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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...

2021 Hyundai Elantra Walkabout!

Here's a look a something different for a change... which is surprising, given the class of car we're looking at. Almost every other class...

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...

Classic Cars

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...

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...

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...

‘Rona “Relief” . . .

I got a check today from Uncle Joe - ostensibly “relief” from the harm visited by Uncle in the name of the ‘Rona. I...

Altruistic Uncle?

Is the government really here to "help"? Or does it - do the people who constitute the government - operate out of self-interest, as...

The Diapered Donkey Gets its Dole

A reader takes issue with the publication on this site of details regarding the Corona Lucre - approximately $120,000, apparently - pocketed by a...

Diaper Report 4/8/21

My gym - a national chain - has stopped performing even perfunctory Sickness Kabuki. While it has never enforced the Coonman's "executive orders" regarding the...

The Face Diapering of Cars

The day may come when it is illegal to work on your own car, in your own driveway - even in your own garage. It...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED Oregon 4/7/21

Here's the audio of this week's gabble with Bill Meyer over at KMED in Oregon! We talked about magnificent exorcism in Canada as well...

Pre-emptive “Case” Dissection

The people who weaponized hypochondria are bringing back their most effective weapon toward the perpetuation of mass hypochondria: The Cases! The Cases! Now, the new "cases" ...

Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 4/6/21

Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with fellow Wrongthinker Bryan Hyde who - like me - thinks its Freaky to wear a Face...

Voltswagen vs. Volkswagen

The name change - even if April Foolsey - is indicative of what this change is all about. The Volkswagen was - literally - the...

Highways are Racist

Now highways are racist - and must be cancelled. So saith the new Oberbefehlshaber der Transport - Pete Buttigieg. Whose bona fides to hold this...

Diaper Report 4/4/21

This report concerns the "case" of a death - of the livelihood of the guy who used to operate the best restaurant in my...

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...

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 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...

2021 Hyundai Elantra Walkabout!

Here's a look a something different for a change... which is surprising, given the class of car we're looking at. Almost every other class...

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...

Reader Question: The Dread Light?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Leiann asks: Why does the Check Engine light remain lit? I have had various diagnosis, the...

Reader Question: Coolant Control Valve Technology?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Big Grey asks: What do you think about replacing the old thermostat device in engines with...

Reader Question: ABS Light?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mika asks: My "ABS" light is on and I'm wondering what that means? Is the car...
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