Monday November 16th 2020

November 16th, 2020

You can’t argue with success >>>>

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Jordi’s - TRS Team have won all three Classes of the Spanish Trials Championship


And Beta’s Steve Holcombe is the World Enduro Champion.  second Year in a row - Brad Freeman Beta - 2nd overall and winner of the other Enduro class. - Yes we sell both TRS and Beta for a reason !! They are winners.
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Sunday was the final day for the Masters Golf - and it was interesting to watch the event, from Georgia with the Autumn leaves  blowing around - held late this year due to the Pandemic - Last year’s winner Tiger Woods had a real horror show on the 12th hole - ending up with a “10″ on his card after punting the ball in the water twice. - Kudus to him for keeping his cool and playing well after that. - It was Wayne Gretski’s son in law Dustin Johnson who took home the gold, and got his first green jacket.


Later Shayne stopped by to pick up some parts in his neat old 59 Ford truck - we  had a good chat about our sport and what a strange year it has been for everyone.


Sunday November 15th 2020

November 15th, 2020

Beta wins World Enduro Championship - AGAIN.
As a lot of older readers will recall - our original idea for hosting the “Outlaw” Trial back in 1986 - was for a Two day with a Free first day to ride the loop on their vintage twin shock bikes for a FUN time ( We did give trophies )
This proved to be so popular - that we continued the following year, and now in the year 2020 ( When everything is cancelled) We would have still been hosting this event. - So what does that tell you? -
.Well #1 it’s hugely popular  and while for the most part - our events were held in Summerland - ( The first was at East Kelowna where -believe it or not - we held a couple of National Trials - we also held one at Postil Lake and other spots ) - the reason that I mention this - is that the interest in Vintage bikes appears to have sparked again, particularly in Vancouver, where this real beauty is located. -
Of course in Europe the “Classic” scene is huge  - which may have prompted a few people to spend time and money on the old bikes. - Looking ahead to next year I can say for sure that we will have a traditional Classic Trial the day before the Modern event.  So gentlemen - you have all of the winter to work on your Vintage bikes - but please remember the first thing you need to do is fit New soft 2 ply Tires.
Check out the pic below and the specs !! - ( BTW I do have a 76 TY 175 in my shop in original mint condition) -
Another story on the TY 175 is that when they first arrived in Canada  ( I was working for Yamaha Canada at the time) I got one of the first ones and right away ran into problems, because most of the Alberta Trials were long distance ( still the best)  - and often at high altitude.
The bike would not work at about 6 thousand feet. - Well I listened to all the so called Experts about  carb settings ( Which I tried) but in the end I went my own way - which worked and that was later verified by the Japanese Tech guys. - ( They told me that they fitted a special carb to these bikes for operating in South America. My Japanese boss said he would send me one - but I’m still waiting!!
This was back in 1975, and I was putting on the very first FIM Canadian World Championship, so I couldn’t have a bike that was acting up - I fitted a larger gas tank and jetted the carb to set up the 69 mile course in the Alberta Foothills, and as they say - The rest is History. - Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right!

Suffice to say that Yamaha sold a lot of 175’s after that.
After a few compliments at the local club I thought maybe worthy of a post. Built for competition, not a restoration or museum piece. Tried to maintain stock look as much as possible with a few personal touches.
-Autolube removed
-Lighting coil and lights removed
-DT175 cylinder bored to 68mm, shortened for compression and ports polished
-DT175 head, higher compression
-New Wiseco 68mm piston
-RD350 intake manifold
-RD350 reed cage, enlarged
-Boyesen 2 stage power reeds
-PWK 26mm carb
-Uni pod filter
-225cc boost bottle and 5/8 hose @20cm (based on Yamaha published research)
-TM125 progressive fork springs, shortened (new)
-Tapered Showa steerer bearings
-Lengthened clutch actuating arm
-Betor shocks, nitrogen removed.
-50lb springs
-All new bushings, bearings, cables, seals, tires, grips, condenser (relocated) and coil
-Original tank, seat and fenders.
-S3 Hardrock pegs
Not much on the agenda today - so might just kick back & watch the Golf on the box.

