2017 MODEL INFORMATION
CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES ---- P.2
TECHNICAL DETAILS
ENGINE -------------------------- P.7
CHASSIS ----------------------- P.10
COLOUR(S) ------------------------ P.18
SPECIFICATIONS ------------------ P.22
MODEL NAME
Versys-X 300
MARKETING CODE
KLE300CHF
Version: 8 Nov 2016
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CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
The Versys-X 300 is an adventure-styled touring model that builds
on the any-road any-time performance of Kawasaki’s Versys
models by adding increased capability on unpaved roads. At
300cc, the Versys-X 300 is the smallest-displacement model in the
touring category, and the only model of its kind. Like you would
expect from a bike designed to be the ideal travel partner, it offers
the best comfort and convenience of any 300cc model. More
manageable in both weight and power, and more readily available
than many larger-displacement models, the Versys-X 300 offers
easy access to motorcycle adventure or ideal for commuting. A
wide range of optional accessories are available, with all the
equipment necessary for comfortable long-distance riding.
CONCEPT
PLAN NEW ADVENTURES AND
FORGE AHEAD ON KAWASAKI’S
NEW ANY-ROAD BIKE
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CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
ADVANTAGES
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ANY ROAD, ANY TIME + CAPABILITY ON
UNPAVED ROADS
A powerful 296 cm3 Parallel Twin engine mounted in a rugged
backbone frame, long-travel suspension and 19”/17” spoke wheels
form the basis of a highly versatile, lightweight package that builds
on the Versys’ any-road any-time performance. The Versys-X offers
a high level of riding excitement and rider confidence in a wide
variety of riding situations – ranging from pristine tarmac to unpaved
roads – and accommodates a variety of riding styles. While still
not designed for off-road use, the Versys-X’s capability to handle
unpaved road riding situations gives it even greater potential for
motorcycle adventure than its larger brothers.
Powerful Parallel Twin Engine
Efficiently-tuned 296 cm3 Parallel
Twin engine produces smooth,
torquey power at low and
medium rpm and powerful
acceleration at high rpm.
Smooth power delivery and
strong low-end torque facilitate
slow-speed manoeuvres,
offering both a high level of
control when making minute
throttle adjustments and a
gratifying rush of acceleration
in the lower rpm ranges, while
low vibrations care of a
balancer, and ample top end
offer comfortable highway cruising.
Rugged Backbone Frame
The all-new highly rigid
backbone frame was designed
to handle external shocks,
contributing to the VersysX’s unpaved-road capability.
The sturdy frame is also able
to support a passenger and
luggage, making the Versys-X
a very capable touring partner.
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CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
Long-Travel Suspension
19”/17” Spoke Wheels with Multi-Purpose Tyres
Using long-travel suspension
enables the Versys-X to
deliver riding excitement
across a wide range of riding
situations. Not all streets in
the real world are made of
circuit-smooth pavement.
Road imperfections (bumps,
potholes) are far from rare,
and many streets are not
even paved. The long-travel
suspension is designed
to easily soak up road
imperfections, even when
travelling on unpaved roads.
Excellent feedback from
the front end contributes
to rider confidence and a high level of riding excitement, while the linked rear
suspension offers both riding stability and ride comfort.
While the Versys-X was
not designed for off-road
use, 19” front and 17” rear
spoke wheels give it greater
capability on unpaved roads
than its larger, street-focused
brothers. Multi-purpose
tubed tyres also contribute to
capability on unpaved roads,
while tyre tread pattern adds
to the Versys-X’s adventurestyle image.
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CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
ADVANTAGES
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TOURING PERFORMANCE:
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE TO ENABLE LONG
RIDES
Conceived to enable comfortable long-distance riding, the
Versys-X is able to accommodate a wide range of riders, and offers
numerous optional accessories that enhance touring potential and
comfort.
Large-Volume Bodywork & Adventure-Style
Design
The Versys-X’s large-volume
bodywork and impressive
adventure styling give it the
imposing appearance of a
much larger-displacement
machine. In contrast to the
street-focused Versys models,
the rugged design of the
Versys-X looks very much at
home off the pavement.
Large Windshield
The combination of a tall
upper cowl design inspired
by adventure models, and a
large-size windshield provides
superior wind protection,
adding to long-distance riding
comfort and contributing to
adventure-style looks.
Versys-X 300 with full range of optional accessories.
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CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
Slim, Upright Riding Position
Wide Rear Seat & Passenger Grips
The Versys-X’s slim, upright
riding position and a
wide handlebar offer high
controllability as well as the
comfort for long-distance
riding. A relatively low seat
height of 815*mm and a seat
design that is slim at the front
make it easy for a wide
range of riders to easily
reach the ground with their
feet.
