The Ride, It's Not Just for People - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: The Ride, It's Not Just for People

February 27, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is still in the shop. You can read about its misadventures here. The last time we checked it was being pulled apart. We can't believe how long it is taking.

While we wait to get our truck back in one piece, here is one of our adventures that happened before the mishap.

A lot has been said about the ride quality in our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and rightly so. It bucked the trend (see what I did there?) of full-sized trucks being rough riding, bouncy affairs and instead showed us that, with a little suspension black magic, a big truck could indeed have a comfortable, relaxed ride.

Well that's all well and good for people, but what does it mean for cargo strapped into the bed? Kinda exactly what you'd think it'd mean.

Our L.A. freeways suck. And with our truck's comically short bed (don't ask) and lack of a bed extender (again, don't ask) it means I'm always extra paranoid when I strap my bike into our Ram. But after a 75-mile round trip to and from a vintage motorcycle genie, I was suitably impressed by how the naturally smooth ride of the Ram translated to the bike in the bed. Only the worst dips ever made it to my bike's suspension, with the rest all being quietly smothered by the truck's magic bits. It really was smooth sailing for all involved.

The bike wasn't fixed, and there will be more on that later, but I did happen across a very tasty Ducati 450 R/T that was waiting for a bit of work.

1971 Ducati 450 R/T

Hopefully, we'll get our smooth-riding Ram back soon.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor


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