Saturday November 14th 2020

November 14th, 2020

Here is the TRS poster listing the various models for 2021.

In its fifth year of life, the new TRRS ONE RR 2021 reaches an optimal moment in maturity, powerful, reliable and fun, take a big step forward in terms of quality and performance.
Its innovative design with asymmetrical shapes, keeps brand DNA, present in the GOLD and One R 2021 models that preceded it.
The engine has been completely redesigned, in order to house the new melted aluminum injection cranks, substantially improving finishes and achieving better low-speed behavior by increasing pre-compression.
The new clutch cover with oil level viewer and filling, all on the same side, makes maintenance easier.
With the incorporation of the temperature sensor into the cylinder, you manage to control even better thermal variations and the optimal start point of the fan, controlled by the new CDI.
The ONE RR is confident as a benchmark motorbike, both for the user and the most demanding pilot.
The RR 125 cc engine also improves remarkably, its new crankshaft, piston and head, confer a considerable increase in power as well as a reduction in vibration.
In this case, the final development 8-45 has also been reduced, with a better response and optimal use of the first three marches.
The new ONE RR, like the other brand models, will be available in two versions:
Normal: 300 - 280 - 250 - 125 cc.
With electric start: 300-280-250 cc.

And here is a great Neil Sturgeon Photo of Jordi in the Scottish - For most Off Road riders in North America - Trials Competitions are a mystery - they don’t understand why the riders park their bikes and then walk each marked out section, studying each obstacle along the way - almost in a daze as they plan their ride through one at a time. - It has only been in recent years, that many have “Caught on” to why ALL the tough Enduro events are being won by Ex Trials riders - Think about it.!!

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Here is a rare pic of Roger Decoster checking out a Beta MX bike - back in the day - Something else I did not know was that Jim Pomeroy raced a Beta ( after the Bultaco thing shut down)

And here is another showing Jim Pomeroy on one of the early Beta MX machines ( Check out those rear shocks!!)
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I wonder how many remember this weekend at Sumerland back a few years, when we held the Ady Brown Memorial Trial in the snow !! This pic of Jay Colley’s camp site was taken the day after the event, but that year we had early snow and very cold temperatures - I remember that Bob & Brett Clark and myself  - stayed over at Pete’s place and the temperature was I think -19 in the morning. - It was so cold, that Bob & Brett had to park their Sherco 4T’s next to the exhaust on the truck to warm them up, before they would start. - We had a great turn out at all the Memorial Trials and later of course we added Pete Brown’s name to that rather sad event.
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This is an interesting Talk show  from Australia, where they interview various riders from around the World - this one is on our own Sammy King who gives a really good account of his life in the sport.  check it out >> Ep 49: Sam King - O.G. (Oakleigh to Golden) Sam King should be known to a few of our Australian and Canadian listeners. Sam rode juniors in Australia and got to quite a high level including a few trips as a junior over…

Hard to believe that it’s over 4 years since Sammy emailed me and I supplied him with a  Factory Beta Evo while he was over - We had some great rides and I showed him lots of our stuff in Summerland -and other spots -  He just had to try this Tree!!

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Friday November 13th 2020 ( Unlucky for some)

November 13th, 2020

There are still a lot of people out there that don’t know that the Beta Factory has been around for a very long time - since the early 1900’s first in bicycles then Motorcycles - still family owned. - They have always built a variety of models ( not just Trials bikes) and this is an early example of their 125cc Moto Cross machine.

