Archive for August, 2015

2016 Porsche Cayenne V6 – review

2016 Porsche Cayenne V6 – review

Porsches always generate a lot of emotion for us.  The legendary German marque is dense with racing heritage, and there’s no denying the brand has a cachet that few others can match. Our 2016 Porsche Cayenne test unit surprised us on its arrival.  Typically, Porsche sends us mid- to upper […]

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W99 – German cleaner for removing pine sap

W99 – German cleaner for removing pine sap

This is a German-made industrial cleaner recommended by AutoObsessed, our local car detailing gurus. The product’s full name is 1Z Industrie-Reiniger W99.  (Count on the Germans to laboriously name anything.) I just call it W99.  After our 2015 Subaru’s Galaxy Blue finish got globs of pine sap dripped onto it, […]

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2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited – review

2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited – review

I’ve had this love affair with rugged off-road vehicles.  These big, tough off-road vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender and Toyota Land Cruiser are the type of beefy trucks often used in Third World countries where ‘roads’ are more likely to be the fantasy of some sketchy ‘government’ drawn […]

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Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich at Sandwich and Sons, Edmonton, AB

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich at Sandwich and Sons, Edmonton, AB

Son Chris texted me yesterday with an enticing photo of a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich he was enjoying from Sandwich and Sons, an Edmonton eatery. Chris knows my penchant for Montreal Smoked Meat.  As a kid who grew up in Toronto, my folks had a friend who worked in a […]

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H7 halogen bulb daytime comparo – OEM vs PIAA Xtreme White Plus

H7 halogen bulb daytime comparo – OEM vs PIAA Xtreme White Plus

I tried to determine if I could see any difference between the R1200RT’s OEM H7 halogen low beam bulb and the new PIAA Xtreme White Plus H7 ‘premium’ bulb. Trying to be as ‘scientific’ as possible, I used the same iPhone 6 for taking the photos and I took the […]

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The R1200RTW gets Clearwater Lights, Ilium Works risers and Wunderlich tank protectors

The R1200RTW gets Clearwater Lights, Ilium Works risers and Wunderlich tank protectors

The BMW National MOA rally we attended in Billings, MT in July was a terrific opportunity to browse the numerous vendors. If somebody in the world makes an accessory for BMW motorcycles, chances are they had a vendor at the rally. For Canadians, this rally is the best way to […]

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New PIAA H7 low beam bulb for our R1200RTW

New PIAA H7 low beam bulb for our R1200RTW

My good friend Rick offered to replace the burned out OEM H7 halogen bulb on the RT. I couldn’t pass up his generous offer.  “I’ve got an extra PIAA bulb lying around.  Pop over and I’ll put it in for you”, he said. To say Rick is ‘mechanically inclined’ would […]

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2016 Mazda CX-3 review

2016 Mazda CX-3 review

We’re sorry to be handing back our 2016 Mazda CX-3 test unit today. Let’s just cut to the bottom line: How did we like the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3? Loved it!  Loved it!  Loved it!! The CX-3 is stylish, superbly fuel-efficient, and best of all, it drives like a Mazda.  […]

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2015 Subaru Impreza 5-door – review

2015 Subaru Impreza 5-door – review

It was a strange twist of fate – our 2015 Subaru Impreza 5-door test unit arrived exactly one year after we’d bought a 2015 Subaru WRX. After living with the WRX for twelve months, testing the sport sedan’s more pedestrian showroom sibling would make for an intriguing comparison. The 2015 […]

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