2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Bike Hauler
October 13, 2010
Ed Hellwig and I found ourselves, our motorcycles and the Raptor refueling in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning on our way to Buttownwillow Raceway park. After a few gallons of Shell's finest and a load of IHOP pancakes we were off for a day of track riding.
Exceeding the Raptor's load rating by a several hundred pounds didn't seem to matter one whit as the beast hauled up the Grapevine without so much as a labored breath. The bikes did, however, squat the rear of the truck enough to reduce the headlights' effectiveness. We achieved 14.67 mpg as pictured over 361.2 highway miles.
Ford rates the Raptor's payload at 930 pounds. A rough weight estimate for the bikes, passengers and gear is 1,305 pounds, which puts us 375 pounds over weight. Hey, it's a truck. And we're going to use it like one.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor