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Moto Guzzi January 12, 2019 posted by

Cool As a Cucumber: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S

When you think retro-cool, it’s hard not to picture Moto Guzzi. Long the archaic slugger in a room full of mixed martial arts experts, Moto Guzzi created (relatively) modern machinery faithful to the image built over decades. The elder statesman in nearly every motorcycle manufacturer conversation, M-G made their way by choosing their own path. And while some may argue their path was not too wisely chosen given that technology and competition have passed them by, the fact remains that Moto Guzzi is Europe’s oldest motorcycle constructor still in operation. We will politely ignore the number of starts and stops and owners endured throughout the years, and focus instead on the highlights. Place this 1000S against, say, an original 900cc Ninja (a watershed bike by all sport bike standards), and the Moto Guzzi will be blown away in most performance contests. Yet that Ninja was introduced nearly a decade before the 1000S. Such tales tell of what is important in the long run, and this Guzzi looks absolutely classic and solid while today the Ninja resembles a love child from the age of plastic (although we love it dearly). Guzzis have a solid look, and a solid feel and a long term presence – and this does not come by accident.

1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for sale on eBay

Powered by a lumpy, booming, 1000cc V-twin, the 1000S follows the classic Moto Guzzi recipe: Big slugs at low RPM, 2-valve head with big valves for good airflow, air cooled with carburetors for simplicity, and the classic crankcase webbing on the outside to give the whole motor/trans assembly a carved out of billet look. The lines are long and muscular, and there is just enough chrome to make the whole package stand out – without looking tacked on. Wire wheels add to the retro factor, but they are also robust and light. With its big tank, long seat and “old fashioned” round headlamp and stick-up square tail lamp, the 1000S looks like a bike from another era. And it many, many ways, it really is. Twin shocks work without any progressive mechanism, and beware the jacking effect of the shaft drive mid-corner. All problems of another era, pulled (unwillingly) in to the 1990s.

From the seller:
I have decided to part ways with one of my 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000s bikes.
This one is the sought after green frame and graphics
It is also the Big Valve model.
It has a little over 24k miles,
It runs excellent, just needs a new home.
Tires are like brand new, looks amazing.
This bike is show ready or ride the heck out of it, it’s also an amazing runner!
One of the coolest bikes around for sure and rarely on the market.
I have another that I will be posting up for sale as soon as this one runs, along with others.
Clean and clear title,
I will gladly store the bike until shipping or pickup is arranged.

The first thing you will undoubtedly notice is the color. What is it about Italians and their love of colors not usually found in the palette of other manufacturers? Ducati celebrates the green frame 750 SS, Bianchi bicylces offers their own unique green color. Moto Guzzi dabbled in the color as well, creating a striking – yet relatively rare – shade of the spectrum. Aside from the retro aspect and the color, one cannot help but notice how clean this bike is. Stare at the pictures and drool away. This bike is seriously sano, and is well represented. It is also located right here in the U.S. of A. That’s right – no overseas locales, strange importation deals, or foreign currency. Win!

Like a solid stock market choice, the older Guzzis are appreciating steadily. Classic lines are always in demand, and this particular example is no exception. With a Buy It Now of $21,000 USD, entry to this party is not cheap. But quality and longevity are rarely the basis for bargain hunters. Look carefully and remember back when you saw such a unique color combo Guzzi in this type of condition. You may argue with the “sport bike” part of it, but this example is every bit a RSBFS worthy addition. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. This beast screams “want!” to me. Does it rev up the retro longings in you? Good Luck!!

MI

Cool As a Cucumber: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S
Ducati November 7, 2017 posted by

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S

This 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S has covered just 6,300 miles since it left the showroom, and has very few blemishes to show for its 10-year tour of duty. Along the way, it has been given suspension bits from RaceTech, sexier side covers and belt covers and wears a set of sticky Dunlop Sportmaxes.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S for sale on eBay

This is the first year of the faired Sport Classic for the masses. For 2007, it only came in red with a white stripe, and differentiated itself from the standard Sport Classic with the cowl from the Paul Smart edition bike and lower handlebars.

From the eBay listing:

6,300 miles, lovingly maintained in showroom mechanical and cosmetic condition. New Dunlop tires. Some aftermarket add-ons by previous owner (Race Tech suspension, sliders, covers), but otherwise original. Always garaged, never raced, no track days, never laid down.

I ride this bike less than 1000 miles per year, mostly nice weather weekends. It’s a really beautiful machine – very precise, responsive, strong, smooth, powerful.

