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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Sorry, no offence intended.
    I come from an era where we spent weeks or months even trying to squeeze that extra hp here, or there.
    Oversize carbs, big valves, raised compression, subtle gear ratio swaps, fuel additives, Grimeca tls brake conversions...etc...
    Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING was about performance enhancement...

    Cosmetic mods were the subject of derision.
    Been there done that.... GSXR 1100 Street fighters was my thing...

    Knee replacements means forward control, so I’m limited on my choice of bike.. I’m not a fan of Harley’s so a Bobber or Speedmaster was the best I could do..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Times have changed though; practically all motorcycles have more than enough power and speed these days so modifying bikes has moved on. Coupled with the fact that weíre all getting older and donít necessarily want to ride as fast either.

    As long as weíre all still in two wheels, surely thatís whatís important?
    Well said Dave.... this is my first bike for exactly 21 years. Iím gonna enjoy it while I still can..

    As for the saddlebag you canít store anything under the floating seat, so ideal for phone, satnav bottle of water etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Exhaust headers wrapped, and intake covers plastidipped....


    Enoch,

    Whats that wee silver beauty in the background there?

    The bobber's beautiful btw... i love the brown leather personally.

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    First simple mod for the Guzzi. Nicely in keeping with the bikes 70's vibe i think.




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    Haven't started mine yet, but the aim is to take a modern 865 Bonnie and re-create this look, which is one of Steve McQueen's Triumph desert sleds, customised for him by Bud Ekins or Von Dutch, sold from SM's estate auction in 1984.



    I have most of it figured out.
    In no particular order.

    Custom-made high pipes (stainless, and I will get Roy to weld on a thermal shield or two for comfort), and I will have to have some kind of moderator at the end.
    Custom paint, of course, including rubbing worn areas back to primer, then clear-coated.
    Custom stainless sump guard
    Clock replacement for a small digital unit
    Ignition relocation onto frame
    Longer front forks
    Longer rear shocks
    Matt alloy fenders front and rear
    Shortened custom seat, which is tough as almost all custom seats are skinny, and perversely I need a thicker one.
    Higher and wider bars (will need replacement control cables). I may use stayed bars, even though they are not on the above, but because it means I can hide a bar-type digital speedo.
    Headlamp replacement to LED projectors mounted in tubes behind a classic competition number plate over the front forks. They will shine out through the holes in the numbers (89).
    Knobblies
    Older style grips and levers

    Bits where compromises need to made include

    I will retain indicators, but tiny LED ones, under the seat at the rear and bar ends
    The number plate (which i already own - T7UMH) will sit below the tail tidy, and need lighting
    I do not think I will strip the frame, the obvious bit will need to be the retention of pillion pegs, which the above doesn't have.

    So at present I am looking at salvage bikes from peoiple like CoPart for a suitable donor.

    Dave

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    ^^^ I get all but the digital speedo. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    ^^^ I get all but the digital speedo. Why?
    Smaller, less conspicuous yet mandatory on road
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    ^^^ I get all but the digital speedo. Why?
    As above, they are the smallest way of doing it, and therefore easiest to hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoSevenNine View Post
    Enoch,

    Whats that wee silver beauty in the background there?

    The bobber's beautiful btw... i love the brown leather personally.
    Looks like a Thruxton R to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoSevenNine View Post
    Enoch,

    Whats that wee silver beauty in the background there?

    The bobber's beautiful btw... i love the brown leather personally.
    Itís my mates Thruxton R.....heís been storing it in my garage until he passed his test, which he did last Tuesday....

    I fitted a decat Xpipe to it yesterday and it sounds ace..... first ride out for him this weekend, heís pretty excited about it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Haven't started mine yet, but the aim is to take a modern 865 Bonnie and re-create this look, which is one of Steve McQueen's Triumph desert sleds, customised for him by Bud Ekins or Von Dutch, sold from SM's estate auction in 1984.



    I have most of it figured out.
    In no particular order.

    Custom-made high pipes (stainless, and I will get Roy to weld on a thermal shield or two for comfort), and I will have to have some kind of moderator at the end.
    Custom paint, of course, including rubbing worn areas back to primer, then clear-coated.
    Custom stainless sump guard
    Clock replacement for a small digital unit
    Ignition relocation onto frame
    Longer front forks
    Longer rear shocks
    Matt alloy fenders front and rear
    Shortened custom seat, which is tough as almost all custom seats are skinny, and perversely I need a thicker one.
    Higher and wider bars (will need replacement control cables). I may use stayed bars, even though they are not on the above, but because it means I can hide a bar-type digital speedo.
    Headlamp replacement to LED projectors mounted in tubes behind a classic competition number plate over the front forks. They will shine out through the holes in the numbers (89).
    Knobblies
    Older style grips and levers

    Bits where compromises need to made include

    I will retain indicators, but tiny LED ones, under the seat at the rear and bar ends
    The number plate (which i already own - T7UMH) will sit below the tail tidy, and need lighting
    I do not think I will strip the frame, the obvious bit will need to be the retention of pillion pegs, which the above doesn't have.

