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2021 Toyota Corolla

They don’t make the great cars anymore. Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance - which many consider to be the greatest car...

How Far it Goes vs. How Far They Say it Goes

There’s something fishy about the range numbers being touted by electric cars. Or rather, the range numbers being touted by those pushing electric cars. They...

The Greatest Car Ever . . .?

How do you rate the greatest car ever made? If it's by the total number sold vs. any other car, the Toyota Corolla wins,...

2021 Mazda CX9

In the 1970s there was something called the Universal Japanese Motorcycle - or UJM. Whether you bought a Honda or a Kawasaki or a...

2021 Mazda CX-9 Walkabout!

Here's a look at not just another crossover... and why: Full review will be up soon, along with the audio of my guest spot on...

2021 Audi A6

Electric cars are being aggressively promoted - but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can’t...

2021 VW Tiggy Rant!

Here's a quick behind the wheel look at the '21 VW Tiggy, which is one of the very few small crossovers that's still available...

2021 Fiat 500X

Here’s an oddball thing: Fiat - the Italian small car brand - currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X. Making the brand and...

2021 VW Tiguan

Getting three rows of seats without getting something big - or pricey - isn’t easy. Because there aren’t many. In fact, there’s just one now -...

2021 Nissan Versa

It’s interesting to take note of evolving definitions - and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized a compact but by today’s...

2021 Jeep Gladiator

The idea of bolting a bed to the back of a Jeep isn’t new - it was done decades ago - but it’s nice...

2021 Jeep Gladiator Walkabout!

Here's a look at the '21 Jeep Gladiator - which isn't a new idea but I'm glad it's back. It's also got something new...

Classic Cars

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...

It Used to Be Fun

New cars have everything going for them except fun. Most are suffocatingly “safe” - and as entertaining as anything else with that word attached...

The Fixable vs. The Tossable

Being able to fix rather than replace things is probably going to become of greater interest in the years - perhaps weeks - ahead. One...

New Performance Shoes for Old Performance Cars?

If you own a classic muscle car made back in the '60s or '70s, you've probably become aware of an ironic problem: It is...

Reader Question: S10 MAP Sensor Debacle?

Here's the latest reader question,along with my reply!  BaDnOn writes: I've had a problem for some time that I need to get back to correcting...

Motorcycles

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...

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...

Why Just Sell You a Car When They Can Sell You?

There’s less and less money to be made selling you a car - the net profit earned on the sale of the average new...

What “Mandates” and Signs Could Not Do . . .

My nice older neighbor lady - the one I wrote about a few weeks ago, who finally had enough of being pressured to wear...

Wu Flu vs. the Spanish Flu?

A reader asks about comparisons being made between WuFlu and the 1918 Spanish Flu and specifically whether the precedent set then is legitimately applicable...

Your Card Key

The latest thing is a “key” that isn’t even a fob - the thing which has largely replaced the physical keys that used to...

Diaper Report 3/4/21

Something weird - something depressing - is afoot. For the past ten days or so, I've been the only one showing his face at my...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show 3/3/21

Here's the audio of my weekly conversation with Bill Meyer over at KMED Radio in Oregon. We talked about "making it easier," the "freedom bracelet"...

Renewable Food

Along with others who see the writing on the wall - and the prices at the store - I've been taking steps to make...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 3/2/21

Here's the audio of my weekly bull session with Bryan Hyde, who hosts the Bryan Hyde Show in Utah. We talked about CPAC and...

Making it “Easier”

The best way to force something onto people who don’t want it is to force what they do want off the market. Examples of this...

The Principled Difference Could Make all the Difference

I listened to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's speech yesterday; such a contrast - such a tonic for the intellect - vs. the bloviating,...

AGW Says: I’ll Kill You!

Video taken by a man in Houston, Texas captures the moment when he almost got shot to death by an enraged government worker, armed...

How Far it Goes vs. How Far They Say it Goes

There’s something fishy about the range numbers being touted by electric cars. Or rather, the range numbers being touted by those pushing electric cars. They...

Cycles

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...

Reader Question: Is Motorcycle Culture Dying, Too?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Dex asks: I think Harley is dying because Harley riders are dying. Whenever I see a Hog,...

New Car Reviews

2021 Toyota Corolla

They don’t make the great cars anymore. Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance - which many consider to be the greatest car...

How Far it Goes vs. How Far They Say it Goes

There’s something fishy about the range numbers being touted by electric cars. Or rather, the range numbers being touted by those pushing electric cars. They...

The Greatest Car Ever . . .?

How do you rate the greatest car ever made? If it's by the total number sold vs. any other car, the Toyota Corolla wins,...

2021 Mazda CX9

In the 1970s there was something called the Universal Japanese Motorcycle - or UJM. Whether you bought a Honda or a Kawasaki or a...

2021 Mazda CX-9 Walkabout!

Here's a look at not just another crossover... and why: Full review will be up soon, along with the audio of my guest spot on...

2021 Audi A6

Electric cars are being aggressively promoted - but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can’t...

2021 VW Tiggy Rant!

Here's a quick behind the wheel look at the '21 VW Tiggy, which is one of the very few small crossovers that's still available...

2021 Fiat 500X

Here’s an oddball thing: Fiat - the Italian small car brand - currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X. Making the brand and...

2021 VW Tiguan

Getting three rows of seats without getting something big - or pricey - isn’t easy. Because there aren’t many. In fact, there’s just one now -...

2021 Nissan Versa

It’s interesting to take note of evolving definitions - and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized a compact but by today’s...

2021 Jeep Gladiator

The idea of bolting a bed to the back of a Jeep isn’t new - it was done decades ago - but it’s nice...

Reader Question: Why Are Radials Better?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Sandy asks: Why are radial tires better than bias-ply tires? I have often wondered about this...

Reader Question: About EDRs?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Francis writes: Is there a was to disable the Event Data Recorder or erase data that...

Reader Question: Supplemental Restraint Bill?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Karl asks: What is the deal with supplemental Restraint Systems? I’m reviewing this bill here and...
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