I have a vintage BMW R90S coming out of a year-long frame-off nose-to-tail restoration, and my wife will kill me if I keep both these bikes. Bike is in San Francisco; I can recommend an excellent shipper who specializes in collectible cars and motorcycles, and coordinate pickup on this end.

The unfettered, elegant steel structure keeps the bike on the south side of 400 lb dry, despite this model year carrying a wet clutch, dual-shock swingarm and pillion seat as opposed to its previous year’s single-shock monoposto setup.

While they are not particularly rare, the Sport Classic range cuts a gorgeous profile, and they are not seen as often as the rest of Duc’s mid-aughts lineup. With updated modern suspension and mechanicals, they deliver a ride that belies their styling.

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S
Moto Guzzi July 10, 2017 posted by

Too Soon: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

Looking very much like a mid-1970s 750S, this Moto Guzzi 1000S was retro before retro was cool. In possibly the most Moto Guzzi-ist move ever, the company beat the classic styling craze by decades simply out of necessity. Faced with an outdated product line, Guzzi needed a sporty machine to fill the gap before the introduction of the Daytona in 1992, so the company slapped their big, longitudinally-oriented 90° v-twin and shaft-drive combo into the long-serving Lino Tonti frame, fitted modern brakes and some 18″ wheels and called it done. Unfortunately, the concept was a bit too far ahead of its time and some sat unsold at dealers for years.

Power from the 949cc two-valve, air-cooled motor was unremarkable, even in 1991. But the twin’s 82hp came with a very beefy 76 ft-lbs of torque, enough to push the 1000S to just a shade under 130mph. There was certainly nothing wrong with their proven Lino Tonti-designed frame, other than that it was nearly twenty years old in 1991 and the Guzzi combines long, low looks with decent cornering clearance and stable handling.

Triple Brembo brakes meant the 475lb machine could pull up pretty short, and the bike used Guzzi’s linked braking system that had the brake pedal operating the rear caliper and one front caliper, with a proportioning valve to distribute pressure. The other front brake was operated by the the right bar-mounted lever. Purists have often complained and some have even de-linked their brakes, but the system has always worked very well.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

Welcome! You are looking at a very stock and original 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S with the big valve engine and green stripes and frame. This bike started life on the east coast and was bought by a friend of mine a few years ago from the original owner. My friend moved out here and looked me up to help him service the bike. I have been servicing, restoring, collecting and preserving Guzzi’s for many years. The bike was a bit rough but was very stock. Short story is, I purchased the bike last year to preserve it and to get it back on the road as the loving beast it is.

I completely went through the entire bike. The heads were completely rebuilt with new valves, guides, etc. They were in great shape but I like to be safe with the intention of making sure someone is getting a great solid bike. All seals, gaskets, hoses, bearings, and rubber bits were replaced including intake boots. I also replaced the timing chain tensioner, timing chain, and oil pump sprocket. Carbs were completely rebuilt with new everything. The clutch had been replaced at one point but was in great condition so I left it alone. Rear drive was rebuilt and shimmed as was the trans. It is sporting a brand new pair of Pirelli Sport Demon tires. She also has a set of Dyna coils along with a brand new Dyna ignition. The original owner had rat holed away the original exhaust, seat, and chrome bits so they have very few miles on them and look great. The bike also has a brand new Duracell motorcycle specific battery and also has a brand new Valeo starter. It is rare to find one with all the original bits on it. This thing is running so good! I just re torqued the heads for the final time and gave it a good tuning.

She is a runner with an awesome personality. Cosmetically the bike has allot of honest riding wear from running up and down the east coast most of its life. The paint on the side covers is worn through and paling off in many places. I have another 1000S here I am looking after for a very good friend that has the same type of wear from being ridden allot too. Overall though, the bike just has a very cool character and loves to be ridden. Plus its not so nice you don’t want to ride it! The decals and even new side covers are readily available if one wished to repaint a set. I am a stickler for keeping things as original as possible though. I will include a near new complete Lafranconi Competzione exhaust with head pipes and crossover. I will also include the stock points set, reflectors, and jets.

