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Matthew Skwarczek

Matthew is a motoring enthusiast and self-proclaimed giant nerd. When he's not cycling or helping with scouts, he's desperately trying to find more space for his books.

Black-with-yellow-pinstriping 1973 Honda CB350 Four motorcyle parked on lawn in front of artwork
2 Wheels

The Honda CB350 Four: The Forgotten Mini Superbike

The 60s and 70s saw some incredible feats of motorcycle engineering, and Honda’s bikes were no exception. Although this was the era of the café racer, the Super Cub dominated the entry-level segment. And Honda’s Grand Prix-winning RC166 showed just how far the Japanese company could push small engines’ performance. But despite these achievements, the …

Gunmetal gray Beeline Moto mounted on Triumph Bonneville T120's handlebars
2 Wheels

Beeline Gives Any Bike Cheap GPS Navigation

While built-in navigation is quickly becoming common in cars, very few motorcycles offer it. Those that do are typically expensive long-distance touring bikes, which are designed to tackle extended rides. But even if you only stick to known roads, having a helpful guide home isn’t a bad idea. Plus, Rebelle Rally and similar situations aside, …

Yellow-trimmed 2020 Moto Guzzi V85TT Adventure being ridden through a mountain forest stream
2 Wheels

The Moto Guzzi V85TT Is a Unique Adventure Bike

Ducati may hog the limelight, but Italy is home to quite a few storied motorcycle brands. Ducati itself wouldn’t be where it is without Cagiva’s help, for instance. Energica has cornered Italy’s electric bike scene. Then there’s Moto Guzzi, perhaps the oldest European motorcycle company still in business. The V7 III neo-classic bike may be …

Red 2009 Chevrolet HHR SS wagon panel van version, side view, with Doug Demuro behind it
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Chevy HHR Makes for an Odd High-Performance Panel Van

Besides the Corvair-based Greenbrier, Chevrolet’s panel vans tend to be less about quirks than practicality. Though, admittedly the Greenbrier’s rear-engine layout was chosen for practical reasons. However, panel vans’ cousins, wagons and minivans, have shown that practicality can come with attractive design or even high-power performance. The retro-styled Chevy HHR may have been more car …

1991 Saab 900 Turbo SPG
Cars

The Saab 900 Turbo Was the First Modern Hot Hatch

When the original Volkswagen GTI helped start the front-wheel-drive hot hatch segment, very few production vehicles had turbos. Only high-performance cars, or rally homologation specials, could afford to house them. Today, though, turbocharging is basically a hot hatch requirement. The Fiat 500 Abarth, Hyundai Veloster N, Civic Type R, and VW GTI all have turbocharged …

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Cars

A C5 Corvette Is a Great Budget Race Car

While the latest mid-engine C8 is an honest supercar competitor, the other Corvette generations have their own charms. True, older ‘Vettes don’t have the latest tech or as nice of an interior. However, as with other used performance cars like the Porsche Cayman and BMW 3-Series, they’re significantly cheaper. Enough that they’re on-par in budget …

2003 Porsche 911 996 Turbo
Cars

The 996 Turbo: The Best Affordable Used Porsche 911

Although it makes well-regarded vehicles, not all Porsches have been trouble-free. In particular, the 996-gen Porsche 911 has a black-sheep reputation, due to its dreaded IMS bearing. However, even notably reliable or high-end cars, like the Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Skyline GT-R, and Mitsubishi Montero have had engine problems. Though, as with the contemporary Cayman, the …

2020 Harley-Davidson Fatboy 114
2 Wheels

Harley-Davidson Could Learn From Hummer

Although it’s finally found itself a new CEO, the news from Harley-Davidson still isn’t encouraging. The company’s sales were struggling even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, Harley’s planned adventure and streetfighter bikes have yet to materialize. And it doesn’t help that the electric LiveWire is priced significantly higher than many other electric motorcycles. Harley-Davidson has …

2019 Suzuki Jimny side
Trucks & SUVs

Would the Suzuki Jimny Really Fit in on US Roads?

Although it’s now primarily known in the US for motorcycles, Suzuki did once sell cars here. And elsewhere in the world, it still does. One, in particular, the Suzuki Jimny mini-SUV, has been remarkably well-received. It’s been tuned, turned into Bronco look-a-likes, and taken on heavyweights like the G-Wagon. However, it’s still not available in …

2020 Lexus GS F side
Cars

Only Buy a Lexus GS F If It’s Used

Although it’s better known as a luxury brand, Lexus has made several performance cars in the past. The Lexus IS F sport sedan was one of the first; a match for the contemporary BMW M3. However, although the succeeding F-badged models were genuinely sporty, they were also in some ways dated. The LFA supercar, for …

2020 Ford Fusion safety feature graphic
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ford Is the Worst at Telling Parents About Teen Safety Features in New Study

With more vehicles offering extensive safety features, it’s more important than ever that drivers understand how they work. Particularly teen drivers, who rely upon their parents to choose a safe car. However, while these advanced driver-assistance features can reduce parental worries, they can also cause headaches. Especially if, as a recent IIHS study says about …

2020 Cake Kalk& electric motorcycle
2 Wheels

Cake’s Electric Motorcycles Are Perfect for Minimalist Fun

Little noise and ease of maintenance are just some of the benefits electric motorcycles provide. Kawasaki’s manual-equipped prototype aside, these bikes make riding very approachable even for newbies. And they’re genuinely quick—faster than some electric cars. However, there are only a few truly affordable electric motorcycles. The LiveWire, for instance, maybe an excellent bike, but …

Allard J2X MkIII
Cars

The Brand-New Classic Hybrid Allard J2X Is Not What You Think

Although today their tech is understandably dated, classic cars were genuine pioneers in their day. Lancia alone helped introduce features like unibody construction, independent suspension, and full electrical systems. Modern AWD systems have Audi to thank. Even hybrid vehicles are older than many realize—Porsche’s founder created a functioning one in 1900. But ‘hybrid’ didn’t always …