Monday, July 07, 2008

New and improved: 2009 BMW G650 XCountry

The BMW G650 XCountry is now being made in China, but is none the worse for it...

Pics: Motoblog

BMW first showed the G650 XMoto, XChallenge and XCountry in October 2006. Now, the XCountry is the first of the trio to get a mild update. The bike is available with the new ‘sunset yellow’ paintjob you see here, suspension has been firmed up and travel has been reduced, seat height has been lowered, brake and clutch levers have been made adjustable and the bike now weighs in at 149.5kg dry.

The BMW G650’s single-cylinder, 652cc engine remains as before, producing 53bhp and 60Nm of torque. Braking is via 300mm (front) and 265mm (rear) discs. ABS is optional and can be switched off when the bike is being ridden off-road.

BMW have moved production of their G-series bikes to China, to take advantage of the lower production costs there. In fact, the single-cylinder engine used on the G650 range is actually manufactured by Loncin, a Chinese company that makes motorcycles, motorcycle engines and various motorcycle components.

However, being made in China has done no harm to the BMW G650 XCountry. The people at Motociclismo, who recently rode the bike, say that the quality and overall fit-and-finish is excellent. The engine vibrates at higher revs, but is powerful enough to let the bike lope along at a fair pace, without having to be redlined constantly. So, yes, priced at around US$10,600 the BMW G650 XCountry is now better than ever before…

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Triumph Daytona 675: Scuderia Triumph-SC repli-racer...

External links:
2008 BMW R1200R picture gallery...
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Triumph Daytona 675: Scuderia Triumph-SC replica launched

The US$22,000 Triumph Daytona 675 Scuderia Triumph-SC replica

This is the first year when Triumph – along with the Scuderia SC Team – are competing in the World Supersport Championship, with the Daytona 675. To celebrate this partnership, Triumph-SC have produced a replica of Garry McCoy’s World Supersport Daytona 675, which is now available in Europe for the equivalent of about US$22,000. For those who’d rather convert their Daytona 675 themselves, the standalone replica kit is also available at US$5,500.

Its makers claim that the Daytona 675 Scuderia Triumph-SC replica’s engine is an exact copy of the Superstock 600 machine’s engine – which means it should be quite a bit more powerful than the stock bike. There’s also a Dynojet Power Commander, Termignoni’s titanium racing exhaust, dark windscreen, various carbonfibre bits, and Garry McCoy replica paintwork and Triumph SC decal kit on the bike.

The bike rides on Pirelli SuperCorsa rubber, and the brakes and suspension have all been uprated, reworked and tweaked to match the added go and show. Looks pretty cool to us. For more information, visit the Triumph SC website here and here is a picture gallery of the bike being tested by Special mag.

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Special Edition Alfa Romeo 147 Ducati Corse

Alfa Romeo and Ducati have come together to produce the Alfa 147 Ducati Corse

Alfa Romeo, official car suppliers to the Ducati Corse racing team, have teamed up with Ducati to produce the special edition Alfa 147 Ducati Corse. If it’s raining/snowing really hard and you don’t want to take the 1098R or Desmosedici RR out of the garage, one of these Alfas just might do…

The Alfa 147 Ducati Corse is fitted with Alfa Romeo’s 1.9-litre, 16-valve, 170bhp JTDM turbodiesel. The handling is said to be sporty, courtesy Alfa Romeo’s Q2 system, and there’s a ‘Sport’ button in the car that varies the fuel injection mapping – mash the accelerator pedal and off you go. Hard. The car will do zero to 100km/h in 8 seconds, and hit a top speed of about 215km/h.

The Alfa 147 Ducati Corse also gets specially designed 18-inch alloy wheels, 225/40 R18 tyres, red-painted brake calipers, leather seats, a rear spoiler, and… er, Ducati decals. Available colour choices are red, black and white. For more details, visit the Alfa Romeo website here

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Ducati 999-powered Fiat 500!
The amazing KTM X-Bow...
Wild Ride: Peugeot V6-powered motorcycle...

External links:
Riding Impression: MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
Moto Republic: A bunch of exciting motorcycle projects...

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bat Pod: More pics and details

Hub-centre steering, twin engines - one mounted in each wheel hub - and machine guns! If this Bat bike isn't the perfect machine on which to commute to work, we don't know what is

The Dark Knight is one cool movie – we love the fact that Mr Bat chooses to ride a motorcycle when he needs to really get going. And, of course, since he’s a Dark Knight, the caped crusader gets a fully tricked-out bike on which he can take out the baddies.