Complementing the rider’s
comfortable seat, a wide
rear seating area and
ergonomically sculpted
grab bars deliver superior
passenger comfort. The rear
seat area is flat, and together
with the rear carrier offers an
excellent platform for securing
luggage.
Abundant Touring Equipment & Accessories
Stylish Multi-Functional Instrumentation
Numerous accessories make
it easy to increase the longdistance potential of the
Versys-X. Like hard panniers,
LED fog lamps, DC outlet,
hand guards and centre stand,
are optional accessories
should riders want to enhance
their ride.
Sophisticated instrument
design features a large
analogue tachometer flanked
by warning lamps on one side,
and a gear position indicator
and multi-function LCD screen
on the other. In addition to
outstanding convenience,
the instrumentation offers
a premium feel on par with
larger-displacement models.
17-Litre Fuel Tank
Assist & Slipper Clutch
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: ENGINE
ENGINE
Fuel-Injected 296 cm3 Parallel Twin
Engine
* Liquid-cooled, DOHC,
8-valve Parallel Twin
delivers smooth,
responsive power
at low and medium
rpm and hard hitting
power at high rpm.
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* Sleeveless, aluminium
die-cast cylinder
features plated bores,
just like on our Ninja
supersport machines.
The cylinder features
an open-deck design,
offering excellent
heat dissipation, and
contributing to weight
savings. (Photo 2)
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(Photo 1)
* Already smoother than a single-cylinder, the engine features a balancer
to help dampen engine vibrations, contributing to a very smooth ride feel
as well as comfortable cruising.
* Optimised compression ratio is 10.6:1 for the Versys-X 300.
* Lightweight pistons feature a hard alumite coating (on the piston crown
and extending past the top land and top ring groove) for increased
durability.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: ENGINE
Fine-Atomising Injectors + Dual Throttle
Valves
Intake & Exhaust Systems
* Fuel injection ensures stable fuel delivery regardless of temperature or
air pressure, as well as excellent starting characteristics.
* Similar to Kawasaki
supersport models,
dual throttle valves
give precise control
of intake air, resulting
in linear throttle
response across
the rpm range.
Dual throttle valves
also contribute to
combustion efficiency,
and hence engine
performance as well
as favourable fuel consumption. (Illustration A)
A
* ø32 mm main throttle valves on the Versys-X 300, complemented by
larger sub-throttle valves measuring ø40.2 mm help flow a great
volume of air, contributing to engine performance.
* Fine-atomising injectors with a droplet size of only 60 μm contribute to
combustion efficiency.
* Lightweight stick-type ignition coils help minimise electrical interference.
* Optimised airbox shape and intake duct layout were designed using
airflow analysis. Intake funnels were optimised for low-mid range
torque, contributing to easy-to-manage power delivery. Air is ingested
via the airbox’s upper section, reducing the chance of foreign objects
entering the intake.
* Slim design of the airbox contributes to a slim overall chassis design
that makes it easy for riders to touch down their feet with ease.
* 2-into-1 exhaust system, made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel,
contributes to low- and mid-range performance and a smooth, step-free
power curve.
* ø31.8 mm exhaust header pipes on the Versys-X 300 are xxxx mm long,
optimised for low-mid range performance. With ground clearance on
unpaved roads a design consideration, their elegantly curved shape
keeps the headers close to the engine.
* Single honeycomb catalyser in the collector pipe contributes to clean
emissions that clear Euro 4 standards.
* Short-style right-side silencer is positioned away from rider and
passenger.
Transmission
* Relatively short gearing offers a balance between fuel economy and
low-mid-range power feeling and response.
* A longer 6th gear contributes to the high-speed cruising range. Range
(measured per WMTC Mode) on a single tank exceeds 400 km,
allowing significant time between refuelling stops. Fuel consumption is
xx km/L on the 300cc model.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: ENGINE
Assist & Slipper Clutch
The light clutch lever pull
and easy control afforded
by the Assist & Slipper
Clutch greatly contributes
to comfortable, stressfree riding – especially
when spending long
stints in the saddle.
* When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions
as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate
together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch
spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when
operating the clutch.
* When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts
(or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing
the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the
clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from
hopping and skidding.
Heat Management Technology
* Large openings in the fairing promote airflow when riding to help
dissipate engine heat.
* Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing
activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a
slipper cam), offering two functions not available on a standard clutch.
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* Patented radiator
fan cover located
behind the radiator
directs hot air down
and away from the
rider, significantly
increasing comfort
when stuck in heavy
traffic. Redirecting
the air also helps
keep the tank, frame
and other parts that
contact the rider
cooler, further increasing rider comfort. (Illustration B)
B
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
CHASSIS
All-new Backbone Frame
* Front-end feel was carefully considered when developing this fork,
resulting in highly reassuring feedback.
* Rugged, high rigidity frame was designed to handle external disturbances,
contributing to the Versys-X’s unpaved-road capability.