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Many of our readers will remember seeing my pics of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine gal Emily Roberts, out riding Trials with me - but she can also handle big bikes as well, doing a test of the 1200cc BMW this summer - at only 5ft 4inches - Emily certainly isn’t a big lady, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in the skills department. check this out >> and get a subscription to Motorcycle Mojo Magazine - it’s Canadian and needs our support.
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Here is a rare photo from “D DAY” 1944 - with Dispatch riders arriving on the Beach at Normandy.

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This is Tilly Shilling - A truly remarkable  lady who not only built this bike, and lapped the famous Brooklands Speedway  at 105 mph - but also designed the special anti-stall device that was fitted to the Spitfire.

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A light dusting of snow last night - with more expected today - not my favorite time of the year.


Jordi Tarres has posted some great pics of the new 2021 TRS models - most available with the optional e start - He is certainly not resting on his laurels with updates every year. - As most of our readers know - I took advantage of pre-ordering  a “Gold” Special Edition which was an early shipment - this has the estart and is absolutely fantastic - But I would strongly suggest that anybody planning on buying either a Beta or TRS for 2021 - Get your order in NOW - with this Pandemic, we never know when European Factories might be shut down. ( Note Beta still have a few 2020 Evos left in the warehouse but these are going fast)

Here is a great shot of the new  TRS Engine - and a video>

New TRRS Raga Racing 2021


Christmas is just around the corner and we have a good stock of Wulf riding gear - Helmets-Boots- Gloves etc - plus of course our unbeatable Outlaw Toolbelts and Enduro fender bags. - Why not give us a call as we have been told that all mail & courier deliveries are likely to be slow this year due to the Pandemic.

Check out this article by Beta Trueba - The Spanish Importer for the Beta Brand -

Interview with Marc Trueba


Thursday November 12th 2020

November 12th, 2020

The Brits like to preserve  history as much as possible, and we can be glad of this when it comes to Motorcycles - The name Norton brings memories flooding back - for old timers and here is a fine example.
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And they call the Sidecar passengers “Monkey’s -
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Video for today >>>> Tomiyuki Ogawa se proclama Campeón de Japón de Trial 2020 Tomiyuki Ogawa se proclama Campeón de Japón de Trial 2020, por delante de Kenichi Kuroyama y Nozaki.


Although it’s not likely that anybody from our neck of the woods is planning to go next year ( except maybe Stan) - due to the Pandemic.  The club have just posted this info.


Just a reminder that you only have until Monday 30th November to get your entry in for the 2021 SSDT. Click the link below to submit your online application.
November 11th is also Sammy Miller’s birthday - and he is still going strong at age 87. -This pic shows him on “Pipeline” in a Pre 65 Scottish a few years ago.  - Did you know that Sammy won over 1,000 Trials in his career?
And was also a World Class Road racer. The pic below shows him on the streamlined NSU at the Ulster Grand Prix. - The other one was taken with his incredible Ariel GOV 132 on which he won so many events.
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Wednesday November 11th 2020

November 11th, 2020

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Outlaw Trialsport is closed for business  today, as it’s Remembrance Day

Thought I would add this pic of my old watering hole when I was a young guy. - Had some good nights in there.
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On this day in 2009 - Doug Nimmo and myself rode up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain - it was a great day to sit quiet and reflect on how fortunate we are. Because of the sacrifice of so many.

Tuesday November 10th 2020

November 10th, 2020

A blast from the past  - Team Blackfoot Montesa 1971 - Murray Nutt - Wade Adderson - Dave Rhodes. - I only rode the Mont for a few months, never really “Clicked” for me - and I went back to a Bultaco.

Kevin Couves posted this nice pic of a lady rider at their last Nanaimo event - she is looking good on the older Rev 3 - & showing good style with a finger on both the clutch and front brake.  ( I see dapper Dave Fair in the background -otherwise known as the little green man)


Well they said it was going to snow - and yes it did - everything is white over this morning - so Winter might be here to stay this time.


Click onto the pic go see details - but who is the lady rider?

