Friday, May 14, 2021

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    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...

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

    Lots of medium-large crossovers offer a third row. Almost all of them offer very little room in that row. It’s the dilemma of room -...

    2021 BMW X5

    The main problem with electric cars isn’ the range. It’s the wait. Put another way, how far it goes is a less a problem than how...

    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...

    Classic Cars

    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...

    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...

    Motorcycles

    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 -...

    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...

    Blame it on the Chips?

    Used cars are supposed to go down in value. Last month, their value increased by more than 10 percent - something that has never...

    Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED 5/12/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with the great Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon. We discussed the state of the...

    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...

    Perfect Timing!

    If we're about to descend into a Mad Max world, I'll have the perfect vehicle for it. Jeep is dropping off a Wrangler 392...

    Looks Like We Can’t Find Any Gazzuline

    Mad Max drove around looking for gas. At least he was able to do that. Many Americans  will wake up today to find they have...

    Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 5/11/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with fellow Wrongthinker Bryan Hyde, out in Utah! Bryan is headed for ze Hills, too - and...

    Tesla – and GM – Finally Admit It

    GM - and Tesla - just publicly admitted that they can’t sell electric cars. Or rather, they need your help - via Uncle. To pay...

    Diaper Report 5/9/21

    These may soon become Needle Reports. Diapering is waning, apparently everywhere - even in places where compliance with both "mandates" and social pressure was nearly...

    That Meeting in the Middle . . .

    A few weeks ago, I was rambling about they way mid-priced  vehicles are closing the features/amenities gap with the high-end stuff and this '21...

    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...

    Buyer’s Remorse . . .

    If electric cars are The Future how come one in five who own them are returning to the Past? They are replacing their first electric...

    Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show 5/6/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon; we talked about a number of interesting topics,...

    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 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...

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

    Lots of medium-large crossovers offer a third row. Almost all of them offer very little room in that row. It’s the dilemma of room -...

    2021 BMW X5

    The main problem with electric cars isn’ the range. It’s the wait. Put another way, how far it goes is a less a problem than how...

    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...

    Reader Question: Learning to Drive a Real Car?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Michael asks: My son will be 15 on Jan 1, 2022. We have one stick shift...

    Reader Question: No Diaper – No Scooter?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Brendan writes: I just wanted to share with you another story of how deep the Diaper...

    Reader Question: New Mustang Exhaust Sound?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Lewis asks: I really enjoy listening to your segments on our local radio station here in...
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