The Best New Vans for Motorcycle Transport

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2014 Ram ProMaster
MSRP: from $28,630
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter turbo diesel I-4 (174/295)
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (V6); 13/17 (5.3L V8); others N/A
Cargo Capacity: 283 cu.-ft. (SWB Low Roof)- 530 cu.-ft. (LWB High Roof)
Payload: 3,794 lbs – 4,280 lbs
Towing Capacity: 5,100 lbs

The Ram ProMaster comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 trim with a 118″, 136″ or 159″ wheelbase and low roof or high roof, so there’s probably a size that will fit your bike and gear.

 

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2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo
MSRP: from $19,990
Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (131 hp/139 lb.-ft. of torque)
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Cargo Capacity: 122.7 cu.-ft.
Payload: 1,496 lbs
Towing Capacity: N/A

Another compact cargo van, brought in to compete with Ford’s Transit Connect. With a CVT (continuously variable transmission), the NV200 is not a good candidate for towing, but its versatile cargo compartment makes it a player.

 

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2014 Nissan NV Cargo Van
MSRP: from $25,420
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (261 hp/281 lb.-ft. of torque); 5.6-liter V8 (317/385)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 234.1 cu.-ft. (standard roof); 323.1 cu.-ft. (high roof)
Payload: 2,535 lbs – 3,925 lbs
Towing Capacity: 7,000 lbs (V6); 9,500 lbs (V8)

Nissan’s nifty NV Cargo Van can be ordered with a standard or high roof, and in 1500, 2500 or 3500 chassis (1500 comes with only the standard roof).

 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van
MSRP: from $35,920
Engines: 2.1-liter inline four-cylinder diesel (161 hp/265 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter V6 diesel (188/325)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 318 cu.-ft. – 547 cu.-ft. depending on configuration
Payload: 2,873 lbs – 5,415 lbs
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs – 7,500 lbs

The Sprinter is all-new for 2014, after a seven year run when it wore the Mercedes-Benz star, the Dodge ram head and the Freightliner F, depending on where it was sold. Sleeker, more modern and more capable than before, the Sprinter is all Mercedes now.

Would you ever consider a van as your go-to bike hauler? We want to know.

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  • ben kester

    I believe some of those compact vans have very limited capacity in terms of overall load floor length. That would be a useful metric to include along with the average length of dirt bike, sport, and cruiser.

    • Bryan Woody Wood

      The new Ford Transit Connect is supposed to be longer, the current one can barely hold a bike. Roof height is also a limiting factor on stuff like the Ram minivan

  • Aaron L

    She’s a tight fit, but I would totally take the Transit Connect. Small and nimble, perfect for a one-bike man and basic tools or trackday/race gear. Car and Driver did a feature that took a Norton racing in one. Good review of the functionality:
    http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2010-ford-transit-connect-feature

    • Bryan Woody Wood

      The new for 2014 Transit connect is coming with a long wheelbase model. Also we are getting the Ford Europe big Transit here in 2014 as a 2015.

  • Justin McClintock

    The best “new” van to haul a motorcycle in is a used van. And a truck with an enclosed trailer beats ‘em both.

    • BigHank53

      Best budget for a GPS transponder and a solar panel for the top of that trailer. Trailers are absurdly easy to steal, easy to re-title, and every thief knows there’s going to be a few thousand dollars worth of tools in there along with your bike…because there’s advertising stickers all over it.

    • reasonableperson

      I totally agree. I picked up a used Ford handicap van with a raised roof for $3000. I had planned on using it just for my bike but I find myself driving around in it just for the kicks.

  • grindz145

    I’m supposed to be that car hater guy. Why do I love a commercial van so much?

    I’ve heard people claim MPGs in the mid-twenties for a diesel equipped sprinter.

    • Mugget

      I have seen one guy get 1,000km out of a tank of diesel in his Sprinter… but for real world use you’ve gotta take those kinds of stories with a grain of salt. When you’ve got places to go and people to see, you’re gonna put your foot down.

    • Brice Farrell

      I got a diesel sprinter a few months ago, and I’m totally in love with it. Room for bikes, room to sleep in (you can imagine how much I saved on my trip to NYC), and it consistently gets 600 miles to the tank, which puts it above 24mpg. I’m sure the newer ones do better too.

  • contender

    I’ll take my windowless lifted 4×4 DHL econoline over this lot. 10mpg kinda sucks as a daily driver, though, and parking in Denver can get hairy.

  • Andrew

    All of the supermoto dudes in socal rock a sprinter van. I have heard the words “life changer” thrown around quite frequently.

  • Guy

    I always thought a sleeper van was the best way to transport a bike. Apparently all the Toronto area bike thieves think so too.

    I’ll take a used Transit, pop in a small turbo-diesel and stick the track bike in the back.

  • Piglet2010

    If you can sleep in it and save a $60-80 motel bill, it becomes more attractive if you are doing a lot of overnight stays.

  • Eric Shay

    I’ve driven the freightliner version of the benz model year 2013 and I have never seen so many options available in a utility van. The thing was priced out over 56K, It truly is a mercedes vehicle.

  • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

    you’re my hero.

    • criticalspectator

      pix or it did not happen – UTAH

    • criticalspectator

      Like a boss

  • Apple

    The driveability and MPG of the Sprinter CANNOT be beat in this category, but that’s why they are so damn expensive used

  • Rowtag

    And you can always write free candy on the side, wait, what?

  • Afonso Mata

    No love for the Ford Transit? :(
    What about the Renault Master?
    Oh and that you call a RAM is a Fiat Ducato :P

  • charlie

    The Nissan options look cool. One question though, since I’m not too familiar with the Sprinter. I’ve seen Dodge and Mercedes “Sprinters”. Are they identical mechanically and just rebadged?

    • Jason

      The Sprinter was sold under the Mercedes, Dodge, and Freightliner names. They are identical. The Dodge version disappeared when Mercedes sold Chrysler.

  • http://www.motorcycle-transportationlondon.co.uk/ Albert Youngh

    This is really an epic collection of vans for motorcycle transport. I like the GMC Savana Cargo. It has nice body along with some great features. Last few cars (page 2) of Nissan and Mercedes are great in look and sound well-capable to load motorcycles in it.

  • Rothaughas

    That looks very competitive transport services for motorcycles. Some great features for transporting used motorcycles is much efficient when using their services. These are very wonderful units that will surely give us good services in transporting our vehicles like motorcycles.