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day -

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Monday November 9th 2020

November 9th, 2020

Well the weather forecasters were wrong about things yesterday, as it was a beautiful day in the Valley, and in fact the sun is shining again this morning, so fingers crossed as we enjoy a bit of a reprieve  from winter.

I see from the various posts on FB - that a lot of  Trials folk were out enjoying the fresh air - the Ontario lads had their annual get-together, and the Nanaimo group were also out having fun.

I was out with a young couple from Vancouver over on the Westside - and we had a really nice afternoon - I took them on our now well documented loop, over to 2 chairs ridge, and although Martin’s wife is new to  riding - she did really well on her little XR 100 - never far behind and making it up the steep climb to the lookout, no problem.

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Only Brett Clark correctly guessed that the guy in our quiz - was road racer Phil Read.

Results from the last Moto GP. - There have now been ten different winners this year.
Top 10:
1. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar)
2. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.651
3. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 1.203
4. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) + 2.194
5. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) + 8.046
6. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) + 8.755
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 10.137
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) + 10.801
9. Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) + 11.550
10. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) + 16.803

=======================================> Sketchy Talent Films - YouTube Day out on the trials bikes with Toby martyn and Joe Clayton plus special guest Josh Gilbert.


A blast from the past - Ross tackling one of our “Traditional” style sections in the Valley.


Sad to hear that Alex Trebeck has died after a long fight with cancer - we always watch his quiz show every night, after “Wheel of Fortune”


Sunday November 8th 2020

November 8th, 2020

Here is a quiz for you - Who is this? - Hint - I saw him win the Cubman’s TT held at Oulton Park ( They moved it from the TT course on the Island) back in the late 50’s - I was there as a flag Marshal with some other members of the ODMC. - He went on to more success - becoming World Champion, on a Yamaha.
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This is what Taff saw when he opened his garage door Saturday in Sherwood Park AB - - Lots more snow is expected in Alberta. ( Note: the Outlaw decal on his trailer - we had these made up after 30 years in business - which was in 2017)
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The forecast for the Valley is for snow early next week - and maybe even today - We have a couple of  friends  visiting from the coast who  want me to go riding - but at this time of the morning I am still undecided - no snow on the ground, but looks cold out the window.

Yesterday we did some work on an old Rev 3 that was in for service, then this was picked up  - a good old bike at the right price.  - The Beta’s hold up well long term, even when they don’t get much “Loving care”  ( Not like some other brands)

So the word we have on new bikes for next year - is that they are going to be in short supply and with the inevitable price increase, anybody thinking about getting either a Beta or TRS - should let us know asap - there are still a “Few”  2020 Beta models  left and these are going at very good prices.

Yves Doyon posted these pics from the World round they held at Alma QC a few years ago I like the “Lifeguards”  ready to pick up any rider unfortunate enough to end up “In the drink”

