Issue: 20160102

Saturday, January 2, 2016
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CYCLE WORLD TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
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PROGRESSIVE
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PROGRESSIVE
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0002.xml
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CONTENTS
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masthead
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CYCLE WORLD TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
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PASSPORT
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I AM MY OWN SNAIL
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DREAM AND A PLAN?
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MARK LINDEMANN
Who hasn't sat on a motorcycle and wondered what is would be like to ride off over the horizon and just keep going? For a geration, Then Came Bronson defined the aream: "Taking a trip?” “Yeah.” “Where to?” “Oh, I don’t know. Wherever I end up, I guess.”
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0007.xml
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0008.xml
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WAY POINTS
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A Hand Full Of Smart
KTM’s new 2017 Super Duke GT will make you rethink what a sportbike is
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PETER JONES
KTM's new 1290 Super Duke GT thinks it's a sportbike. It doesn't look like one, and KTM doesn’t call it a sportbike, yet it does everything a rider would ever ask from a sportbike—just with bags. In strict motorcycle enthusiast vernacular, the new Super Duke GT is, of course, a sport-tourer.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0009.xml
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GEICO
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GEICO
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0010.xml
review
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WAYPOINTS
SHORT TAKE
Chinese Takeout
CSC Motorcycles' RX3 Cyclone: ADV lite, ATV cheap
CSC
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RX3 Cyclone
$3895
MARK LINDEMANN
When it comes to CSC Motorcycles' RX3 Cyclone, we might as well confront the elephant in the room straight on: As shown here (windshield, engine guards, luggage) it costs a mere $3,895 new, and that’s all some folks will need to hear. It’s also made in China, which is maybe all another group will need to hear.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0011.xml
review
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SHORT TAKE
Madras Modernization Program
Royal Enfield’s Himalayan
Royal Enfield Himalayan
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Royal Enfield Himalayan
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MARK LINDEMANN
Show up for a ride in the Karakoram or the Hindu Kush, and likely as not you’ll be given the keys to a Royal Enfield Bullet. Design-wise it’s a relic from the time when the sun never set on the English empire—and of course that’s precisely why so many riders find them fascinating.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0012.xml
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SHORT TAKE
Africa Twin Lite
Rally-Raid Products CB500X Adventure Kit
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MARK LINDEMANN
Honda's CB500-and CBR500-series twins are machines I like to think of as “solution” bikes, motor-cycles that are fun, practical, affordable, generally easy to ride, and a great choice for a wide range of riders. The adventure-styled CB500X is a real do-all favorite.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0013.xml
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can-am: SPYDER F3T
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SPYDER F3T
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0014.xml
review
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SHORT TAKE
The Anti-Snowbird Effect
Learning to love winter and snow-covered mountains with the help of a Timbersled snowbike conversion kit
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Short Track Raw
$4,299
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Short Track
$5,299
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Long Track
$5,999
BRADLEY ADAMS
Adventure is where you find it. But where do motorcyclists find it in the depth of winter? Having grown up in sunny Southern California, winter is hardly my favorite season. Thermometer dips below 70 degrees? That fluffy white stuff falling from the sky?
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0015.xml
review
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CHOOSING A BIKE
SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
Go big? Go small? Which bike is going to suit you best.
BMW
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R1200GS ADVENTURE
$18,595
BMW
F800GS
$13,895
BMW
KLR650
$6499
BMW
1190 ADVENTURER
$16,134
Ned Suesse
It doesn't matter if you're exploring a powerline trail at the edge of town or setting off for Ushuaia, adventure bikes are as much about expanding your horizons as well as your options. Whether you want to channel your inner Valentino Rossi or Ernest Shackleton, choosing the right bike is key to how happy you’ll be.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0016.xml
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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
WHY TWINS AND SINGLES?
