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Motorcycle Packing List for Long Distance Riding

Whether you ride a bag-equipped cruiser, an all-out adventure bike, or a classic tourer, it is very likely that one day you will take to the road for a long tour. Motorcycles have a way of tempting riders to chase the horizon. If you are smitten by the motorcycle tour bug, you will want to know what you should bring along with you so that your trip is one of memorable and pleasurable events instead of continually feeling unprepared. The best way to ensure that you leave nothing behind which you will need out on the road is to have a prodigious and all-inclusive packing list - just like this one.

Included here are items which many riders have learned over years of experience are essential to having a good journey. Now, not all of what is listed will be required for everyone. The concept is to present the ultimate catalog of items garnered from people who tour on a motorcycle regularly, and then let you whittle it down to what you wish to or must carry. This will be based mostly on personal preferences, the type of trip you have planned as well as where you will go and when you will ride there. Look closely at what is contained within this document and use it as a guide for your next motorcycle world tour.

Motorcycle

The items here are those which will be used on or affixed to the motorcycle which will take you on your tour. Keep in mind that several of these are now included with certain stock motorcycles, so not all will apply to your situation. Also, if your trip is short, some of this will be superfluous. If your journey is to be very long, however, most will be indispensible.

Luggage(saddlebags, tank bag, other bags):

Good Tank Bag

Better Tank Bag

Best Tank Bag

Saddlemen Tank Bag E-Pak

Joe Rocket Hammerhead Tank Bag

Icon Urban Tank Bag

Price: $31.99

Price: $64.99

Price: $95.00

Features:

  • Sized to be used with modern smart phones
  • Strong magnets
  • Weather resistant pouch
  • Rubberized pouch back protects

Features:

  • 1000D Nylon construction
  • Wind and water-resistant
  • Extra wide magnetic mount system
  • Window GPS pocket

Features:

  • Water-resistant 420 denier ripstop construction
  • Four high power magnets
  • Neoprene helmet carrier / tank protector
  • Contoured, padded shoulder straps
 

Tail Bags

Good Tail Bag

Better Tail Bag

Best Tail Bag

OGIO Tail Bag

Cortech Super 2.0 24-Liter Tailbag

Nelson-Rigg CL-1040-TP Jumbo Tail Bag

Price: $74.99

Price: $99.99

Price: $119.99

Features:

  • Heat sealed see-through top map pocket
  • Rain hood
  • Reflective exterior logos and piping
  • Removable cinch strap bike attachments

Features:

  • Quick-release mounting system
  • Easy access, top loading main compartment
  • Phoslite reflective striping and logo
  • 1680 denier ballistic polyester

Features:

  • Easily mounts to most tail sections and seats
  • Tri-Max® ballistic nylon
  • Protective material prevents slipping or marking
  • Made from Tri-Max® ballistic nylon
 

Saddlebags

Good Saddlebags

Better Saddlebags

Best Saddlebags

Nelson-Rigg SPRT-50 Touring Saddlebags

OGIO Saddle Bags

Cortech Super 2.0 36-Liter Saddlebags

Price: $89.99

Price: $129.99

Price: $144.99

Features:

  • Lightweight EVA molded foam panels
  • Accommodates swept exhausts
  • Heat resistant under panels
  • Top quality UV-treated Tri-Max® nylon

Features:

  • Heat-resistant silicone impregnated bottoms
  • Textured Neoprene pad for paint protection
  • Easy attach web mounting system
  • 220 cubic inches of expansion volume on each side

Features:

  • Protective heat shield on lower section of bags and back piping
  • Phoslite reflective piping
  • Protective non-slip, non scratch diamond pattern
  • 1680 denier ballistic polyester
 

GPS Systems

Good GPS System

Great GPS System

Garmin Zumo 660LM GPS

Garmin Zumo 665LM GPS

Price: $649.99

Price: $799.99

Features:

  • Advanced 3D navigation
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Rugged, waterproof design

Features:

  • XM Satellite information
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Advanced 3D navigation
  • Rugged, waterproof design
 

