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2020 Cadillac XT6

Cadillac already has a three row SUV  . . . so why make another one? Probably because it needs a different kind of three-row SUV....

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...

Classic Cars

Retro Interview with Bill Porter

About 20 years ago, I sat down with former Pontiac Chief Designer William “Bill” Porter in New York City. Over breakfast, he discussed his...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them?...

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...

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...

Birth Control and Enstupidation

One of the things that shied me away from having kids when I could have had them was the knowledge that if I did...

Latest Radio: David Gornoski Show/WFLA 12/13/19

Here's the audio of my chat the other day with David Ornoski, who hosts the Neighbor's Choice podcast in Florida! . . . Got a question...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED 12/11/19

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

LA AGW Hut! Hut! Huts! Corpse

The (late) great comedian Sam Kinison had a routine about morgue rape. It began with the corpse on the slab thinking to itself: "At...

Two Wheeled Clovers and Amberlamps Chasers

I got an e-mail alerting me to an outfit - ostensibly, a biker outfit - that is agitating for a national "zero tolerance" standard...

The Coming “Post-Car Era”

It’s not just the government that’s banning cars - or making it hard to own a car. Private developers are working toward the same...

Hut! Hut! Hutting! Now… and Then

Watch this video and then the one below; see whether you notice anything in common. Here's the first one, of the Massachusetts staatspolizei. And here's...

“He Didn’t Just Die, Did He?”

Here's video of armed government workers in Dallas, TX taunting a mentally disabled man they have pinned to the ground, knees in back ....

Elon Escapes – Again

Maybe he has the negatives. You know - the goods on some powerful people, which he uses to escape ever being held accountable for...

“Drivers” Who Aren’t . . . Who Gets the Bill?

Another auto-piloted Tesla has crashed into another car - two cars, actually - over the weekend. The Tesla’s “driver” - in quotes to ironicize...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them?...

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...

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 Cadillac XT6

Cadillac already has a three row SUV  . . . so why make another one? Probably because it needs a different kind of three-row SUV....

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...

Reader Question: Backseat Drunk Driving?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Debbie asks: I was shocked when I found out that a person can be convicted of...

Reader Question: The Water Trick?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Don asks: I've seen some YouTube videos of guys showing how they add approximately 10 percent...

Reader Question: Two at Once?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Phillip writes: I managed to curb scrub the right rear tire of my 2013 Honda Accord,...
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