    So at present I am looking at salvage bikes from peoiple like CoPart for a suitable donor.

    Dave
    Nice....great project.
    I think his ride of choice was Rickman Metisse?
    Beautiful things.
    Were at the NEC a few years back.
    Big bucks though.


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    oooh, never knew this was here ....

    This is my 999R which is a full carbon fibre bodied and numbered Fila replica when its not in this state ....

    Engine blue printed and fettled by John and Rick at JHP, paint by Rage, Clutch from Sigma Performance, suspension springs changed to suit, cartridges in front forks to to suit, 57mm Race exhaust and ecu ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by DibbleCorse View Post
    oooh, never knew this was here ....

    This is my 999R which is a full carbon fibre bodied and numbered Fila replica when its not in this state ....

    Engine blue printed and fettled by John and Rick at JHP, paint by Rage, Clutch from Sigma Performance, suspension springs changed to suit, cartridges in front forks to to suit, 57mm Race exhaust and ecu ....
    Beautiful 999.

    I collected the paperwork for my Ohlins forks from a guy who had a 998, and was working on it when I arrived. It had carbon everything, including BST wheels, traction control etc (and more buttons than your average Plod bike), Ducati racing ECU, full factory-race Ti Termignoni exhaust.......... and the engine - Well - he took me around to the left side and showed me the NH-4 stamping on the engine casing..........

    Apparently it was Neil Hodgsonís WSB engine No4

    Guy was a real petrolhead - reckoned the bike owed him around £60k

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    Here's mine.

    I bought it early 2016 because I had originally budgeted for SalonQP in 2015, but couldn't face the expense for 2.5 days of 'fun' - so spent it on a bike for marketing, instead!

    So it was an anniversary XSR700...Here it is after first collecting it. I actually really liked the yellow tank (panels) but it had to change.




    Phase 1; spring 2016



    - Tank panels sprayed
    - Side panels wrapped
    - High-mounted exhaust (Akrapovic / Yamaha)
    - Mesh covers for the side panels (Yamaha)
    - Billet frame tube ends (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
    - Font and back axel covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
    - Black radiator cover (Yamaha)
    - Black radiator side panels (Yamaha)
    - Billet passenger footrest covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
    - Aluminium Chain guard (Yamaha)
    - Brake oil side panels ( Baracuda Moto)
    - Renthal handlebars (Lower than the OEM ones)
    - Domino grips (imported from the states)
    - Yellowed headlamp (tinted yellow spray)
    - Single saddle (Yamaha Ė then re-made).

    Phase 2; Spring 2017



    - New - High-mounted exhaust (Akrapovic / Yamaha) - Black
    - Some exhaust wrap ( which didn't last that long )
    - Beefier tyres
    - front light re-done properly using the spray imported from Japan ( the other was too opaque )
    - mini fairing ( again didn't last long)

    Phase 3;spring 2017







    - New grips, the brown ones where getting on my nerves
    - LED flashers
    - New back minimal back light
    - tail tidy
    - Lower profile handlebars, with new handlebar stem ( Gilles tooling )
    - And numberplate. perfect for parking up in Henley... ;-)
    - Baffles removed so it has the best sound.

    The tan seat I had made as a nice patina now, so I think the only thing to do early next year is to give it a fresh paint job and re-visit the tyres.

    A lot spent, but ultimately, it's cheaper and more lasting than doing another QP...

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    Piers, that's a phenomenal job. What about bar end mirrors and a smaller number plate?

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    Nice job Piers, that looks lovely. That's also exactly where I park my bike when I go into Henley :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Piers, that's a phenomenal job. What about bar end mirrors and a smaller number plate?
    I find bar end mirrors are a nice styling touch but very impractical, especially if you do a lot of filtering in traffic. The rear view is a lot worse than bar mounted mirrors as you're so much farther away from them on a bike with a upright seating position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I find bar end mirrors are a nice styling touch but very impractical, especially if you do a lot of filtering in traffic. The rear view is a lot worse than bar mounted mirrors as you're so much farther away from them on a bike with a upright seating position.
    Actually, thatís precisely why I didnít order them for mine

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    Iíve been quite impressed with under bar mirrors. I thought Iíd only see my knees but they actually work quite well.