Saturday November 7th 2020

November 7th, 2020

A Letter from America written by Jon Stoodley  for the Scottish website Trials Guru. ( Reproduced by kind Permission of Jon)
“An observant man once said, to the effect, “You don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you.” Each of us came into the sport of Trials (or “Mototrials” as it is called in some areas) from different directions. Some of us were, in a way, born into the sport as a result of their father’s or even grandfather’s influence. Some, like me, were involved in other forms of motorsports and thought we would “give Trials a shot” and took up the sport.
I had been involved in racing cars and motorcycles as a hobby since I was 15 years old and one fateful night, in 1971, while I was sitting on my TT bike, waiting for the flagman to start my race, I looked around and thought to myself, “Darn. These guys are trying to run me over all the time and I’m not having fun anymore!” So, that was it, I sold my bike and equipment and just took some time off to see what I wanted to do next. As I always loved motorcycles, I was pretty sure they would be involved somehow in my future, but to what extent, I didn’t know.
A short time later, I went to a big off-road motorcycle and equipment show in South San Francisco. There were lots of bikes and stuff on display as well as local motorcycle sports clubs being represented. Over in one corner, was a small booth with a group of riders who had some of their bikes on display. The bikes were weird looking little things with little seats and what looked like street tires on them. I had seen a few photos of them in magazines, so I had an idea they were what was called “Observed Trials” bikes and a bunch of guys in the U.K. bounced around on them all over the countryside. They didn’t look loud, mean or terribly fast like other racing bikes but they were very compact and simple.
One of the riders at the booth came over to me and in a friendly way, asked me if I was interested in riding the, new to me, sport of Observed Trials. I told him I didn’t know much about the sport but was curious. He introduced himself, “I’m Whitey Webb and I’d be happy for you to meet some of the other riders here.” Whitey took me over to the group, which was friendly and welcoming and obviously really enjoyed the sport they were involved in. I hung around their booth for some time and Whitey turned out to be a good salesman as I decided to give this weird sport a try at their next event. There is a Zen saying that goes, “When the Student is ready, the Teacher will appear.” I guess I was ready as a great teacher appeared. Whitey Webb is the father of Kip Webb, a top level U.S. National Trials rider as well as the grandfather of Cody Webb, past U.S. National Trials and EnduroCross Champion. I guess I got real lucky…..
So, I converted a bike I had laying around the shop and showed up at my first Trials event, secure in the knowledge that an experienced and supremely talented racer such as myself would surely show this bunch of old ladies how to REALLY ride a motorcycle, well, we all know what happened next. I flopped, dabbed, crashed, dragged and moaned myself through the sections and loop and generally made a complete fool of myself. My shins were as bruised and bloody as my over-inflated ego at the end……but, you know what? …. I actually had fun. Looking back, I had lots of fun and everybody was helpful and encouraged me to keep going and, most of the time anyway, didn’t laugh when I made rookie mistakes (and I made a LOT of them).
That was it, I was hooked. Something about this, in the U.S. anyway, relatively unknown sport spoke to me. It was challenging and rewarded personal effort, but most of all, it was enjoyable, if even in a sadomasochistic way at times. But there was something else….the people. This sport attracted a certain kind of person and I became aware that these were the kind of people I wanted to be around.
As far as motorsports is concerned, Trials is a weird sport. It’s a lot like golf in that I have friends who are as passionate about golf as I am about Trials. They are always buying the latest, high-tech equipment and a couple of them have even been to Golf’s Mecca, the famous St. Andrew’s Links in Scotland. Trials is also like Golf in that it looks so simple but in reality, is much more complex than a description would indicate. Don’t believe me? Try explaining Golf to a person who has never heard of it: “Well see, you got this little stick and this little ball. There are a bunch of holes in this huge lawn and you try to knock this little ball into the holes with as few whacks as possible. You win if your score is smaller than all the other people. It’s really exciting!”
Then there’s Trials: “Well you see, we got these spindly little motorcycles with no seats. We look for places that nobody would ever ride on (and some places you can’t even walk over) and thrash these little bikes through rushing water, boulders, and other nasty stuff while trying not to fall off. Oh, yea, and we do it for hours on end in rain, snow, sleet and flood. It’s really exciting!” You can get an idea of what I mean, in that the physical description does not do justice to the reality of the experience. In Psychology it’s called “having a mental equivalence”, in that the person you are describing the experience to, does not have the retrievable mental images necessary to accurately frame the physical descriptions you are giving them.
