2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Hauls Its First Bike
February 26, 2015
Kurt may fill you in on the details of his ongoing Yamaha project bike (1976 Yamaha DT400) in subsequent posts, but his most recent obstacle to two-wheel happiness came when the bike up and died on him, forcing him to endure the taunts of young neighborhood groms while walking the bike back to the house.
After some investigation, he suspected a faulty stator, which meant removing the flywheel. Which meant an impact wrench serious enough to remove the crusty flywheel bolt and a trip to the Edmunds studio/workshop where such tools live.
And that meant a two-wheel piggyback in the bed of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Kurt and I, with another friend, lifted the bike into the bed with zero problems. Kurt and I then rolled it down a ramp at the destination. A bed extender would've been nice in this situation for the extra peace of mind that the bike couldn't (easily) escape the bed while underway, but proved unnecessary in this case.
The bike fit comfortably within the 85 inches between the front of the bed and the end of the lowered tailgate. The bike isn't as small as it might appear in the photo, but it's not a KTM adventure beast, either. Needless to say, the Colorado barely noticed the additional load in its bed while driving.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 5,600 miles