The Bat Pod was conceptualized by Nathan Crowley, who also created the Batmobile for Warners Bros’ earlier ‘Batman Begins’ movie. The actual Bat bike was built by Chris Corbould, who built not one but six units of the bike, most of which were crashed during the filming of The Dark Knight.

The Bat Pod actually runs, though Corbould has not revealed which engine it’s fitted with, or exactly how fast it goes. In the film, French stunt rider Jean-Pierre Goy is the man who’s ridden the Bat bike and he says the bike is quite hard to ride. But then it would be, since it doesn’t even have any handlebars – the Bat Pod is steered via shoulder shields that have sleeves which accommodate Batman’s arms. Er…, no, don’t try that at home…

Update (17th July, 2009): If you like the Bat Pod, you'll probably also like this. So now while you can't have his bike, at least you can look like Batman when you're out riding... ;-))

Also see:
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Suzuki Gemma 250: The funkiest scooter ever is now on sale in Japan...
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The amazing MotoMorphic JaFM#1...
A Buell-based female robot for the next Transformers movie...
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UDO: Twisted Trikes’ FireBlade-powered three-wheeler...
Bimota DB7 riding impression...

External links:
Some older bikes that Batman used to ride in the 1960s...
LM23: LusoMotors' Fireblade-powered sportscar!
Moto Guzzi fans, rejoice!

2009 Honda VFR1000 to be officially revealed later this year

A simulated rendering of the 2009 Honda VFR1000
Pic: Motociclismo

We first wrote about the 2009 Honda VFR1000 in August last year. Now, according to a report on Motociclismo, Honda are finally ready with their brand-new VFR1000, which will replace the ageing VFR800 and the erstwhile CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. And according to the report, the VFR1000 will be ready by September this year!

The 2009 VFR1000 will be fitted with 1,000cc V5, which would be an evolution of the five-cylinder, 990cc RC211V engine. No, the VFR1000 will not be anything like the Desmosedici RR. The Honda will still be a sports-tourer, albeit an extremely fast and high-tech one.

The VFR1000’s V5 engine will share its basic architecture – three cylinders facing the front, two facing the rear – with the RC211V MotoGP machine. Honda have been working on the new VFR for the last five years, and everything they’ve learnt with the RC211V is likely to be put to good use on their first V5-powered streetbike.

The V5 Honda VFR1000 project is, according to Motociclismo, being led by Yoshiteru Kinoshita, who’s working with engineers from HRC as well as the team that worked on creating the 2008 CBR1000RR. The aim, it seems, is to build a bike that features absolutely unparalleled electronics, braking, engine and chassis technologies. And knowing Honda, they’ll probably pull it off too. Now all we have to do is somehow wait till September…

Also see:
Classic: The mid-1980s Honda VF1000R
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Honda DN-01: The future of motorcycling?
Tjitze Tjoelker’s homemade Honda V8!
Battle of the 'Blades: 1992 CBR900RR vs 2008 CBR1000RR
Honda: 2010 and beyond...

External links:
Battery Power: 1986 Honda VFR electric conversion...

...and this is the new Honda CBF Stunner, which was recently launched in the Indian market. More details on India Automotive here

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI to ride in Indian-made Piaggio three-wheeler

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and his Piaggio Ape Calessino-based Popemobile. Funky!

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is getting a cool new set of wheels. No, not the Maserati Quattroporte. The Pope will soon be whizzing around the Vatican City in a custom-made Piaggio three-wheeler. Based on the Ape Calessino, the Popemobile has been made by Piaggio’s Indian subsidiary in Baramati, in India.

Two of these specially built Popemobiles, which bear the Vatican City insignia, have been presented to the Pope by Piaggio. In keeping with papal requirements, both three-wheelers have been painted white, with white leather seats and white hood. Even the tyres have white sidewalls. Totally cool, eh?

Also see:
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Motorcycles of the Gods: The MV Agusta F4 CC and the Ducati Desmosedici RR
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Isle of Man to host 'green GP' in 2009...
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On three wheels and a prayer: 70-year-olds set off on 5,440km roadtrip...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Ducati Berliner Apollo: The 1960s V-Max

Berliner Apollo: A Ducati with a 100bhp V4, in the 1960s!