GPS Mounts

Good GPS Mount

Best GPS Mount

RAM Mounts Universal Finger Grip Holder With U-Bolt Mount

Firstgear Laguna GPS Tank Bag With Backpack

Price: $58.99

Price: $154.99

Features:

  • High-strength composite and powder-coated marine-grade aluminum
  • 1" rubber ball "B" size
  • Four flexible rubber coated fingers grip your device
  • Mount to both the brake/clutch reservoir

Features:

  • Attaches to bike with straps, magnets or suction cups
  • Reflective piping
  • Crafted from ultra-durable 1680D nylon
  • collapses when not in use
 

Covers

Good Motorcycle Cover

Better Motorcycle Cover

Best Motorcycle Cover

Nelson-Rigg UV-2000 1/2 Cover

Show Chrome Universal Half Cover

CoverMax Half Motorcycle cover

Price: $29.99-$34.99

Price: $34.99 - $35.99

Price: $35.99 - $46.99

Features:

  • UV-treated nylon
  • Heat sealed seams - 100% waterproof
  • Snug elastic bottom
  • 1 year warranty

Features:

  • Ideal for traveling
  • Covers seat, windshield and front of bike
  • Expandable windshield pocket
  • Universal fit

Features:

  • Lightweight, all-weather, water-proof cover
  • Waterproof heat sealed seams
  • Elasticized bottom for snug fit
  • Reinforced grommets sewn into cover
 

Bungees

Good Bungee

Better Bungee

Best Bungee

BikeMaster Heavy Duty 4-Hook Bungee

Adjustable Cargo Net

Klim Tie Down - Black

Price: $4.99

Price: $8.99

Price: $29.99

Features:

  • Heavy Duty
  • 4-hook bungee system

Features:

  • Adjustable netting
  • 6 removable plastic hooks to adjust size
  • 15" x 15" unstretched
  • 36" x 36" stretched

Features:

  • 1-1/8" 100% nylon webbing
  • Dual locking clips on the hooks
  • Soft-end lock to protect handlebars
  • Length: 24" to 78"
 

Lock/Security System

Good Lock System

Better Lock System

Best Lock System

Xena X2 Disc-Lock

Deemeed Grenade Motorcycle Disc Lock

Kryptonite Kryptodisc Lock - Chrome

Price: $38.99

Price: $39.99

Price: $45.99

Features:

  • Two attack points
  • 14 mm double-locking pin
  • Ultra-high level security
  • Sportbike fit profile

Features:

  • Made from molded, hand-polished zinc
  • Disc lock is equipped with a patented anti-drill-proof lock tumbler mechanism
  • Mounts on most bikes that have ventilated brake discs
  • 50,000 coded key variations

Features:

  • Lifetime key registration and replacement
  • Made from the strongest forged steel to resist cutting, sawing freezing, and chisel attacks.
  • Fits all discs with an opening of at least 10 mm in diameter and 2-1/2" from outside edge
 

Tool Kits

Good Tool Kit

Best Tool Kit

BikeMaster 17-Piece Tool Kit

CruzTOOLS Roadtech M3 Metric Tool Kit

Price: $59.99

Price: $89.99

Features:

  • Open ended wrenches: 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 mm sizes
  • 10 mm combination wrench
  • 6" adjustable wrench
  • 3/8" drive ratchet wrench

Features:

  • 8, 10, 12, 14 mm combination wrenches
  • Mini ratchet and 2" extension
  • Hex key set (3, 4, 5 and 6 mm)
  • 6-in-1 screwdriver
 

Tire Repair Kit

Good Tire Kit

Better Tire Kit

Best Tire Kit

BikeMaster Tire And Tube Flat Repair Kit

Tubeless Tire Plugger With Co2

Genuine Innovations Tire Repair & Inflation Kit

Price: $46.99

Price: $48.99

Price: $54.99

Features:

  • Covers tubes and tubeless repair
  • Comes complete with patches, plugs, plug insertion tool, hole cleaner, glue, pressure wheel with surface preparation tool and knife for plug trimming
  • Includes 4 CO2 Compressed air cylinders and an air valve

Features:

