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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Jul 15, 2019 at 17:17.

What Do You Want to Know About the 2019 Indian Roadmaster?

What Do You Want to Know About the 2019 Indian Roadmaster?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

The Indian Roadmaster is a full-dress touring bike introduced in 2015, powered by the same Thunder Stroke 111 49 degree V-twin that’s been in production since 2013. Next week I’m taking this huge cruiser on a 900-mile ride, so what do you want to know?

My main trip with this thing will be from my place in Nevada to...

Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jul 15, 2019 at 03:12.

Here's What It's Like to Take a 10,000-Mile Road Trip in Tuner Cars

Here's What It's Like to Take a 10,000-Mile Road Trip in Tuner Cars

If you’ve ever wondered what the fun to pain-in-the-ass ratio would be for driving from Florida to Alaska in turbocharged tuner cars, check this video out.

The Gears & Gasoline folks have set off from the sweaty southeast on a 10,000 mile journey to America’s biggest state in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo MR and a Subaru Forester with an STI engine swapped in.

Pretty sweet looking cars...

Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jul 14, 2019 at 09:20.

Our Wildest Road Trips Of 2018

Our Wildest Road Trips Of 2018

We at Jalopnik get a lot done at our home base deep underground, beneath an artificial mountain somewhere in New Zealand. But there are certain stories we can’t get without hitting the road. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. Here are our wildest trips of the year. (The ones that we wrote about, at least.)

Project Redwood

This was the one that just about everyone on staff was...

Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jul 12, 2019 at 20:56.

Your Old Car Should Be Rough

Your Old Car Should Be Rough

Look at the picture above. That’s the dream. Your beautiful old car, out in some picturesque corner of the world, far from the rest of everything, idling perfectly, running great. I’m here to tell you that you don’t get that photo unless your car is dinged, scratched, and torn.

The spot that photo was taken was about halfway between middle and nowhere off of I-90 in North Dakota, not far from...

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Jul 11, 2019.

These Are Your Best Dream Road Trip Ideas

These Are Your Best Dream Road Trip Ideas
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

There are few things as freeing as going on a road trip. You load up your car with friends, family, food and luggage and just go. It’s the journey, not the destination and all that. Whether or not you’ve taken your dream road trip already, I want to hear about it.

What's Your Dream Road Trip Idea?

A month ago my...

Patrick George Patrick George Jul 10, 2019.

What's Your Dream Road Trip Idea?

What's Your Dream Road Trip Idea?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

A month ago my colleague Raphael Orlove and I set off on a drive from Seattle to New York in a 1970 BMW 2500. Since then my mind has been occupied by two questions: When do I get to do this again, and what do I drive next time?

If you have the time and the resources, a drive from one end of the country to another is...

Patrick George Patrick George Jul 09, 2019.

Our 2,800-mile Journey in a 1970 BMW Starts Tomorrow. What's On Your Old Car Road Trip Checklist?

Our 2,800-mile Journey in a 1970 BMW Starts Tomorrow. What's On Your Old Car Road Trip Checklist?

Tomorrow, Raphael Orlove and I will attempt to do the... well, not impossible, but tricky and slow and cold: we’re gonna see if we can drive from Seattle to New York City in this lovely 1970 BMW 2500 . Got any old car road trip tips? We’d love to hear them.

We’re Taking This 1970 BMW 2500 From Seattle to New York; Pray for Us

Driving, I think we can all agree, has gotten too damn easy. Safer,...

Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jul 08, 2019.

What Place Do You Most Want To Drive To?

What Place Do You Most Want To Drive To?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

It’s pretty much the opposite of road trip season. It’s cold, Maybe that’s why road trips are on my mind.

I have been itching to go cross country again, and there’s a part of me that desperately wants to head all the way down to Baja. I’d have to take my Baja Bug for the trip to be proper, and there’s probably a lot of...

Sean MacDonald Sean MacDonald Jul 07, 2019.

This Buddy Bike Trip To Baja Is Everything Great About Riding

This Buddy Bike Trip To Baja Is Everything Great About Riding
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There are few things I’ve wanted to experience more on a motorcycle than riding to the tip of Baja, Mexico. Since I haven’t been able to make that dream a reality yet, watching other guys do it is always high on my list.

Riding down the coast of Mexico has always seemed like the quintessential motorcycle trip. Maybe...

Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Jul 07, 2019.

The Truly Analog Experience Of Coastal Range Rally North

The Truly Analog Experience Of Coastal Range Rally North

The route book I hold in my hands is plainly laid out with diagrams of upcoming intersections and mileage callouts to ensure we’re on the right path. It’s a simple and easy way to show a hundred cars worth of enthusiasts the fun way to get to our next stop. My only problem; the odometer in our 400,000-mile Porsche 944 Turbo stopped working a long time ago, when both myself and the car were...

Apr 03, 2019. 23 comments

The Cautionary Tale of an Idiot, a Mercedes C43 AMG, Bald Tires and 2,000 Miles of Blizzard

The Cautionary Tale of an Idiot, a Mercedes C43 AMG, Bald Tires and 2,000 Miles of Blizzard

I should have known that things were off to a bad start when the airport check-in kiosk wouldn’t read my passport.

Sure, the woman behind the counter was cheerful when she told me I “mis-booked” my flight, and that I had to cough up $600 to get the flight I wanted in the first place.

But it didn’t help, and it later proved to be the first of several bad omens to come.

