Blessing of the Bikes! --this May 13-15
April 22, 2011 - [BUMP from 5/21/07. It's coming up!]
The 39th Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, MI, will be May 13-15. It's an amazing weekend of free events...and the biggest eyeful of *diverse* motos you'll ever see. Yet there's really none of the lawless style other meets are infamous for. It's always been family-friendly in our experience,... > Read
Roadkill Etiquette: Let's Pick Up After Ourselves
October 19, 2010 - Memo to ourselves: If you hit an animal with your car, stop and clean it up. Pull it off the road. Keep a stick in your car if you're squeamish about touching it. Keep a bigger stick in your car to dispatch a critter that is wounded.
If we drive a car, we're responsible -- in every way -- for anything we hit.
It doesn't mat... > Read
MTU Winter Driving School: in the Keewenaw
January 28, 2010 - Here's yet another great reason to make a pilgrimage to the Keewenaw: MTU has a Winter Driving School for $150.
They have a great vehicle testing facility at their school and it's great that they open it up to students from the general public. That's the Keewenaw style!
I bet there aren't many other such schools and probab... > Read
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The New OYB Mobile!
August 27, 2009 - Here's this weekend's rig for the new OYBmobile.
I think it looks pretty good. Bold. Striking.
Red'n'yellow don't kill a fellow, I hope.
People say a rack don't matter, but I disagree and say that a parade is important. Not for everyone, sure, but if ya like to represent...
15-year-old stuff CAN look pretty good. Keep ... > Read
Easiest Minivan RV Conversion?
May 26, 2009 - What would you think is the easiest way to convert a minivan into an RV?
Say you wanted to go live in your van, down by the river...
Or say you wanted to just make an action adventure country-touring vehicle.
For one or two people. And a few outdoor sports toys.
Now, you could just write away to one of the $5-10k add-on ... > Read
"Sleeper Cars" with Good Gas Mileage...
April 08, 2009 - The keys are: manual trans and/or a famously efficient engine of whatever size.
Didja know that the 3800 engine in the GM line is a V6 that gets 26mpg? (Some claim better.) And it comes in some pretty big cars, like the LeSabre. These are cars that you can get used, in mint condition, with low miles, for $4K. Spacious, powerful,... > Read
A Little Truck can do a Lot
April 07, 2009 - Here's a YouTube a guy put together about him and his truck. It's a little one. It's a classic. A 4 cyclinder Toyo. 2wd. They are still cherished and they still get 30mph. 1984. It's the truck I want someday. I'll drive south to pick it up. It'll be my 2-tracker.
Ya know, there were several trucks in the "little and economical"... > Read
A New "Car for the People"?
February 17, 2009 - The Model T was the first car for the People and it changed the world.
The VW Beetle and Deux Chevaux (2CV, however it's spelled) were 2 more such cars.
In the 1960s/70s, Hondas, Volvos, Fiats, Opels and maybe even a few US cars (Chevette! Vega? Valiant?) might be added to that list.
These cars were all contributors th... > Read
January 10, 2009 - [BUMP FROM 12/05] I love not getting stuck! I love driving where others can't.
Until recently if it was snowy our new/old Volvo could be held to a standstill in our driveway with one hand on the grill. Even with sandbags in the trunk. Boom-aire. It was a winter disaster. Zero traction. Well, I recall that an old pal over the ... > Read
The $2500 "People's" Car -- 54mpg!
September 21, 2008 - India makes sweet new-tech motor vehicles. (I have a post here about their zippy motorcycles that go 50mph and get 100mpg. Not allowed in the US, yet.)
The Tata car company recently announced its $2500 car, the Nano.
It's called the People's Car.
They say it's meant to bring cars to India's masses.
Well, America ne... > Read
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Royal Enfield: a classic motorcycle for today...75mpg!
May 29, 2008 - This from an email I just received:
"Take a look at Royal Enfield. They're (relatively) affordable as far as motorcycles go [$5k], can achieve top speeds of about 75mph (though they are a bit whiny at that speed), and have a published fuel economy of 70mpg. I rode one about 8 years ago and found it to be a bit clunky compared to m... > Read
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A Trailer with Vintage Style, New Technology
September 17, 2007 - Martha saw one of these a couple years ago on a roadtrip in Indiana---it turned out to be parked in their factory parking lot, so she got a tour of the place.
Here's a tiny vintage teardrop trailer that's packed with all the hightech a modern traveler might want. Specifically, it's packed with efficiency, light weight and go... > Read
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Adventure Motorcycle / DualSport News ... Jun '07
August 17, 2007 - [$6] OUT OF STOCK The newstands are full of motorcycle magazines. Who needs another one, right?
Well...try to find a mag about VERSATILE motos.
There isn't one!
All the mags are about: choppers, roadracers, mxers or collectibles. What's missing? A mag about just plain old motos! ---Allrounders. COMMUTERS even!
Versatile Vehicle? -- A Dual Purpose Moto!
October 01, 2006 - I prefer bike, paddle, sail, foot, ski---but there are times when a jaunt is a bit too far to be convenient for those modes.
As I posted earlier, the Traverse Bay area has several nice destination harbors all about 15 miles apart: too far for cheery sea kayaking. Something about 20 feet long with some sail is more like what y... > Read
Show Us Your Rigs!
August 14, 2006 - Hey, people! I think it would be neat if folks posted photos of their fave adventure rigs via the Reader Remarks below. It could be their own rigs or ones they've seen. What I mean is pics of the vehicles and racks you use to get to your action scenes.
The latest rig that I imagine to be a fine one would be an old 4WD Toyota o... > Read