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2020 Mini Cooper

When you can’t get a manual transmission in a small sporty car anymore, you know it’s close to The End for manual transmissions. And possibly...

2020 Mazda3

All-wheel-drive is a feature many people want - which accounts for the popularity of crossovers, which almost always offer it and sometimes even come...

2020 Nissan Frontier

The new Nissan Frontier is actually pretty old; the 2020 model is essentially the same truck as the 2005 model. And that's not a bad...

2020 Subaru Legacy

How much can buying a trunk save you? About four thousand bucks. That’s the difference - in price - between the new Subaru Legacy and the...

2020 Cadillac CT4

Cadillac is trying to keep the sedan’s head above water as a tide of crossover fever rises ever higher. The rest of GM has already...

2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been around for 20 years - and while a lot has changed during those years, a lot has stayed the...

2020 Ford Expedition

What’s a big SUV without a big engine? If it’s a Ford Expedition, it’s the strongest big SUV in its class - with the...

2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyota has sold something like 44 million Corollas so far - over the course of about 40 years. To put that number in context,...

2020 Land Rover Defender

The old Land Rover Defender - last sold new (here) back in the 1990s - was a primal SUV; the thing didn’t even have...

2020 Lincoln Aviator

What if you’d like a new Navigator  . . . but maybe a bit less of it? Something almost as big - but not quite....

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

When hybrid cars first appeared almost 20 years ago, their main draw was that they used much less gas than other cars. They were...

2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru’s Outback wagon is known for being able to get you there - just not very quickly. It was one of the first high-riding...

Classic Cars

Latent vs. Present Horsepower

We will one day look back fondly on the days just before Corona Fever hit as a golden era of vehicle design. Or at least,...

A Car Story

Today is a good time for a car story, to take our minds off the other story. This story's related to my story of a...

The Anti-Corona

It’s hard to sustain a state of panic, a sense of imminent doom, when the sun is shining, the breeze is warm - and...

The Fun of Driving Slow, Fast

There is much to be said about driving a slow car fast. Or even a slow-by-today's standards car. I have more fun in the...

It Could be Bad . . . But Sometimes Isn’t!

A good friend of mine called me a couple of weeks ago, worried about her '92 Toyota truck. The transmission was acting up. She...

Retro Interview with Bill Porter

About 20 years ago, I sat down with former Pontiac Chief Designer William “Bill” Porter in New York City. Over breakfast, he discussed his...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them?...

Ode to the Air Cooled

No new cars - and just a dwindling handful of new motorcycles -  have engines that rely on the air to cool them. Technically, it's...

Things You Can’t Do in a New Car

New cars can do all kinds of things - even drive themselves. But there were all kinds of things you could do in the...

Reader Question: Can We Build The Perfect Car?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I want to build a car from a good set of bones. I want...

Reader Question: ’78 Z28 is Worth How Much?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I have a '78 Z28 that I bought new on April 7, 1978. I...

Motorcycles

The DeadWire

People aren’t getting much of a charge out of Harley’s first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire . . . literally. Owners - and there aren’t many -...

Reader Question: Home for Old Kaw?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Fred asks: I've been a reader for years (but a slacker on donations). I used to...

Cycle Therapy

There are sound, practical reasons for owning a motorcycle that transcend fantastic gas mileage and low buy-in cost. I speak of the therapeutic aspects of...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

Motorcycles in the Saaaaaafety Crosshairs

Motorcycles are the last vehicles still largely free from Uncle’s asphyxiating grasp. That is about to change. The unelected regulatory apparat known as the National...

Does Biker Deserve Death Sentence?

You may have seen the video below that documents a road rage incident which occurred the other day in California. A motorcyclist is riding adjacent...

2018 BMW  K 1600B

Motorcycles aren't subject to Uncle's fuel-efficiency fatwas. Not yet. Which explains why BMW is putting its sixes in its bikes  . . . while removing them...

Motorcycles Can’t be Automated

What happens to motorcycles in a world of automated - not autonomous - cars? Don't you hate that slippery shuck and jive? "Autonomy" means independent;...

The Not-Disposable Bike

Just as there was a sweet spot for cars - a moment in time when they were just modern enough to start perfectly every...

VW May Dump Ducati

Apparently, Volkswagen Group is considering selling off Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund a strategic overhaul after the emissions-cheating scandal, two people...

App Before You Wrench

Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app...

Rescindable Options

Coronaphobia has taken away our freedom. Elon Musk takes back his options. At least, that’s how he sees them. What’s bought isn’t actually sold. That...

Live From Corona Country, Part 15

Here's the latest "on the street" report from my part of the Corona'd States of America, SW Virginia - where there is no sign...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 4/7/20

Here's the audio of my usual weekly chat with Bryan Hyde, who hosts the Loving Liberty show in Utah!

