2021 Honda ADV150 To Be Launched In The US

The Honda ADV150 is a mixture of an adventure motorcycle and a scooter, something which Honda describes as a “City Adventure” scooter. The Honda ADV150 isn’t an all-new model, and it’s been available in Indonesia and some other Asian markets, as a 2019 model. The ADV150 certainly looks rad and does seem to have all that it takes to make it extremely popular and fun, even here in India, if Honda does decide to launch it! It certainly looks like a blast, and the styling certainly is reminiscent of the Honda Africa Twin, more than being a scooter in the true sense.

The Honda ADV150 gets a SOHC, 2-valve 149 cc engine with 14.4 bhp power

The ADV150 is powered by a 149 cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, 2-valve engine which puts out 14.4 bhp of power at 8,500 rpm, and peak torque of 13.8 Nm at 5,000 rpm. On the features front, the ADV150 gets LED lights on the front, rear and even the turn signals, along with daytime running lights (DRLs) which add to the “adventure” styling inspired by the Africa Twin.

A back-lit, full-digital instrument panel is reminiscent of the Honda Africa Twin

A two-position adjustable windshield is standard, along with 27 litres of weather-resistant underseat storage, a two-litre front storage compartment with 12V charging point, and Smart Key system with theft deterrence. And the instrument console is also inspired by the Africa Twin, a full digital, blue backlit screen.

Twin Showa shocks look up for the job of tackling rough terrain when tarmac ends

Owing to its “city adventure” genes, the Honda ADV150 gets twin Showa remote reservoir rear shocks with triple-rate springs which provide nearly 120 mm of travel, to take on rough terrain. Up front, a 31 mm Showa fork offers 130 mm of travel. The 14-inch front wheel gets a 240 mm disc brake with ABS, while the 13-inch rear wheel gets a 130 mm drum brake.

Weather-resistant 27-litre underseat storage space with 10 litres of front storage space

The Honda ADV150 will be offered in the US as a 2021 model, and currently the ADV150 is sold in Indonesia as well, apart from being offered in markets like Vietnam and the Philippines. So far, there’s now word on Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) introducing the ADV150 in India. But if it is considered for India, HMSI will need to completely manufacture it in India, to keep prices competitive, and to play on its strengths of volumes. Whether a premium “City Adventure” like the ADV150 will work in India, or not, is open to discussion, but it certainly looks like a fun thing on two-wheels, and we’ll bet it will have some takers, even in India, if priced right.

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The 1800cc BMW R 18 Has The Bike World's Biggest Ever Boxer Twin

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Just before Christmas, we were marvelling at the BMW ‘Big Boxer’ engine. Displacing a whopping 1802cc, it’s the biggest flat-twin ever, and BMW’s most powerful two-cylinder boxer. Now, we know what it’s for – the R18.

As expected, since it’s a heavy (110kg), low-revving, torquey kind of engine, the Big Boxer has been mounted in the frame of a cruiser. And doesn’t it look magnificent in there?

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It follows the R18 concept, taking the same basic shape but adding much more in the way of bodywork – the show bike looked like it was all engine with just a handful of components hanging off. The production version is still built around a double-loop steel frame though, mirroring the concept and BMW cruiser bikes of old.

The big ol’ twin provides 90bhp at 4750rpm, with peak torque of 116lb ft available from 2000 to 4000rpm. The rear wheel is turned via an exposed driveshaft, much like the 1936 R5, which the R18 takes styling inspiration from.

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Despite the retro styling, though, it’s chock full of modern tech under the skin. It has three riding modes – Rain, Roll and Rock (yes, really) – traction control, cornering ABS and cruise control. Hill Start Control and a reverse assist are on the options menu. Since the R18 weighs 345kg, you might wish to spec those.

Want to tweak the styling? There’ll be a whole host of official BMW Motorrad accessories available thanks to a partnership with Roland Sands Design. Two main flavours of parts will be available: ‘Machined’ and ‘2-Tone Black’. Seat options will be on offer from Mustang Seat, while Vance & Hines will be supplying different exhaust systems for the bike.

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Like what you see? The R18 First Edition – which includes white pinstripes, First Edition badging and a whole load of chrome – will be £18,995.

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Harley-Davidson Low Rider Prices Begin At &#8377 13.75 Lakh

Harley-Davidson India has updated its official website with prices for the 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider, as well as the 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S, with different engine options. The H-D Low Rider is priced at ₹ 13.75 lakh (Ex-showroom), while the H-D Low Rider S has been priced at ₹ 14.69 lakh (Ex-showroom). The 2020 Low Rider retains similar styling to its predecessor, with 1970s inspired throwback cruiser design, complete with tank-mounted, dual instrument gauges, headlight visor, old-school inspired body graphics and chrome exhausts.

