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MV Agusta September 7, 2019 posted by

Fargo: 2000 MV Agusta F4

The MV Agusta F4 750S was the mass production model of the ultra rare Oro Edition – the model that re-launched MV Agusta into the mainstream market. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and the CRC design center, the F4 was – in many ways – what the Ducati 999 should have been. It is an evolution of the very successful 916/996/998 design language that set the world alight way back in 1994, and has been incrementally improving ever since. With the single sided swing arm, distinctive under seat shotgun exhaust and star-spoke wheels, the F4 is truly distinctive in the MV Agusta colors of silver and red.

2000 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

Patterned after the Oro, the 750 Strada (street) model shared the same inline, four cylinder power plant. With technology adopted from Ferrari Formula 1 engineers, the F4 utilized radially splayed valves for the ideal combustion chamber shape. Intake trumpets were variable length to help spread the torque curve over more of the power band (rather than just up at the top of the range), with horsepower peaking at 126. Whereas the Oro (gold in Italian) was produced utilizing anodized magnesium, the standard model made due with aluminum. This not only brought the cost of materials down, but also the cost of manufacturing. With plastics in place of carbon fiber for the body, the 750S model is slightly heavier than the Oro, but otherwise looks identical.

From the seller:
2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale with 6200 miles (still riding so may go up). Great condition, adult owned, and includes extras. The bike is mechanically perfect and is in excellent working condition. Rear tire is at 50-60% and front is at 75%. Bike comes with carbon fiber Silmoto exhaust($1000) and also the currently mounted stock Arrow exhaust that was fitted for display in a recent motorcycle show(Both exhausts pictured). Bike has been professionally dyno’d and tuned and runs very cool. As you can see by the vin this is a very early bike and was only the 18th MV F4s to come out of the factory. Also included is the factory rear stand, service manual, and all paperwork passed along from previous owner.

MV Agusta relaunched to great fanfare in 1999. Bikes were initially very exclusive, and they were also very expensive. The Oro was nearly $40,000 USD, and all 300 sold out. The standard Strada model was cheaper, but far from cheap at $18,999. Today, these bikes are trading for much, much less. The rarest of the models are sure to appreciate, with the more mass produced examples following slowly behind. That is a good thing, as it makes fantastic bikes like this F4 750S affordable to us mere mortals. This is a bike that you can ride today and decades later it will still look fresh and purposeful. Located in Fargo, North Dakota and offered with a starting bid of just $5,300, this one still has a few days to go on eBay. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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BMW September 6, 2019 posted by

Silk Purse: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Before the introduction of the class-breaking BMW S1000RR, the company wasn’t really associated with cutting-edge sportbikes, unless you go back a few decades to the R90S. After all, an air-cooled, 180° ” flat” twin with shaft drive is a pretty inauspicious foundation for a true performance machine. A flat-twin is obviously very wide, which presents aerodynamic issues and limits cornering clearance unless the suspension is jacked way up. Air-cooling is simple and reliable, but the high compression needed for competitive horsepower generates heat that usually requires a radiator to control, and shaft drive is inherently heavier than a chain, making the BMW HP2 Sport a very unlikely sportbike, looking at the spec sheet anyway.

But German companies seem to have a knack for working around this kind of thing, as if they view it as an entertaining challenge. “Oh ja? Heir, halte mein Bier…” It’s been said that the Porsche 911 is “a triumph of development over engineering,” as it has a similar problem: sticking the entire powertrain out behind the rear axle is only marginally better than putting it all up front. But we know Porsche managed to make their ass-heavy car work brilliantly and, even though the HP2 Sport didn’t achieve quite that level of success, it did the job for which it seems to have been intended: it showed the world that BMW was serious about updating their image and competing head-to-head with rivals in Italy and Japan.

