Want a chopper? Build your own!

Written by Michael Holmes

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If you want a more concrete guide, try this. An experienced kit builder (though not a professional) I spoke to reckons it took 10 full days to build his last chopper from a kit. For someone less experienced it could take a couple of days longer. Twelve 9 hour days works out at 108 hours. Over evenings and weekends, this could drag out to three or four weeks of living in a pile of motorcycle parts! So be prepared to literally liverepparttar experience if you are going to takerepparttar 102771 plunge.

What aboutrepparttar 102772 practical side? Well, there is no substitute for experience. The place to start building up your experience withrepparttar 102773 mechanical side of building to kit bike is with your current ride. Make sure all you can dorepparttar 102774 basic maintenance on your motorcycle, and then start to do some simple disassembling. Take offrepparttar 102775 tires, take offrepparttar 102776 exhaust, real basic stuff; all of this will help to build a new confidence inrepparttar 102777 shop side of things. You can also get some great videos on maintenance, and even on buildingrepparttar 102778 custom bike of your dreams. Readrepparttar 102779 books, watchrepparttar 102780 videos, and buyrepparttar 102781 t-shirt! Believe me, allrepparttar 102782 preparation you make will stand you in good stead.

If you really are hopeless atrepparttar 102783 mechanical side of things, why not pay someone else to help you build it, or even get them to buildrepparttar 102784 whole thing for you? The cost ofrepparttar 102785 kit plus labor could well work out cheaper than buying a chopper “offrepparttar 102786 shelf”.

And of course, when that beautiful chopper is standing on your driveway, and your friends are asking you “Was it worth it?” you can turn torepparttar 102787 chopper, drag your hand acrossrepparttar 102788 flames onrepparttar 102789 tank andrepparttar 102790 polished chrome, turn back to them and say, “What do you think?”

Copyright (c) 2004, by Michael Holmes This article may be freely distributed asrepparttar 102791 author's information provided an active live link to http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com is published withrepparttar 102792 article.

A complimentary copy of any newsletter or a link torepparttar 102793 site whererepparttar 102794 article is posted is greatly appreciated. Please contact me at articles@motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com

Michael Holmes is a enthusiast for all thing motorcycle. His website, http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com, is a great resource of articles aimed at motorcyclists of all levels.

Buying A Fuel-Efficient Car

Written by Andrea Susan Glass

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And although four-wheel and all-wheel drive provide better traction and braking in certain driving conditions,repparttar weight and friction ofrepparttar 102770 additional drivetrain parts may increase fuel consumption by up to 10% over a two-wheel drive vehicle. Most often in SUVs and pickup trucks, four-wheel drive is enabled at will byrepparttar 102771 driver when additional traction is necessary. All-wheel drive is an option on some SUVs and a minority of passenger cars. Full-time all-wheel drive, however, makes forrepparttar 102772 least fuel-efficient car, because all four wheels are always being driven, drawing power fromrepparttar 102773 engine and thus using more gas.

Another way to be a fuel saver, is by limitingrepparttar 102774 options you select for your car. You may not have realized that many conveniences from power windows, seats and mirrors to air conditioning and seat warmers decrease fuel efficiency and cost you more in fuel consumption. They add either weight, increase aerodynamic drag or pull extra power fromrepparttar 102775 engine or throughrepparttar 102776 alternator. Aluminium wheels are one ofrepparttar 102777 few options that actually reduce weight and thereby increase fuel efficiency.

Obviously, considering other fuel options such as a hybrid electric car, is another choice for a fuel-efficient car.

© 2004 AllAboutHybridCars.com. Any reproduction of this article in any manner is prohibited withoutrepparttar 102778 consent of AllAboutHybridCars.com. We give permission to use this article on your website or e-zine if you reproduce it exactly as it appears here including this notice. Visit www.AllAboutHybridCars.com/eBook.htm to order your FREE report, "7 Critical Facts Everyone should Know Before Buying a Hybrid Car."

Andrea Susan Glass, founder of WritersWay and All About Hybrid Cars, helps clients reach their writing and marketing goals with effective articles, press releases, newsletters, Web site copy, eBooks and books. An award-winning author for "Street Smart Secrets to Auto Care You Can Trust," she has written books, eBooks and articles on subjects ranging from animals and auto repair to singles and spirituality.

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