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


It’s All About The Torque

That’s the main characteristic of diesel engines.  “Meh” horsepower, but brutal torque.  As a result, you don’t see many motorcycles with diesel engines.  Oh, there’ve been a  few, of course, but mostly as limited-quantity specialty bikes, or concepts.

EVA Trak Diesel Motorcycle

EVA Trak Diesel Motorcycle

But now, a Dutch… Continue reading

Brave Scary New World

Bruce McLaughlan, writing in his Detroit News column, warns motorcycle dealers that, with the economy winding down, they may have to change some practices if they want to continue selling motorcycles.

You hear a lot of excuses about why dealers don’t allow test-rides: Liability, potential for damage, wildly varying skill… Continue reading

BMW K Bikes Coming

I’ve spoken to the guys down at the ‘Ol BMW motorcycle dealership about the arrival dates for the new K-series bikes, The K130GT, K1300s, and K1300R.  They say that they are expecting to begin getting them in in late February or early March.  They still don’t have any… Continue reading

HD XR1200 First Ride

The new harley-Davidson XR1200 seems to be racking up the kudos.  Motorcycle Daily has a write up on it, and they conclude:

This is the ultimate Harley-Davidson Sportster, with performance and reliability completely unknown to the guys who owned a Sportster decades ago. Guys that dreamed (like Erik Buell)… Continue reading

AMA Opposes Tariffs

The american Motorcycle Association finally came out in opposition to the plans for imposing a 100% tariff on all European bikes imported to the US that have an engine displacement of 50cc-500cc.

The federal measure is designed as retaliation to the 27-member European Union’s continuing import ban on American beef… Continue reading

The Return of Norton?

Take a look at the motorcycle below.  Take a good look.  It is a 1991 Norton Commander F1.

1991 Norton Commander F1

1991 Norton Commander F1

This is one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built.  It was powered by a 588cc twin-rotary Wankel engine. I think the 588cc is a… Continue reading

More XR1200 Pics

The Kneeslider has some more pics of the new (to the US) harley Davidson XR1200 Sportster. I really like this one.

XR1200...Back in Black

XR1200...Back in Black

That’s an evilly bitchen’ looking motorscooter right there.

Versys: 50-State Legal

Well, it only took two years after its introduction in the rest of the world, but the Kawasaki Versys is finally California-legal for the 2009 model year!

2009 Kawasaki Versys

2009 Kawasaki Versys

I’ll make a special trip to the dealership to take a look at this one.  Everything I’ve read about… Continue reading

Odd Harley XR1200 Test

I’m not sure, exactly, what the point was to this test.  The guys at MCN took a few days to ride and compare the Harley-Davdison XR1200, the Ducati GT1000, and the Moto Guzzi Griso 1200.  Their conclusion:  The XR1200 isn’t a benchmark sportbike.

A look of shocked… Continue reading

Aprilia Auto-Pilot

Well, OK, not really auto-pilot, but Aprilia is putting out a bike with an automatic transmission–or, rather, a Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT).

Aprilia Mana 850

The Aprilia Mana 850 does have a manual setting so you can shift with either the foot, or with hand controls, a la the FJR AE… Continue reading

The New K1300GT

The Boys of Bayern have upgraded their premier sport-tourer.  The New K1300GT is on the way.

2009 BMW K1300GT

When you absolutely, positively have to spend $21,000 on a motorcycle  BMW has just the bike for you.

Of course, it has every conceivable farkle, and the new 1293cc… Continue reading

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