The current-model Yamaha V-Max, with its near-200bhp 1700cc V4, is pretty wild all right. But it certainly isn’t the first of its type. Ducati made their 'V-Max' back in the 1960s. Only, theirs was called the Apollo…

Back in the early 1960s, Ducati importers in the US, the Berliner brothers asked Ducati to make a machine that would rival the best that Harley-Davidson had to offer at the time – something that could be used by the American police. Berliner were so gung-ho about this, they even agreed to share part of the development costs for the new bike.

Thus, designed for the American market, the Ducati Berliner Apollo was born in 1964. The bike’s engine – a 1257cc, OHV, 8-valve, 90-degree V4 that churned out 100 horsepower at 7000rpm – was designed by Ducati’s legendary Fabio Taglioni. The air-cooled V4 was fed by a quartet of Dellorto TT 24 carburetors, the gearbox was a five-speed unit, and final drive was by chain.

This is the one and only Ducati Apollo that survives today. Nobody knows what happened to the first, gold-painted prototype (pics at the top of the page)
The Apollo’s chassis was made of steel – a mix of tubular and box-section parts – and used the engine as a stressed member. The bike rode on 16-inch wheels, suspension – developed by Ceriani – was a regular telescopic fork at front and twin shocks at the rear, and 220mm drum brakes were used at both ends. The Apollo weighed in 270 kilos dry.

The problem was, the tyres of that era were not able to cope with a 100bhp bike that weighed 270kg – the Apollo simply shredded its tyres to bits. Ducati tried reducing the power output to 80 and then 65bhp, and Pirelli tried making special tyres for the bike, but the Apollo never really worked. Ducati test rider of that time, Franco Farne said the bike handled like a truck.

Ducati and Berliner had hoped to sell the Apollo in the US for $1,500 to $1,800 but the bike never got to the market at all. The Italian government decided that the very limited market for the bike would not justify the costs of tooling and production, and withdrew funding for the project, effectively killing it off. Only two prototypes of the Berliner Apollo were ever made, of which one survives today.

The only surviving Ducati Berliner Apollo belongs to one Hiroaki Iwashita, who bought the bike for $17,000 in 1986 from DomiRacer, a vintage bike parts specialist based in Cincinnati, in the US. Bob Schanz, the man who owns DomiRacer, had purchased the bike from Berliner when the company shut down in 1984.

Bike journalist Alan Cathcart got to ride the Apollo some time back...
Pics: Motorcyclist
Bike journalist Alan Cathcart got to ride the Ducati Berliner Apollo some time ago, for Motorcyclist magazine. ‘Once astride the Apollo, you're immediately surprised at how low slung and slim it feels. The high, pullback handlebar is very ’60s, and combined with the well-placed footpegs, delivers surprisingly comfy ergos. Just chill out and cruise,’ says Cathcart.

‘The engine sounds like an American V8 rather than an Italian four, and the Apollo’s exhaust note is quite loud and very unlike that of any Honda V4,’ says Cathcart. ‘I was impressed with how smoothly the Apollo took off from rest, even with the clutch slipping slightly, though upshifting through the gears brought the Apollo's age to light. Once securely in gear, the Apollo thrusts forward eagerly with a long-legged feel, especially in the intermediate gears.’

'Compared with a pre-Isoelastic British twin or any Harley ever made, the Apollo is a sewing machine to a concrete mixer in terms of vibration and riding comfort, with only a BMW Boxer of the era delivering anything close to the same smoothness. Out of respect for the bike's rarity, and the lack of any spares, I didn't rev it out. But even at a higher rpm the same unruffled, lazy-feeling response we came to take for granted a decade later on any V-twin bearing the Ducati badge is evident on the Apollo.'
'At a time when there were no four-cylinder motorcycles of any type on the market, the Apollo would have established a standard of performance and rider comfort that, even a decade later, would set the benchmark for the Japanese. Truly, this was a bike ahead of its time,’ concludes Cathcart.
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

K7 model Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000

We don't know how much money they've spent on it, but this 2007 model Yoshimura Suzuki
GSX-R1000 looks absolutely magnificient...!
Pic: PB mag forum

Here’s yet another awesome looking GSX-R1000, from the PB mag forum. Seems the Brits are making some of the best Japanese repli-racers in the world! Built by one Mark Hanna, this 2007 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 looks like it’s had a huge amount of money spent on it – and the end result seems well worth the effort.

