Originally Posted by TomLee
I've read a few threads on it on a 2gs, didnt look too bad. Plus a hitch rack would produce as much wind noise as a roof rack.
Actually, a hitch bike rack produces absolutely ZERO wind noise that can be heard by car occupants.
A roof bike rack can produce a LOT of wind roar at highway speeds.
I used roof bike racks (Prealpina and Yakama) before I switched to a hitch bike rack when I bought my first Lexus LS in 1990 and immediately had a receiver hitch installed on it so I could pull my utility trailer. I'm using the same cheap bike rack on my 2000 LS400 and I doubt if I will ever use a roof bike rack again.
Hitch racks have many advantages other that no wind noise. Even my 5 foot wife can put her bike on the hitch rack and there is no worry about damaging the roof. No worry about driving into a garage forgetting that the bikes are on top. Hitch racks makes a great stand for doing bike repairs.
I bought the hitch for my 00 LS on-line from etrailer in Wentzville, MO -- best prices I could find. They have one for a 2GS and other Lexus cars and SUVs.
Don't worry about the "shame" of having a hitch on your GS. Lexus dealers in most other countries sell hitches for the GS.