Antilock brakes—just in reverse
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Kevin Cameron
Why is it that off-road motorcycles have either one or two cylinders? An obvious answer might be that when you leave behind the cell towers and repair shops, the fewer parts your system has, the more reliable it will be. I have sat in the dirt, sanding a seized piston, knowing that a few minutes’ work will have me back under way.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0017.xml
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BONNIER ADVENTURE RALLY SERIES
ONE-STOP ADVENTURE SHOP
These two rallies have something for everyone
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Mark Lindemann
"One size fits all." Right—since when has that ever been close to satisfactory? "One adventure fits all?" Even more ludicrous. Some riders think you need to be kidnapped by terrorists, break major bones, suffer poisonous snakebite, or throw a rod in the Sahara to qualify a trip as a real adventure; others dial 911 and fire off flares if they get lost on the way to Starbucks.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0018.xml
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EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS
GIRO dePRATO
Five must-see destinations, five must-ride routes for your next Euro trip
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Bruno dePrato
Nobody knows Europe better than Bruno dePrato, Cycle World's European editor. He's spent a lifetime testing cars and motorcycles there. We asked him for some of the highlights any rider should see, especially on a bike. Here's his bucket list.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0019.xml
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FIRST READ
Lightweight Unsupported Motorcycle Travel
Is less really more? Aerostich’s Andy Goldfine thinks so.
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MARK LINDEMANN
In 2004, Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine penned this small volume (4 x 6 inches, 68 pages), reminiscent in format and style of the popular handbooks Outing published a century earlier. And it appears here because it sets a tone: Sure, who wouldn’t like a trust fund, a 1,200cc motorcycle, traction control, and aluminum panniers?
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0020.xml
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0021.xml
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KTM
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KTM
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FEATURES
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Worth the Wait
THE PERFECT PLACE TO GET A TASTE OF HONDA’ S NEW AFRICA TWIN? WHERE ELSE BUT AFRICA ITSELF?
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Ned Suesse
Here’s an unwritten rule every marketing manager and PR flack should take to heart: If you choose to name a new motorcycle for a place, you had better release it there. Someone at Honda must be thinking along the same line because here we are, in South Africa, riding one of the most anticipated motorcycles in recent memory: the new 2017 Africa Twin.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0023.xml
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A Bike Before Its Time
HONDA’S 1989 TRANSALP WAS ITS ORIGINAL ADV BIKE FOR AMERICAN RIDERS
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MARK LINDEMANN
Honda's new Africa Twin has to be one of the most anticipated ADV bike offerings in recent memory. And you'd need a long memory indeed to recall its predecessor in the US market: the 1989 Transalp. Norteamericanos never had the chance to purchase Honda’s original XR750V Africa Twin (1989-2003).
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0024.xml
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Go With The Flow
DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSIONS, SMOOTH POWER FLOW, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRACTION
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KEVIN CAMERON
In conditions of limited traction— the very definition of off-road riding much of the time—riders frequently encounter situations where momentum is the difference between negotiating an obstacle successfully or flopping around like a landed carp.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0025.xml
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OUT OF AFRICA
THE THOUSAND MILES, THREE CONTINENTS, AND ONE SIMPLE GOAL: RIDE HOME
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Eric Anderson
The Valley of the Kings and the pyramids of Giza are a day’s ride apart in Egypt but are amazingly similar in the way they affect your psyche. There is an energy there—undefinable but undeniable. Queen Hatshepsut’s Palace, King Tut’s tomb, and the Sphinx all project a mysterious spell over anyone within sight.
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FEATURES
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VLADIMIR'S LUCK
NOT YOUR TYPICAL FOUR-YEAR-OLD’S SUMMER VACATION
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Mihai Barbu
I want Vladimir to want to see the world. I want him to see it this way, as it is, not as a tourist guide paints it. I want him to be curious. I don’t know what and how much he will remember from this holiday 14 years from now. But I want to know that we gave him this foundation.