The engine may not have been blessed with a radiator, but temperatures were kept under control using a hybrid arrangement, with the heads cooled by oil, and the barrels cooled by air. It has radial valves, and four of them per cylinder, operated by dual overhead cams, while lightweight titanium connecting rods let the 1170cc engine spin up to 9,500rpm and produce a claimed 128hp. Liberal use of carbon fiber reduced the weight to a claimed 392lbs dry, so weight was on par with class competitors, even if power wasn’t. Adjustable ergonomics and the self-supporting tail section are very trick, quality touches in keeping with the bike’s very exclusive nature: just 500 were built.

It’s interesting that the biggest complaints about BMW’s alternative Telelever front suspension is a lack of feel, but that seems to have been eliminated here with higher-spec Öhlins shock and a matching unit out back. Forkless front ends are naturally very stable under braking, an asset for a bike with a pair of stout Brembo Monoblock brakes on the front wheel.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

I am the original owner of this rare 2009 BMW HP 2 Sport. I bought it brand new in spring 2010. The bike has always been stored in climate control garage, never ridden in rain, and meticulously maintained. All maintenance records from new. Last fluid service approx. 1000 mi ago. Tires replaced in 2015, due to age at 4700 mi. All factory recalls performed. Runs perfect. Showroom perfect condition. Part of multi-bike collection, selling collection because I can’t ride them anymore.

listed for sale locally, I reserve right to end auction early if sold.

reserve price set below market value of recent sales

one of approximately 118 in US, 500 worldwide

sure to be a collectors item

clear/clean MD title

The BMW HP2 Sport is quirky and at the original list price of over $25,000 couldn’t really compete directly against natural rivals like the Ducati 1098, but it handled well and was quick enough in isolation. These days, prices are much lower and it’s a very rare and exclusive machine, with plenty of exotic materials inside and out and the high quality you’d expect from BMW. Bidding is very active, but up to just $10,000 with several days left on the listing.

-tad


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Bimota September 5, 2019 posted by

If It Ain’t Broke: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Many of the Yamaha-powered Bimotas like today’s YB8 look suspiciously similar, and while I’m sure there are physical differences in the frames and fairings, I’d also bet that many parts are interchangeable between them. The YB8 used an updated YB6 frame, along with Yamaha’s 1002cc, five-valve inline-four and EXUP exhaust system from the FZR1000. During this period, the 750cc-powered YB4 was homologated to win races in WSBK, while the YB8 was a more road-oriented “unlimited class” sportbike.

Of course, being a Bimota, it used lightweight bodywork designed to come apart easily and allow access to the oily bits sandwiched between the gorgeous, aluminum frame spars. Wisely, Bimota borrowed more than just the FZR1000’s engine and gearbox: it also uses their wiring harness and gauges, as well as other assorted bits, to help put “Italian reliability” jokes and concerns to bed. The Bimota YB8 weighed a claimed 396lbs dry, a whopping 52lbs lighter than the FZR1000 and an obvious benefit of the bike’s single-minded design and construction. I’ve no doubt Japan could have built something similarly light at the time, but they seemed to be obsessed with silly things like “versatility” and “durability” when designing their roadbikes.

Power was up significantly from the FZR’s claimed 125hp as well to 149hp, although that was largely down to the Japanese manufacturers’ “gentleman’s agreement” to limit horsepower and top speeds. A few Japanese performance cars were suspiciously fast for having just “276hp,” so I’ve no idea how “de-restricted” the YB8 actually is, but just dropping 50lbs from an otherwise stock FZR would provide a huge boost to performance, and tuning wasn’t really Bimota’s strong point anyway.

Handling and looks were the goal and the YB8 delivered, with a claimed top speed of 173mph. 150hp is still pretty stout by today’s standards, and the 86lb-ft of torque, combined with the wide, flexible powerband of the 20-valve EXUP motor mean the bike should still be real-world fast. Adjustable Marzocchi components at both ends mean very stable handling, while Brembo calipers and 320mm floating discs up front combine with the bike’s light weight to offer nearly modern levels of stopping power.

Just 252 were built between 1990-1991. The bike was upgraded in 1993 to the YB8E that replaced the original 38mm Mikuni CV carburetors with fuel injection, although this example is dated from 1994 and appears to retain the original carburetors. Roll with it: we’re talking about Bimota here. Maybe 1994 is when it was first registered?