This example uses, as the seller mentions, the “big valve” version of the v-twin engine. The 1993 bike used smaller valves for improved midrange torque and better emissions, but it was down on top end power as you’d expect, with 71hp at 6,800 rpm versus 82 at a surprisingly high 8,000. The bikes came stock with wire wheels, with cast wheels as an option that are featured on this example. Just a few hundred of these were imported to the US in 1991 and 1993, making this one of the rarest Guzzis of the the “modern” era. The Buy It Now price for this bit of retro-performance is $15,000 which seems pretty on-the-money for a nice 1000S these days. Guzzis certainly don’t appeal to everyone but if you’re a fan, and looking for classic looks with modern-ish performance, they don’t get much nicer than this.

-tad

MZ November 23, 2016 posted by

Iron Curtain: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale

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Looking a bit like Aprilia’s Falco, the MZ 1000S was a high-end sport-touring motorcycle from a largely forgotten East German manufacturer that was powered by a big-bore parallel-twin engine. What could possibly go wrong? Well, not much really: as the seller mentions, parts to maintain the 1000S are available online, they’ve got a good reputation for reliability, and are apparently relatively easy to service. If you’re looking for something quirky and practical, with real-world performance, this might be worth a look.

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Unfortunately MZ or Motorrad und Zweiradwerk is relatively unheard of outside vintage biking circles and fans of weird 90’s bikes powered by Yamaha singles. And even if you know the name, you might associate it with agricultural-grade, commuters and smoky two-strokes, which is hardly the image they were trying to present with this upmarket machine. More likely, they’d want you to remember their racing roots, and the fact that MZ two-strokes developed by Walter Kaaden basically set the standard for two-stroke performance and dominated the smaller racing classes between 1955-1976. The Japanese really only broke their stranglehold when racer Ernst Denger defected and took the brand’s racing secrets to Suzuki…

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Parallel-twin engines aren’t found in too many premium motorcycles these days: they’re reliable and very compact, but tend to vibrate badly as displacements increase. Just ask Norton and Triumph… But with modern balance-shafts, vibration is manageable, and parallel-twins offer up the character and midrange of a v-twin without the packaging challenges, and the MZ’s engine was backed by a six-speed cassette gearbox. Made for just three years before disappearing, along with the rest of MZ, the bike received positive, if not glowing reviews.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale

You are bidding on my 2005 MZ 1000S “sport touring” bike. This bike is in great condition with very low mileage, a little over 2,000 miles,and ready for thousands more. This bike is totally stock with no mods, and really a steal for what you are getting. There are many “Chinese” bikes going for this price, but you get real German engineering/quality with this one. Here are the details:

This bike is in great shape, and I just had the following done within the last month. All oil/filters changed to factory spec Silkolene products, as well as brake & clutch fluids. Battery replaced at the same time, so this bike is ready for many miles. Starts right up,and runs though the 6-speed cassette transmission with no issues. Previous owner swapped out the gearing from factory original 17/43 sprockets to Vortex 16/45 sprockets to aid in upper end tractability. I do not have the original; sprockets, but they are easily obtainable on eBay if desired. The original turn signals were replaced by the previous owner, and I do not have the originals.

Cosmetically the bike is in great shape with a small amount of scratches in the factory paint here & there, but by no means rough. Hard to actually photograph to be honest.

Parts are easily obtainable from Grahams Motorcycles in the UK, and a lot of the the consumable items such as sprockets, brake pads,filters are readily available on eBay. Original factory owners manual included. Clear title ready to transfer.

Overall a really nice bike that will not get “lost in the crowd” of also ran sport bikes. Please ask questions, as all sales are final, and shipping transport must be completed within 2-3 weeks unless prior arrangements made. A Paypal deposit of $250.00 due within 48 hrs of auction’s end, and full payment within 7 days. Also, please make sure you clear it with your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend /dog/cat before bidding. Thanks!

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The Buy It Now price is listed at $4,499.99 which, aside from looking like it belongs in the window of something on a used-car lot, is a pretty screaming deal, considering the performance and rarity. It’s not going to offer cutting-edge performance, but that was never the intent. Instead, it’s a mature sportbike you can ride to the twisties, then through the twisties, without needing a chiropractor at the end of the day.

-tad

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Iron Curtain: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale
Ducati April 27, 2016 posted by

Redlines – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S

Set the way-back machine for the early 1970’s and check out a Triumph TR-6, some came with red-striped Michelins, beyond cool on a BRG car.  This cared-for Ducati retro makes reference to that look, taking the red / black scheme ( standard on every 2007 Sport 1000S ) to a new level.

