Moto Morini Kanguro e te Dart – Moto papairaa Roadtest –

20 Lailai 2015 | Te taata papai: | I te mau manao i nia i te Moto Morini Kanguro e te Dart – Moto papairaa Roadtest –

Moto Morini Kanguro e te Dart

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. Tera ra, i te tahi hopea o te faitohia e ite outou i te Dart super-i te sleek e te Kanguro rufty-tufty. No reira, nahea te Ken Philp e tae mai i te iho i?

Ua ite matamua te Kanguro i te Earls i te haavaraa i roto i te 1982, e ua faahiahia roa mai te off-road V-maehaa. Ua hoe fifi no te ea i roto i te 1984, no reira e tia ia faaore i te pereoo taataahi e rave rahi e hoo mai i teie, te Kanguro matamua tei NLM i roto i te fare toa.

E ua haapao e haere noa i te mau taime atoa e ua hinaaro vau i te reira i te! E horoa mai oia iau e rave rahi o te oaoa off-road, noatu te teimaha, e te au i te hoe shortie – 55. Ua anae e tia ia faaore i te reira i roto i te 2003 no te mea ua noa 15% mahaha tiaraa i teie nei.

E nehenehe e parau nei au e te vai ra te hoe mea aita vau i au i te reira. E faaohipa vau i te reira no te enduros, purumu i te tere, Te hororaa pae tahatai Weston, faatupu i te mau tamataraa, e te, e no te tapoi i te hoe taime 720 maire te atea i roto i te 20 hora i nia i te hoe ohipa tei tupu i te MCC.

I roto i te rahiraa i tapoi i au no nia i te 16,000 maile. Te vai ra aita e mau te mau fifi, o te feia anae e, ua i tou hape!

I te hoe taata hoo i te Kanguro ia haapao i te maramarama o te matamua X te mau hioraa maitai. Te X1 e te X2 i te tii tubular, and the X cracks the frame at the right footrest point. The X1 has reinforcement there.

The headlamp is only AC direct light, so output varies with engine speed. It’s also a 6-volt lighting system, with a VERY small battery!

So, having owned the Kanguro from new, I really was very impressed with the motor. Then I saw a photo of a new Dart in the press, 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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