drive? Anyway, I drive a 2008 Trailblazer SS
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    Quote Originally Posted by blkss
    If it gets there, why does it matter what you drive?
    I think bikes are a good analogy here.

    For many folks, bikes(cars) are used for utility and simple transportation. If it gets there, why does it matter what you ride(drive)?

    For other folks, bikes(cars) aren't just for utility, they are used for recreation. It's more fun to ride(drive) some bikes(cars).

    Some bikes(cars) are just simply more fun to ride(drive).

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    When buying my most recent car I thought about getting one with some genuine off-roading capabilities, but after thinking about it, I just do not really need it in California. Never really been anywhere I can not clear in as sedan - and i have climbed all over Sierra's. Just get me to a trailhead. At most I had to drive some unpaved roads a bit. So I got an R350 M-B minivan, as they seem to sell them off at firesale prices. I can easily fit a couple bikes and boxes of stuff inside, without bothering with racks and being worried about bikes left outside - or take it for a family outing, as it seats 7. And my wife does not complain that it is an ugly truck. Two minivans - wife drives a Honda Odyssey - maybe a bit too much, but utility is very useful. It is a quite big frigging car. Not for cities.


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    I understand from a certain point of view, but it seems like the OP is asking what kind of vehicle will match or go well with his/her bike. Instead of looking for something that goes well with the bike, he/she should look into a vehicle that they will like and that will get them where they need to go. Personally, my next vehicle will probably be the V8 version of the H3T Hummer if they are still around in a couple of years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blkss
    but it seems like the OP is asking what kind of vehicle will match or go well with his/her bike. .
    OP can go to a local paint shop to mix some auto paint matching his car - and repaint all bikes. Then you can get some car badges to decorate the head tube to complete the picture. Do not forget proper attire with sponsor logos from the car company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkss
    I understand from a certain point of view, but it seems like the OP is just posting this topic as a joke.
    Fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    When buying my most recent car I thought about getting one with some genuine off-roading capabilities, but after thinking about it, I just do not really need it in California. Never really been anywhere I can not clear in as sedan - and i have climbed all over Sierra's. Just get me to a trailhead. At most I had to drive some unpaved roads a bit. So I got an R350 M-B minivan, as they seem to sell them off at firesale prices. I can easily fit a couple bikes and boxes of stuff inside, without bothering with racks and being worried about bikes left outside - or take it for a family outing, as it seats 7. And my wife does not complain that it is an ugly truck. Two minivans - wife drives a Honda Odyssey - maybe a bit too much, but utility is very useful. It is a quite big frigging car. Not for cities.
    That Mercedes seats 7? I like the looks of the standard rear doors, but I like the utility of sliders.

    My wifes;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barkleyfan
    That Mercedes seats 7? I like the looks of the standard rear doors, but I like the utility of sliders.
    It does, with a fair amount of comfort. But I would much rather have sliding doors indeed. Those rear doors are huge - swing out far, and my 4yo daughter can not close them herself. She can press a button on Odyssey.
    Once my son is walking and we switch to a smaller stroller, M-B goes to wife and I will grab the Honda. You can put a couple of bikes and a trailer in it without even touching the second row. Minivans are the way to go IMHO.

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    Im so lucky to have the trails a few miles from my door.

    This works too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Alshus
    Im so lucky to have the trails a few miles from my door.
    This works too.
    What is this white stuff on the bumper and on the pavement? Is it slippery?

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    lol @ spoken! I hope its a joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    What is this white stuff on the bumper and on the pavement? Is it slippery?

    When it's -2° F it isn't slippery.

    Looking forward to dry trails. Ohhh.

    BTW - everything about owning and driving cars here are way too expensive, so i'll stick to this car the next ten years. It's a mint 1992 model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    Mitsubishi Delica of course....

    My favorite by far. Is it diesel?

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    Scratch that. 2.6L Turbo Diesel. Vans in transit to Canada.

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    I just threw some racks on my little Honda Fit and it does the job well. Handles my Hardtail and my Old 42 lb FR bike with ease to and from the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle Nomad
    Wow! I really thought this has to be a joke too.
    Nothing has the storage space, grilling potential and talking points of this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReD_tomato
    my Tonka works for me...

    Not to be a dick, but:



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    hahaha, this is a very joke worthy topic. ive got an audi allroad quattro that can get me anywhere. its crazy overkill and requires a good amount of money to keep going so im going to get rid of it in favor of a small 4 door watch/ wagon. lets be honest about this. most of us can get to the trailhead by taking a)the common paved parking lot or b)the gravel road. either way, nothing special is really needed. as long as it is a hatch back of some sort for the added versatility with cargo, itll work. rather it be a fit (which im thinking about getting since the cost to own is low leaving more $$ for the bikes and biking trips) all the way up to an suv of some sort. seriously, there is no such thing as an am/ xc/ roadie/ fr/ dh car.

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    i have an FJ cruiser. it's really good off road and can haul all of my bikes and tools.

    and, yes, it looks like a port-o-john.

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    OK, it's not a car, but it is 2WD!

    RESPECT THE ROKON!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmhills
    hahaha, this is a very joke worthy topic. ive got an audi allroad quattro that can get me anywhere. its crazy overkill and requires a good amount of money to keep going so im going to get rid of it in favor of a small 4 door watch/ wagon. lets be honest about this. most of us can get to the trailhead by taking a)the common paved parking lot or b)the gravel road. either way, nothing special is really needed. as long as it is a hatch back of some sort for the added versatility with cargo, itll work. rather it be a fit (which im thinking about getting since the cost to own is low leaving more $$ for the bikes and biking trips) all the way up to an suv of some sort. seriously, there is no such thing as an am/ xc/ roadie/ fr/ dh car.

    Could not be happier with my Fit. Just got over 39mpg with my last tank too. Had to drive it lightly though. It's nice going 450+ miles on 11.6 gallons of gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmhills
    hahaha, this is a very joke worthy topic.... seriously, there is no such thing as an am/ xc/ roadie/ fr/ dh car.

    Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmhills
    hahaha, this is a very joke worthy topic. ive got an audi allroad quattro that can get me anywhere. its crazy overkill and requires a good amount of money to keep going so im going to get rid of it in favor of a small 4 door watch/ wagon. lets be honest about this. most of us can get to the trailhead by taking a)the common paved parking lot or b)the gravel road. either way, nothing special is really needed. as long as it is a hatch back of some sort for the added versatility with cargo, itll work. rather it be a fit (which im thinking about getting since the cost to own is low leaving more $$ for the bikes and biking trips) all the way up to an suv of some sort. seriously, there is no such thing as an am/ xc/ roadie/ fr/ dh car.
    Bro- you're messing with my Jeep Wrangler shopping, 4x4 cool-aide drinking, rationalization train!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfy108
    Bro- you're messing with my Jeep Wrangler shopping, 4x4 cool-aide drinking, rationalization train!
    haha, by all means, drink the cool aide. but by it because you want it not because its a dh/ xc/ am car. i was thinking about a wrangler unlimited but the combination of crappy mpg and never being truly secure (all the bike stuff in the back), i nixed it. i think an econobox with low op costs, high mpg and lots of room inside will work just fine. and with that saved money, ill use it to finish building my turner spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    Could not be happier with my Fit. Just got over 39mpg with my last tank too. Had to drive it lightly though. It's nice going 450+ miles on 11.6 gallons of gas.
    I hate you. I drive a 1998 Ford Ranger and barley get 20mpg average (17 if I drive fast)
    MAYBE 290miles on 13.75 Gallons............
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBMX
    Not to be a dick, but:


    Ooo Ooo....I've got one too!
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    this is the one

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