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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....

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...

Classic Cars

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....

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...

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...

Another Texas AGW Murders Another Homeowner

Armed government workers in Fort Worth, TX shot and killed a woman who had committed no crime and was inside her own home. The...

The Lights Go Out in Cali… and Maybe Not Just There

Americans got a glimpse of the Green Future last week - and it was pretty dark.  Deliberate power outages have left millions of people in California...

Dyson Admits The Obvious

James Dyson, the British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has canceled an electric vehicle project because the plan was not commercially viable. "The Dyson...

AGWs Hear Their Master’s Voice

This is priceless! Some admirable American managed to take over the bandwidth used by the Chicago AGWs to harass and collect and piped through his...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show (KMED) 10/9/19

Here's the audio of my weekly appearance on the Bill Meyer Show in Oregon! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics - or...

AGW Hut! Hut! Huts! Woman Over Hot Dog

Armed government workers are very territorial; like rabid junkyard dogs, they froth at the mouth, snarl and snap their jaws when anyone invades what...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 10/8/19

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

Not-So-Smart Summoning

If you doubt there’s a double standard when it comes to saaaaaaaaaaaaafety, consider the fact that the government isn’t recalling or even investigating Teslas...

More Green to be “Green”

The Green New Deal isn’t just an attack on driving. It’s also an attack on mowing - and growing. On everything that gets done using...

The Dangers of Saaaaaaaaaaaafety

Safety is getting pretty dangerous. In particular, the driver “assists” (as they're styled) being added as part of the standard equipment suite in almost all...

The Vampire Effect

One of the subtler - and most vicious - ways the government renders us more dependent on it is by rendering us less able...

AGW Tazers Man for Insulting Him

Here's video of an armed government worker meeting out some summary punishment for affronting his Authoritah. An unarmed man calls the AGW - who is...

Cycles

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....

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...

New Car Reviews

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....

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...

Reader Question: To Ethanol or not Ethanol?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Bill asks: Hi again Eric! I own cars until they go no longer. I suppose I...

Mustang GT vs. BMW 850i

Here are two cars very far apart in price . . . and very close in performance! Both cars have powerful V8s, get to 60...

Reader Question: Water as Fuel?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: Take a look at MOVING BEYOND OIL on the aesopinstitute.org website Water has become...
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