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    2022 Mini Cooper

    What has the Mini Cooper got that the VW Beetle lacked? The question arises because the Mini is still here - while the Beetle isn’t....

    2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye

    What’s wrong with 707 horsepower? Nothing that 797 horsepower can’t cure! That’s a two sentence summary of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - the most...

    What’s Wrong with 707 Horsepower?

    Nothing 797 horsepower can't cure! Have a look at this beautiful animal. They just dropped it off - and I'm headed out for a drive!

    2021 Ford Mustang Mach I

    How much is a $60k Mustang worth? Every cent - plus change. That’s not quite what it costs to buy a new Mach 1 - if...

    2021 VW Jetta

    Soon - in just a few years from now - VW says it will only be selling electric cars. Right now it is one...

    2022 Kia Carnival

    Minivans are hugely practical, not very popular vehicles. Well, not anymore. They were hugely popular - back in the ‘80s and ‘90s - but that was...

    2022 Acura MDX

    Here is a fun fact: The only new Acura  - besides the NSX supercar - that comes standard with more than a four cylinder...

    2021 Lincoln Corsair

    The Ford Escape is a very popular little crossover SUV - but what if you’d like it with more engine - or a plug? And...

    2021 Audi A7

    Audi has announced it will sell only electric cars by the 2026 model year. But this model year, it is already selling partially-electric cars...

    2021 Genesis GV80 Walk-Around

    Here's a walk-around of the Genesis GV80, which is basically a three-row/seven passenger SUV version of the G80 sedan. Neither of which have V8s,...

    2021 Toyota Camry

    There are fewer family sedans on the market than ever; several major brands - including GM and Ford - no longer make them at...

    2021 Toyota Camry Walk-Around

    Here's a look at something becoming kind of rare... a sedan. And something becoming even more rare: A sedan with a keyed door look/ignition...

    Classic Cars

    Doomed: Cadillac Seville (1976-2004)

    When did Cadillac start becoming BMW - or trying to? This can be pinpointed with some precision. It was 1976, the year of the Seville....

    Encomium to Pontiac

    It is coming up on the eleventh anniversary of the death of Pontiac, a fatality not so much of the 2007-2008 financial collapse -...

    The Gone Ones

    Tempus does fugit. I've been test driving new cars long enough that the first new cars I test drove are now Antique cars, literally. I...

    Gas Guzzling . . . Then and Now

    I took my '76 Trans Am out yesterday; I needed a reboot - and it needed exercise. Drove the orange-painted, screaming chickened "gas guzzler"...

    The Yugo and its Merits

    The joke goes: How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill up the gas tank! True enough. And yet, nearly 800,000 of them were made...

    Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

    High-performance trucks are back - but they aren't new. One of the first of the breed dates back to the height of the Disco era,...

    Closing the Antique Vehicle “Loophole”

    One way to save a lot of money - and avoid a lot of hassle - is to opt out of paying the annual...

    Badge Funging

    You used to be able to easily tell a Ford from a Chevy from a BMW from a Subaru. Now it's becoming hard to...

    The Old Car Experience

    If you’ve never driven an old car - as opposed to a used car - you have probably never experienced certain things that were...

    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...

    Motorcycles

    Reader Question: The Grom?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Zane asks: Wondering what you think of the Honda Grom/Monkey? Its been a decade, and tons...

    New Wheels Without All The New “Features”

    There is a way to get a new vehicle without getting all the new “features” such as an engine that turns itself off every...

    The Deadwire Departs

    Harley—Davidson just admitted that a Harley without an engine is like a beach without the ocean. Not many, apparently, want to go there. So the...

    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 -...

    The Art of the Gyp

    People talk about shrinkflation - you pay the same but get less. The 10 ounce pack of bacon for $5.99 vs. the pound you...

    Diaper Report 7/31/21

    It is possible we’re just weeks away from an 1861 moment; perhaps just days. One can almost feel the “lock downs” dangling precariously over...

