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2021 Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s thing used to be small, rugged cars - sedans and wagons - that were built to deal with bad roads and poor weather...

2021 Mercedes E450

V6 engines are disappearing - even from luxury sedans like the Mercedes E-Class - a type of car which used to come standard with...

The Spectrum Meets in the Middle

A luxury car isn't defined solely by its luxury. What makes it so is that most people can't afford it. If almost anyone can,...

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguars were famous, once, for their silky in-line sixes and V12s - as well as their uniquely elegant English styling. Nothing else looks like...

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

When does 450 horsepower seem kind of  . . . limp? When you’re behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower. That’s the...

2021 Genesis GV80

The Genesis GV80 does not have a V8, as its name seems to suggest it might. But it does have something else that’s getting...

2021 Acura TLX

You used to be able to get a V6 in a Honda Accord sedan. But now that one’s a four cylinder-only sedan. The good news...

2021 Lexus NX300h

Buying a hybrid is beginning to make economic sense again - because the price of gas is going up again. Which can make up...

2021 Hyundai Elantra

There is one class of new car left that offers buyers real choice - as opposed to a choice of badge. Ironically, it is...

2021 Hyundai Elantra Walkabout!

Here's a look a something different for a change... which is surprising, given the class of car we're looking at. Almost every other class...

2021 Toyota Corolla

They don’t make the great cars anymore. Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance - which many consider to be the greatest car...

How Far it Goes vs. How Far They Say it Goes

There’s something fishy about the range numbers being touted by electric cars. Or rather, the range numbers being touted by those pushing electric cars. They...

Classic Cars

What We’ve Gained . . and Lost Along the Way

When every new car comes standard with air conditioning - and an LCD touchscreen - such things become given things. It becomes harder to make...

The TRX vs. The TA

The '21 Ram TRX I am test-driving this week has more than three times as much horsepower (702) as the 455 V8 in my...

The Americano Cubano

America may soon look a lot like Cuba - with lots of ancient cars on the road, kept on the road by determined owners...

A Tale of Two Idles

Before there were computers in cars, all it took to adjust the engine idle speed was a screwdriver and five minutes or so. You turned...

Doomed: 1989 Ford Fiesta Shogun

You have probably heard about the Ford Taurus SHO - which was a Taurus equipped with a Yamaha-built 3 liter DOHC V6 engine that...

Parts Store Archeology

Once upon a time, oil came in cans. They stacked nicely but made a mess when you tried to extract the oil, which you did...

The Forgotten Last Muscle Car

It’s a strange but true thing that one of the last real muscle cars was - here it comes - a Buick. The 1973-1974 Century...

Old School Fast

Fast is not just about the numbers. Does it feel fast to be traveling 500 miles per hour in an Airbus? It feels much...

Plug n’ Play

One of the great things about old cars is you can selectively update them with modern technology without them turning into modern cars. An overdrive...

It Used to Be Fun

New cars have everything going for them except fun. Most are suffocatingly “safe” - and as entertaining as anything else with that word attached...

The Fixable vs. The Tossable

Being able to fix rather than replace things is probably going to become of greater interest in the years - perhaps weeks - ahead. One...

Motorcycles

Spring Bike Pre-Flight

Motorcycles have something in common with lawn mowers and weed whackers: It's common for them to just sit for months during the off season....

Why The King Died

No, not Elvis. This old Kawasaki motorcycle I've got sitting in my office. It has a neat little engine of a type you don't see...

Indoor Motorcycle Storage

After my divorce, I realized I needed a new companion. The problem being, “she” was living in the garage. I refer to my much-beloved and...

Reader Question: Mummified ’83 Silverwing?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kyle asks: I am having my grandmother ship a 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing to me. It...

Enter the ZRX

I started one of my bikes yesterday after it had been sitting for the past six months - the time it took for me...

First Bikes

Bikes are not unlike shoes in that you want one that fits. If you're a big guy, there are bikes that won't. And if you're...

No Helmet, no Diaper . . .

It's hard to not get down when you see what's going on all around. The poltroonish passivity of the populace. Stay safe! Diaper up! So I...

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...

How “Defensive” Driving Killed Driving

“Defensive” driving has killed driving in this country. It is a regime defined by hypercautious passivity - that being fundamentally at odds with attentiveness and...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 4/20/21

Here's the audio of this week's gabble with Bryan Hyde; mostly we talked about the cases! the CASES! . . . the ones not...

What About These “Cases”?