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider is powered by the 1,745 cc, v-twin Milwaukee 107 engine which puts out 144 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a six-speed gearbox. The frame retains the classic Softail lines, but its lightweight design is said to offer a responsive ride, and the high performance, cartridge fork offers linear damping characteristics, together with an easily adjustable high performance mono-shock rear suspension. Braking is provided by four-piston fixed caliper on the front disc and a two-piston floating caliper on the rear single disc.

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider S has a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with slightly more grunt, and has the blacked out look

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider S is the blacked-out version of what Harley-Davidson calls a “performance cruiser” with a reduced frame rake, inverted front suspension, slightly raised handlebar, and cast aluminium. The Low Rider S comes with the Milwaukee-Eight 114, 1,745 cc, v-twin engine with more punch, more torque, putting out 145 Nm at 3,000 rpm, and 87 bhp at 5,020 rpm. The Low Rider S has a kerb weight of 287 kg, and is priced at ₹ 14.69 lakh (Ex-showroom).

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Top Scooters For Riding Enthusiasts

The resurgence of scooters in India started with the Honda Activa, way back in 2001. And since then, we have come a fair way ahead in terms of scooter offerings. Sure, the market hasn’t matured quite yet for high capacity moto-scooters but we are getting there, at least in terms of design. The first ever ‘performance’ scooter to be launched in India was the Kinetic Blaze. But that was a long time ago. Our story tells you about the top scooters to buy if you like a bit of fun to go with your daily commute. Here’s our pick!

Aprilia SR 160

The Aprilia SR 160 replaced the SR 150 last year. It now gets a 160 cc single-cylinder engine that is now fuel-injected in order to meet stringent BS6 emission norms. The prices for the BS6 Aprilia SR 160 start at ₹ 1.04 lakh for the SR 160 and go up to ₹ 1.14 lakh for the SR 160 Carbon variant. While we haven’t ridden the Aprilia SR 160, we have spent considerable time with the SR 150 and if it is anything to go by, then the AR 160 will not disappoint you in terms of fun! It gets a 160 cc 3-valve engine which makes 10.8 bhp and is paired to CVT gearbox. The scooter does look good and offers a bucketful of performance but it is short in terms of features, even with a price point of over ₹ 1 lakh.

TVS NTorq 125

(The TVS NTorq 125 gets a new LED headlamp along with a new DRL)

The TVS NTorq125 may not be a 150 cc scooter but it is no less fun to ride! Its 125 cc engine makes 9.1 bhp at 7,000 rpm and the peak torque output is 10.5 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The scooter is light, agile and zippy. It is incredibly easy to manoeuvre this scooter in traffic. Plus, if ridden hard, the scooter can do triple digit speeds. With the new headlamp, the scooter looks good and has a good presence as well. The drum brake version of the NTorq 125 is ₹ 65,975 and the disc brake version is priced at ₹ 69,975. The NTorq 125 Race Edition is priced at ₹ 69,975 (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). The NTorq’s biggest draw is its ‘Smart Connect’ system, which allows the rider to use the TVS NTorq app and connect his/her smartphone to the scooter. This allows you to get access to all sorts of information such as call alerts, SMS alerts, navigation assist and also access to three trip meters, lap timer, 0-60 kmph timer, navigation assist, service reminder and the list goes on. So yes, when you have a 0-160 kmph timer on your scooter, you know you can have some fun with it!

Suzuki Burgman Street

(Suzuki Burgman Street 125 BS6)

The Suzuki Burgman Street’s biggest USP is the way it looks. It is the first ever 125 cc maxi-scooter in India and the first since the Kinetic Blaze was launched eons ago. The TVS NTorq and the Suzuki Burgman Street are more or less evenly matched when it comes to engine specifications. The Ntorq makes 0.72 bhp and 0.3 Nm more than the Burgman Street. The Suzuki scooter makes 8.58 bhp at 7,000 rpm while the peak torque output is 10.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The interesting thing to note here is that the NTorq is 8 kg heavier than the Burgman Street. The Burgman Street 125 may appear to be bulky, but it is nimble and can filter through traffic in a very agile manner. For an enthusiast, this scooter definitely fits the bill.