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    my bar ends are turned inwards - this makes them the same width as the handlebars so if you cant get through a gap you are not going through full stop :) - bar ends dont vibrate/buzz at speed either.
    some great bikes on here with a lot of time and money spent on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Nice....great project.
    I think his ride of choice was Rickman Metisse?
    Beautiful things.
    Were at the NEC a few years back.
    Big bucks though.
    !
    I think that to get anywhere near the ďlookĒ of a metisse, youíll need a metisse frame!
    I may be wrong but I think they (the new firm/owners) can build a frame to take a new Bonneville motor or a Harley one
    Thereís also an American outfit who build flat track frames for the new Bonneville motor
    Or just buy a new 1200xe !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post

    I like that - rather Ducati Paul Smart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    my bar ends are turned inwards - this makes them the same width as the handlebars so if you cant get through a gap you are not going through full stop :) - bar ends dont vibrate/buzz at speed either.
    some great bikes on here with a lot of time and money spent on them.
    Funnily enough, I nearly went for the Triumph bar ends yesterday when I popped in for a quick look at my (pre-modded) bike. Theyíre almost level with the end of the bars, so Iím not sure that theyíd make any significant difference when it comes to filtering.

    Iím going to have another look at them next week, and if Triumph can let me have a set of the replacement brackets that they use on bikes that leave the factory without handlebar mirrors (as opposed to mirror deletes) I might give them ago. Failing that, I donít think Iíd want stumps where the mirrors were located.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I find bar end mirrors are a nice styling touch but very impractical, especially if you do a lot of filtering in traffic. The rear view is a lot worse than bar mounted mirrors as you're so much farther away from them on a bike with a upright seating position.
    Bar end mirrors work on some bikes, but not on others.
    Depends where your elbows are in relation to the bars.
    As has been said, they can be a little wider than oe stuff, but you get used to it.
    I tend to have mine turned inwards and they're fine, but a big advantage is when turned out, you get a smaller blindspot than with oe's. Particularly useful on motorways. (Still no substitute for a L/S though)
    Also, as mentioned, the image with bar ends is very nearly always vibe free too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Piers, that's a phenomenal job. What about bar end mirrors and a smaller number plate?
    Thanks. I'm not a fan of bar end mirrors - I think they look a little odd sticking out - The thinner rizoma mirrors are defo worth a look at if you want better visibility but with a more streamlined look.

    As for small number plates, I don't want to risk it the exhaust alone is enough to get pulled over!

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    I had bar end mirrors on my old 1960's Royal Enfield, the view was reasonable as the bike had clip on bars so my riding position was a lot lower. I could never get used to the extra width but mine couldn't be turned inwards, however it was 40 years ago and design has moved on since those days! The bike used to vibrate so much on tickover the glass regularly used to shake loose from the housings, typical 1970's accessory build quality. The good old days eh?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Funnily enough, I nearly went for the Triumph bar ends yesterday when I popped in for a quick look at my (pre-modded) bike. Theyíre almost level with the end of the bars, so Iím not sure that theyíd make any significant difference when it comes to filtering.

    Iím going to have another look at them next week, and if Triumph can let me have a set of the replacement brackets that they use on bikes that leave the factory without handlebar mirrors (as opposed to mirror deletes) I might give them ago. Failing that, I donít think Iíd want stumps where the mirrors were located.
    the holes where the old mirrors screwed in are filled with plastic inserts , they just look like part of the handlebars .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    the holes where the old mirrors screwed in are filled with plastic inserts , they just look like part of the handlebars .
    Yes, I could get the mirror deletes (I think they come with the bar end fitting kit). However, when they come out of the factory with bar ends, Triumph use brackets that don't have the mirror fixing on it. Much better.
    Last edited by learningtofly; 16th November 2018 at 13:24.

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    Had this bike since Nov last year. Only done a dismal circa 3k due to other commitments. Less than half what I did the year previous. That being said I've added a Puig touring screen, some SW Motec Crash bungs and just needing time to add the axle grinders on the front and have some nice SW Motec pedals to go on when I get a chance.

    I did however get the keys to her new home a few weeks ago. I'm sure there's a house somewhere on the property but haven't found my way there yet!

    (There might possibly be enough room in there for another bike seeing as doors are too narrow to get the cars inside comfortably)




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    Quote Originally Posted by PIERS (UK) View Post

    As for small number plates, I don't want to risk it the exhaust alone is enough to get pulled over!
    Hahahahaaa......stay clear of North Wales then.
    The police love small plates & open pipes up here.
    It's s.59 central.

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    The bar end mirrors on the Bobber work very well....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesey View Post
    Had this bike since Nov last year. Only done a dismal circa 3k due to other commitments. Less than half what I did the year previous. That being said I've added a Puig touring screen, some SW Motec Crash bungs and just needing time to add the axle grinders on the front and have some nice SW Motec pedals to go on when I get a chance.

    I did however get the keys to her new home a few weeks ago. I'm sure there's a house somewhere on the property but haven't found my way there yet!

