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Snow Tires make winter driving fun!

2016-03-01 Driving in the snow is a lot like skiing or cyclocross biking. It has a lot of nice smeary flow. It's great fun! But GREAT TIRES are the huge key. Probably AWD/4WD is also a factor but I've never had that…

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Commie Travel Literature -- in a Tatra!

2015-06-02 Robert and I just sold this amazing book, "Africa: the Dream and Reality." He had it for sale for several years in my OYB eBay Store. A most unique travelog. One of a kind, really. The only Commie Travelog! This dynamic duo explored the world in the 50's in a Tatra, an amazing Czech car…

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The Vintagent: Hard-Riding Vintage Motorcycle Action

2013-07-09 Here's a blog for folks who love vintage motorcycles. And who love to ride them, hard. And work on them. And dress up creatively and vintagely. It's like a functional Steampunk scene. Some of the bikes are "never existed" models built custom from vintage parts, souped up, made outrageous…

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Get Bad Drivers Off the Road!

2012-07-31 Driver safety is a relevant issue in the Outdoor Life, so I cover it here. In short: People who cause dangerous car crashes MUST be gotten off the roads! Wrecks are THE PROOF of unsuitability for driving…

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DIY Global Moto Movie "Mondo Enduro" -- a Review

2012-06-18 Austin Vince has an action hero name, doncha think? And his "Mondo Enduro" is an action movie that wears its cult stripes proudly. Vince and 5 pals set out in 1995 to ride motorcycles around the world…

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Visit to: Motorcycle Hall of Fame

2012-05-04 On our recent family tenting drive around Ohio we visited the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. It's worth a stop! It features the guys and gals behind motorcycling and the place where the people make the most difference, I suppose, is in motorsport…

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All Hail the Deux Chevaux! Econo-Car Supreme!

2011-12-27 Are we ever going to see another thrifty, sippy, easy to work on, supergroovy car? I hope so! The Citroen 2CV used to satisfy all those demands. It would get 45mpg with one of its two cylinders tied behind its back…

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More Mini-Motos...

2011-10-18 Motorcycles don't have to be monstrous to be cool. Do they. Here are pics and links to a bunch of motos that have small engines and lightweight components. Many have pedals. You know I'm down with this kind of moto, having posted about it many other times before…

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The UP Overland: Dirt Road Moto Tour

2011-08-08 Ah, now here's something! I've long championed the two-tracks and Seasonal Roads (Not Plowed) of Up North Michigan. Here's a group that actually goes whole hog for what I only do in tiny little droplets of the rare free time that I gather enough of to wander north…

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Hot New RV: the Airstream/Sprinter/Westfalia Hybrid

2011-07-31 I saw one of these in the Traverse City State Park campground. The three distinctive names on the vehicle combined to kinda blow me away. Airstream. Dodge. Westfalia. *Airstream means vintage trailers to me…

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