    40 Percent by 2030

    It’s not just Jabs that Joe is pushing. Now he wants the car industry to "pledge" that at least 40 percent of the cars...

    Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show 7/30/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon! We talked about the auctoritas of the EPA,...

    A Segregated Thought Experiment . . .

    At least there were "colored" fountains for black folk back in the days of segregation. In the New Segregation days coming - if we let...

    The Auctoritas of the EPA

    Crime doesn’t matter - but compliance does. The distinction is important because it conveys something important about the true nature of the government we...

    Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 7/28/21

    Here's the audio of this week's chat with Bryan Hyde, host of the Bryan Hyde Show in Utah! We talked about the latest metastasis...

    Latest Radio: David Knight Show 7/28/21

    Here's the audio of my chat earlier today with David Knight about the re-emergence of Sickness Psychosis, the return of Face Diapering and Needle-pushing.My...

    Diaper Report 7/27/21

    You can run, but you can't hide goes the saying. True enough. But you can refuse. And you can quit. That is the advice I...

    Choice Antipathy

    A long, long, time ago - none apparently remember - people could decide to buy an electric car if that’s what they wanted and...

    Return of Kabuki – If We Let It

    To understand why the Face Diapers are coming back it is necessary to understand why they appeared in the first place. More precisely, why they...

    Bridging the Supply Gap

    Getting around may become harder in the months - and years - ahead. What good is a car without gas? Or a motorcycle without...

    Cycles

    Bridging the Supply Gap

    Getting around may become harder in the months - and years - ahead. What good is a car without gas? Or a motorcycle without...

    Reader Question: Old Bike Retrofit?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Ira asks: I'm in the market for a motorcycle dated earlier than 1980. I'm in NYC...

    New Wheels Without All The New “Features”

    There is a way to get a new vehicle without getting all the new “features” such as an engine that turns itself off every...

    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...

    New Car Reviews

    2022 Mini Cooper

    What has the Mini Cooper got that the VW Beetle lacked? The question arises because the Mini is still here - while the Beetle isn’t....

    2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye

    What’s wrong with 707 horsepower? Nothing that 797 horsepower can’t cure! That’s a two sentence summary of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - the most...

    What’s Wrong with 707 Horsepower?

    Nothing 797 horsepower can't cure! Have a look at this beautiful animal. They just dropped it off - and I'm headed out for a drive!

    2021 Ford Mustang Mach I

    How much is a $60k Mustang worth? Every cent - plus change. That’s not quite what it costs to buy a new Mach 1 - if...

    2021 VW Jetta

    Soon - in just a few years from now - VW says it will only be selling electric cars. Right now it is one...

    2022 Kia Carnival

    Minivans are hugely practical, not very popular vehicles. Well, not anymore. They were hugely popular - back in the ‘80s and ‘90s - but that was...

    2022 Acura MDX

    Here is a fun fact: The only new Acura  - besides the NSX supercar - that comes standard with more than a four cylinder...

    2021 Lincoln Corsair

    The Ford Escape is a very popular little crossover SUV - but what if you’d like it with more engine - or a plug? And...

    2021 Audi A7

    Audi has announced it will sell only electric cars by the 2026 model year. But this model year, it is already selling partially-electric cars...

    2021 Genesis GV80 Walk-Around

    Here's a walk-around of the Genesis GV80, which is basically a three-row/seven passenger SUV version of the G80 sedan. Neither of which have V8s,...

    2021 Toyota Camry

    There are fewer family sedans on the market than ever; several major brands - including GM and Ford - no longer make them at...

    July’s Six Pack of Oil Winner!

    The winner of July's six quarts of AMSOIl is Jeremy, for the capital post he submitted just a few days ago. This one stood...

    A Heathen Reports

    A regular here sent in what follows below, which I publish in its entirety on account of its powerful indictment of what is styled...

    Reader Question: Buying Used Right Now?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Boone asks: Do you have thoughts on buying for seven passengers in this wildly inflated used...
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