    (There might possibly be enough room in there for another bike seeing as doors are too narrow to get the cars inside comfortably)



    First things first get a Kawasaki mat to park the bike on , then scope the next 10 years of bike buying to fill that garage with two wheeled pleasure

    Like this as a Kawasaki stablemate


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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    First things first get a Kawasaki mat to park the bike on , then scope the next 10 years of bike buying to fill that garage with two wheeled pleasure

    Like this as a Kawasaki stablemate

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    Must admit I'm not a sportbike fan. Shameful as that may seem. I had a CBR for a while and all it did was hurt my wrists and back.

    That being said, as long as my partner keeps throwing vast sums of cash getting the house in order before we move in, a stablemate might have to wait a few years until my 40th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIERS (UK) View Post
    Thanks. I'm not a fan of bar end mirrors - I think they look a little odd sticking out - The thinner rizoma mirrors are defo worth a look at if you want better visibility but with a more streamlined look.

    As for small number plates, I don't want to risk it the exhaust alone is enough to get pulled over!
    Piers: could I ask which mirrors are shown in your ďPhase 3Ē pictures?


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    https://youtu.be/FgHxU8oxRE8

    For my 3in1 exhaust

    I was sober



    0_0 ciao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I had bar end mirrors on my old 1960's Royal Enfield, the view was reasonable as the bike had clip on bars so my riding position was a lot lower. I could never get used to the extra width but mine couldn't be turned inwards, however it was 40 years ago and design has moved on since those days! The bike used to vibrate so
    much on tickover the glass regularly used to shake loose from the housings, typical 1970's accessory build quality. The good old days eh?!
    Ha the Royal Enfield, this brings back memories, had a Continental GT 5 SPEED yes 5SPEED except it was in reality perm any 3 from 5. Said on the Logo "Built like a Gun" I think they would have been better off building it like a motorcycle- I may occasionally have been able to get to work on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesey View Post



    Quite simply... garage envy.

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    The Motorcycle Modifications Thread

    My wife convinced me to ruin our big double garage. Ie turn it into a kitchen diner family room.... A garage sized shed is the bikes home until the wife (like yours) stops throwing all the available cash at the house!

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    Just tried my latest mod on the Bobber.... lowered the gearing by replacing the 40 tooth rear sprocket with a 43 tooth.
    Itís a mod thatís recommended on the Bobber forum, loads of owners say the gearing is to high.

    Big improvement. Before at 60 in top gear it was barely pulling 2k revs and the engine wasnít in a good part of the torque curve. Now is reving at 2.3k and feels much smoother.

    Acceleration was fairly lively before, but now it picks up with a purpose... a good cheap mod..👍👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesey View Post
    Had this bike since Nov last year. Only done a dismal circa 3k due to other commitments. Less than half what I did the year previous. That being said I've added a Puig touring screen, some SW Motec Crash bungs and just needing time to add the axle grinders on the front and have some nice SW Motec pedals to go on when I get a chance.

    I did however get the keys to her new home a few weeks ago. I'm sure there's a house somewhere on the property but haven't found my way there yet!

    (There might possibly be enough room in there for another bike seeing as doors are too narrow to get the cars inside comfortably)



    I would absolutely LOVE a garage that size!

    Mine isn't exactly small at 27' by 13' but with 2 lathes, gym gear, motorbike, bike lift, several benches and LOTS of tools its pretty tight.

    You sir, have my envy!

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    Had the full ACF50 treatment done today.. hopefully itíll keep the bike protected through the winter👍

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    A few more simple mods... new petrol cap, oil filler plug and new tank graphics...






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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    A few more simple mods... new petrol cap, oil filler plug and new tank graphics...





    Liking the tank graphics. Not suited to my bike but deffo suits that one.

    Stuart

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    ^^^^ cheers^^^^👍

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    I have garage envy!

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    I`ve never been a bike fan, but I`m impressed with some of the stuff on here and the bikes are a credit to their owners.

    Never realised how much modification of bikes went on, I always assumed they were fast enough 'out of the box' .

    Enjoy 'em.......but be careful out there. The thought of having a go on a fast bike scares the hell out of me thesedays.

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    My BMW HP2 Sport.

    Fairly standard except for full Akrapovic exhaust, fuel map, S1000RR mirrors, hugger and adjustable levers.


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    Iíve got the new rear end on the GPz750, Iím waiting for the correct size lower steering head beSting to arrive now then the front endís going on.


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    Finally got around to sorting my Kriega bag fixing solution... got to say Iím pretty chuffed with the results..

    The bag is the Kriega US10

    First I cut all the loop straps and punched a hole in them


    Then using a soldering iron I sealed the ends and the hole so they wonít fray.


    Next was to fit the loops under the bolts holding the rack




    Now itís a piece of cake to just hook the straps through the loops and fit or remove the bag


    Job done





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    Thatís a nice elegant solution; it makes you wonder why they didnít do that in the first place.

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