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Rare and gorgeous Bimota YB8 with 6,000 miles

Carburetor version

This bike origin France has known only one owner. It has just been revised from top to bottom after a few years of inactivity. All consumables and fluids are new.

Original paint, very rare option or shock absorber and Öhlins fork.

Sold with the documentation of time, tools, certificate of conformity. French registration, can ship worldwide.

Located in Vitrolles, France.

The asking price is for this very clean looking YB8 is $13,900. Plus shipping and handling, of course. Bimotas of the era seem to trade for a good bit less when they show up for sale here in the USA, although this one appears to be nearly perfect and is ready to roll after a refresh. If you’re looking for a classic Bimota, the extra cost might pay off, assuming the bike is as good as it looks.

-tad


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Aprilia September 4, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R

Thanks to a successful shopping trip on RSBFS, our buddy Marty has to let go of this beautiful 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R. I think given his druthers, he’d hang on to both early-aughts Aprilias, but life is full of tough choices. The decision to let go of the big Mille must have been especially tough given that this one is a well-ridden but well-maintained example of Ohlins-sporting R model with a factory titanium exhaust.

In addition to the normal Mille’s 1,000 cc, 115-horsepower v-twin, the Mille R had a lighter, shortened subframe, OZ Racing forged wheels, a carbon fiber front fender and the aforementioned Ohlins suspension. The results, predictably, were ludicrous speed backed up by prodigious grip and micron-perfect handling. Marty bought his bike three years ago from an Air Force aircraft mechanic, who was predictably fastidious about its care. As the pictures show, its condition belies its 17,000 miles.

With a recent and thorough going-over, this beast is ready to make someone’s fall riding season perfect.

From the seller:

Up for sale here is a classic version of pure Italian rolling artwork. A beautiful 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R. Approx 17500 miles on the 60 degree V twin but you would never guess it as it has been extremely well cared for. I purchased the bike a few years ago after much research and a two year hunt with the intent of putting it on the track. And even though RoadCarver mag called it” one of the very best production bikes you can ride on a track” , I just could not bring myself to thrash it around NJMP. It had survived it such a state that it was meant to be enjoyed in other ways. The bike is a joy to ride, does not stretch you out in the riding position, and turns heads everywhere you go. And did I mention the sound. I ride mostly on the track and this is up for sale to pay for my addiction and recent new addition to my collection.
This was an almost 20000$ bike in 03 and the list of state of the art racing components Aprilia had to offer reads well.
A few highlights
60 degree Rotax Bulletproff V twin
Alloy twin spar frame
43 mm Ohlins inverted tele. Forks
Ohlins monoshock and steering damper
Forged Aluminum OZ racing wheels
Close ratio 6 speed gearbox
Twin 320 fronts with Brembo 4 piston radial calipers
Carbon fiber everywhere
Bike has been garage kept and routinely gets frequent neighborhood rides all year long. Starts right up and pulls like a freight train.
New battery earlier this year. Bike was sorted by Markbilt racebikes in NJ when I got it. Ohlins serviced, brake lines flushed and refreshed, clutch adjusted, new fuel pump.
Has factory Aprilia racing exhaust(stock included in sale), and a carbon fiber Sargent seat. Also have a complete set of factory decals.
Clear title.

$8500.
Contact Marty at 267-530-2818.

Do your research. This is a up and coming collectors item. Great to ride. Even better to stare at. And did I mention that sound! Thanks for looking.

At $8,500, it’s hard to go wrong with such a well-maintained and beautiful machine. It may not say Ducati on the side, but it’ll run with the Bolognese bruisers all day, and just try getting a special-edition Duc for that.

Kawasaki September 4, 2019 posted by

No Longer a Future Classic – 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR

In the early 2000’s Kawasaki was in the unusual position of having to introduce an homologation special that was a tad slower and more expensive than the usual ZX6R.  It was the only way to race a Kawi 600 and a few special parts made it worth the higher price.  Very few have survived in road trim and this Wisconsin example looks great.