  • Seals from inside/out
  • Repair punctures without dismounting tire from wheel
  • Complete with CO2 to re-inflate tire
  • Compact 22 ounce, 8" x 4" x 1" size

Features:

  • Includes tire plugs,tube patches, glue, tire reamer, plug installation tool,monster air chuck
  • Two 45g threaded CO2 cartridges
 

Roadside Cleaning

Good Roadside Cleaner

Better Roadside Cleaner

Best Roadside Cleaner

Plexus Plastic Cleaner .5 oz

BikeMaster Compressed Towelettes - 50 Pack

S100 Cycle Care Gift Set

Price: $4.99

Price: $5.99

Price: $51.99

Features:

  • Ideal protection for helmet shields, windshields, sunglasses and goggles
  • Special formula leaves a lustrous, anti-static, antifog finish that resists finger prints

Features:

  • With just a little water, each expands back to its full size (23 mm x 35 mm / 9" x 13.750")
  • Manufactured from compressed fabric with 70,000 pounds of pressure
  • Supplied with a 10-piece carrying tube
  • Clean goggles, visors, glasses, windscreens, even your face

Features:

  • Contains: 500 ml Total Cycle Cleaner, drying towel, finish restorer, corrosion protectant, detail wax, yellow sponge
 

Chain Oil/Wax

Good Chain Wax

Best Chain Wax

Maxima Chain Wax - 5.5oz

Maxima Chain Guard Chain Lube

Price: $6.99

Price: $7.99 - $11.99

Features:

  • Eliminates "fling-off" and seals lubricant to chain
  • Special paraffin base creates waxy film
  • Excellent rust protection
  • For O-ring and conventional chains

Features:

  • Race-proven protection
  • Waterproof and heat resistant
  • Excellent rust and corrosion protection
  • Extends chain and sprocket life
 

Other items to consider taking with you:

  • Spare key(s)
  • Extra oil
  • Spares (bulbs, fuses, etc.).

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Motorcycle Riding Gear

This selection is for what you will wear on the motorcycle trip. You probably already have most of this, but you may find that a newer piece of gear is better suited to your intended destination. Remember, though, that if you do buy new gear, break it in before the journey so that no comfort or compatibility issues hamper your riding enjoyment.

Packable Rain Gear

Good Packable Rain Gear

Better Packable Rain Gear

Best Packable Rain Gear

REV'IT! Acid H2O Rain Pants

REV'IT! Nitric H2O Rain Jacket

Alpinestars Quick Seal Out 2-Piece Rain Suit

Price: $39.99

Price: $89.99

Price: $109.99

Features:

  • PVC-free, EN343 certified
  • Adjustment tab at ankles
  • PVC-free PWR|Oxford with polyurethane coating outer shell
  • 100% waterproof

Features:

  • Includes transport bag, hood with easy inside-collar storage
  • 100% polyester (100% polyurethane coating)/lining: 100% polyester
  • Laminated reflection at upper arms
  • 100% waterproof

Features:

  • Taped seams
  • Stows away in its own convenient carry bag
  • Strategically placed reflective details
  • Dual front flap design helps seal elements out
 

Backpacks

Good Backpack

Better Backpack

Best Backpack

Dainese Backpack-R - Black

Alpinestars Commuter Backpack - Black

OGIO No Drag Mach 5 Backpack

Price: $99.99

Price: $99.99

Price: $169.99

Features:

  • Internal waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Nylon fabric
  • Reflective inserts
  • Expandable construction for full-face helmet transport

Features:

  • Combination of water resistant 840D ballistic nylon twill and 420D honeycomb nylon
  • Laptop compartment, audio port, internal organizers, external side pockets storage
  • Self-locking waterproof zipper on main compartment
  • Sternum strap and hideaway waist strap

Features:

  • Aerodynamic molded exterior design
  • Reflective safety piping and logo for 360 degree visibility
  • Ergonomic and deluxe padded back panel
  • Weather-resistant molded exterior shell
 

Ear Plugs

Good Ear Plugs

Best Ear Plugs

Hearos Super Hearos Ear Filters

Hearos Xtreme Ear Plugs 14 Set

Price: $5.99

Price: $6.99

Features:

  • Package of 16 with carrying case
  • NRR 32 protection
  • BMW magazine rated SuperHEAROS the "Best" ear protector for motorcycle riders

Features:

  • Pack of 14
  • Super soft foam
  • NRR 33 protection
 

See our other guides for additional selections:

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Clothing

This section is fairly self-explanatory. The important part of choosing proper clothing is to check the weather along your trip path and at your destination. You do not want to be over or under-dressed for any events, either. Try to find garments which are multi-purpose to save room in your luggage.