What is it about this sport that I enjoy? Well, you get to ride for hours in some of the most beautiful scenery around. It’s personally challenging and rewards practice and commitment. The other participants are helpful and supportive, probably because we are all trying to solve the same problem of trying to ride the section successfully. We all have a common purpose. The bikes, in comparison to other forms of motorcycle sports, are a lot less expensive and you can get a good entry level bike at a very reasonable price. The bikes, in most cases, are well under-stressed in use and seem to last forever. At least here in the U.S., trying to find a Trials bike in a motorcycle salvage yard is next to impossible. They are just passed on from one rider to a new owner. I’ve rode events alongside first-time beginners and World Champions and in what other sport can you say that? You can ride just for fun or compete on a serious level, the sport allows for both types of riders at the same time. Trials is a reasonably safe sport and injuries are rare. A Clubman rider can compete on Sunday and he or she can have a more than reasonable expectation that they can report for work on Monday, unscathed. The list of positive attributes of this sport goes on and on.
Another point is that Trials riders are, as a general rule, easily approachable and love to share. It’s fun for me to wander around the event pits and talk to riders. If I admire one of their bikes, inevitably the next thing I hear is “want to take it for a ride?” The approachability factor applies not only to Clubman riders but also to World Champions. I’ve chatted with Martin Lampkin when he got to my sections early (even though I knew, in part, he was buttering me up so I’d go easy on Dougie if there was a close call on his scoring. Martin was as good a salesman and had as good a sense of humor as Whitey Webb), I’ve drank beer and talked about motorcycles with Mick Andrews for an afternoon, sat around camp with Tommi Ahvala and talked about everything and sat with Dani Oliveira, 125 World Champion, in the GasGas pits while he was putting on some small parts he had brought from Spain to make an otherwise stock bike work at the World Round level. This reminds me that Trials is primarily a sport of talent, not machinery. At the World level, of course, the competition is so intense that any advantage, however slight, is important but for most of us mere mortals, the bikes anyone can buy are essentially race-ready and require little preparation. I don’t know of any other motorsport here in the U.S. that one can buy a stock bike, do reasonable maintenance and adjustment and enter it in a National event and have a good chance of doing well, it not winning. Trials is a “no excuses” sport.
The sport of Trials has, and continues, to mean a lot to me. I’ve got long time Trials friends all over the world because we share a common experience. The very nature of Trials competition promotes camaraderie and friendship and I would imagine this is because of the fact that we are alone in the section and essentially competing against ourselves. Like I say, Trials is a “no excuses” sport, you can’t blame the other riders for cutting you off in the turn, running into you or jumping the flag at the start.
I love Trial’s rich history, it is one of the oldest and most enduring forms of motorsports there is and one only has to look to the Scottish Six Day Trial to get an idea of the sport’s remarkable lineage. Although I don’t compete anymore I really, really enjoy helping to set up an event, helping new riders and observing a section. I sometimes think I enjoy checking a section more than I did riding in competition. Even after checking sections at three World Rounds, numerous Nationals and over a hundred plus clubman events, I still love standing in a section encouraging the riders. I always want the riders to do well in my section and I always get there early to make sure it is safe, there are no tree branches hanging down in their way, no unnecessary debris is at the entrance or exits, the boundaries are secure and whatever I need to do to make the section as trouble-free yet challenging as I can. I enjoy seeing the riders analyze the section, picking unique lines through the obstacles and then using their talents to conquer the problems set before them. I take pride in the fact that Trials riders help each other and you only have to see the upper class riders take time to answer the questions of the lower class riders and watch as the spectators cheer on and encourage both beginners and World Champions. I like the fact that people of all ages and genders can be involved in this equal opportunity sport and even old geezers like me can participate to whatever level they enjoy. I probably appreciate my time spent with other Trials people now more than I ever have. There are not many activities one can say that about.
When my friend, John Moffat, asked if I would write a piece for The Trials Guru, I first thought of a technical article. Through the years, I have written many technical articles for both Motocross and Trials publications but John suggested “how about a letter from America?” This got me to thinking, “how about a love letter to Trials?” a passion that chose me and I’ve enjoyed for over 46 years and counting. I’ve tried to give back to Trials what my talents would allow. It’s been a really good investment as Trials has rewarded me tenfold. I love this sport.”
I wonder how the modern MX lads would like this type of track ???
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