2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR for sale on eBay

While the plain vanilla ZX6R got a bump to 636cc, the RR retreated to a class-legal 599cc, and made the same 118 hp but at 13,200 rpm.  While fuel injection and a ram-air system are shared, the RR came with forged pistons, a slipper clutch, and close ratio gearset.  Both bike had multi-adjustable inverted forks and Uni-track monoshock, but likely the factory dampers were soon rebuilt to race-spec on most RR’s.  And though outwardly distinguishable only by the extra R, the special had an LCD race dash complete with lap timer.

With just over 19,000 miles, this Ninja is clean and appears substantially original.  Ninja experts will have to point out egregious mods.  Comments from the eBay auction:

HARD TO FIND! FMF EXHAUST, FRAME SLIDERS, WOODCRAFT ENGINE COVER, LED SIGNALS, FENDER ELIMINATOR!

Though World SuperSport rules required only 1,000 copies be made, Kawasaki kept the ZX6RR unchanged ( and kept selling  to racers ) until 2007, when the road bike was updated with a new 599cc engine.  Combined with the fact that so many went to the track and were never seen again, the total RR production is hard to verify.  But it’s a very minor percentage of the large 600cc market, making the ZZ6RR a rarity and a knowledgeable fan’s favorite.  It’s on a seemingly reasonable buy-it-now and the selling dealer has very good feedback.

-donn

 


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Suzuki September 3, 2019 posted by

Never Better – 2004 Suzuki SV1000S

Suzuki jumped on the liter V-twin bandwagon in 1997, and though the fine TL1000S didn’t meet sales expectations, they made some changes and released the SV1000S in 2003.  This one-owner example has been tuned and personalized, but ridden only 3,000 miles.

2004 Suzuki SV1000S for sale on eBay

While the vacuum-cast aluminum chassis looks beefy, a look from – inside – shows it is not solid, but a complex array of stiffeners, adding lightness and rigidity.  The 996cc twin has many changes from the TL1000S including forged pistons, lighter con-rods and timing chain.  The intake and valve train is optimized for its 75 ft.-lbs. torque – though peak power isn’t nothing at 123 hp.   Right-side-up forks and monoshock are multi-adjustable, and there is a steering damper and slipper clutch to help the big twin mind its manners.  Brakes are from Tokico and 310mm in front, 220mm out back.

This South Jersey owner has addressed every comment the media had about the SV1000S, and made several cosmetic updates as well.  A more open exhaust and accompanying Power Commander has allowed the engine to be heard, some reviewers thought it was too quiet.  Braided brake lines firm up the lever and pedal feel, and an adjustable steering damper has been added.  Suspension has been updated and tuned, and the supersport fairing has been made full with factory parts.  Not to mention a lot of blue anodized and carbon accents.  From the eBay auction:

Suzuki OEM Lower Fairing Kit.
Suzuki OEM Solo Seat Tail Section
Hot Bodies Undertail Section w/ Flush Mount LED Turn Signals.
Zero Gravity Smoked Double Bubble Race Screen.
Mirror Extender Blocks.
Dale Walker Holeshot High Mount Stainless Dual Exhaust System.
Vance and Hines Power Commander.
CNC Fabricated Tank Riser Forced Air Kit.
K&N Stage I Air Filter.
COX Racing Radiator Guard (Anodized Blue).
Traxxion Dynamics Road Raced Tuned Forks
Penske Triple Clicker Rear Shock w/Remote Reservoir.
Extended Dog Bones Ride Height Increased.
Hel Custom Brake/Clutch Lines (Carbon Look w/Blue Anodized Ends).
GPR Steering Stabilizer (Blue Anodized).
Tapered Steering Head Bearings.
CFM Woodcraft Road Racing Rear Sets w/Brake Light Switch Option.
Delran Frame / Swingarm Slider Stand Spools.
R&G Axle Sliders.
EBC Carbon Fiber Road and Race Clutch Kit.
Pazzo Adjustable Levers (Anodized Blue).
SBS Brake Pads.
Vortex Rear Sprocket.
Carbon Fiber Gauge, Triple Tree, License Plate, and Gas Cap Covers.
ProBolt and TiForce Titanium Hardware Throughout (Anodized Blue)
Brand New Dunlop Q3 Tires.
Brand New Maintenance Free Sealed Battery w/ Battery Charger Quick Connect.

