2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Bed Extender Bust
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on August 27, 2015
Senior Editor Josh Jacquot and I were headed out to our super-secret rally car test area in the Mojave Desert again. Only this time, I thought: "How can we make rally-car testing more fun? You know, for me?"
The answer was simple: Bring my dirtbikes. I like twisting throttles, Josh likes twisting throttles, we'll be in the middle of the desert with no one around, so why not?
I grabbed our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. This wouldn't be much of a test as to whether the Colorado could handle two dirtbikes, each weighing nearly 250 pounds. I knew it could. Rather, it would be a good test of our new bed extender.
We met at Josh's house and our caravan of long-term pickups, including the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, headed out. The trucks worked great at towing and hauling.
The bed extender?
Not so much. It isn't quite long enough to get around the rear tires and still clip in on both sides. All it needs is another inch or so and it would've worked (see photo below), and it even seems like there's enough space left over on the tailgate to make this happen.
These are standard-size dirtbikes, a Husqvarna 450SMR and KTM 300EXC, and in my everything-should-revolve-around-me-world view, I'd think you'd want to figure out a way to make your bed extender fit full-size dirtbikes. But that's just me.
We tried putting the two rear wheels of the dirtbikes as close together as possible at the extender's longest point, but even that didn't work. The bummer of it all is that the bed extender exists not so that there's less worry about the bikes falling off the back — that's what tie-downs are for — but so you can throw things like gear bags, coolers and stands in the bed without them falling out. Instead I had to put everything in the cab.
It was as if we didn't have a bed extender. Yet we did.
No matter, we still had a blast goofing around on the dirtbikes before we got down to the business of testing the rally car. Turns out Josh and I ride dirtbikes quite similarly, even though it had been a spell for both of us: See throttle. Grab throttle. Twist throttle full-on.