The bike has had a full engine rebuild, with ST-R Type-R factory cams, bigger injectors, cylinder head porting and head skimming, Rizla Suzuki factory slipper clutch, full factory Yoshimura Titanium Carbon exhaust, specially fabricated aluminium alloy fuel tank, lots of carbonfibre bits, and very high-spec Brembo brakes.

The Yosh GSX-R rides on 17-inch, black-painted Marchesini wheels shod with Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier RR tyres. The front forks are Ohlins FG8 units, and there’s a TT36 Ohlins monoshock at the back. The bike is also due to get an Ohlins steering damper. The race-replica paintjob has been executed by Dream Machine. Absolutely fantastic…

Yes indeed, this Yoshi-Gixxer is one of the hottest repli-racers ever...

More repli-racers:
Japan-only Dream Honda Racing-replica Fireblade...
MotoGP-replica GSX-R1000s: Here, here, and here!
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Yamaha RD500-based Max Biaggi replica
Suzuki RG500-based Barry Sheene replica
The greatest Rossi-replica ever...!!

This is 18-year-old Brandy Valdez. She may not have a Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, but she sure as hell can ride. Way to go, lady!

Bandito: Hannigan Motorsports’ Kawasaki ZX-14 sidecar

A 320km/h sidecar combo? But of course...

Along with the wife, what if you also wanted to take your mum-in-law for a ride on your 320km/h Kawasaki ZX-14? Why, get Hannigan’s ZX-14 sidecar kit – the Bandito – of course. The US-based Hannigan Motorsports will sell a brand-new ZX-14 Bandito outfit to you for a mere US$18,000.

Hannigan say the ZX-14 Bandito is incredibly easy to steer, has a low centre of gravity and with its adjustable caster, wide, low-profile tyres, anti-sway bar, and high-performance suspension, can be easily cornered at high speeds. And, they say, it’s equally easy to ride for beginners as it’s for experienced sidecar riders. All we can say is, its beats taking a car any day…

Here's one of Hannigan's ZX-14 Bandito outfits in action in the real world...
Pic: Killboy

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Blown Away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...

Will SHARP lead to better, safer helmets for motorcyclists?

Regardless of how 'cool' it looks, a motorcycle helmet is so utterly useless if it can't save your life in the event of a crash. Yes, bikers need super-strict helmet safety standards...
Pics: Killboy

Many motorcyclists don't really know much about how safe their helmets may or may not be. There is the Snell certification for helmets in the US, and ECE 22.05 in Europe, but not too many riders probably know what these mean or imply, or which is better.

The UK government-backed Safety Helmet Assessment Ratings Program (SHARP), which comes into effect from this year, is trying to change things. Under this program, helmets will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best rating) so that buyers will have a clear idea of just how good a helmet is when it comes to its crash protection abilities.

With some top brand name helmets from companies like AGV, Arai and Shoei scoring lower SHARP ratings than some cheaper helmets from ‘budget brands’ like Nitro and Lazer, SHARP ratings indicate that more expensive helmets may not necessarily be better than some of the cheaper ones.

‘The new tests do not go far enough. SHARP do not look at the methods of construction and manufacturers’ track record in racing accidents. Nor do they use repeated or random impacts,’ says Ferry Brouwer, who’s worked on developing Arai helmets for more than 25 years.

SHARP tests are designed to log the effects of a specific impact of between 6.5 and 8.5 metres per second on specially selected points of the helmet's outer shell – both head-on, and a simulated glancing blow. The impact speed is slightly higher than the existing ECE 22.05 regulations, but SHARP doesn’t test impacts on the chinbar section of the lid, or do repeated impacts on one area, like Arai do in their own factory tests for example.

‘In the US, the Snell Foundation do random impact point testing, and by not telling manufacturers which points will be tested, it prevents makers from strengthening particular areas on the helmet shell. Arai also believe that a penetration test of the shell is crucial, as no two motorcycle accidents are the same and such incidents can happen sadly,’ says Brouwer.

According to Arai, here are some things which you should look at, when buying a helmet:

1. Check the fit carefully. It should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight, with little up and down, or side-to-side movement when worn.

2. The `D ring' type chinstrap fastening offers the most accurate adjustment to an individual head, rather than the ‘seat belt’ type catches some manufacturers use. A helmet has to stay on your head in an accident to save your life.