* Frame’s simple construction includes lightening holes, helping to keep
chassis weight to a minimum.
* Area around the rear shock mount is reinforced, ensuring a high capacity
to handle unpaved road situations.
* Rigid-mounted, the engine is used stressed member, contributing to both
the frame’s high rigidity and light weight.
* Rear frame was designed to be slim beneath the rider’s seat, facilitating
the rider’s reach to the ground while maintaining necessary rigidity.
* At the rear, BottomLink Uni-Trak is paired
with a gas-charged
monoshock. TBA mm
of travel offers
excellent performance
when riding either
in the twisties or
on unpaved roads
and contributes to
the bike’s high ride
comfort. (Photo 4)
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Long-Travel Suspension
* ø41 mm telescopic
front fork handles
suspension duties up
front. TBA mm of travel
contributes to the
Versys-X’s capability
to handle unpaved
roads, contributing
to sporty handling
across a wide range
of riding situations
while also adding to
ride comfort. (Photo 3)
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* Caster angle 24.6o and swingarm length were selected to balance overall
handling and riding stability with performance on unpaved roads.
* Ample ground clearance 180 mm for 300 models) makes it easier to clear
obstacles encountered on the road.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
Brakes/Wheels/Tyres
* Dual petal disc brakes
(ø290 mm disc at
the front; ø220 mm
at the rear) provide
sure stopping power.
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* Compact new
Bosch 10M ABS unit
contributes to both
weight and space
savings. (Photo 7)
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* While the Versys-X was not designed for off-road use, 19” front and 17”
rear spoke wheels give it greater capability on unpaved roads than its
larger, street-focused brothers. The wheels feature aluminium rims to
help minimise unsprung weight. (Photos 8-9)
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(Photos 5-6)
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* In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for
an added degree of reassuring braking performance the Versys-X
is fitted with front and rear ABS.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
* Multi-purpose tubed tyres contribute to capability on unpaved roads.
The tyre tread pattern adds to the Versys-X’s adventure styling.
* ø17 mm large-diameter front axle shaft ensures sufficient rigidity for
riding on unpaved roads, and contributes to riding stability. Hollow axle
shafts reduce unsprung weight.
* Slim design of the
17-litre fuel tank
makes it easier for
riders to reach the
ground with their feet.
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(Photo 11)
Ergonomics
* The Versys-X’s
slim, upright riding
position and a wide
handlebar offer high
controllability as
well as the comfort
for long-distance
riding. The upright
riding position
accommodates a
wide range of rider
sizes. (Photo 10)
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* Excellent leverage offered by the wide handlebar contributes to
control. A wide steering angle (27o each direction) facilitates low-speed
manoeuvring. The handlebar is rubber-mounted to help minimise
vibration.
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* Seat height is low, considering the Versys-X’s large size. This
contributes to an easy reach to the ground for a wide range of riders.
* Large, double seat is
on par with the seat
of the Versys 650,
offering excellent
comfort. (Photo 12)
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
* Rear of the seat features a wide seating area, contributing to excellent
passenger comfort. The seat’s flat shape also makes it easy to carry
luggage.
* Passenger grab bars have the same diameter as the handlebar
contributing to a comfortable, easy grip.
* Front and rear footpegs feature vibration-dampening rubber cushions.
Convenience Features
* Lightweight, flat
aluminium rear
carrier is level with
the passenger seat,
enhancing luggagecarrying capacity.
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(Photo 13)
Impressive Adventure Styling
Large-volume bodywork
and imposing adventure
styling give the
impression that the
Versys-X is a much
larger-displacement
machine. In contrast to
the street-focused
Versys models, the
rugged design of the
Versys-X looks very
much at home off the
pavement. Images show
the Verys-X 300 with the
full range of optional
accessories.
* Four luggage hooks built into the rear carrier contribute to the VersysX’s high touring potential. The luggage hook shape was designed to be
easy to use with ropes as well as bungee hooks.
* A storage tray under the seat helps secure small items.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
* The Versys-X’s long,
tall upper cowl design
was inspired by
adventure models.
A chin spoiler
contributes to the
sharp, aggressive
Kawasaki image.
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(Photo 14)
* Long, low-position front fender contributes to tough, sporty looks, but
has sufficient clearance to resist mud build-up.
* Sculpted fuel tank contributes to the bike’s adventure-style image. The
tank cap features a design with no visible bolts.
* Square-style taillight contributes to the rugged adventure-style image.
* Large inner fender, unitised with the chain guard, reduces the amount
of water and dirt kicked up by the rear wheel, helping to keep the
underside of the tail cowl clean.
* Large rear flap further reduces water spray, while adding to the bike’s
adventure-style design.
* Large-size windshield works in concert with the upper cowl to provide
superior wind protection, adding to long-distance riding comfort and
contributing to adventure-style looks.
