I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

Mechanical Stuff

Why CarMax rules

There are some reasons why buying a car at CarMax kind of sucks. They don’t negotiate prices. The prices they don’t negotiate are too high. But there is one reason why CarMax rules: The CarMax Warranty. If you never need it, it might be pricey. If you do need it, it will save your bacon. Like it did mine.

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New PR2s for the VFR

The front tire on my VFR was finally getting a bit…baldy, so it was time to replace it. I went a ahead and just replaced both tires with a new set of Michelin Pilot Road II CT’s. Once again, the handling of the bike has been transformed. The more aggressive Continue reading

Michelin Pilot Road II vs. Pirelli Angel ST

I’ve gone through my first rear Pirelli Angel ST tire this week, and I can now report that, compared to the Michelin Pilot Road, the Angel ST just doesn’t get it done.

First off, the mileage was terrible.  My last mileage on a Pilot Road II rear tire was Continue reading

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Suzuki has released the details–some of them  anyway–about the new V-Strom 650 ABS.

First of all, the ABS system is new, and is supposedly better and lighter than the old system. In addition, Suzuki has made lots of other styling changes and other tweaks.  The seat is a Continue reading

One step closer to a car

If you’ve already got everything else imaginable in the way of electric/electronic doo-dads in your Gold Wing or Road Glide, you might as well have A/C, too…

Well. I guess I’ve pretty much seen everything about motorcycling there is to see, now.

For the Upscale Harley-Davidson Owner

Via Paul Crowe at the Kneeslider, I’ve learned about a new iPhone app that serves as a digital dashboard for your 2001+ Harley-Davidson motorcycle with EFI.

A connector hooks up the ECU to your iPhone. The phone, mounted on the handlebars, can then display a speedometer, tach, engine temperature, signal Continue reading

Is Honda’s DCT Tranny Obsolete?

The new Dual Clutch Transmission in the Honda VFR1200F may already be headed for the dustbin of history. So may manual transmissions on all motorcycles. A&R reports that British transmission gurus Xtrac have developed something called the Instantaneous Gearchange System (IGS).

IGS works by using a ratchet and pawl mechanism Continue reading

Pirelli Angel ST Tire Review

On Saturday, when I took the FJR in for my 32k-mile service,I saw that the Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the bike, which were at 8700 miles, were down to the wear bars.  So it was time for a change.  Sadly, North County House of Motorcycles had Continue reading

Honda’s new DCT awarded

Motorcyclist has named the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) on the Honda VFR1200F to be the best new technology of 2010.  The magazine gushes:

The DCT is not the first automatic motorcycle transmission, but it is the first to offer performance that will satisfy even the most demanding Continue reading