The Best Trucks GM Ever Built (Also known as “The Square Bodies”)

Chevy Truck 1 When the 1973 Chevrolet and GMC half-ton pickups were introduced, they were the first truly streamlined pickup trucks on the market.  And their timing could not have been better… imagine a pickup truck that was designed in a wind tunnel and introduced just in time for the first gas crisis.

What makes these the best trucks GM ever built?  Well, they were breakthrough vehicles–the first, in my opinion, of today’s modern pickups.  No previous truck had combined rugged workability and pleasing creature comforts like this before. Continue reading


The GMC Motorhome (1973-1978)

GMC frontMaybe it’s cabin fever, but like a recent It Rolls post, my attention has turned to RVs lately as it does every year around this time.  And even though these things just gobble up the gas, there’s something fun about having a (usually) small house that you can take with you, at least for a few days. Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Bikes, Part 4 of 4

DSC_0674The dead of Winter is no time to buy a new motorcycle.  That is, unless you want a whopping discount.  Like three thousand dollars off, or one-fourth of the sticker price.  So I guess if it’s time to replace the 600, I should get a new one for nearly the same price as the settlement was on the old one.

Maybe this series should have been called “A Tale Of Three Bikes,” instead of Two.  And this new CBR600RR is, of course, the “sportier” of the two since the insurance settlement from the “brothers” will only cover one new bike. Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Bikes, Part 3 of 4

Thursday morning, December 21st, 2017.  Just 4 days before Christmas.  I was walking the dachshunds as usual and saw what looked like a dead animal in the yard, near the road… possibly a large dog or even a small cow.  It was black, with red and white at one end… l was expecting to see some really nasty blood and gore.

As I got closer, I was relieved that it was just a cloth, about the size of a jacket.  Next to it was a battery charger and pry bar.  I looked close at the thing and it said “Honda” in red and white.  Wow, I thought… somebody lost a nice jacket.

A closer look revealed that it was an official Honda motorcycle cover; one just like one of the two that I have.  And in a nanosecond, I realized that it was mine. Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Bikes, Part 2 of 4

This post was featured on It Rolls back in October, 2017, but is needed again to complete this quadrilogy.

5bf00-6a00e54ed05fc2883301a3fd3c6ab3970b-400wiWe just have a few weeks of nice riding weather left this year, so l thought l’d reflect on what l think is a motorcycle masterpiece.

To quote Honda, “And for 2013 the best just got a whole lot better.  We’ve given the CBR600RR some major updates, including new 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU settings, and a fine-tuned ram-air system to increase torque.  Best of all, the CBR600RR gets a new “Big Piston” fork and retuned rear shock. Continue reading