Moto Morini Kanguro en Dart – Classic Motorcycle Roadtest – RealClassic.co.uk

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Moto Morini Kanguro en Dart

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. Mar at tsjinoerstelde einen fan 'e skaal fine je de super-slanke Dart en de rufty-tufty Kanguro. Dus hoe die Ken Philp komt om sels sawol?

Ik earst seach in Kanguro at Earls Hof yn 1982, en wie ûnder de yndruk omdat it wie in off-road V-twilling. Ik hie in medysk probleem yn 1984, sa rekke rid of meardere fytsen en kocht dizze iene, de earste Kanguro dy't NLM hie yn 'e winkel.

It krekt hâlden hinne as ik woe it nei! It joech my in protte nocht off-road, nettsjinsteande syn gewicht, en ik bin in shortie – 5'5. Ik allinne krige rid of it yn 2003 om't ik allinne ha 15% long kapasiteit no.

Ik kin net sizze der wie neat dat ik niet leuk deroer. Ik brûkte it foar enduros, trail-riding, Weston Beach Race, lange-ôfstân Trials, ensafuorthinne, en ien kear bedutsen 720 milen yn 20 oeren op in MCC evenemint.

Yn totaal ik dutsen oer 16,000 miles. Der wiene gjin echte problemen, dan hat dy wiene myn skuld!

Elkenien it keapjen fan in Kanguro moatte hâlden dúdlik fan 'e earste X-modellen. De X1 en X2 hawwe tubular frames, en de X skuorren it frame oan de rjochterkant footrest punt. It X1 hat fersterking dêr.

De headless is mar AC direkte ljocht, dus output ferskilt mei engine snelheid. It is ek in 6-volt lighting system, mei in hiel lyts batterij!

Sa, hawwen eigendom de Kanguro út nij, Ik echt wie tige ûnder de yndruk fan de motor. Doe seach ik in foto fan in nije Dart yn 'e parse, and wasn’t too impresseduntil I saw one close-up at the Earls Court Show in 1998. I positively DROOLED!

Moto Morini 350 Kanguro
Moto Morini 350 Kanguro

So I watched NLM unpack the first one they had from Harglo, and bought it straight away.

It’s a June 1990-registered Moto Morini Dart, so is now almost 16 years old. It’s got 54,000km on it and is still in very good condition. It’s had a few mods, all done by melike the right foot gearchange / left foot brake, a Honda NTV650 hydraulic adjuster on the rear Marzocchi monoshock, alloy tank, and handlebar raisers.

I also fitted it with a KN air filter, with suitable jet changes, and a Y-piece in the exhaust in place of the unobtainable expansion chamber, and a Micron exhaust can off a Ducati 750SS. The latter was done partly to reduce weight, partly to make it sound a proper V-twin! It’s also had extra spacers slotted in above the internal fork springs.

Without doubt, its best features are its looks, and performance. The Dart is not particularly fast (I’ve seen a max of 101.1mph on my digital cycle speedowhich is very accurate, by the way), but the handling is SUPERB! It’s also economical and has given 64mpg over its life (I have a record of all the fuel used from new).

It’s comfortable for a shortie, and it’s taken us on a couple of Continental tours two-up.

Moto Morini 350 Kanguro
Moto Morini 350 Kanguro

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