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Moto Morini Kanguro mo e taati

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. Ka 'i he tafa'aki 'o e ngaahi ngata'anga 'o e me'afua te ke ma'u e taati fa'afaka'anaua mahu'inga mo e Kanguro rufty tufty. Na'e fefe 'e Ken Philp ma'u ko ia ma'u fakatou'osi?

Na'a ku fuofua mamata ai ki ha Kanguro 'i he fakamaau'anga 'o e Earls 'i he 1982, pea na'e ongo kiate ia 'i ha off-road V-mahanga. Na'a ku ma'u ha palopalema fakafaito'o 'i he 1984, koe'uhi he na'a ne si'aki 'o e ngaahi pasikala pea fakatau mai 'a e taha ko 'eni, e Kanguro 'uluaki 'a ia na'e 'i NLM 'i he fale ngaue.

'Oku hange pe kei hoko atu ko e taimi pe na'a ku fie ma'u ia ke! Na'a ne 'omi kiate au ha lahi 'o e fiefia off-road, Neongo hono mamafa, pea ko au ko ha shortie – 5' 5. Ne u pe na'a li'aki ai ia 'i he 2003 koe'uhi he 'oku 'i ai pe 15% ma'ama'a malava he taimi ni.

He 'ikai lava ke u pehe na'e 'i ai ha fa'ahinga me'a 'oku 'ikai ke u sai'ia ai fekau'aki mo ia. 'Oku faka'aonga'i ia ki he enduros, hala-heka, Lova Weston Beach, loloa 'o e ngaahi 'ahi'ahi, mo e ala me'a pehe, mo kofukofu'i tu'o taha 720 'i ha maile 'e 20 houa 'i ha me'a na'e hoko 'i he MCC.

'I he fakakatoa 'oku 'ufi'ufi fekau'aki mo e 16,000 'i ha maile 'e. Na'e 'i ai 'a e 'ikai ha palopalema, Ko kinautolu pe na'e hoku fo'ui!

Totonu ke tauhi 'e ha taha fakatau Kanguro ha mahino 'o e 'uluaki X-kau fa'ifa'itaki'anga. 'Oku ma'u 'e he e X1 mo e X2 'a e tubular 'o e 'esia'i taa, mo e X pA e sino 'i he taimi totonu 'o e footrest. Kuo honopoupou'i 'i ai 'a e X1.

E headlamp ko e pe AC fakahangatonu mama, koe'uhi 'oku kehekehe 'a e output misini vave mo. 'Oku toe foki ha polokalama 6-volt 'a e mama, mo ha 'aupito ha puha 'uhila iiki!

Ko ia, ma'u 'a e Kanguro mei he fo'ou, 'Oku mo'oni na'a ne sai'ia 'aupito e misini. Pea na'a ku mamata ai ki ha ta 'o ha taati fo'ou 'i he nusipepa, 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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