* Single-bulb headlamp gives the Versys-X a look distinct from the other
Versys models.
* Air ducts positioned beside the headlamp reduce hot air build-up inside
the cowl.
* Side cowls are equipped with large openings that promote efficient
release of hot air from the radiator.
* Engine-guard-style lower cowls further contribute to the adventure
looks.
* Stylish mirrors mounted to the handlebar provide a clear view of
the rear.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
Stylish Multi-Function Instrumentation
* Instrument panel
layout features a large
analogue tachometer
flanked by warning
lamps on one side,
and a gear position
indicator and multifunction LCD screen
on the other.
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(Photo 15)
Abundant Touring Equipment & Other
Accessories
Numerous optional
accessories make it easy
to increase the longdistance potential of the
Versys-X, are available,
should riders want to
enhance their ride.
* Gear position indicator – a first for a 300cc-class Kawasaki –increases
shifting precision and confidence, while also contributing to a sporty
image.
* In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display
functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel
range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock
and the Economical Riding Indicator.
* The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate
favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to conditions that result in
the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel efficiency.
This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the
rider must ride in a gentle manner.
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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES DETAILS: CHASSIS
* Optional rugged
square-shaped panniers
(standard equipment
on the Touring model)
each have a 17 L
capacity and 3 kg
max allowance. The
panniers bolt on
and feature a topopening, waterproof
design that adds to
the adventure-style
image while offering a
high level of convenience. (Photo 16)
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* Optional GIVI top case,
available as an
accessory,
offers 30 L of space
while keeping the
bike’s shape relatively
slim. The top case
features a colourmatched cover and
a backrest pad for
passenger comfort.
(The top case may
not be used in
conjunction with the panniers.) (Photo 17)
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* Optional steel pipe
engine guards help to
protect the engine
and side cowls in the
event of a fall, while
contributing to the
rugged, adventurestyle image. (Photo 18)
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* Optional PIAA-brand
LED fog lamps with
ø84 mm lenses offer
increased nighttime
visibility. Electric
consumption is only
8 W per lamp.
The fog lamps
conveniently attach
to the engine guards,
adding to the
adventure-style image. (Photo 19)
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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES DETAILS: CHASSIS
* Optional hand guards
offer a measure of
wind protection,
helping to keep
the rider’s hands warm
when riding in cold
weather, while
contributing to the
adventure-style image
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* Optional centre stand
facilitates
maintenance chores
and offers increased
stability for parking
when fully loaded with
luggage. (Photo 22)
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* ERGO-FIT High seat is 25 mm higher than the standard seat,
offering decreased seat height for taller riders.
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(Photo 20)
* Optional DC outlet
offers 15 W to power
small accessories
(about 30 W if fog
lamps are not being
used), for enhanced
touring convenience.
* Other available accessories include a tank pad and U-lock unit.
(Photo 21)
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COLOUR(S)
VERSYS-X 300
* Candy Lime Green / Metallic Graphite Gray
* Metallic Graphite Gray / Flat Ebony
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SPECIFICATIONS
KLE300CHF
ENGINE
Type
Displacement
Bore and Stroke
Compression ratio
Valve system
Fuel system
Ignition
Starting
Lubrication
FRAME
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
296 cm3
62.0 x 49.0 mm
10.6:1
DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel injection: ø 32 mm x 2 with dual throttle
valves
Digital
Electric
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Final reduction ratio
Clutch
Backbone, high-tensile steel
130 mm
148 mm
100/90-19M/C 57S
130/80-17M/C 65S
24.3o
108 mm
40o / 40o
SUSPENSION
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission
Final drive
Primary reduction ratio
Gear ratios: 1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Type
Wheel travel: front
rear
Tyre:
front
rear
Caster (rake)
Trail
Steering angle (left/right)
6-speed, return
Chain
3.087 (71/23)
2.714 (38/14)
1.789 (34/19)
1.409 (31/22)
1.160 (29/25)
1.000 (27/27)
0.857 (24/28)
3.286 (46/14)
Wet multi-disc, manual
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Front
ø41 mm telescopic fork
Rear
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock
and adjustable preload
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SPECIFICATIONS
KLE300CHF
BRAKES
PERFORMANCE
Front: Type
Caliper
Single ø290 mm petal disc
Single balanced actuation dual-piston
Rear: Type
Caliper
Single ø220 mm petal disc
Dual-piston
Maximum power
29.3 kW {39 PS} / 11,500 rpm
Maximum torque
26 N.m {2.7 kgf.m} / 10,000 rpm
DIMENSIONS
Overall length
2,170 mm
Overall width
860 mm
Overall height
1,390 mm
Wheelbase
1,450 mm
Ground clearance
180 mm
Seat height
815 mm
Curb mass
175 kg
Fuel capacity
17 litres
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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under
standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its
performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for
sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.
Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may
vary by market.
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