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2020 Fiat 124 Spider

People who buy economy cars don’t especially care that lots of other people are driving the same car; if anything, it’s confirmation that they...

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road

The bad news is you can't get a V6 in the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Which is a shame, because with that V6 - which...

The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

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...

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...

Revenue Collection and Something Else

It used to be that roadside mulctings were primarily, even exclusively, motivated by simple money-lust. Traffic enforcement as a kind of random tax-raising effort. Many...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show (KMED) 12/4/19

Here's the audio of my weekly chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon!

EVs Cost Another 800 Jobs

GM just announced it will be laying off 800 workers as it "transitions" to "electrification" (news story here). This piles on to the almost...

The Panopticon Expands

Precedent always becomes practice. Having established as legitimate the use of cameras to robotically ticket people for “speeding” and “running” red lights - timed to...

“Lieutenant” Pederast

Armed government workers like to award themselves military ranks, something the German Sturmabteilung - the SA, more commonly known as storm troopers - also...

The Throughput – and Other – Problems

There was an interesting story over the holiday about electric cars piled up at "fast" chargers  . . . waiting in line for other...

A Pat on the Hood . . . And a Warning

I had to go outside and give my ’02 Nissan pick-up an affection pat on the hood. It has reached the point of being...

AGWs Shoot Unarmed Woman Seven Times

The taxpayers of Las Vegas, Nevada may be on the hook for $7 million dollars after armed government workers gratuitously shot a disoriented woman...

Latest Radio: KMED 11/27/19

Here's the audio of my chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio the other day!

Electric Cars Cost More Than Too Much

Electric cars are costing us more than just too much money. They’re also costing jobs. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Audi announced the end of 9,500...

Latest Radio: David Knight Show 11/26/19

Here's the audio of my chat yesterday with David Knight; my segment starts about 10 minutes in!

And So They Drooled

Pavolv’s dogs salivated whenever they heard the bell - even in the absence of food. They had been conditioned to associate the sound with...

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 Fiat 124 Spider

People who buy economy cars don’t especially care that lots of other people are driving the same car; if anything, it’s confirmation that they...

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road

The bad news is you can't get a V6 in the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Which is a shame, because with that V6 - which...

The Not-So-Modern Car

It's surprising how much hasn't changed over the past 25 years. New cars start right up; don't stall and are pretty much maintenance-free for years....

2020 Mitsubishi EclipseCross

Given that the Mitsubishi EclipseCross is priced higher than its better-equipped rivals - models like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V - and given...

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...

Reader Question: Interview Request?

Here's the latest reader question, along withy my reply! Adam asks: Have you considered sitting down with Rich Benoit, aka Rich Rebuilds, aka "The Doctor...

Reader Question: Some Kind Words!

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Nick writes: I think its great what you're telling people and what you write about. I...

December Muscle … from American Muscle!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that one of this site's stalwart sponsors - American Muscle - has some December deals you...
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