bike racks for Kona

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bike racks for Kona

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I am looking for ideas and options for carrying 3-4 bikes on a Kona. As best as I can tell, the Thule bike carriers (that hang on the rear door) are not an option. Unless I fit a towbar, towbar mounted racks are not an option, either. Does this just leave roof racks? Thanks.
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Hi there-I fitted a TAG towbar (flat tongue, no bumper cut-out) to my Kona partly for the reason to easily carry an (electric :-) ) bike.
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Bryce wrote: Sat, 03 Oct 2020, 06:03 Hi there-I fitted a TAG towbar (flat tongue, no bumper cut-out) to my Kona partly for the reason to easily carry an (electric :-) ) bike.
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Hi Bryce,
Can you provide some details? Where to buy from? How to fit? Pics? Thanks.
Much interested

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Hi there - pic below. Quite unobtrusive until you fit the flat-bar tongue.
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Where to buy: (you can also get a universal wiring harness from them)
https://www.tagtowbars.com.au/products/ ... 9336653935

Fitting instructions: apologies, took no photos of the process - but I do give a link to an online manual below. That's what I used to find the info to remove the bumper skin.
BTW: Process is easy - but TAG do not provide any instructions with the towbar.
Note:
(a) you do need to drill one extra hole in the towbar - they missed it. (They may have fixed this by now though ;-) );
(b) you need remove the internal plastic support of the bumper bar and move the sensor from it to the supports provided on the tow bar (no instructions from TAG, so I had to work both out for myself);
(c) you need to remove some plastic support clips from the internal plastic support to act as links between the bottom aero panel and the bumper skin (again, I had to work this out for myself!)

Kona bumper removal procedure:
https://www.hkona.com/rear_bumper_cover ... -1302.html
P.S. Ignore the implication you have to remove the tail-light to remove the bumper ...

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Thanks, Bryce. I take it none of this constitutes towing and therefore will not raise the ire of Hyundai? What kind of rack did you then fit to the towbar?
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Hi there - there's plenty of bike racks for flat tongue tow bars out there for around $100 up. SuperCheap, Autobarn etc list them for around that price. Bike shops have plenty too ... provided that is, you are happy to pay the bike-shop premium ;-)
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Thanks, Bryce. I think I will shop for a bike rack first and that will dictate if I can use a flat tongue towbar or a hitch. Cheers.
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I ended up getting one of these for my car.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/321651983470
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It clamps onto the ball itself so you don't have to unbolt the ball all the time or have those little bunny ear things. It also works on any towbar style. tongue, square receiver or weird looking euro under reach sort
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I'm currently considering the Yakima FourTimer, which would necessitate a hitch (not a flat tongue towbar):

https://www.yakima.com.au/products/acti ... /fourtimer
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I bought an older version of this Thule. Not cheap (I did pay a lot less a few years ago) but excellent build quality and functionality. I really like the ability to open the boot with all bikes loaded.
https://www.thule.com/en-au/bike-rack/t ... n-_-927002
Ceramic blue Kona Highlander - Current stats:
As of 26 October 2020 (13.5 months of ownership)
40'000km at an average speed of 57km/h
126Wh/km from new
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