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Indian Reservations
WHEREIN OUR MODERN TRAVELER CONTEMPLATES CHAI STOPS, HIMALAYAN ROADS, AND HIS PLACE ON THE LOCAL FOOD CHAIN
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Gary Inman
Since leaving Manali, in the Himachal Pradesh region of India, it seemed like our Royal Enfields' cheap tires hadn't felt the familiar caress of tarmac for more than a few minutes. The reality was different: We’d logged plenty of regular road miles, but the off-pavement sections were so intense everything else was forgotten.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0028.xml
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Think Globally, Ride Locally
IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, ADVENTURE BEGINS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
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Brian Catterson
Adventure bikes are full of promise, tempting us to set our eyes on far-off galaxies or at least other continents. But most of us can't get away from work and family obligations long enough to travel to the next state, let alone someplace where we need a passport.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0029.xml
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PUTTING THE "Sport" IN SPORT-TOURING
LIKE THE LEGENDARY R100RS, THE R1200RS LIKES EVERY ROAD... BUT LOVES THE BENT ONES
BMW
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R1200RS
$14,995
Paul Dean
When you try to pinpoint where, when, or how sport-touring became an official category, you end up painting a rather fuzzy picture. But no matter how you tell the story, BMW seems to be at the heart of it. As far back as the early 1950s, before construction of the interstate highway system, the Bavarian boxer twins were known for their long-ride competence and composed handling on America’s diverse roadways.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0031.xml
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HAPPY TRAVELER
THE SAVVY TRAVELER
Booking a tour? Here's what to do and what to avoid.
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Markus Hellrigl
DECISIONS AND PLANNING Anybody can participate on a motorcycle tour regardless of skill level or experience. The secrets of a successful trip are your own approach to traveling and your choosing the right tour with the right operator. Are you after an intense alpine-pass sport ride?
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0032.xml
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KNIFE FIGHT
THE CUTTING EDGE
Upgrade your first-aid kit with these Kevlar can openers
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GENERIC TRAUMA SHEARS
$3.68-$6.99
We used this author’s 35-year-old Feather (brand) shears in our testing, and they did a fine job chopping through the leather, nylon, Cordura, zippers, and padding. Here’s the problem: All these generic EMT shears look alike, and there’s a huge difference in quality. EMTs often get these shears for free and throw them away if they’ve been exposed to a patient’s blood. If you can find a good pair, they’re an incredible bargain. Caveat emptor, however-the shears that performed so poorly in the field looked just like these.
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12-FUNCTION MULTI SCISSORS
$24
Aerostich sent us these to evaluate. They felt like the flimsiest of the bunch, and we were initially skeptical. Actually they performed well, out-cutting the Fiskars. Includes a bottle opener, can opener, wire-stripper, and eight other functions. Blades take apart to clean or facilitate individual tool use. Comes with a nylon sheath.
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FISKARS 7-INCH TAKE-APART SHEARS
$10-$14
A favorite in the shop, we hoped these scissors would perform better on riding gear. While they did ultimately cut through all the test material, and they offered comfortable handles, it was more difficult to initiate and maintain cuts through heavy cuff materials with these, mostly due to the “bone” notch in the blade. Disappointing. Keep these in your toolbox, not your first-aid kit.
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LEATHERMAN RAPTOR
$69.85
In a class by themselves, in terms of features, performance, and price. These easily out-cut every other shear we tried. Made from 420HC stainless steel, at 0.125-inch, the blades are twice as thick as the generic trauma shears. But the most innovative feature is how the Raptor folds, reducing its length by half and making it truly pocket-size. The Raptors also include a host of other features: a ring cutter, an oxygen-tank wrench, a seat-belt/strap cutter, a ruler, and a carbide glass breaker. Comes with an innovative quick-draw hard plastic holster, or use the pocket clip when folded. The most expensive of the bunch, but if you’re looking for the best, this is what you're after.
