2009 Dodge RAM 1500: Clean Bike, Dirty Truck
April 27, 2010
Well here's an unusual mix. Normally we'd be hauling filthy dirt bikes in the back of our typically preened Dodge RAM (with weekly washes, none of the fleet ever gets that crusty). Thanks to Romans mud puddle adventures and an assault on the Honda 250X with a determined pressure washer, the somewhat pristine bike spent part of the weekend on display in the back of our long-term Dodge RAM 1500.
Our 4x4 RAM's bed sports a fair amount of elevation, making creative driveway positioning a must for motorcycle loading unless you like launch-pad ramp angles. Though the RamBox option narrows the bed, there still tons of room in back for any one bike, and the adjustable cleats of the tie down system make cinching it down a snap. A factory bed-liner might be nice to help ward off corrosion, though I'm not sure if it would improve grip.
In typical California fashion, sundown brought a swift drop in temperature, turning the steel bed surface into a condensation plate. The nocturnal reload ended with unintended gymnastics as a frictional coefficient that would make ice seem gritty sent the low-siding front wheel and my first leg off towards the front of the bed. Luckily, by using the plastic tailgate cap as a shin grater on my trailing leg, I eventually halted the split. I should know better than to load in the dark.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor