Presumptive vs. Actual Impairment

Presumptive vs. Actual Impairment

Yesterday, my buddy got into an accident. An actual accident — because it was one he could not have avoided. A minivan pulled out in front of him, struck his Jeep — which spun several times before ending up in a ditch. My buddy is largely unhurt — except for his heart. Because his Jeep, […]

Rat Bike Cleanup

Rat Bike Cleanup

Here’s a picture of “after”… the result of several days’ worth of OCD scrubbing and polishing my poor ol’ 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing. This is the one bike I’ve got that I’ll ride in the rain — or at least risk riding in the rain. The others are garage queens that only go out when […]

The Automotive Low Flush Toilet

The Automotive Low Flush Toilet

I wish I could take credit for this one, but I can’t. However, I will shamelessly use it — and credit the reader (thanks, Jim!) who made the analogy: Auto-stop/start systems — which have become de facto standard equipment in all new cars — are the automotive equivalent of the low flush toilet. You may […]

The Suicide of Harley Davidson

The Suicide of Harley Davidson

Imagine a Harley that doesn’t vibrate. No bark through the straight pipes when you push the starter button. No nothing through the pipes — which aren’t there anymore. There is no starter button. Just an On/Off switch. No shifter, either. Because no gears. All that remains is the “Harley” name on the tank — which […]

Freed at Last–VW Diesel is back!

Freed at Last–VW Diesel is back!

A four-wheeled Shawshank Redemption is under way. About 240,000 wrongfully convicted diesel-powered VWs are about to be paroled. The doors of their cells open; the harsh light causes them to blink their eyes. Some are brand-new 2016 and 2017 models that were never sold; others are older models that were — and then bought back […]