Moto Morini Kanguro thiab Dart – Maus taus classic Roadtest –

20 Jun 2015 | Sau: | Lus tawm rau Moto Morini Kanguro thiab Dart – Maus taus classic Roadtest –

Moto Morini Kanguro thiab Dart

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. But at opposite ends of the scale you’ll find the super-sleek Dart and the rufty-tufty Kanguro. So how did Ken Philp comes to own both?

I first saw a Kanguro at Earls Court in 1982, and was impressed as it was an off-road V-twin. I had a medical problem in 1984, so got rid of several bikes and bought this one, the first Kanguro which NLM had in the shop.

It just kept going whenever I wanted it to! It gave me a LOT of pleasure off-road, in spite of its weight, and I’m a shortie – 5’5. I only got rid of it in 2003 because I only have 15% lung capacity now.

I can’t say there was anything that I DIDN’T like about it. I used it for enduros, trail-riding, Weston Beach Race, long-distance trials, and so on, and once covered 720 miles in 20 hours on an MCC event.

In total I covered about 16,000 miles. There were no real problems, only those that were my fault!

Leej twg yuav tau ib Kanguro yuav tsum kom meej txog cov thawj X-ua qauv. Cov X1 thiab cov X2 muaj tubular ntas, thiab tus X cracks cov kablus ntawm tus taw tes yog footrest. Lub X1 tau qhov cuab lub zog muaj.

Tus headlamp no xwb AC ncaj lub teeb, thiaj li tso zis ntau mas nws txawv uas ceev cav. Li no kuj yog ib qhov system 6-volt teeb pom kev zoo, muaj ib tug heev me me roj teeb!

Li ntawd, thaum muaj lub Kanguro ntawm thoj, Kuv yeej muaj impressed heev rau tus tsav. Ces kuv pom ib Diam duab ntawm ib Dart nyob rau hauv cov xovxwm tshiab, 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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