Live From Corona Country, Part 14

Here's the latest "on the street" from my part of Corona'd America, in SW Virginia. Lots of people out - which is good. Most...

Presumptively Corona’d?

A reader sent in some interesting data - some from the CDC itself  - that presents an interesting juxtaposition. On the one hand, deaths...

Reader Question: Standing up to Coronamaniacs?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Stan asks: I've read (ad agree with) your articles about this Corona thing being exaggerated and...

Live From Corona Country, Part 13

Here's the latest "on the street view" from SW Virginia, my part of what has become the Corona'd States of America - where the...

How We Got Corona’d . . . More than 50 Years...

Muslims have the guts to stand up for their freedom. In Germany, large groups of them are defying orders to “shelter in place” - house...

Live From Corona Country, Part 12

Here's the latest "on the street" report from Corona Country, or my part of it, at any rate. People are still out and about,...

Not Like Cordwood . . .

Here's a video of the bodies not tacking up like cordwood at the regional trauma center in my area; also of creepy armed government...

Even AGWs Couldn’t Abide This AGW

Even among the worst, there is a code. Murderers and thieves don't like rapists, for instance. And Jeffrey Wharton's armed government working amigos didn't...

Live From Corona Country, Part 11

Here's the latest "on the street" report from Corona Country, my part of it, at any rate. Lots of people out and about -...

Cycles

Rueing the Sherpa

As hysteria about Coronavirus spreads - faster than the disease and possibly more dangerous than the disease - I’m really regretting having sold my...

Reader Question: Is Motorcycle Culture Dying, Too?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Dex asks: I think Harley is dying because Harley riders are dying. Whenever I see a Hog,...

Reader Question: Air-Cooled Bikes in the South?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Bill asks: I hope you'll take a moment to answer this question for me. For many...

The DeadWire

People aren’t getting much of a charge out of Harley’s first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire . . . literally. Owners - and there aren’t many -...

Reader Question: New Motorcycles?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kenny asks: I haven't seen anything much by you about the latest bikes. Have you given...

Pharaonic Totems

I had an older friend once who owned a couple of classic cars he never had time for. He worked, so they sat -...

Reader Question: Home for Old Kaw?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Fred asks: I've been a reader for years (but a slacker on donations). I used to...

1975 Kawasaki S1 Saaaaaaafety Ride!

Here's a quick thumb in the eye to Uncle - the government - which demands I wear a helmet for saaaaaaaaaaafety, on the bizarre...

MOCs and Conceptual Thinking

When someone does something wrong, punish everyone who hasn’t done it yet. This is the new American legal doctrine - which seems to be based...

The Fleeting Feeling of Freedom

Every now and then, I do something "risky" and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

New Car Reviews

2020 Mini Cooper

When you can’t get a manual transmission in a small sporty car anymore, you know it’s close to The End for manual transmissions. And possibly...

2020 Mazda3

All-wheel-drive is a feature many people want - which accounts for the popularity of crossovers, which almost always offer it and sometimes even come...

2020 Nissan Frontier

The new Nissan Frontier is actually pretty old; the 2020 model is essentially the same truck as the 2005 model. And that's not a bad...

2020 Subaru Legacy

How much can buying a trunk save you? About four thousand bucks. That’s the difference - in price - between the new Subaru Legacy and the...

2020 Cadillac CT4

Cadillac is trying to keep the sedan’s head above water as a tide of crossover fever rises ever higher. The rest of GM has already...

2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been around for 20 years - and while a lot has changed during those years, a lot has stayed the...

2020 Ford Expedition

What’s a big SUV without a big engine? If it’s a Ford Expedition, it’s the strongest big SUV in its class - with the...

2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyota has sold something like 44 million Corollas so far - over the course of about 40 years. To put that number in context,...

2020 Land Rover Defender

The old Land Rover Defender - last sold new (here) back in the 1990s - was a primal SUV; the thing didn’t even have...

2020 Lincoln Aviator

What if you’d like a new Navigator  . . . but maybe a bit less of it? Something almost as big - but not quite....

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

When hybrid cars first appeared almost 20 years ago, their main draw was that they used much less gas than other cars. They were...

2020 Toyota Tundra Rant

Here's something not-Corona! A look at the 2020 Toyota Tundra - and some reasons why it might be worth having a look at. Assuming...

Reader Question: Standing up to Coronamaniacs?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Stan asks: I've read (ad agree with) your articles about this Corona thing being exaggerated and...

Reader Question: Census in Coronaland?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Chris asks: Have you received the Census letters in the mail and how have you responded? I...
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