BMW Touring-bicycle carrier

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BMW Installation Instructions

BMW Touring-bicycle carrier

If assembly is carried out in the workshop, the fitting instructions must be handed to the customer.

It is essential that these instructions are read through fully and carefully before the start of the assembly or fitting work. BMW assumes no liability of any kind for damage which may arise as a result of disregard of the fitting or assembly instructions.

In short – safety is the prime requirement! What is the state of your technical know-how and practical experience? Do you really have the required tools and are you sure of your ground? Your BMW dealer will be happy to assemble the accessory professionally and at a reasonable price.

The touring bicycle carrier is designed for the transportation of standard bicycles. BMW assumes no liability for damage which may arise as a result of the transportation of bicycles with auxiliary motors, special bicycles with out-size frames and tyre widths, tandems and the like.



  1. Pre-assembling the touring bicycle carrier
  2. Mounting on the base-carrier
  3. Loading the touring bicycle carrier
  4. Mounting variants

General information

Label the touring bicycle carriers appropriately to the bicycle.

For over-large cross-sectional bicycle frames, thinner rubber inserts (Order no. 82 12 9 401 403) are available (see note on page 5).

A uniform lock kit is available in the BMW accessories programme whereby up to four touring bicycle carriers can be served with only one key.

Safety information

The permitted roof load may not be exceeded. (Weight of base carriers plus touring bicycle carrier (3.4 kg each) plus bicycles)

Mounting is to be carried out in accordance with the fitting instructions.

For reasons of safety the frame lock must always be closed even during motion.

Note that the vehicle handling changes according to the load being transported.

As far as possible avoid sudden braking, accelerating from rest and fast cornering.

When a load is being transported on the roof, speed has to be adjusted to actual conditions such as state of the roads, road surface, cross-wind conditions, general traffic conditions, etc. We recommend the advisory speed.

Country-specific regulations are to be observed.

Before each journey all screw fittings and connections on the basic carrier and top frames are to be checked to make sure they are firmly seated and are to be retightened as necessary.

Parts of the bicycle may not project beyond the contour of the vehicle.

The legal regulations for motor vehicle construction and use are to be complied with for roof transportation.

When not in use, the roof carriers should be removed from the vehicle for reasons of fuel economy and the safety of other road users.

Do not go through the car wash with base carriers mounted.

Tools required

  • Hexagonal socket screw key (Allen key) 5 mm (in the supply kit)
  • Cross-tip (Phillips) screwdriver (in vehicle tool kit)

1. Pre-assembling the touring bicycle carrier

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Push slide block (1) and slide block (2) with supporting tube into the lower C-profile of the cross arm (3).

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Thread the safety strap (1) through the opening on the wheel support (3). Push the clamping hook (2) and wheel support (3) into the upper C-profile of the cross arm.

Push the second wheel support from the other side into the upper C-profile of the cross arm and attach the end cap (4).


Attach both wheel supports (3) in such a way that the high end of the wheel support is positioned towards the middle of the cross arm.

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Lay the touring bicycle carrier on the ground. Position the bicycle in the wheel supports (1) and move the wheel supports until they abut both wheels (2).

Move the supporting tube (3) in such a way that the frame lock (4) can be locked on to the frame of the bicycle. Put the bicycle aside.


The greatest stability is obtained when the supporting tube stands at an angle of about 60 degrees to the cross arm.

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Screw the wheel supports (1) with the recessed head screws (2) to the cross arm (3) until the wheel supports can no longer be moved. Screw together the supporting tube (4) with the cross arm (3) using the socket head screw (5).

2. Mounting on the base carrier

Open up the profile end-caps on the base carrier.

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Position the touring bicycle carrier with supporting tube (1) by pushing it on the base carrier (3) towards the centre of the vehicle as indicated. In doing so, the slide blocks (2) are pushed into the upper C-profile of the base carriers (3).

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Swivel the supporting tube (1) until the drillholes (2) are exposed. Screw home the socket head screws

through the drillholes (2) with the enclosed hexagon socket screw key (3).


By means of the covered drillholes, the touring bicycle carrier is protected from theft whilst in a loaded or unloaded state.

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Screw home the socket head screw (1) of the slide block with the enclosed hexagon socket screw key (2). Close the profile end-caps of the base carrier.

3. Loading the touring bicycle carrier

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Open the lock (1) on the frame lock with the key (2), open the locking stirrup (3) and swivel out the latch fastener (4). Open the securing clip (5).

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Swing the supporting tube (3) into position. Grasp the bicycle by the frame and position it with the wheels (2) in the wheel supports (1). Place the frame lock (4) in position and close it. Place the safety strap (5) around the wheels and lash down tightly.


It is essential to make sure that the safety strap is always closed during motion, with or without bicycles.


The frame lock has three grades for different bicycle­ frame diameters.

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Grade 1: frame diameter approx. 22 – 27 mm

Grade 2: frame diameter approx. 25 – 34 mm

Grade 3: frame diameter approx. 33 – 40 mm

Fundamentally the frame lock is to be secured in place in such a way that there is no play between bicycle frame and rubber inserts. The next grade up should be changed to only if the locking stirrup can no longer be closed completely.

For very large bicycle-frame cross sections (approx. 40 – 55 mm), thinner rubber inserts

(Order no. 82 12 9 401 403) are available for the frame lock.

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Lock the closed frame lock (1) using the key (2). The bicycles are unloaded in the reverse order of operations.

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When the touring bicycle carrier is not under load turn the supporting tube (1) aside and secure to the clamping hook (2) with the frame lock (3).

4. Mounting variants

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When 4 bicycles are mounted, the bicycles have to be positioned alternately front to back.


Observe the permitted roof load.

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Possible alternative ways of fixing the frame lock to the bicycle.