Mark Lindemann
Modern motorcycle clothing just keeps getting better and better-that's the good news. But it also creates a problem: If you’re responding at an accident scene, it becomes tougher and tougher to cut that clothing off when rendering aid. This point was driven home last October when one of the Cycle World staff was involved in a group-ride incident.
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ERGONOMICS
TAILOR MADE
In real estate, it’s location, location, location. On long rides it’s fit, fit, fit.
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Mark Lindemann
Riders who spend long hours in the saddle know that fine-tuning their bike's fit can make a huge difference in both comfort and control. The good news? You can do much of it yourself, and it's easy to experiment. Here's what you should concentrate on.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0034.xml
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KENDA
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KENDA
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CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0035.xml
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TOURING
SIGN ME UP
Finding the right tour company for your adventure
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Blake Conner
The dream: Let's go riding at some far-away destination like the Alps, Alaska, South America, or Europe. The nightmare: What about the logistics? How do you get a motorcycle and insurance, where will you stay, and where do you go? Plenty of folks like the challenge of planning, but plenty of others would rather have a touring company work out the details for them, transport their luggage from point to point, and book accommodations and meals so they can just get straight to the part they like best: riding.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0036.xml
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MEDICAL EMERGENCY
WORLD OF HURT
Motorcyclists are no strangers to risk. So what happens if you get injured abroad?
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Mark Lindemann
If there's one thing that sucks more mightily than getting hurt on your motorcycle, it's getting hurt on your motorcycle while visiting a foreign country. Or maybe you don’t crash—maybe you just feel something wiggle a bit too vigorously on the way down as you swallow that last bite of sweet casu marzu (a Sardinian maggot-infested cheese delicacy).
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0037.xml
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CW EVALUATION
BIG HILL? NO WORRIES!
KTM’s Hill Hold Control and BMW's Hill Start Control illustrate two clever solutions to a growing concern
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Blake Conner
Motorcycle technology is currently experiencing a growth spurt. While the four-wheeled sector has embraced advanced electronic controls and rider aids for quite a while, the motorcycle industry has been much slower on the uptake. Now, especially in the past five years, we’ve seen an explosion of new features on our favorite motorcycles, whether they’re sportbikes, ADV bikes, touring models, or cruisers.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0038.xml
review
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CW EVALUATION
CLEARWATER LIGHTS
Auxiliary illumination for BMW's R1200GS
CLEARWATER LIGHTS
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CLEARWATER LIGHTS
ERICA AND DARLA LIGHT KITS
ERICA $989
Blake Conner
Modern motorcycles like our long-term BMW R1200GS Adventure have excellent LED headlights that punch a nice hole into the abyss. But what if you want to absolutely obliterate all of the darkness on that lonesome highway? Clearwater Lights has just released two high-quality kits for the R1200GS/A that do just that.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0039.xml
review
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CW EVALUATION
ALTRIDER HEMISPHERE SOFT PANNIERS
An alternative to expensive (and destructible) OEM hard saddlebags
ALTRIDER
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HEMISPHERE SOFT PANNIERS
$569.97
Blake Conner
If you're an adventure-touring rider, you almost certainly have saddlebags on your machine. Bags come in a few flavors: OEM hard cases, aftermarket hard cases, and aftermarket soft bags. If there is one thing we’ve learned over the past couple of years piling up miles on our long-term ADV bikes, it’s that Mother Earth likes to eat OEM hard bags for lunch.
CycleWorld_20160102_0055_013_0040.xml
review
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CW EVALUATION
VENTURE HEAT GRAND TOURING COLLECTION ELECTRIC CLOTHING
Get warmly wired from head to toe
VENTURE HEAT
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VENTURE HEAT
GRAND TOURING COLLECTION
Nick Ienatsch
When I left Abilene, Texas, the thermometer hadn't broken 40 degrees, and the windchill from the 35-mph breeze put temps slightly below freezing. I was headed north from the COTA MotoGP race, directly into the wind, and had a long ride ahead of me.
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SCHUBERTH
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SCHUBERTH
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DUCATI
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