Underwear

Good Underwear

Better Underwear

Best Underwear

Held Megalight Base Layer Pants

Firstgear TPG Basegear Shortsleeve Top

REV'IT! Women's Violet Shirt

Price: $44.77

Price: $49.99

Price: $64.99

Features:

  • Outer shell made from Megalight (78% polyamide, 22% polyester)
  • Knitted with 3D seamless technology
  • Temperature regulating
  • Antibacterial and deodorizing effect

Features:

  • UV 50+ protection from sun
  • Releases 80% of its moisture after 30 minutes of rest
  • All seams flat-stitched
  • Heat-release mechanism

Features:

  • Purpose-built for summer use
  • Moisture wicking function
  • Antibacterial finish
  • Polyamide outer shell
 

Shirts

Good Shirts

Best Shirts

MotoSport Logo T-Shirt

One Industries Medford Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt

Price: $9.99

Price: $18.00

Features:

  • 100% pre-shrunk cotton
  • Screen printed MotoSport.com logo

Features:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Yarn dyed plaid long-sleeved shirt
 

Pants

Good Pants

Better Pants

Best Pants

One Industries Women's See Thru Shorts

One Industries Women's Rockstar Star Power Pants

Alpinestars Drifter Pants

Price: $11.00

Price: $56.00

Price: $70.00

Features:

  • Elastic waistband and drawcord
  • Back patch pocket
  • 58% cotton/38% poly/4% Spandex fleece

Features:

  • 60% Cotton/35% Polyester/5% Spandex
  • Ribbed waistband
  • Adjustable draw-cord
  • Contrast stitching on waist rib and lower leg

Features:

  • 100% cotton
  • Mid-weight, denim, five-pocket jean
  • 16" bottom opening
  • Straight fit
 

Sweater or Pullover

Good Sweater/Pullover

Better Sweater/Pullover

Best Sweater/Pullover

MotoSport Hoody

One Industries Icon FZ Hooded Fleece Jacket

Metal Mulisha Women's Janis Zip Fleece Hoody

Price: $29.99

Price: $58.00

Price: $73.99

Features:

  • 90% cotton/10% polyester
  • Kangaroo-style hand-warmer pocket at front waist
  • Drawstring, double-layer hood
  • Stretch material at cuffs and bottom hem

Features:

  • 80% Cotton / 20% Polyester
  • Novelty media pocket construction
  • Zip-up fleece

Features:

  • 80% cotton / 20% polyester 240-gram fleece
  • Zip-up
  • 100% jersey lining for hood and body
  • Contrast side panels with engineered screens
 

Windbreaker Jacket

Good Windbreaker

Better Windbreaker

Best Windbreaker

2014 Fly Racing Pit Jacket

Icon 1000 Hoodlux Softshell Jacket

2013 Klim Women's Whistler Jacket

Price: $71.99

Price: $125.00

Price: $199.99

Features:

  • Lightweight outer shell construction
  • Water resistant and breathable
  • Hoody-style inner sleeve cuff
  • Two zippered hand warmer, two front cargo pcokets

Features:

  • Stretch woven 330-gram softshell fabric bonded to polar fleece interior
  • Modified raglan fit with drop tail and pit zips
  • Synthetic leather elbow patches
  • Snorkel hood

Features:

  • 100% windproof
  • Highly water resistant
  • Highly breathable
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop cuff closures
 

