I don't post here hardly ever, I just read.... a lot.... until I am ready to buy the right SV, but cars/trucks I knowthe bed of the truck is only 6',tailgate up wonder how much cushion i could get if i turn the wheel a lil and try to caddy corner it, and thanks for the warm welcome.
The Colorado's tailgate straps already have a 45 degree clip built into them Wutzcrackin3n, if you have a Reg cab or Ext cab, you *should* be able to shut the tailgate with it in at an angle. If not, you can either use the angled tailgate clip on your tailgate strap, or you can just leave it down and tighten it good. With a crew cab Colorado, you will need the tailgate down, and you will need to angle it, but it should fit.Standard truck bed (6ft) with the tailgate down (another 2 ft) will be just fine for the SV. You can put it in catty-corner if you really want to put the tailgate up. I've hauled plenty of my bikes in the bed with the tailgate down with no problem. A neat little trick, if you have cables for your tailgate, you can flip them over the latch pins (my own term) to hold the tailgate up about 1/2 way - this is handy if you have a couple of coolers and the like that you don't want to risk sliding out. IIRC, the compact trucks like Rangers do just fine as well with the tailgate down.
I'm not sure of what you call swing.What, the swing are is longer? That's the only thing that would make the rear end longer since they have the same tail, wheels, engine, and frame.