Parts Hauler? Not so Much. - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Parts Hauler? Not so Much.

March 08, 2012

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I sold one of my personal cars to purchase a Yamaha YZF-R1. Mid-life crisis, much? No, those who know me will say it's a full-life crisis. It took a few weeks between selling the car and finally taking delivery of the bike (an eternity, in my mind), and in the meantime, I did some shopping.

With the left over funds from the car sale, I spent like a drunken sailor. Of course, when I received the biggest shipment (Yoshimura carbon fiber exhaust slip-ons) I had already signed-out the Fiat 500. It fit, but just barely. You'll see more of the bike when I start posting on our Reader's Ride blog.

What is it with me, bikes and the Fiat?

The box required me to fold the rear seats flat. Not a big deal, I know, but I suppose it's a good thing I wasn't hauling car parts. I'm pretty sure the Fiat can hold a set of its own tires, but I doubt it would be able to carry tires for the Mustang or a Viper.

Really, though, how much (or little) do you think we can cram into the 500? How many Editors? How many bottles of beer?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 13,320 miles

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