Talon Bike Rack - Sports Cars
Fitting the Talon Bike Rack to Sports Cars
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SeaSucker Talon fitted to Sports Cars
The SeaSucker Talon 1-Bike Rack is our most popular bike rack. It'd ideal for lovers of sports cars. It expands the versatility of the sports car by improving practicality. Its small footprint opens up a host of mounting options. Having said this, it packs a series punch, with 90 kg of direct pull strength from every vacuum mount. It's more than capable of handling interstate trips. SeaSucker Vacuum Mounts are non-marking, UV-resistant and will attach to steel, glass, fibreglass and carbon fibre.
When it comes to mounting options, this article lists the most popular mounting locations using customer photos.
The SeaSucker Talon main board is mounted on the rear engine hatch of this Lamborghini Huracan. The rear wheel strap sits just forward of the rear spoiler. Accessibility is not impacted, our customer can still open the engine hatch with the bike mounted.
Mounting on glass is just as easy as mounting on the car's panels. The SeaSucker Talon has no trouble attaching to glass, steel aluminium, fibreglass, carbon fibre and more.
Our customer, Bastion Cycles approached us about an imminent video production featuring their custom road bikes mounted on the roof of a McLaren 560. Due to its highly curved roof, the SeaSucker Mini Bomber 2-Bike Rack would most likely have not worked on this vehicle. Therefore, we went with 2 x SeaSucker Talons with 12 mm x 100 mm through-axle fork mounts. Consequently, having two SeaSucker Talons provides enormous flexibility. With its small footprint (381 mm x 330 mm) the SeaSucker Talon has no trouble working on almost any car. It also makes it easier to install.
Bastion Cycles McLaren with SeaSucker Talon
Furthermore, the McLaren 560 has a panoramic roof. The SeaSucker Talon has no trouble attaching to glass, steel aluminium, fibreglass, carbon fibre and more. Whilst these photos were part of a photoshoot we were delighted to be a part of it also demonstrates the versatility of the SeaSucker Talon. After driving around Melbourne and its outer suburbs the team were delighted with the performance of the two SeaSucker Talons. Furthermore, the bike manufacturer, Bastion Cycles were so impressed they are now an Authorised Reseller.
Close up of 2 x SeaSucker Talons on a McLaren 560
Finding a bike rack that works with a convertible like the Mercedes SL500 is no easy task. Luckily, in this case, our customer car has a folding hardtop roof. Therefore, the ideal mounting location is as shown in the photo. The SeaSucker Talon main board is mounted on the roof and back window. In this case, we have one vacuum mount on the roof and two vacuum mounts on the rear window. As a result, the rear wheel strap sits close to the front edge of the boot. This places the rear wheel strap in an ideal position as it is located close to the fold in the boot.
SeaSucker Bike racks will work on steel, glass, fibreglass, carbon fibre plus many more surfaces. Mounting the bike rack in this position is ideal for cars with a lot of flex in the roof. It also minimises the cars vertical height making it easier to fit under garages and carports.
Close up of SeaSucker Talon on Mercedes SL500
The Nissan 350Z and 370 lend themselves well to the roof/rear window main board mounting position. The main constraint here is the rear spoiler. Whilst attaching the rear wheel strap is no problem for the vacuum mount it wasn't something our customer was comfortable with. Therefore, by selecting the rear wheel strap position forst it dictated where the mainboard will be installed. The only downside is Luke won't be able to open the rear hatch with the bike rack installed. This could be overcome by moving the mainboard slightly further so all three vacuum mounts are on the roof. As this is a fork-mounted bike rack the bike will pivot whilst secured to the fork mount.
Nissan 370Z Bike Rack - SeaSucker Talon
Luke loves photography, cycling and his Nissan 370Z. He chose to mount his SeaSucker Talon on the rear window overlapping on to the roof. The rear wheel of his bike sits neatly in front of the car's spoiler. Our only suggestion is to mount the bike rack on the kerb-side or left-hand side of the car. This makes mounting and dismounting your bike safer as you will not have to worry about passing traffic
Rearview of SeaSucker Talon on a Nissan 370Z
The SeaSucker Talon bike rack on this car is entirely mounted on the panoramic roof. The mainboard is mounted on the front edge of the panoramic roof and the rear wheel strap is mounted on the rear edge of the panoramic roof. Furthermore, the typical length of a road bike, from the forks to the back of the frame is 1.1 to 1.2 meters. Subsequently, this gives you an approximate idea of the length of this panoramic roof. Whilst it may be possible to tilt the panoramic roof with the bike rack installed we wouldn't recommend it.
The photos were provided by Baden Cooke, a long time SeaSucker product ambassador. Baden has been using SeaSucker bike racks for over 2 years and has tested our bike racks on various cars including Jaguar, Porsche and Mercedes.
Rearview of Jaguar F-Type with a SeaSucker Talon
A very popular mounting location for the SeaSucker Talon is the rear window. It reduces the overall height of the car and bike making it easier to fit under carports and garages.
Our customer, Darren, has conveniently located his bike on the back window of his Mustang. The good this is, he still has access to the boot with the bike mounted. This is due to the fork mount design of this bike rack. The forks pivot on the fork mount enabling the bike to move with the car's boot.
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