The SV1000S could only long for the success of the jack-of-all-trades SV650, and though Suzuki could have presented a model as exciting as this owner’s, the cost probably wouldn’t have helped matters.  As offered, the bottom line is a little more than the usual 15 year-old Suzuki, but the new owner of this SV will have a basically new bike, itself a comprehensive update to the TL1000S, professionally updated in every important way.  It’s also one of a very few monoposto SV’s with full bodywork, its angular complexities downplayed by the dark blue color.

-donn


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BMW August 31, 2019 posted by

About Time: 1982 Krauser-BMW MKM1000

I must admit, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines on this one. After the 3rd or 4th time around on eBay, I figured it was about time I wrote it up here (it was already on our Facebook site). After all, it is a freaking Krauser frame with seemingly pristine bodywork. That makes this a rare bird. A pretty bird. A pretty rare bird. The pinnacle of the early 1980s frame game (spearheaded by Bimota, but with Harris, Spondon, Elgi and others close behind), Krauser was one of the few tuners that offered performance products for BMW; the other was Luftmeister. And while the latter focused primarily on turbocharging for relatively cheap grunt, Krauser was an all around performance shop. They offered bolt-on bits, bodywork, engine upgrades (including custom 4-valve heads), and the crown jewel of them all, the MKM1000 kit. Meant to transform the staid “Gentleman’s Express” into a true sports bike, the Krauser kit accepted BMW running gear into a bespoke (and very trick) frame. Custom bodywork completed the transformation from sheep to wolf.

1982 Krauser-BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

Under the skin is where the Krauser MKM1000 really shines. Following the Bimota route of utilizing straight tubes to properly channel loads, the MKM (Michael Krause Motorcycles) frame is often referred to as a “birdcage” type. Painstakingly time-consuming and expensive to create, this complex arrangement of straight tubes results in a stiffer frame that is also lighter than conventional frame arrangements. The 1000cc BMW boxer motor appears to hang in mid-air in an unusually high manner. This is because Krauser lifted the engine to provide more cornering clearance for the vulnerable cylinder heads. Shaft drive, along with the rest of the tranny and running gear of the donor R100 was maintained.

From the seller:
Here we have a Krauser MKM1000 in stunning condition.

Ultra rare super low production numbers. An opportunity to own one of perhaps 200 built. This is number 42. The quintessential collectible Airhead, it doesn’t get any better than this. Mileage is 29,573 kms (18483 miles).

The bird cage frame, which there are 52 straight tubes and four curved chromium molybdenum tubes welded together at 150 points, weighed in just 11.6 kilograms. A series of other changes were made when integrating the R100RS parts. Engine sat slightly higher, front forks were 38mm lower, rake and trail were increased, wheelbase made longer by 43mm, custom rear sets, 21 litre aluminium fuel tank hidden under the elegant one piece tank cover, seat and rear cowling. A matching aerodynamic fairing was developed for the autobahn and a wider swingarm allowed for a wider rear wheel and rubber. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, including the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

Recently complied for road use in New Zealand and has a current warrant of fitness. This can be exported to any port in the world. Please ask for shipping details.

On paper – and in person – the MKM1000 really looks like a competitive threat to similar sporting hardware of the era. Light in weight, aerodynamic in form and purposeful in stance, the Krauser offering could have been a contender. But while the airhead BMW unit is revered for longevity and it’s bulletproof ability to eat up mile after mile, it is far from a powerhouse. With heavy crank and rods it doesn’t rev particularly quickly, and even BWM gave up on it when they entered WSBK racing with a more conventional inline four. The jacking effect of the shaft drive can get in the way of spirited cornering, and while its effects can be minimized with some suspension tuning it is always present. So while the paper tells a tale, the proof was not exactly the same. All in all, the Krauser MKM1000 was well reviewed and an iconic and rare unicorn for the Beemer faithful.

