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Moto Morini Kanguro ma Dart

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. Ae i le itu faafeagai o le fua o le ae maua ai le maoae-sleek Dart ma le rufty-tufty Kanguro. E faapefea la ona faia e oo mai lava Ken Philp uma?

Ou vaai muamua a Kanguro i Earls Faamasinoga i 1982, ma sa faagaeetia ai e pei ona sa se ese-auala V-masaga. Sa ou maua se faafitauli faafomai i 1984, o lea na lafoaia o le tele o uila ma faatau lenei, muamua Kanguro lea sa NLM i le fale.

E na o le alu ai pea i soo se taimi ou te manao ai e! E tuuina mai ia te au le tele o le fiafia ese-o auala, e ui lava i lona mamafa, ma e ou te a shortie – 5'5. Ou na na lafoaia ai i 2003 ona ou na maua 15% māmā tulaga nei.

Mafai ona ou fai i ai se mea ou te le fiafia e uiga i ai. Ou faaaogaina mo enduros, auala-o loo tietie, Tausinioga Weston Beach, tofotofoga mamao, ma faapena atu ai lava, ma ufiufi faʻatasi 720 maila i 20 itula i luga o se mea na tupu MCC.

I le atoa ou ufitia e uiga i 16,000 maila. Sa leai ni faafitauli moni, na oi latou sa loʻu sese!

Soo se tasi le faatauina o se e tatau ona tausia manino Kanguro o le muamua X-faataitaiga. O le X1 ma X2 maua faavaa tubular, ma le X mavetevete le faavaa i le taimi footrest tauagavale. O le X1 ua faamalosiauga ai.

O le headlamp ua na o le malamalama tuusao AC, ina eseese lava galuega faatino ma le saosaoa o le afi. E foi a faiga moli 6-voliti, ma se maa itiiti lava!

O lea la,, ua umia le Kanguro mai fou, Ou moni sa matua faagaeetia o ia i le afi. Ona ou vaaia ai se ata o se Dart fou i le fetaomi, 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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