Special Mentions

Honda Forza 300

(The Honda Forza 300 scooter will be officially launched in India in the upcoming financial year)

The Honda Forza 300 is the first maxi-scooter from Honda in India. While it may not have been officially launched in India, but Honda has already delivered four units of the scooter to customers. The company says it will officially launch the scooter in India in FY21. And we are so excited to ride the scooter too. The Forza 300 is powered by a 279cc, liquid-cooled engine. The fuel-injected SOHC motor is a four-valve four-stroke unit that is tuned to churn out 24.8 bhp at 7000 rpm and 27.2 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The Forza 300 comes with CVT automatic transmission with an automatic centrifugal clutch and a V-Belt. It also comes with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which helps in regaining rear-wheel traction by detecting the difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. This means the Forza 300 should be on your shopping list too, in case you want to get a peppy scooter.

Aprilia SXR 160

(Piaggio India CEO & MD Diego Graffi with the Aprilia SXR 160 at Auto Expo 2020)

One of the two-wheeler highlights at the 2020 Auto Expo was the Aprilia SXR 160. The Aprilia SXR 160 is a new moto-scooter with an interesting ‘CrossMax’ and it will be launched in India in the third quarter of 2020. The Aprilia team spent two years in designing and developing the SXR moto-scooter in Italy and it has been made especially for the Indian market. Aprilia hopes to launch a new category of scooters in the coming years. The bookings for the Aprilia SXR 160 will begin in August 2020. It gets the same 160 cc 3-valve engine from the Aprilia SR 160 which makes 10.8 bhp and is paired to CVT gearbox. Buyers can also choose from a wide range of specially designed accessories like connectivity, mobile docking system and merchandise like Aprilia helmets and apparel.

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2020 KTM 890 Duke R: All You Need To Know

KTM is known for making motorcycles which are fast, get plenty of equipment and purchasing one doesn’t necessarily mean breaking a bank. And for 2020, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer revealed the KTM 890 Duke R. But wait, doesn’t KTM already have the 7990 Duke on sale internationally and India too? So, where does the 890 Duke R fit in? Will it replace the KTM 790 Duke? Or stay as a standalone model? Here is everything you need to know about the latest naked middleweight from KTM, or ‘The Super Scalpel’ as it is being called.


(It is expected to comply with the upcoming BS6 norms and could possibly replace the 790 Duke in the Indian market).

So, the engine on the KTM 890 Duke R uses the same parallel-twin motor on the 790 Duke. The capacity increases from 799 cc to 890 cc and the engine now makes 119 bhp of peak power along with 99 Nm of peak torque. This is an increase of about 15 bhp and 14 Nm over the KTM 790 Duke. The higher state of tune on the 890 Duke R is thanks to larger valves, aggressive camshafts and an increased compression ratio. KTM also says that the mid-range and the bottom-end have become better in comparison to the 790 Duke. It also means that the power and torque output is now in line with its biggest rival, the Triumph Street Triple ₹ Boy! That is going to be one tasty comparison! So much anticipation already!

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(The KTM 890 Duke R uses the same engine as the 790 Duke but makes more power and torque)

Lots of changes here! The KTM 890 Duke R gets 43 mm WP upside down forks at the front, which can be adjusted for compression and rebound. At the rear, there is a fully adjustable WP Apex monoshock unit with a linear spring and preload adjuster. The brakes too have been uprated. The front end gets 320 mm discs which are gripped by dual four-piston Brembo Stylema Monobloc callipers along with a Brembo master cylinder. While the rear gets a 240 mm disc with a single piston Brembo calliper. The motorcycle is now shod with stickier Michelin Power Cup II tyres. So, the 890 Duke throws out all the cost-cutting bits on the 790 Duke like non-adjustable suspension, maxxis tyres out of the window. The KTM 890 Duke R also gets an impressive electronics package which includes lean-sensitive traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, optional quick-shifter, multiple riding modes and an additional track mode as well.

The seat height has also been increased from 825 mm on the 790 to 834 mm on the 890 Duke R. the riding geometry has been changed as well and the footrests now sit higher and the ground clearance has been increased too. The best part, you ask? The weight of the 890 Duke R is 3 kg lesser than that of the KTM 790 Duke. Even with all the additions. And almost half of the weight saved is un-sprung mass.

Is it coming to India?

The motorcycle made its debut at the 2019 EICMA Motorcycle Show and there is a possibility that it could make its way to India. Some reports suggest that KTM is already conducting a feasibility study or will conduct one for the KTM 890 Duke R India launch. There are no confirmed details on the launch of the motorcycle and whether it will replace the 790 Duke or will both models co-exist together. But we are keeping our fingers crossed and hope it comes to India soon.

