Eric's Autos / Automotive

Eric's Autos: Does "Speed" Really "Kill"?

Yesterday I took one of my motorcycles out and rode it three times faster than the posted speed limit. According to the conventional wisdom I shouldn't be sitting here at my keyboard typing this. I should be dead - since "speed kills." Yet, I ...

Eric's Autos: The Electric Crack Pipe

I never "took" drugs - but I increasingly feel as though I'm the only one who'snot on the pipe. In the June issue of Cycle World, there's a friendly article about the Zero SR electric motorcycle. Reading it made my teeth hurt. The SR is a two-...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Audi A8

Two things about the Audi A8. First, it's a relative bargain. $75,100 to start - and that's with Quattro all-wheel-drive. To put that in some perspective, Mercedes wants $92,900 for the least expensive Mercedes S-Class . . . without AWD. Now, the ...

Eric's Autos: Before You Buy a Bike

Motorcycles are a lot of fun. They're also relatively inexpensive to buy - and they get great gas mileage. But if you've never ridden before, there are some things you should consider before you buy your first bike: * Motorcycles (and scooters) ...

Eric's Autos: Heebie Jeebies

There is a downside to getting these brand-new cars to test drive all the time. I know what's coming before you do. A hint, the leading edge. The camel's nose under the tent. It's just a whiff, sometimes. But the aroma is unmistakable. The smell ...