As mentioned above, this particular bike has been around the auction block for a few tries. It is located in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, which is currently in the winter season. The seller appears willing to ship to all ports of call, which makes this a particularly good find. Better yet, hop over to the northern of the NZ islands and enjoy the fabulous Kiwi hospitality, take in the sights and sounds, check out the bike in person, and then bring it back home. Now that sounds like a great vacation souvenir. We have seen one or two of these amazing machines on these pages in years past, but they remain rare and pretty elusive. Check this one out here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Featured Listing August 30, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird for Sale

Released in 1996 and named after the sinister black SR-71 Cold War spy plane that pioneered stealth technology, today’s Featured Listing Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird was also designed to be very fast, and very black. Also occasionally red and silver. The bike’s top speed of 178.5mph stole the top-speed crown from the Kawasaki ZX11, and it held the title of “Fastest Production Motorcycle” until the introduction of the Suzuki Hayabusa in 1999.

There was nothing particularly exotic about the CBR1100XX, just a honking big inline four displacing 1137cc in an aluminum frame, with sleek, aerodynamic bodywork. The result, at 526lbs dry, was also a pretty honking big bike. Claimed power was 164hp with 88ft-lbs of torque and although the claimed power doesn’t look all that impressive, the torque means smooth, effortless speed. Aside from a significant switch from carburetors to PGM fuel injection in 1999 and an updated dash with a digital speedometer in 2001 [seen here], the bike remained largely unchanged throughout its production run until it was discontinued in 2007.

With its road-going focus, they chose to fit a linked braking system to the bike. LBS II was developed from Honda’s Dual CBS and sought to automatically balance braking forces between the front and rear by using the hand lever to operate both the outer pairs of the six pistons on the front calipers and the inner piston of the rear caliper. The reverse is true at the back: the pedal operates the outer pistons of the rear caliper along with the inner pistons of the front calipers, with proportioning valves to prevent lockup. Purists may scoff, but linked braking is the sort of feature improves safety for the majority of riders in a majority of riding situations: if you don’t hold a racing license, you’ll stop quicker with systems like this.

The CBR1100XX is certainly not the fastest bike now, but it’s an incredibly capable one, with the high build quality you’d expect from a top-of-the-range Honda hyperbike and excellent reliability. Given that it was obviously never intended for any sort of competition, the road-bike focus also means the Super Blackbird has inherent versatility. This is a bike for riders who love all sorts of riding, but can only afford, or have space for one bike: commuting, canyon riding, sport-touring, all with ballistic speed. I’m sure you could even do the occasional track day on one, although it wouldn’t be your first choice… The only downside is the extra weight you often find with do-it-all bikes, but that just means stability, wind protection, and room for a passenger or luggage.

From the Seller: 2003 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird for Sale

2003 Honda CBR1100xx “black bird”
Vin# JH2SC35053M600611

– at one time, fastest production bike
– Only 13 miles on odometer
– 4cyl, 6 speed
– new battery, fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator
– tank cleaned, rail cleaned, oil changed, fluids checked, tires inflated, etc.
– exhaust pipes still smell new when running
– minor blemishes from years of sitting/ storage since new.
– damage to upper fairing on right had side, see close up image
– asking $9,900
Contact Chris Moffitt (217)369-0289 or email at ko-on@ko-onconstruction.com

Performance was pretty quickly eclipsed by the Hayabusa in terms of outright performance, but the looks are more… subtle, adult, and the bike is a very polished, premium, style-over-substance product. The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird is still a bit new to be truly collectible or valuable quite yet, but I would expect these to become coveted in the future. We’ve seen similar happen with other unfairly overlooked and highly versatile Hondas. The cracked fairing panel is unfortunate, but they made enough of these that some patient eBay trolling should turn up an original piece if the new owner is so inclined.

-tad

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