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2007 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Manufactured for the 2006-10 model years, the Sport Classic series was based on the 992cc dual-spark engine and had 92 hp available.  The 2007  was a modern retro, with Marelli fuel injection, quiet and smooth wet clutch and big Brembo brakes.  43mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs rear shocks are are a nod toward the bottom line, rather than the start-finish line.  But with the TT-style upper fairing and spoked wheels, it’s a fab look if not the most ergonomically friendly.

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Exported from Cali to Portlandia, this Sport 1000S has been kept stock enough to return to the Peoples’ Republic of CARB.  Not ridden much with under 3,100 miles, it was still treated to a matching stripe on the front fender.  Tempting as it must’ve been to fit with carbon everything, the pebbled black covers look great with the red body.  Termis are somewhat less massive than the stock mufflers, and the flat black finish on the exhaust system fits right in.

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From the eBay auction:  

I am the 2nd owner; originally a Sacramento bike so can be imported back to CA no problem. 3089 Original miles. Stock aside from Termi slip ons (originals included with all emissions equip.), red tape on wheels and white stripe professionally painted on front fender to match tank stripe. Pictures describe its condition best. Did have slight expansion on tank (common problem with these bikes) due to ethanol fuel but tank was drained and sat for a year. Has contracted back to normal size. I have not coated or treated the tank in any way as if it doesn’t sell I will be using ethanol free fuel only.

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No mention is made of maintenance, so the first order of business will be to determine whether the rubber will need re-newing.  Updating the suspension would be a very do-able update, and be transformational.  Only a couple of bids but already north of a ton and plenty of time to probe the reserve.  The bike appears undamaged and nicely detailed, and the DS motor should be trouble-free.  For the right pillion, you could remove the faux seat fairing and have a smashing biposto…

-donn

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Redlines – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S
Ducati July 29, 2015 posted by

All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S

Cashing in on the retro-craze or reverently invoking Ducati history, the Pierre Terblanche design for the Sport Classic series was ( and is today ) a hit.  Built from 2006-09 in relatively small numbers, the bikes were styled in the 1970’s but had power and reliability for the new century.

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2008 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Using the air and oil-cooled 992cc Desmodue, the Sport 1000S has 92 hp available, driving through a hydraulically actuated wet clutch and 6-speed transmission.  Big 43mm upside-down forks lead the way for a more retro dual-shock rear swingarm.  Not terribly overweight at a scosche over 400 lbs, the 320mm dual front disks and 245mm rear are up to the task.

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The seat and fairing choices changed from year to year, but this Sport 1000S has the monoposto seat cover and lowers to complement the windshield fairing.  The red bodywork is magnificent.  Without even first-oil-change miles, this bike is hard to call used, but after 7 years in the garage, the belts and tires might want sprucing up.  From the eBay auction:

ABOUT AS NEW AS YOU WILL FIND, TOTALLY SHOWROOM CONDITION, LOOKS BRAND NEW! ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT.

I have all keys, manuals, etc. Also there is no fuel tank spreading issue on the bike. It was checked out when Ducati did the recall a few years back and is still nice and tight today. Bike has never been dropped and has never seen rain. I know ‘it’s only new once’ but this is about as close to new as you’ll find for a 2008 bike.

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Though the Paul Smart commemoratives are fetching huge bids, the buy-it-now on this bike looks almost reasonable.  Hmmm, a little over an hour from here, maybe a test-ride up Conn. Rte 7 would be possible ?  After a quick service, this Sport 1000S should be ready for a lot of fun miles…

-donn

All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S

After the retro-styled MH900E of 2001-02, the Pierre Terblanche-led styling department had another epiphany in 2005.  The SportClassic series used the air-cooled 992cc dual-spark engine, and a steel trellis frame, with up-to-date brakes and suspension.  Most of the 2006-09 production was the naked GT1000, with single or dual seats.  The gem of the series was the 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE, which commemorated the factory rider’s 1978 Isle of Man TT win.  The Sport 1000S was made in 2007-09 in relatively low numbers and while not having the cachet of the PS, it is a rare retro sportbike.

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2009 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Relying on the 2-valve air-cooled 992, the Sport 1000S sends 92 hp and 67 ft-lbs. torque through a six-speed gearbox, via a smooth(er) wet clutch.  Modern 43mm upside forks are used, and the adjustable dual rear shocks ( and dual mufflers ) have a lot of retro appeal ( Paul Smart models used a single sided swingarm and exhaust ).  Brakes are dual 320mm disks in front with 4-piston calipers, and single 245mm rear disk.  The ’07-08 Sports had a dual seat, but in 2009 Ducati brought back the single seat with cowl used on the PS.

