Will the Board Fit? - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Will the Board Fit?

July 01, 2011


Monticello has his "Will the Bike Fit?" thing. But for the surfers on staff (all two of us) the question become whether or not a board will fit. Or more specifically, will a longboard fit

I wrangled the Odyssey a few nights ago since I knew that the surf was up and I didn't have another vehicle available that would fit a log. But I still wasn't sure it would accommodate my 10-footer. And it worked out for the best that I didn't have to find out.

My buddy let me borrow his 9'5" Tyler, a board I've always coveted and that he rarely loans out -- even to a close friend like me. Master craftsman and El Porto hellman Tyler Hatzikian's boards command top dollar because he hand-builds them from start to finish. And because of the way they glide. Also a car nut, Hatzkian pours the same passion and purist approach into building his own rat rods.

Since I was in a hurry -- and the sun was going down -- I didn't even chance seeing if my 10-footer would fit. (That's it in the stacks on the right in the pic below.) Even with the middle passenger-side seat folded down and the front passenger seat all the way forward, it was tight fit for the Tyler.

Of course, if you owned an Odyssey you'd probably just throw racks on it. But then I wouldn't have had an excuse to take the Tyler.


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