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2019 Volvo S60

There's a lot about the car business today that's depressing; relentless nannying, pushy electrification. So here's something that will make you feel better   ....

2019 Lexus UX250h

Hybrids are practical electric cars because they’re part-time electric cars. You’re not dependent entirely on hard-to-find or rather long-to-find electricity - either to get...

2020 Kia Telluride

The upsizing continues. And for once, under the hood to go with it. Kia's new Telluride is much bigger than the mid-sized Sorento it replaces. But...

2019 VW Jetta GLI

You may remember the commercial for the 1984 VW GTI, which was backtracked by a modified version of the Beach Boys’ classic '60s song,...

2019 VW eGolf: Electric Boogaloo II

I made it home - without a flatbed! And without having to plug the eGolf in - and wait - before I could get home. But...

2020 Kia Soul

Kia has made the box bigger - but mostly on the inside. This includes the boom inside the box! The just-updated Soul is bigger under the...

2020 Nissan Altima

For a long time, Nissan’s Altima and Maxima sedans have been so similar it’s been hard to tell them apart - and not just...

2020 Dodge Charger

Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. And that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact, it can be very good. But you'd better get...

The Me Too Corvette

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood - which made it easier to...

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you’d like an Escape with a bit more...

2019 Toyota 86

Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas - which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that are known to depreciate less...

2019 VW Beetle Final

In 1979, VW stopped selling the Beetle - at least, in the United States. Uncle would not allow it. The car designed back in the 1930s...

Classic Cars

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....

Why You Can’t Afford to Not Buy a Classic Car!

If you like cars, you probably like classic cars. Like looking at them, at least. But if you’re like most of us, you probably don’t...

Doomed: Pontiac G8 (2008-2009)

There are many examples of too little, too late in the automotive world. The 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 is perhaps the only example of more-than-enough ...

Heartbreaking – and Heartwarming

I came across something on YouTube that brought back memories of a car I once owned - and which someone else just found. Well, he...

Life is Short

Local guy - a guy I know - got killed last night (news story here) driving his rat rod VW Beetle. No one knows...

Gearing Matters

Weight - and gearing - have a yuge effect on fuel economy. Even to the extent of almost eliminating 40 years of “advanced” technology, including...

Motorcycles

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...

Two Wheeled Red Barchettas . . .

Motorcycles will probably prove to be the real-life Red Barchettas. You may remember the great Libertarian anthem by the classic rock band, Rush. It depicts...

Sustainability Considered

Can the disposable be sustainable? A smartphone does lots of things, many of them astounding. One thing it doesn’t do is last very long. Generally...

AGW Hut! Hut! Huts! Guy on Bicycle

Here's a video taken by a guy out for a ride on his bicycle who finds himself getting unwanted attention by an armed government...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show 9/18/19

Here's the audio of today's appearance on the Bill Meyer Show in Oregon!

California Risin’

The South will probably not rise again - but California might, for the same reasons. And if it does, maybe the right thing to...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 9/17/19

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bryan Hyde - who hosts the Loving Liberty Show in Utah!  

Our Favorite Price

Ass, gas or grass - no one rides for free. So said the once popular bumper sticker. Unless you drive an EV. Then you can use...

The Off-Road End Run

Speed does kill - if you get caught doing it. We live in the Hut! Hut! Hut! era. Armed government workers (AGWs) wearing Batman-style utility...

Latest Radio: David Knight Show, 9/13/19

Here's the audio of my chat earlier today with David Knight over at RealNews!

AGW Won’t Say Whether Man is Free to Go

Here's video of another AGW who seethes  with contempt for the law he's supposed to enforce - and respect. A man is confronted on his...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show (KMED/Oregon) 9/11/19

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

AZ AGW Arrested on 61 Criminal Counts

Mic was right: Every AGW is a criminal. This one, at least 61 times. Tremaine Jackson, a 13-year "veteran" AGW in Phoenix, AZ, has been...

VW, Victory Gin and the Chestnut Tree Cafe

In the final pages of Orwell’s 1984, we find Winston Smith - the novel's main character - drinking Victory Gin at the Chestnut Tree...

Cycles

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....

The Electric Suicide of Harley-Davidson

Imagine a Harley that doesn’t vibrate. No bark through the straight pipes when you push the starter button. No nothing through the pipes -...

Rat Bike Cleanup!

Here's a video of "after"... the result of several days' worth of OCD scrubbing and polishing my poor ol' 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing. This is...

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...

New Car Reviews

2019 Volvo S60

There's a lot about the car business today that's depressing; relentless nannying, pushy electrification. So here's something that will make you feel better   ....

2019 Lexus UX250h

Hybrids are practical electric cars because they’re part-time electric cars. You’re not dependent entirely on hard-to-find or rather long-to-find electricity - either to get...

2020 Kia Telluride

The upsizing continues. And for once, under the hood to go with it. Kia's new Telluride is much bigger than the mid-sized Sorento it replaces. But...

2019 VW Jetta GLI

You may remember the commercial for the 1984 VW GTI, which was backtracked by a modified version of the Beach Boys’ classic '60s song,...

2019 VW eGolf: Electric Boogaloo II

I made it home - without a flatbed! And without having to plug the eGolf in - and wait - before I could get home. But...

2020 Kia Soul

Kia has made the box bigger - but mostly on the inside. This includes the boom inside the box! The just-updated Soul is bigger under the...

2020 Nissan Altima

For a long time, Nissan’s Altima and Maxima sedans have been so similar it’s been hard to tell them apart - and not just...

2020 Dodge Charger

Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. And that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact, it can be very good. But you'd better get...

The Me Too Corvette

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood - which made it easier to...

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you’d like an Escape with a bit more...

2019 Toyota 86

Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas - which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that are known to depreciate less...

Reader Question: Skip the First Year?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Scott asks: Would you buy the first year of a new/heavily updated car? I've heard that...

Another Cyclist Gets Hut! Hut! Hutted!

Here's video of another guy on a bicycle getting Hut! Hut! Hutted! by an armed government worker - this one "under cover." Who would've...

Reader Question: Carb Cleaner Recommend?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! David asks: Back in the day, (way back), I used Berryman's carburetor cleaner. It had a...
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