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Norton Motorcycles sold 961 engine design to China

English motorcycle maker Norton Motorcycles, currently under administration for tax irregularities, has sold its 961 engine design rights to Chinese maker JinLiang. The agreement to sell the engine design and tooling was made in December 2019, with Norton going into administration just about a month later in January 2020, reports Motorcycle News.

Currently, JinLiang produces a range of scooters and 125 cc motorcycles under the brand name Ariic, with a capacity of 300,000 machines a year. The Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, based company also produces 800,000 engines a year and supplies companies such as ZongShen and Polaris, who own the Indian Motorcycle brand.

A spokesperson for JinLiang was quoted as saying the company will work with its design partner in Italy to develop a new motorcycle based on the 961 platform. It was further stated the new motorcycle is intended for worldwide sales.

Norton Motorcycles owner Stuart Garner is under investigation by the UK Pensions Regulator due to complaints lodged with the Pensions Ombudsman and enquiries from politicians. Norton reportedly owed UK tax authorities 300,000 pounds sterling (RM1.61 million) and was placed under administrators BDO, with a report to be issued in due course.

It was previously reported in 2017 Norton had sold the intellectual property and design rights for a 650 cc two-cylinder motorcycle engine to ZhongShen. With a production capacity of over 1 million motorcycles annually, ZhongShen is better known to Malaysian riders under the KTNS brand name.

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2020 Suzuki GSX-R1000RR Showcased With MotoGP Livery

Suzuki has unveiled the 2020 GSX-R1000RR on the official website of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer with colours and livery of the Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP for the model year 2020. With the 2020 MotoGP season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Suzuki showcased the GSX-R1000RR with livery that would have been on the MotoGP race machine had the 2020 MotoGP World Championship been underway. In any case, the changes to the Suzuki’s flagship superbike appear to be purely cosmetic and no mechanical changes are expected.

The updated livery is likely to be offered alongside Suzuki’s signature blue and yellow paint scheme, although we expect, at a slight premium. The livery is also inspired by the 60th anniversary of Suzuki’s first motorcycling world title, and comes in the year Suzuki celebrates its centenary as a company. The coronavirus pandemic meant Suzuki moved online to showcase the new livery on the GSX-R1000RR, but the Japanese brand did released a video of Suzuki MotoGP riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir to unveil the machine and take a few laps, possibly just before the coronavirus outbreak.

Assuming no mechanical changes have been carried out, the Suzuki GSX-R1000RR continues to be powered by the 999 cc, in-line four-cylinder engine which puts out 185 bhp at 11,500 rpm and 117 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. The GSX-R1000RR boasts of a state-of-the-art electronics package, including a IMU-assisted traction control system and ABS, lightweight titanium valves with finger-follower actuation, as well as variable intake cam timing. The Suzuki GSX-R1000RR has a top speed limited to 299 kmph.

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GALLERY: Ducati Streetfighter V4S super naked

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It looks like the world has to wait a little longer for the public release of the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4S, with almost every country closing borders and imposing lockdowns. However, Ducati has released an image gallery of its premier naked sports bike, the Streetfighter V4S.

Shown at the Ducati World Premier in Rimini, Italy, last year, the Streetfighter V4S takes the Stradale V-four engine from the Panigale V4 and puts it in naked sports clothing. It also takes the electronics suite from the Panigale V4 to give what Ducati calls, the “Fight Formula”.

Continuing the successful formula of the Ducati Streetfighter 848, the Streetfighter V4S is essentially a superbike in naked clothing, a trend begun back in the late 80s when riders took GSX-Rs, stripped the fairings off and installed Renthal handlebars. In this case, the Streetfighter V4S has raised handlebars and a mid-mount footpeg position, placing the rider more upright.

This does not mean Ducati has forgotten aerodynamics, claiming that the biplane aerofoils mounted on the sides of the fairing generate 28 kg of downforce at 270 kmph. Which rider would be foolhardy enough to attempt 270 kmph on a naked sports bike, we don’t know, but it’s there and Ducati says it helps prevent the front wheel from floating at speed.

Motive power comes from the Desmosedici Stradale mill, displacing 1,103 cc and putting out 208 hp, the same as the fully-faired Panigale V4. In case a power to weight ratio of 1.17 is inadequate, adding the optional Akrapovic exhaust bumps power up to 220 hp with weight going from the standard Streetfighter V4’s 178 kg to 172 kg.

Naturally power has to be controlled and this is done with 6D inertial measurement unit (IMU) that gives cornering ABS, Ducati’s EVO2 traction control, slide and wheelie control – we tried the Panigale V4’s slide control at Sepang circuit and can confirm it is a lot of fun – as well as launch and engine braking control. Three riding modes are available – Race, Sport and Street – controlled by buttons on the left handlebar pod and a full-colour TFT-LCD screen displays all the necessary information.

