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2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Raced a Tesla

I raced a Tesla yesterday. It was a tie - but I won. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to elucidate. I was in a brand-new...

2020 Mercedes A Class

There's a leveling going on. A good one, for once. Entry-level new cars are expected to come standard with features that used to be available...

2020 Mustang

Classic muscle cars were defined by their brawny V8s - it was the whole point of the thing. But it’s not necessary to buy...

2020 Benz A-Class Rant!

Have a look at the inside of this new Mercedes A-Class... which has more or less the same full-length flat-panel display that used to...

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...

Classic Cars

Ode to the Air Cooled

No new cars - and just a dwindling handful of new motorcycles -  have engines that rely on the air to cool them. Technically, it's...

Things You Can’t Do in a New Car

New cars can do all kinds of things - even drive themselves. But there were all kinds of things you could do in the...

Reader Question: Can We Build The Perfect Car?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I want to build a car from a good set of bones. I want...

Reader Question: ’78 Z28 is Worth How Much?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mark asks: I have a '78 Z28 that I bought new on April 7, 1978. I...

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....

Motorcycles

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...

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...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED Oregon 11/13/19

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon!   . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics...

Closed for Ssssssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaafety

All it takes is a few flurries for the armed government workers who own (because they control) the Blue Ridge Parkway to close it......

Nissan’s Nosedive … and Possibly Why

Nissan's in trouble. More trouble, maybe, than former (and frog-marched) CEO Carlos Ghosn. Reuters reports a blanching 70 percent drop in operating profit last quarter...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 11/12/19

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bryan Hyde, who hosts the Loving Liberty podcast in Utah!

Hut! Hut! Hutted! for Sandwich Eating

Here's video out of California of a man being Hut! Hut! Hutted! for eating a sandwich in public. The armed government workers - a...

The Big Plantation

Are you more likely to be injured in a car crash because you weren't wearing a seat belt - or because you were? Both are...

Ich werde ein Prophet sein

Today, I will be a prophet; the passage of time will tell whether my powers are strong  . . . or weak. I predict...

AGW Yanks Teen Girl’s Hair

An armed government worker in Orange County, Florida has been fired - and may even be criminally charged - after video surfaced of him...

Ode to the Air Cooled

No new cars - and just a dwindling handful of new motorcycles -  have engines that rely on the air to cool them. Technically, it's...

VA AGWs Hut! Hut! Hut! Over Slightly Old Inspection Sticker

Here's video taken by a guy who was Hut! Hut! Hutted! by a pair of Virginia armed government workers - forced to submit to...

Latest Radio: KMED/Oregon 11/6/19

Here's the audio of my chat earlier today with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Medford, Oregon! . . . Got a question about cars,...

The Selectively Closed Eye of Sauron

Our sssssssssssaaaaaaaafety matters  . . . but only when it suits. No other conclusion can be drawn from the cognitive disconnect that, on the one...

Cycles

Reader Question: Air-Cooled Bikes in the South?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Bill asks: I hope you'll take a moment to answer this question for me. For many...

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: 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....

New Car Reviews

2020 VW Arteon

Top-of-the-line cars used to almost always be sedans, but that layout has fallen out of favor because of the modern sedan’s comparatively small trunk...

VW Arteon Look-See

Here's a quick look - and some random thoughts - about the VW Arteon; more to come! . . . Got a question about cars, Libertarian...

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing - and that’s probably the main thing which accounts for its enduring popularity as the...

Raced a Tesla

I raced a Tesla yesterday. It was a tie - but I won. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to elucidate. I was in a brand-new...

2020 Mercedes A Class

There's a leveling going on. A good one, for once. Entry-level new cars are expected to come standard with features that used to be available...

2020 Mustang

Classic muscle cars were defined by their brawny V8s - it was the whole point of the thing. But it’s not necessary to buy...

2020 Benz A-Class Rant!

Have a look at the inside of this new Mercedes A-Class... which has more or less the same full-length flat-panel display that used to...

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   ....

Reader Question: Can Sssssssaaaaafety be Dangerous?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Jacob writes: Many years ago a friend was traveling on the interstate in Kansas on a...

Reader Question: “Compliant” Diesels?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mike asks: I can’t help but think German engineers could make air cooled engines that “comply”...

Nissan’s Nosedive … and Possibly Why

Nissan's in trouble. More trouble, maybe, than former (and frog-marched) CEO Carlos Ghosn. Reuters reports a blanching 70 percent drop in operating profit last quarter...
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