The plan was to fly from...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Mar 26, 2019. 24 comments

I Took Amtrak Instead of Flying and It Made Me Want to Die a Little Bit

I Took Amtrak Instead of Flying and It Made Me Want to Die a Little Bit

It started, I think, as a joke.

We were booking my travel arrangements to get me to and from the Detroit Auto Show back in January, and someone—I think it was Raphael Orlove—started looking up Amtrak tickets, just to compare them against flights.

Thanks to some strange streak of self-abasement, I thought this was a great idea. Let’s see what taking a train is like! It’ll be an adventure! This...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 31, 2019. 24 comments

I Have Discovered the Worst Billboards in America

I Have Discovered the Worst Billboards in America

There is nothing particularly enjoyable about the ribbon of asphalt that is I-95—especially when you’re forced to endure it for the hundreds and hundreds of miles that stretch between Florida and Pennsylvania on the way back from a rain-drenched Rolex 24. I didn’t think anything could be worse than the wet dog stench emanating from our worse-for-wear camping equipment. But when we crossed...

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Jan 10, 2019. 20 comments

My Brother Isn’t Just a Dead Man

My Brother Isn’t Just a Dead Man

My brother isn’t just a dead man. He may not be around anymore, but it’s important to know that there’s more to Kevin James Hogan’s story than just his death.

(Full disclosure: I didn’t really know where in Ireland I was going to go, but I knew I couldn’t do this story without a lot of driving. Volvo provided an XC40 for me, gassed up and waiting at Dublin airport.)

Three years ago, my brother...

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Ken Saito Ken Saito Jan 03, 2019. 12 comments

There's a Twisting Mountain Road Hiding Inside Japan's Biggest City

There's a Twisting Mountain Road Hiding Inside Japan's Biggest City
A Car Nerd's Guide To JapanAn insider look at car culture in Japan.  

Throughout this series I’ve explored roads mainly in the north and south of Tokyo. For obvious reasons exploring the east isn’t ideal as it’s mainly sea but I’ve largely ignored the west of Tokyo. I took the McLaren 570S Spider towards Hachioji and Lake Miyagase in the west earlier this year. While I was there I noticed...

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David Tracy David Tracy Nov 28, 2018. 22 comments

What It Was Like Taking a Road Trip in a 255,000 Mile Jeep Powered By a $145 Engine

What It Was Like Taking a Road Trip in a 255,000 Mile Jeep Powered By a $145 Engine

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I drove my 255,000 mile 1992 Jeep Cherokee 1,300 miles from Michigan to and from Virginia. It’s a vehicle whose engine I had blown up three years prior and swapped with a $145 Craigslist motor that was being sold out of a field. Here’s how that cheap engine held up in its first real test.

“You get what you pay for” is a phrase I hear and ignore quite often , so...

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Patrick George Patrick George Oct 30, 2018. 21 comments

Our 1970 BMW 2500 Crosses The Finish Line in New York; 2,800 Miles With No Breakdowns; Hero Car Vanquishes All Naysayers

Our 1970 BMW 2500 Crosses The Finish Line in New York; 2,800 Miles With No Breakdowns; Hero Car Vanquishes All Naysayers

NEW YORK—Six days. Nearly 3,000 miles. Thirteen states. Almost 50 hours of driving. And through it all, zero mechanical issues. Though I almost can’t believe it myself, I am thrilled to report that our 1970 BMW 2500 successfully crossed the finish line last night, completing its white-knuckle dash from Seattle to New York City.

The Hardest Part of Driving an Old Car Across the Country...

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Patrick George Patrick George Oct 29, 2018. 21 comments

A Squeak, A Creak, And Iron Determination: Our 1970 BMW 2500 Aims For Detroit Next

A Squeak, A Creak, And Iron Determination: Our 1970 BMW 2500 Aims For Detroit Next

LODI, WI.—Hello. This update on the Bavaria vs. America road trip will be brief because we’re trying to haul ass to Detroit by the end of the day and we still have a long way to go.

After driving through Minneapolis and spending the night there, our 1970 BMW 2500 still runs strong—mostly. We are somewhat concerned by what appears to be a squeaky belt up front. It’s not too bad, and we...

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Patrick George Patrick George Oct 27, 2018. 15 comments

How to Make a Long-Distance Road Trip in an Old Car Not So Intimidating

How to Make a Long-Distance Road Trip in an Old Car Not So Intimidating

BISMARCK, ND.—I’d love to tell you that our voyage across the country in a 1970 BMW 2500 has been fraught with danger, stress, ingenious repairs by the side of the road and last-minute wrenching heroics just as we run out of daylight. But the truth is—and I’m trying desperately not to jinx us here—everything’s been going well so far. In fact, it’s left me nervous, wondering what will go...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Oct 26, 2018. 20 comments

Montana Tried To Defeat Us With Altitude, Then It Tried With Cheap Booze, But Our 1970 BMW 2500 Runs On

Montana Tried To Defeat Us With Altitude, Then It Tried With Cheap Booze, But Our 1970 BMW 2500 Runs On

BILLINGS, MT.—The bar we are in informs us, via loudspeaker, that “Power Hour” is soon to occur. Some inadvisable amount of booze will now be available for an even more inadvisable amount of money. It is a good time for us to settle up and walk back to our hotel. After all, we’ve crossed two mountain passes in a 1970 BMW 2500—10 hours in a nearly 50-year-old car—and we’re wiped.

Two days ago,...

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