The bakkie died and I had to find a way to transport my bike on the Suzuki Jimny. I thought I would have one made up by rockfox.co.za - but they directed me to xramp.co.za where I could buy one ready-made for much less.
From the minute I contacted XRamp I received prompt and good service. I thought I would need to order a custom-sized ramp, but Marthin directed me to their standard offering and it is a perfect fit. For just over R2k I had it delivered to my door within days.
Made from steel and powder-coated, the ramp weighs about 20kg and bolts on to your tow-hitch plate. The Jimny has a removable tow-hitch that slides into a square channel, and the XRamp uses the same method of mounting onto tow-hitch plate. So I just remove my tow-hitch and slide the XRamp into place.
The XRamp has a ramp that clips onto either the front or the back of the track that holds the bike, and it is easy to push the bike up onto the track.
After use, the ramp slips in to a gap between the car and the wheel track and is held in place with a durable (old LandRover tailgate latch). I bungee the ramp to the wheel track just so it doesn't rattle, but this is entirely optional.
The front wheel of the bike sits in a cutout so that it is held in place and is a bit lower. (See above)
Weight-wise, the spec for the Jimny is that the tow-hitch can support 100kg downward force. With the XRamp around 23kg, and the trials bike at about 75kg I am just within spec. In any case some of the load is taken by the lashing of the bike to the spare wheel on the door of the jimny.
Tying down the bike
- I start by threading a tiedown through the spokes of the spare wheel.
- Push the bike up the ramp into position - leaning it away from the car so that it clears the spare wheel
- Tie the bike onto the spare wheel so I no longer need to hold it up
- Tie the handlebars down and backward to the mounting points on the bar of the XRamp
- Tie the back wheel down and frontward by threading a diedown through the back wheel
- Attach bungey cords to keep all tiedowns under tension should they slack when the car goes over a bump, so that the hooks cannot unhook
- Comes with a wall-mount so you can hang the XRamp out of the way on the garage wall
- Has lashing points for the bike
- Light yet robust, with a very effective, simple design
- The fit into the tow-hitch channel is very snug. With the epoxy coating, the first few times took a lot of kicking to disengage the XRamp from the tow-hitch. With use this problem has disappeared.
- The bike sticks out on either side of the car (because the car is so narrow). You need to remember not to ride too close to anything. The projection out from the side of the car is still within legal limits though.