I have a 135i and have been considering a roof rack for a while now. We also had a mini cooper until recently so in the past, when i needed to take the bike i could fit it in the hatch without many issues. Now the mini has been traded and lately the roads here have been treacherous. There is a trailhead for a decent trail system about 4 miles away but the majority of my riding is at night and with drunk drivers, deer, etc i try to minimize my time on the road. Additionally, while my neighborhood is decent, i have to ride past an area notorious for drugs and prostitutes which isn't the best at 1am
BMW offers a nice oem rack made by thule which can be had with discount for 180 dollars. It uses the slot type mounts so i would use most likely a thule echelon with the xadapt kit or yakima forklift which i sort of prefer as it seems more secure clamping around the bar
On the other hand, i could go with a full thule setup for a bit more so i am trying to figure out if it is worth the extra $$$. I recently won the fit kit on ebay for a whopping one dollar so i can factor that out of the cost so as i see it so far these are the pros and cons of either:
Inexpensive (180 shipped)
Holds value as thule seems to come out with new feet every year or so devaluing the older ones.
"Aero" bars normally use the slot type mounts so i would need adapters with many attachments and they dont seem as secure to me
No fairing fits on it without modifications
Costs more (about 260 all in for rails and feet)
Seem to depreciate as they update them often
Already have fit kit
Sits lower on roof by about 1.5" which is nice
Easy parts availability
Tried and true square bar setup
Direct fit fairings
So i guess basically, if the difference is about 100 dollars, is it worth going with the Thule? Which will be easiest to install and remove? Which will be the most secure when its on the car? I won't keep the bike on for the majority of the time and will probably remove the rack often as well. Is the sound going to drive me nuts?
If anyone with experience could chime in i would greatly appreciate it!
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