1989 Moto Morini Dart 350 and 1993 Gilera CX — Classic Motorcycle Review…

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1989 Moto Morini 350 and 1993 Gilera CX

The Dart and CX very much of their late eighties / early Italian styling given a twist with a bigger for the Morini and a funny-front-end for the Gilera. Are RealClassics? Martin Gelder out.

1989 Moto Dart 350

The Dart is (basically) a Cagiva Freccia 125 rolling with an air-cooled Moto 350cc, 72 degree vee-twin between the frame spars. models were 350cc, ones were 400cc, and all from the original 350s by KoKusan ignition and a conventionally Bosch starter motor could actually be relied on to the, well, motor.

The was developed – perhaps ‘cobbled would be a better term when Gabriella Morini of founder Alfonso Morini) the failing Morini company to who at the time were producing lightweights and Ducati Pantah bigger bikes but had no middleweights in range.

1989 Moto Dart 350

The marriage of eighties bodywork with a seventies pushrod engine shouldn’t but it does.

The bodywork is very of its time – think Ducati the first Honda CBR600s or K1 – with a vast mudguard much of the front wheel, no sign of engine, frame or inner-workings, and a solid ‘screen’ up towards the rider. The bars are the yoke’ clip-ons, the switchgear a twistgrip mounted choke and the switch nestles between the clocks, just where expect to find it.

1989 Moto Morini 350

The Dart fires up on the button and into a chuffing vee-twin It responds briskly to the throttle, a Morini should, but with of the raucousness of my own 350K; no tappet no induction roar, just chuffingness. It feels civilised.

It modern, even though 20 years old.

The only comes from the riding The seat is plush but holds you in one position, cupping your regions in a slightly too intimate and holding you exactly where it you. This wouldn’t be so bad but the aren’t quite where you them to be – I found them to be too far forward and a little a high – and not able to shift even an along the saddle leaves you to compensate.

Having said once I’d adjusted to the position it didn’t trouble me

1989 Moto Morini 350

The bike handles with the confidence that you’d from an Italian middleweight, the impression it could handle all the or the road could throw at it. The is fitted with the 16” front which was all the rage at the time, but the is accurate and predictable.

The brakes – single disc, and rear – work with no the gear shift is precise and the reminder of the old-tech motor is the grabby dry clutch. There’s no the engine for anything other a medium capacity vee-twin, but is a good thing; it pulls from low down but likes to rev as Throttle response is good this really is a civilised

1989 Moto Morini 350

The Dart would be a perfect to the world of modern classics. enough to live with, enough to get along with, yet enough to stand out from the

1993 Gilera CX 125

The Gilera CX be a fairly unremarkable early Italian learner bike but for one its single sided front and suspension. Is that two things? the CX has looks that turn and stop people in their

We had this Gilera in the line up of next to the RealClassic stand at year’s Festival of 1000 and it probably drew more and inquisitive stares than any individual bike.

1993 CX 125

Single sided rear isn’t that uncommon, exotica like Honda’s and Ducati’s 916, through to Speed Triples and Sprints and any of modern scooters. Single front suspension is another and that’s what marks the CX as unusual. From the right-hand there appears to be nothing the CX’s distinctive disc to the bike, and the unusually nose-heavy adds to the Manga / Bloodrunners / wrong (depending on your looks.

1993 Gilera CX 125

The front is attached by a single telescopic The lower part of this is an casting that curves out the centre of the wheel, holding the brake calliper in place on the before attaching firmly and to the sliding part of the strut. polished steel slider is to move up and down through a cast steel tube between the Cyclops like and lower yokes which around a conventional steering

Would Americans call double-trees rather than I wonder?

1993 Gilera CX 125 system, bottom end

The upper holds a pair of cast in while the lower yoke by a pivoting linkage to the top of the casting holds the wheel. This transfers the steering movement yokes to wheel but doesn’t not with the suspension movement. It not unlike the arrangement you’d get on the of an aircraft.

1993 Gilera CX 125 system, top end

It has none of the advantages conventional forks that alternative suspension systems as BMW’s Telelever or the Saxon / system offer, but it looks cool. Really, really

The riding position is pure sports bike, with a seat, rear set footpegs and quite steeply sloping The clocks are only visible you sit on the bike, and the ignition switch can be reached by sitting on the bike and the bars to one side of their steering movement. Turn on the using the washing machine dial below your thigh, thumb the starter, and within the bowels of the vast an engine starts.

The engine four-strokes, eight-strokes, and misfires as it warms, more of a 1960’s Vespa than Smith’s 125 GP bike, and it needs a lot of to pull away. Once out on the road and warmed through, fairly tractable, with mid-range power that crisper as the revs rise. The position is sporty but not particularly with weight well through seat pegs and

1993 Gilera CX 125

The handling, should define a bike such unique suspension, is quite conservative. The steering is but the bike is not a quick turner; it a fair amount of effort to into a curve. It’s once on a chosen line, and in response to inputs through the

I suspect the designers went for a combination of rake and trail to out the weirdness of the suspension and steering and then combined this stiff, well damped but travel for the front strut.

And then you hit 8,000rpm.

The solenoid power valve flips at exactly those revs, the note triples in volume to a manic howling scream, and the surges forward in a way that every impression you have formed totally meaningless. civilised sports bike to axe-wielding turbo-nutter in the blink of an

Between 8,000rpm and the redline at the bike revs with an urgency that has you feeding it after gear, hunkered over the bars, revelling in the of a tuned two-… doing it does best.

The engine is defines this bike, not the Below the magic 8k it’s a crisp, fairly modern two-… with quite suspension. Above 8k it’s a A drug: It’s dangerous, illegal, it’s antisocial and most definitely addictive.

below the magic number and all you can about is getting the next hit pushing the needle round the Soar above there and nirvana, a rush of pure that leaves the rest of – and most traffic — in its

1993 Gilera CX 125

And it’s a 125. It’ll cruise at 80, hit 90 with ease and with a and suitably demented Italian on board I’ve no doubt reach the claimed 170km/h top

Would it be practical and reliable to Who cares; when a bike is much fun, this it’d be worth whatever it

Two Italian Real Classics, One a fully faired 125 with a and flexible 350cc vee-twin the other a fully faired 125 weird suspension and an utterly engine. One a practical alternative to mainstream motorcycling, the other an addictive experience.

Both are and enjoyable to ride, but in utterly ways. The only thing these bikes really in common is useless mirrors. The are useless and blue tinted, the are useless apart from a place to mount the indicators.

Gilera CX 125, 1989 Morini Dart 350

I expected the to be sportier, or at least less than it turned out to be. More of a than the competent all rounder it is. And I certainly didn’t expect the CX to be so demented.

RealClassic Message regular Paul Compton, who both of the bikes featured is thinking of selling the Morini

Make him an offer (morini@compton.vispa.com) he changes his mind.

Morini Dart 350
Morini Dart 350


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