Walking Shoes/Sandals

Good Walking Shoes/Sandals

Better Walking Shoes/Sandals

Best Walking Shoes/Sandals

Alpinestars Substance Sandals

Speed & Strength Women's Wicked Garden Shoes

Alpinestars Joey WP Shoes

Price: $24.99

Price: $84.99

Price: $159.99

Features:

  • Nubuck upper strap with woven polyester inner strap
  • Anatomical arch support with brushed and textured EVA footbed
  • Custom Astars patterned rubber outsole

Features:

  • Perforated leather and textile upper
  • Anti-slip rubber outsole
  • Molded internal toe and ankle reinforcements

Features:

  • Wax treatment on outer shell for waterproofing
  • Waterproof membrane lining ensures feet remain dry
  • Dual density ankle protectors on lateral and medial sides
  • Reinforced internal toe box and heel counter gives strategic support and impact performance
 

Hats/Visors

Good Hat/Visor

Better Hat/Visor

Best Hat/Visor

Alpinestars Trainer Beanie

MotoSport Flexfit Hat

Fly Racing Trooper Beanie

Price: $12.99

Price: $19.99

Price: $375.99

Features:

  • Flat embroidery, 3D embroidery with nylon backing
  • Acrylic
  • One size

Features:

  • 6-panel mesh cap Flexfit 210 blend twill
  • Pre-curved bill
  • Fitted

Features:

  • Black or Grey color
  • One size fits most
 

Sunglasses

Good Sunglasses

Better Sunglasses

Best Sunglasses

Zan Headgear South Dakota Sunglasses

River Road Kickback Sunglasses

Oakley Oil Rig Sunglasses

Price: $15.99

Price: $16.99

Price: $130.00 - $140.00

Features:

  • Wrap styling Blocks wind on the road
  • 100% polycarbonate frames and lenses
  • 100% UV protection
  • Shatter resistant

Features:

  • Foam padding for added comfort
  • Soft touch frames
  • Anti-fog coating

Features:

  • Plutonite lens filters out 100% of all UV
  • Clarity and impact protection meet ANSI Z87.1 standards
  • Built with lightweight O Matter®
 

In addition to these items consider packing the following along for your trip:

  • Suit jacket/blazer
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Contact lenses or glasses

Toiletries

Small items which you need to keep up your hygiene and grooming duties are listed here. There are some motorcycle-specific items which do differ from any other form of travel, so take care to think about the ride itself and any common issues you experience when on a bike for a long period of time.

Consider packing these items for yuor trip:

  • Pharmaceuticals (anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, pain meds, regular meds)
  • Bug repellant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Female sanitary items
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • Grooming supplies (razor, shaving cream, nail clippers, etc.)
  • Safe sex bits
  • Washcloth, towel, anti-monkey butt powder

Information and Connectivity

Since you will be far from home, it is a very smart idea to carry your important information with you on the trip. It is also wise to have a way to communicate with the world should you get hopelessly lost or need to let someone know where you are. You will also be presented with many opportunities to take photographs and record what you see along the journey, prepare for it. While on the road, some music may be helpful for the more boring super-slab portions. The items here will help you with all of these needs and check out our wallets to help you carry some of these items:

  • Passport/ID
  • Vehicle insurance card
  • Bike registration
  • Credit card, cash or traveler's checks
  • Tickets to any events
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Mobile phone
  • Maps
  • Guide books
  • Printed directions
  • Affinity cards (Safeway, Albertsons, etc.)
  • MP3 player
  • Laptop, tablet
  • GPS (mentioned above, but important if not attached to bike)
  • Pen or pencil

Wallet

Good Wallet

Better Wallet

Best Wallet

Alpinestars Spencer Custom Wallet

FMF SmallBlock Wallet

Icon Leather Wallet

Price: $19.99

Price: $23.99

Price: $45.00

Features:

  • Custom faux leather bi-fold wallet
  • Interior offers cash pocket, 2 slip pockets, 4 card pockets, and ID viewer

Features:

  • 100% polyurethane
  • Bi-fold wallet

Features:

  • 100% genuine leather
  • Multiple card slots
  • Cash pocket
  • Emergency information badge
 

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Camping

Should the motorcycle tour involve sleeping outside, away from stuffy same-y hotels and motels, here are some camping items which will help to keep you warm, happy and safe. Even if you do a hybrid trip where there are some rented rooms and some nights under the stars, much of this will make that easier to accomplish and far more comfortable.

