Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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    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...

    2021 Hyundai Veloster

    Sedans are more practical than coupes; the people riding up front don’t have to get out in order to let people riding in the...

    The Cat Fish

    Ford is having some trouble with its names. Or its memory. It named a five-door crossover SUV a “Mustang” Mach-E. And now it has bestowed the...

    2021 Mazda CX-30

    Sometimes, too close is not far enough. It is why Mazda will stop selling the CX-3, its smallest crossover SUV, after next year - in...

    2021 Genesis G80

    Small things now come in big packages. The Genesis G80 - which is a big sedan - used to be available with a big V8....

    2021 Genesis G80 Rant

    Here's a look at the '21 Genesis G80 - just updated. Unlike most of its immediate rivals - models like the BMW 5 Series...

    2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

    Maybe Bigfoot is real. Something almost as unusual has just been sighted: A Cadillac sedan with a manual transmission. Plus 472 horsepower. Through the rear wheels...

    2021 Acura TLX Rant!

    Here's a look - and some thoughts about - the just redesigned Acura TLX, which is a sedan and a car, for once!  Full...

    Lightning Flashes – Briefly

    Does a “low price” sell electric vehicles when the cost is short range? That appears to be what Ford is counting on to sell...

    2021 Jeep Wrangler 392

    Some of the highest-performing vehicles being offered lately are 4x4 trucks - and Jeeps, like this V8-powered Wrangler 392. They are quicker than all...

    2021 Kia Sorento

    Everyone wants to fit into the clothes they were able to wear when they were 20. Some try to put them on anyway. Usually, the...

    Classic Cars

    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...

    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...

    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 Epsilon Semi-Moron “Variant”

    The "Delta variant" of the 'Rona is the newest iteration of the Sickness Bogeyman emanating from the TeeVee, flat screen and radio. It is...

    Latest Radio: David Knight Show 6/22/21

    Here's the audio of gabble earlier today with David Knight, who - like me - is on to the Orange Con. (Better later than...

    Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 6/22/21

    Here's the audio of today's gabble with my friend and fellow Heretic, Bryan Hyde - who hosts the Bryan Hyde Show in Utah! . ....

    The World Before Face Effacing

    People who were already grown up by the turn of the last century - the 20th to the 21st - have memories of what...

    Prionic “Driving”

    Prionic Driving is becoming a thing. What is Prionic Driving? It is "driving" - finger air-quoted to emphasize the absurdity - practiced by people who've...

    An Upside of the Lockdowns

    I sometimes miss going to the Sweet Donkey Coffee Shop, the little cafe in Roanoke, VA where I used to spend a few hours...

    Multiply Liable?

    Some people insist that everyone who drives ought to be required to maintain at least liability insurance, so as to protect other drivers from...

    “Presidents”

    No matter the system, it seems every country now has a "president." Including "presidents" (for life) like Vladimir Putin of Russia, formerly the Soviet...

    Deadly Diapering

    The other day, a Diaper-pusher was shot to death at a supermarket in Decatur, Georgia. According to news coverage, a man attempted to show...

    Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 6/15/21

    Here's the audio of this week's gabble with fellow apostate of the Cult of Landru, Bryan Hyde - who hosts the Bryan Hyde Show...

    The Teenaged Car

    Cars aren't just in short supply - they are getting older all the time. IHS Markit - which keeps track of such things -...

    The Cost of the Jab(s)

    Why the hard-push to get practically everyone - especially kids - "vaccinated" when relatively few people - especially kids - are in any real...

    Cycles

    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...

    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...

    New Car Reviews

    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...

    2021 Hyundai Veloster

    Sedans are more practical than coupes; the people riding up front don’t have to get out in order to let people riding in the...

    The Cat Fish

    Ford is having some trouble with its names. Or its memory. It named a five-door crossover SUV a “Mustang” Mach-E. And now it has bestowed the...

    2021 Mazda CX-30

    Sometimes, too close is not far enough. It is why Mazda will stop selling the CX-3, its smallest crossover SUV, after next year - in...

    2021 Genesis G80

    Small things now come in big packages. The Genesis G80 - which is a big sedan - used to be available with a big V8....

    2021 Genesis G80 Rant

    Here's a look at the '21 Genesis G80 - just updated. Unlike most of its immediate rivals - models like the BMW 5 Series...

    2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

    Maybe Bigfoot is real. Something almost as unusual has just been sighted: A Cadillac sedan with a manual transmission. Plus 472 horsepower. Through the rear wheels...

    2021 Acura TLX Rant!

    Here's a look - and some thoughts about - the just redesigned Acura TLX, which is a sedan and a car, for once!  Full...

    Lightning Flashes – Briefly

    Does a “low price” sell electric vehicles when the cost is short range? That appears to be what Ford is counting on to sell...

    2021 Jeep Wrangler 392

    Some of the highest-performing vehicles being offered lately are 4x4 trucks - and Jeeps, like this V8-powered Wrangler 392. They are quicker than all...

    Home Brewing . . . to Keep Moving

    Gas is generally about $3 per gallon now and in some parts of the country, it is more than $4 per gallon. That's for regular. It...

    Reader Question: Dealer Dishonesty?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Jeff asks: I attempted to get a transmission fluid flush/filter change at my local Ford dealership....

    Reader Question: $2k Down and $200-$300 per Month?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Zane asks: I'm trying to help my sister find a car that suits; her budget: $2k...
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