I have recently purchased a Yakima Fourtimer.
Knowing that this style of rack nearly always obscures the rego, i also purchased a 'bike rack' rego plate.
There is however no included means to mount said rego plate. Perplexing although not a surprise. Also seems there is no optional Yakima accessory to do this.
The rack is installed below in the '2 bike' format, with 2 bikes hypothetically loaded (rego just leaning on biddon cage)
Any ideas how to mount the rego plate? Im thinking i could just zip-tie to the top/down tube of the rear most bike...crude but effective. Perhaps some sort of bracket clamping over the bottom rail? Either way the plate needs some sort of holder, if these things exist.
Also looking from behind it is not unrealistic to say lights are obscured too! Again no optional accessory for lights either.
I see heaps of folks driving with out additional rear lights and some without rego plates. Am i being overly conservative here or are the plod onto such things?
$100 more for a Thule would have had lights & plate mount standard!
Check out Torpedo 7.
They used to have a light and plate accessory that plugs into tow bar electrical plug.
It has velcro straps.
Just checked them out and i would be easier and cheaper to get a Rhino one locally.
Personally I would look at the lower section of your rack and see how a removable mounting could be fitted to that. Find a piece of aluminium plate big enough for the number plate and a stop/tail/plate lamp assembly, complete with a cord and trailer plug. An auto electrician cloud surely knock something up for you if you're not comfortable with wiring. Winter will be here before you know it and a non illuminated plate will attract attention.
Yep that's what im thinking. Was looking at some U-bolts to clamp off that lower bar and knock u some form of brackets to accept a light board. That way it will all be legit: brake & indicators, nice neat rego mount and illumination light.
Probably buy one of the shelf. Likely end up cheaper than me DIYing one.
2 points you can get fined for:
1/ display of number plate made by SA rego ...its like a $300 fine for obscuring it.
2/ not having a light to illuminate the number plate if transporting during 'dark' time of day.
another few hundred fine I think.
I was pulled over a few years when I had one of those SARIS 'strap it to your boot' carriers and
the cop informed me this inquiry was his exact info area, he was pretty good an gave me an info update / warning instead of potentially up to $600 approx total in fines.
I think the law actually states the rego plate needs to be permanently attached to the rack (screws),
but from what I have seen police are only concerned you are displaying an official rego plate and that it has
illumination on it (if driving after dark).
lightboards go for $120- 180 depending on who makes them, I bought one and it was a pig to affix to a
'hanging type bike rack'...ie I had to buy tie down straps from bunnings and strap the heavy /cumbersome light board
to the last bike...
or you can buy just a compact light /number plate holder for approx $50.00, if it has the wrong connection,
you can buy an adaptor lead from supercheap/autobarn for an extra $30.00
only 1 place I could find was this, everything else was full width of the car and really suck to attach to your bike rack.
just take your light with its plug into the store and ask them to check the lead they are selling you is correct
oops... ten working days to get Bike carrier number plates now.. Could have sworn a few years ago it was like 4 days max
Picked up a Rhino for $100 from Roof Rack City. They really seemed to know their stuff and carry quality product.
Just need to rig up a some form of bracket to mount it securely to the rack, as opposed to zip-tying to the rear bike.
Bit of a follow up and case of 'buyer beware':
I had a bracket made up to mount the light bar/number plate holder to cover those legalities and its has been all good, set up on 2-bike configuration.
Well it WAS all good until a year later, when I decided to set up the complete Fourtimer 4-bike configuration for the first time (in preparation for 3 of us getting collected from a MTB ride down to Victor Harbour).
To my layperson's eye it looked like it extended a wee bit too far from the tailgate...?
A quick Google. DPTI stated "an overhang of 60% vehicle wheelbase of no more than 3.7m". (note this is the same for Qld, NSW, Vic, WA &.....).
To get technical:
When I made this purchase, I was completely ignorant of 'permitted vehicle overhangs' and thought "its marketed and sold in Aus as a 4 bike rack, so its all good right?" WRONG!
Then I thought, the Forester is not a huge car, so had a hypothetical look at a popular 'big car':
Curiously the 2019 BT50 and Ranger specs are identical here: wheelbase 3220mm, rear overhang 1234mm. Equates to a permissible overhang 1932mm (0.6X3220) or rear projection of 698mm (1932-1234). That's only 100mm more then my Forester!!!
So if it clearly cant be legally used on a 'big' car what is it sold for?
Of course there is a note in the instructions: "it is the user's responsibility to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws when using any Yakima product".
However one is not aware of this fundamental issue until they purchase, install and notice that the overhang is ridiculous and clearly illegal in Australia.
So yes i am entirely disappointed with my purchase. Rightly p***ed off with 99bikes for selling it to me and curiously that Yakima can import their product for sale in Australia that is illegal to use for its intended purpose.
Am very tempted to take it back and request a refund.
Simon, thanks for the update and warning other cyclists.
Check this out. “Products must be fit for their intended purpose.”
I can be argued that being 'legal' and 'fit for their intended purpose' are two different things.