February saw Alaska and Washington DC’s cannabis legalization provisions kick in, a Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles, satisfied voters in Colorado, and more retail stores in Washington. A landmark study re-iterated the facts that cannabis is much safer than any other drug including alcohol. And the weed was pretty good, too. Here’s a short list of our February favorites.
Stumbling blocks abounded, as one would expect. Larry ran down the toughest hurdles he had to jump: “It was difficult to keep the lines clean and incorporate the reverse levers. This made using twin cables for the front brake actuation clumsy and not very appealing. Also, with the widened swingarm, there was no available drum hub, so that had to be engineered basically from a napkin sketch. Hanging the swingarm and using the six-speed gearbox in the trellis frame was also a real challenge. Emulating the gauges from a ’60s-era Triumph was a bit of a trick. The exhaust pipes are hand-formed and not easy to craft.”
Understandably, with the 1.3 litre engine, Mwesigye says she sometimes spends as low as between Shs 20,000 and Shs 30,000 per week on fuel, if she only drives to and fro her home (Naalya) and workplace. She works for a human rights advocacy organisation based in Bukoto.
“We are so excited to be adding Miller Mazda KIA to our family, and we appreciate all that Jerry Miller has done for the dealerships and the community,” RFJ Auto Partners President and CEO Rick Ford said in the release. “We look forward to being a positive influence and business member to the people of Waco and delivering an extraordinary customer experience under our new identities of University Mazda and University KIA.”
Straight-line performance is enjoyably brisk, and easily accessible thanks to the parallel-twin engine’s reasonably strong midrange delivery. The BMW has crisp throttle response, cruises effortlessly at the legal limit, and is happy to rev to its 8,500rpm maximum through the six-speed gearbox. There’s some vibration but, as with BMW’s other parallel twins, a dummy conrod arrangement ensures that it doesn’t become uncomfortable. The engine’s main drawback arguably remains a slight lack of character.