3. Because of the gradual reduction of performance in any helmet's inner EPS lining, motorcycle helmets should be replaced at least once every five years.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce: “It pulls like a locomotive!”

The Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce. Looks good. Goes hard. And above all, 'it pulls like a locomotive,' so you don't have to do the hard work... ;-)

The guys at SpecialMag recently got to ride the 2008 Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce at the Misano circuit in Italy, and here’s some of what they had to say about the bike:

The Corsaro 1200 Veloce is fitted with Moto Morini’s 1,187cc ‘Bialbero CorsaCorta’ eight-valve liquid-cooled v-twin, which makes 140 horsepower at 8,500rpm and 123Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. This engine, which breathes out through a Termignoni exhaust system, pulls like a locomotive!

Suspension is fully-adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear and 50mm USD Marzocchi fork at front. The bike handles very well, changing direction quickly and decisively, and grip is never an issue with the Corsaro Veloce’s Pirelli Diablo rubber. The brakes, too, are very strong, lifting the rear wheel off the tarmac with ease.

On the circuit, the Moto Morini is a joy to ride and the torque produced by that v-twin ensures that you don’t have to keep changing gears all the time. In fact, most of the time, you can get away with using one gear higher than you need to use with most inline-four Japanese machines…

Overall, a brilliant machine.

A road test video of the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce

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Suzuki Gemma 250 goes on sale in Japan

For a mere 700,000 yen, you can take Gemma home with you. But only in Japan

According to a report on Motociclismo, the Suzuki Gemma, first seem at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, is now on sale in the Japanese market. Of course, if there’s one place in the world where the Gemma will look right at home, it’s the streets of Tokyo, so that’s where it’s headed right now…

Powered by a modified version of the Suzuki Burgman’s single-cylinder 250cc engine, the Gemma 250 rides on 14-inch (front) and 13-inch (rear) wheels, has the usual CVT driveline, and in Japan, costs 700,000 yen – about US$6,600 – a bargain for something that looks so very cool…

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External links:
A bunch of cool pics, videos and links for Triumph fans...

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Pics: London Bikers

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Yamaha RD-engined Cagiva Mito 350

A 62bhp Mito is indeed what Cagiva should be building themselves...Pics: PB mag forum

Found this Cagiva Mito, which supposedly uses a 350cc two-stroke engine, on the PB mag forum. The webpage doesn’t say anything about which two-stroke 350cc engine has been used, but we suppose it would be the Yamaha RD350 engine. The owner says it’s been tuned to make 62bhp.

The Cagiva Mito has also been fitted with the front end from an Aprilia RS250, 320mm front brake disc with six-piston calipers, Ohlins steering damper, NK Racing exhaust system, 34mm Mikuni flatslide carbs and Bridgestone BT090 rubber. Should be fun…!

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Supermoto Face-off: Aprilia Dorsoduro vs KTM 990SM vs Ducati Hypermotard

All three supermotos look like they'd be an absolute blast to ride, but we'd take the KTM

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MotoMorphic JaFM#1: Built to be a bit different…
KTM RC8 vs Ducati 1098 vs Buell 1125R...
Bimota DB7 first ride...
The maddest trikes on earth...!
Riding impression: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbon

External links:
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The best game of soccer... ever!
Riding impression: Benelli TNT 899
Something for Yamaha dirtbike fans...!
Peter Egan: A Tale of Two Nortons...

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Dutch TT: MotoGP race results from Assen

The Stoner Express is blowing ahead at full steam once more. Casey won the Dutch TT at Assen, followed by Pedrosa in second, Edwards in third and Hayden in fourth place

2008 Dutch TT: MotoGP race results from Assen:
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 42min 12.337 secs
2. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 42min 23.647 secs
3. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 42min 29.462 secs
4. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 42min 32.814 secs
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 42min 39.683 secs
6. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 42min 40.945 secs
7. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 42min 44.667 secs
8. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 42min 47.229 secs
9. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 42min 50.903 secs
10. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 42min 51.154 secs
11. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 42min 58.362 secs
12. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 43min 0.550 secs
13. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 43min 11.931 secs

Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M)
Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B)
Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B)

Full race report here

More images from the Dutch TT and other 2008 MotoGP races...

Also see:
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2008 MotoGP race results and high-res wallpaper!

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