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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 Update 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/11/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Jason Udy

Since its last update, our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 has been busy hauling two-wheeled vehicles. Copy editor Kara Snow and associate online editor Austin Lott used the Ram to move a pair of classic Vespa scooters and a pair of Honda XR250 motorcycles, respectively.

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Snow hauled two 40-year-old Vespa show bikes to Las Vegas for a competition, and Lott moved an off-road XR250R and a street-legal XR250L from his friend's home in Los Angeles County to Orange County. Although the optional RamBoxes come in handy for smaller or soiled items while camping or surfing, both truck borrowers noted they reduce the available cargo area from standard beds.

With the Ram's bed measuring 5 feet, 7 inches (67 inches) long, the larger scooter, a 69.6-inch long 1977 Vespa Rally 200, required the use of the pickup's bed extender. Snow found the Ram's adjustable-height air suspension beneficial when loading the scooters into the bed. Even with the ride height on the lowest entry/exit setting, it still required two people to load each scooter, about 200 pounds each, into the back of the Ram. The fixed and adjustable tie-down anchors also came in handy.

Although (older) diesel engines get a bad rap as being noisy and dirty, Lott was able to sneak up on his friend when he arrived to pick up the Honda motorcycles. Loading the larger bikes into the bed also required two people and the bed extender, which also kept the ramp in place. After loading the first bike, Lott was pleasantly surprised to see the Ram's air suspension automatically level the bed as we lined up the ramp to load the second bike.

The RamBoxes made it difficult to get out from between the bikes once they were loaded and secure. They did, however, come in handy for storing extra motorcycle parts, including an exhaust and shop manual. With the Ram's large crew cab, which could be used to store smaller items, both Snow and Lott would probably forego the RamBox option for more useable cargo space.

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Although our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel worked flawlessly to move a pair of scooters and a pair of Honda XR250 motorcycles, Snow would suggest hitching up a trailer to haul bikes any larger.

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