For braking, Brembo’s road-going best, the Stylema Monobloc calliper, is used, clamping twin 330 mm discs on the front wheel. Suspension for the Streetfighter V4 uses a Showa Big Piston Front (BPF) upside-down fork and a fully-adjustable Sachs monoshock at the back with a Sachs steering damper keeping front wheel shimmy under control.

Things in the suspension department are turned up a notch for the Streetfighter V4S, which comes with Ohlins NIX-30 front forks and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock, controlled by Ohlins Smart EC electronic suspension. Also setting the Streetfighter V4S apart from the base model is an Ohlins electronic steering damper and forged aluminium Marchesini Wheels.

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2020 Honda CB-F Concept virtual world premiere

With the world in the grip of Covid-19, Honda will be having the world premiere of the 2020 Honda CB-F Concept online. Scheduled to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and Osaka Motorcycle Show this month, the lockdown on international air travel has compelled many vehicle makers to launch their products online.

The CB tag in Honda’s lineup dates back to the 60s, with the initial range of small displacement single- and two-cylinder street machines culminating in the Honda CB750-4 from 1969 setting the mould for the modern superbike as we know it. For the CB-F Concept, Honda uses the same formula as the original CB750-4, an inline, four-cylinder naked sports that pays homage to the CB900F of the early 1980s.

The 998 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC mill is taken from the Honda CB1000R and while no figures were published for the CB-F Concept, the CB1000R is rated at 143 hp at 7,500 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 8,250 rpm. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the distinctive thing about the CB-F Concept is the single-sided Pro-Arm swingarm, made famous from Honda Racing Corporation’s RC-series race machine and then on the VF-series road bikes.

Decked out in a matte-silver with very 80’s looking blue stripes, the CB-F Concept does follow the lines of the original CB900F, along with the CB1100F and CB750F four-cylinder engine variants. Suspension, one of the original CB900F’s shortcomings, has been updated with upside-down forks and braking improved with radial-mounted four-piston brake callipers.

Honda’s Pro-Link rising rate rear suspension linkage is likely to be installed in the rear end and what looks to be a preload adjustable monoshock. Since the CB-F is still a concept design, things will likely change and following Honda’s trend of bringing retro machines from its catalogue back on the road, like the CB1100RS and the Neo Sports Cafe which became the CB1000R, we hope the transition from show bike to road bike does not take too long.

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2020 Harley Davidson Fat Boy India Prices Officially Revealed

After revealing the prices for the BS6 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight, Forty-Eight Special in India, the American motorcycle manufacturer has officially listed the prices for the 2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy on its official website. Offered in two variants, the new 2020 Harley Davidson gets a starting price of ₹ 18.25 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. The other variant with more powerful Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine costs ₹ 20.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Both the bikes come with the company’s iconic Milwaukee-Eight engines with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). Though the company hasn’t specified anything about BS6 compliant engines on its official website. However, it is safe to assume that the new 2020 H-D Fat Boy models will meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms that which will come into effect from April 1, 2020.

Harley-Davidson officially revealed the prices of the 2020 Fat Boy motorcycle on its official website 

The main highlights of the new 2020 H-D Fat Boy are satin chrome finishes, stream roller stance, powerful Milwaukee-Eight engine, signature-style LED headlight, twin exhausts and more. Mechanically, the 2020 Harley Davidson Fat Boy comes in two engine configurations. The Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine is a 1,745 cc an air-cooled V-Twin engine tuned to make 144 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm whereas the Milwaukee-Eight 114 unit gets 1,868cc of displacement while churning out the peak torque of 156Nm at 3000 rpm.

Mounted on solid-disc Lakester wheels, the H-D Fat Boy comes with the widest front tyre, which measures 160mm wide whereas the rear tyre is 240mm in width. The overall length of the motorcycle measures 2,370mm with seat height and wheelbase of 670mm and 1,665mm respectively. The ground clearance stands at 115mm. The braking duties are handled by 4-piston calipers up front and dual-piston calipers at the rear.

Moreover, the 2020 Harley Davidson Fat Boy with the Milwaukee-Eight 107 powertrain is offered in five exciting shades – Vivid Black, Barracuda Silver, Spruce, River Rocky Grey/Vivid Black and Barracuda Silver Denim/Black Denim. On the other hand, the Fat Boy with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 unit will be available in 3 colour options – Midnight Blue, Stiletto Red and Zephyr Blue/Black Sunglo.

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