Lighting (flashlight, candles, lantern):

Good Lighting

Best Lighting

CruzTOOLS Superbright 9 LED Flashlight

BikeMaster LED Flashlight

Price: $11.99

Price: $22.99

Features:

  • Nine LEDs provide extremely bright illumination
  • More natural hue than incandescent bulbs
  • Unique canister holds three AAA batteries

Features:

  • Ultra bright white light
  • Very long battery life (3 AAA batteries)
  • Satin chrome finish
  • Water-resistant (sealed with O-rings)
 

In addition to lighting consider taking laong these items:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad / air mattress
  • Collapsible chair
  • Ground cloth
  • Pocket knife (or multi-tool)
  • Firestarter (matches, lighter)
  • Saw or hatchet
  • Eating utensils
  • Camping dishes
  • Cook stove
  • TOILET PAPER!

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Foodstuffs

Taking some food along on the tour is a very good idea as there are many areas where you will find next to nothing in terms of eating. Plus, for the simple fact that the human body also needs fuel to run and to stay alert, capable and coordinated, you need to eat and drink. Of course, if you plan on camping for most of the trip, you may want to bring along a good selection of foodstuffs for preparing over a campfire.

Hydration pack

Good Hydration Pack

Better Hydration Pack

Best Hydration Pack

2013 Klim Fuel Pak - Black

2013 OGIO Dakar 100 Pack

Geigerrig Shuttle Hydration Pack

Price: $49.99

Price: $99.99

Price: $155.99

Features:

  • Main compartment holds up to 3 liters
  • 3 liter Hydrapak® hydration reservoir included
  • Anti-microbial
  • BPA and PVC free

Features:

  • 3 liter bladder made from BPA-free polyurethane film
  • Two external side pockets
  • Clear TPU window for displaying ID, trail map or lift pass
  • Tailored paneling to control slosh and bladder movement

Features:

  • 70 ounce bladder
  • Quick-release valves for drinking tube
  • 100% heavy-duty 840 ballistic nylon
  • Removable Waist and Shoulder Straps
 

Bring along the following in addition to water:

  • Snacks
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Condiments.

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Maintenance/Emergency

Bad stuff happens - it's just a simple fact of travel. Be prepared for it by taking some of the items below with you on your motorcycle tour. For almost all of these, it is always better to have it and not use it than to need it and not have it. Most of this will fit in your wallet or tank bag, so there is no excuse to leave something at home which could save your butt.

First Aid Kit

Good First Aid Kit

Best First Aid Kit

Klim Ultralight Watertight First Aid Kit

RotopaX First Aid+Preparedness Pack

Price: $27.99

Price: $94.99

Features:

  • (4) 3 x 3 Sterile dressings
  • (4) 2 x 2 Sterile dressings
  • (2) Afterbite sting relief
  • (3) Antibiotic ointment

Features:

  • (50) 3/4" x 3" adhesive plastic bandages
  • Bug repellant
  • (25) 3/4" x 3" fabric bandages
  • (1) Burn relief pack, 3.5 grams
 

Also bring along the following:

  • Medical insurance card
  • Locator device (i.e. SPOT)
  • Duct tape
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight (see Camping section)
  • Sunscreen
  • Superglue
  • Zip-ties or cord for tying objects in place
  • AAA or other roadside assistance card
  • List of dealers or shops along the way.

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Conclusion

The motorcycle tour list here is fairly long and includes several optional items which may not suit your plans for a motorcycle tour. Keep in mind that this is merely a guideline to assist you in finding what you will require. You will find that experience is the best teacher. As you do more and more long distance travel by motorcycle, you will develop your own list which more closely matches your needs, wants and your personality. Write it down and keep it somewhere that you will always be able to find it. The human mind loves lists because then it does not have to recall everything on its own; take advantage of this and prepare yourself well for your journey to the horizon and beyond!

Written By: JC Current

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