We've been hearing - because it's hard to avoid hearing about -  the cases! the CASES! since last spring, endlessly. Most of these "cases"...

Latest Radio: George Gammon Show 4/18/21

Last week, George Gammon had me on his show to gabble about myriad topics; here's the audio - and mea culpa if I sounded...

Diaper Report 4/18/21

It's easy to fall into despair over the sight of the Diapered, everywhere. But the good news is they aren't everywhere; that is merely the...

Drive 55 . . . And Less

Speed limits are about to become limitless - as in, whatever those who set them say they are. This has always been true, to an...

Old Lives Don’t Matter

There will probably be no riots and looting over the brutal treatment meted out to Karen Garner, a frail elderly woman reportedly suffering from...

Extrapolating What Might Have Been

Alternative history scenarios make for great story telling - about what might have been. What if the Confederacy had not allowed itself to be goaded...

What Have You Got to Lose?

When you're dying and have tried everything else, it is understandable to try anything - to keep from dying -  including experimental treatments that...

Sans Garage

There are many obvious problems with electric cars as mass-market cars, most of which have been discussed. But there’s one that’s regularly overlooked: The lack...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED 4/14/21

Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon! We got into the subject of exorcisms as...

Do You Wear Depends?

If you're not physically sick and find yourself being pestered by someone who is mentally sick about your "failure" to wear a "mask" to...

Cycles

Spring Bike Pre-Flight

Motorcycles have something in common with lawn mowers and weed whackers: It's common for them to just sit for months during the off season....

The Electrocution of Motorcycles

A car is fundamentally an appliance. While a few are bought and kept for the fun of it or because the buyer likes the looks...

Why The King Died

No, not Elvis. This old Kawasaki motorcycle I've got sitting in my office. It has a neat little engine of a type you don't see...

Reader Question: Mummified ’83 Silverwing?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kyle asks: I am having my grandmother ship a 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing to me. It...

Give ‘Em an Inch . . .

The problem with giving an inch is they always take a mile. This is why it is so important to never give them the...

Enter the ZRX

I started one of my bikes yesterday after it had been sitting for the past six months - the time it took for me...

Reader Question: Some Bike Advice?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Sam writes: On Wednesday I saw a guy riding a green and white Kawasaki Super Sherpa...

First Bikes

Bikes are not unlike shoes in that you want one that fits. If you're a big guy, there are bikes that won't. And if you're...

Reader Question: 1980 Harley Starting Problem?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Jon asks: I hope you can point me in the right direction. I saw your video...

Two-Wheeled Post-Corona

Old motorcycles, like old cars, are probably going to experience a resurgence in interest as people become interested in low-cost transportation again. There may be even...

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...

New Car Reviews

2021 Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s thing used to be small, rugged cars - sedans and wagons - that were built to deal with bad roads and poor weather...

2021 Mercedes E450

V6 engines are disappearing - even from luxury sedans like the Mercedes E-Class - a type of car which used to come standard with...

The Spectrum Meets in the Middle

A luxury car isn't defined solely by its luxury. What makes it so is that most people can't afford it. If almost anyone can,...

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguars were famous, once, for their silky in-line sixes and V12s - as well as their uniquely elegant English styling. Nothing else looks like...

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

When does 450 horsepower seem kind of  . . . limp? When you’re behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower. That’s the...

2021 Genesis GV80

The Genesis GV80 does not have a V8, as its name seems to suggest it might. But it does have something else that’s getting...

2021 Acura TLX

You used to be able to get a V6 in a Honda Accord sedan. But now that one’s a four cylinder-only sedan. The good news...

2021 Lexus NX300h

Buying a hybrid is beginning to make economic sense again - because the price of gas is going up again. Which can make up...

2021 Hyundai Elantra

There is one class of new car left that offers buyers real choice - as opposed to a choice of badge. Ironically, it is...

2021 Hyundai Elantra Walkabout!

Here's a look a something different for a change... which is surprising, given the class of car we're looking at. Almost every other class...

2021 Toyota Corolla

They don’t make the great cars anymore. Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance - which many consider to be the greatest car...

Reader Question: Teen Car Suggestions?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Vic asks: Thank you for your latest interview on The David Knight Show and the useful...

Reader Question: Supercharge – or Turbocharge – It?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Bruce asks: I am interested in making my NB MX5 faster.I am looking at either turbocharging...

Reader Question: Ford Transit CNG Option?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! David asks: When we needed our last vehicle, my late wife fell in love with the...
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