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The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Raced a Tesla

I raced a Tesla yesterday. It was a tie - but I won. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to elucidate. I was in a brand-new...

2020 Mercedes A Class

There's a leveling going on. A good one, for once. Entry-level new cars are expected to come standard with features that used to be available...

2020 Mustang

Classic muscle cars were defined by their brawny V8s - it was the whole point of the thing. But it’s not necessary to buy...

2020 Benz A-Class Rant!

Have a look at the inside of this new Mercedes A-Class... which has more or less the same full-length flat-panel display that used to...

2019 Nissan Leaf

Electric cars have three major problems. The first problem is range. Most of the models on the market can only go about as far as...

2019 Toyota Prius C

Everyone knows about the Prius - but how about the other Prius? The one that saves you money on itself - as well as on...

2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel

Diesel engines have practically disappeared from the passenger car market - in part because of regulatory compliance costs that have hurt their cost-to-benefit ratio....

Classic Cars

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...

Reader Question: Modded Muscle Cars?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! George asks: You've written about problems finding tires for your muscle car because of the limited...

The Rear Wheel Drive Resurgence

Two things once defined American cars. They were almost always rear-wheel-drive - even the economy cars - and they sometimes could be had with V8 engines. Or...

Leaving Well Enough Alone

I could improve the reliability, traction, handling and braking of my antique muscle car - update the thing - but that would miss the...

Tempus Fugit

The other day, I found myself behind what - to me - is a relatively new and certainly modern Mustang GT from the mid-'90s...

Insurance That Isn’t An Offer You Should Refuse

There is a form of vehicle insurance that’s not a moral outrage - because you’re not forced to buy it. Classic car insurance. Ordinary car insurance...

Old Car Pre-Flight!

Pilots usually don’t fly before they make sure the plane will. Or rather, that it will probably continue flying once it’s up in the...

Classic Cars and Classic Owners

Are old cars for old people? It seems to be so - if you go by what one typically sees at an old car show....

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...

Reading Between the Mach E Lines

Why call another car Mustang if you're not planning on retiring the Mustang? Ford hasn't said any such thing, but it's implied. Prediction: The "Mustang" Mach...

Hut! Hut! Hutters! Grill Suspect…

The taxpayers of Citrus Heights, CA just paid for a very expensive barbecue. James Bradford Nelson received second and third degree burns over most of...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde/Loving Liberty 11/20/19

Here's the audio of my chat yesterday with Bryan Hyde, who hosts the Loving Liberty Show in Utah! . . . Got a question about cars,...

A-Bombs in the Neighbor’s Basement and the NAP

Objections to the Libertarian foundational premise - the non-aggression principle - often raise  outlandish, even hysterical scenarios designed to push the envelope of people's...

Hurt Feelings Now Hut! Hut! Huttable!

A New York County just passed a law that makes it an arrestable offense to “annoy” an armed government worker. In other words, one...

Fewer VWs . . . More EVs

VW will - apparently - stop selling the mainstream, affordable version of the Golf hatchback next year, leaving only the high-performance GTI and Golf...

AGW Threatens To Drown Teen Girl

A Louisiana armed government worker - a "lieutenant" (who commissions these "officers"?) named Kyra Cole - got annoyed with a teen who was making...

The “Threat” With No Arms or Legs

Here's video out of Pima County, AZ, of the Hut! Hut! Hutting! of a teenaged quadriplegic by a shaved-head thug . . . apparently,...

My Shoulder Will Have to Wait

I dislocated  - or tore - something in my shoulder a few months ago and would very much like to get it fixed. Unfortunately...

Losing Our Heads

Persecution Pantomime is now an established part of what is styled "law enforcement" in the United States. This includes such theater as marching a dog...

The Banality of Evil

Here's a video depiction of what the writer Hannah Arendt called the "banality of evil" - referring to the bureaucratic insouciance of Nazi war...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED Oregon 11/13/19

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics...

Cycles

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...

Reader Question: Obscure Honda Bike Parts?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! John asks: Do you know of a source for the four hard chrome plated "collars" in...

Spandex Harleys

There's a classic episode of the TV cartoon series South Park lampooning Harley riders. Not bikers, the young guys who used to ride Harleys....

New Car Reviews

The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Raced a Tesla

I raced a Tesla yesterday. It was a tie - but I won. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to elucidate. I was in a brand-new...

2020 Mercedes A Class

There's a leveling going on. A good one, for once. Entry-level new cars are expected to come standard with features that used to be available...

2020 Mustang

Classic muscle cars were defined by their brawny V8s - it was the whole point of the thing. But it’s not necessary to buy...

2020 Benz A-Class Rant!

Have a look at the inside of this new Mercedes A-Class... which has more or less the same full-length flat-panel display that used to...

2019 Nissan Leaf

Electric cars have three major problems. The first problem is range. Most of the models on the market can only go about as far as...

2019 Toyota Prius C

Everyone knows about the Prius - but how about the other Prius? The one that saves you money on itself - as well as on...

Reader Question: “Alcohol-Related”?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  John asks: I have heard the statement, "almost half of traffic deaths involve alcohol."  A state...

Reader Question: Bennies of Using Synthetic?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Rob asks: My wife took my car in for an oil change and they put Valvoline...

Reader Question: EV Battery Corrosion?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Brazos asks: What stops or prevents the array of batteries in EVs from getting covered in...
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