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This Sport 1000S has custom turn signals, micro-blinkers smoothly installed on the front fairing, and a fender eliminator kit out back with the brake light and turn signals in an LED strip along the back of the seat cowling.  Sparks stainless steel mufflers are also added.  The fairing has the factory black with white stripe and appears excellent.

The eBay auction states:

This is the rarest of the Sport Classic range. The black Sport classic was produced only in 2009. This example is in pristine condition with all maintenance performed by Ducati Dallas, including the 7500 mile service. Includes a recently installed new Caswell coated gas tank so you never have to worry about tank expansion. Includes – Stainless Spark Exhaust, Fled LED tail light, LED Front Signals, Brown Grips, Mosfet Regulator, Brand New Pirelli Rosso tires.

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One might argue that the PS 1000LE is the rarest of them all, but any of the Sport 1000S years only amounted to a few hundred, all sweet tributes to a great era, factory-engineered with some modern amenities.  This one is from the last production year, and has had some nice care and updates.

-Donn

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S
MZ August 16, 2014 posted by

Rare and Practical: 2005 MZ1000S

Most attempts to resurrect a defunct or struggling brand start with high-performance, limited-edition hypersports machines that inevitably get compared to the GSX-R1000, and generally not in a good way. So it was interesting when a revitalized MZ chose not to compete directly with hypersports bikes from Ducati and Aprilia, instead creating a classy gentleman’s express that they hoped would be judged on its own merits.

Produced between 2004 and 2007, the MZ 1000S represented a new era for formerly East German MZ. Known in classic circles as pioneers in the two-stroke revolution, their later range of bikes was powered almost exclusively by the 660cc Yamaha single. Great, practical everyman transportation, but MZ needed something to compete with more refined machinery.

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Unfortunately, one of the reasons people create hypersports bikes in the first place is that folks with more money than skill or sense buy them as dangerous fashion accessories, and the MZ1000S disappeared with barely a ripple… In fact, this is the first one I can ever remember seeing for sale.

But don’t let that discourage you: reviews may not have been glowing in terms of track prowess, but then it wasn’t that sort of bike. It worked as intended, as a rideable, practical exotic that stands out in a crowd. And stand out it surely does.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale 

Gloss Black/Silver graphics Color scheme with Remus Slip on Exhausts made specifically for this bike – engine is bone stock – fuels beautifully – complete paper work from first owner and myself – factory tool kit – Digital service and owners manual in ENGLISH – parts readily available from Grahams In the UK – Pazzo Clutch and Brake levers (I do have OEM levers and they are in mint condition) Sprockets are Yamaha parts and oil filter is standard K&N item. Slight light scratches in clear coat on tail section, only noticeable up close and in full sun from first owner running soft luggage while sport touring. I do NOT have the stock exhausts.

Bike is an incredible sport bike, while she’s big sitting at rest and tall in the saddle (If you have a short inseam – this might not be the bike for you – I’m 6’0″ and I’m solidly on the balls of my feet at a stop.) But get it going and the size melts away – it is capable of staying with modern 600’s easily in really twisty tight mountain roads and the torque is simply addicting – come out of a corner and just roll it on – you are pulling away while everyone else is downshifting like crazy to match your drive out of the corner – and like a BMW K1200/1300 or Moto Guzzi sport bike – incredibly confidence inspiring and OMG easy to ride fast!

The MZ 1000S was powered by their in-house parallel-twin, bucking the v-twin sportbike trend that saw every niche market motorcycle powered by Ducati, Honda, or Suzuki v-twin engines. This choice certainly came with built-in limitations: parallel-twin engines are very compact and less expensive to produce, but vibrate like the dickens, especially in larger-displacement applications.

Just ask Norton and Triumph.

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And they really aren’t generally rev-happy engines, happier to punch out useable torque. Even with a balance shaft or two, you’re never going to get screaming revs out of 1000cc parallel twin. Also, there’s a certain bias against the configuration: the very advantages that speak to efficiency in manufacturing suggest a certain… pragmatism that is at odds with an exotic image.

But you will get character and packaging advantages galore, and a torquey powerplant ideal for the sports touring bike MZ had in mind.

Parts availability is a big question mark, although the seller mentions that servicing has never been a problem. This is the epitome of a “mature” sport bike and should be comfortable on both long rides and fast canyon runs on Sunday morning. This could be a really cool buy for someone looking for a bike that will really stand out from the crowd.

-tad

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Rare and Practical: 2005 MZ1000S