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Ford Ranger Wildtrak: part three

Fri, 16 Apr 2010

Clocked over five thousand miles in the Ranger, lugging bikes to track events, back to importers and dealers, that sort of thing. It’s freeing up, especially the suspension. I can drink a cup of coffee now without inhaling it. The engine’s quieter and freer revving now, too.

We had possibly our most expensive cargo in the back the other day, an RSV-4 Aprilia side-by-side with £25,000-worth of Ducati 1098 Bayliss replica. That was a scary loading job I can tell you.

Jinx, the always helpful mechanic at Coventry Ducati dreads me turning up to pick a bike up. Or rather he did before I bought myself a properly long, aluminium, folding ramp. It’s an essential piece of kit for anyone with a Ranger.

The bed in the back is so high that you need a long ramp to avoid chinning the belly pan or oil cooler on the tailgate edge. Before I made this purchase I circumnavigated the problem by parking at the bottom of a steep hill – something that isn’t always in bountiful supply.

Still, job’s fixed now. Drives like a car, loads like a van and fits £40,000 worth of superbikes in the back.

By mark forsyth

See also: 2010 Vyrus 987 C3 4V [video], That used to be a Ducati 1098, If Rossi went to Ducati....