Moto Morini Kanguro futhi Dart – Classic Motorcycle Roadtest – RealClassic.co.uk

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Moto Morini Kanguro futhi Dart

Most people tend to plump for one of the well-known Morini Sport or Strada models. Kodwa emikhawulweni okuphambene esikalini uzothola Dart super-sleek kanye rufty-tufty Kanguro. Ngakho kanjani Ken Philp kuziwa ngumnikazi kokubili?

Ngiqala ukubona umuntu Kanguro eNkantolo Earls e 1982, futhi wahlatshwa umxhwele njengoba ethe lolu off-road V-twin. Nganginenkinga wezokwelapha e 1984, ngakho ngiyilahle emabhayisikili eziningana futhi wathenga nalena, the Kanguro lokuqala okuyinto NLM kwadingeka esitolo.

Sasilokhu uya noma nini engangifuna izinto! Kwangenza eziningi ukuzijabulisa off-road, naphezu isisindo sayo, futhi Ngingumfana shortie – 5'5. Mina kuphela ngiyilahle kuyo 2003 ngoba mina kuphela 15% wamaphaphu umthamo manje.

Angikwazi ukusho ukuthi kukhona yini ukuthi ANGIZANGE okuthandile ngakho. Mina babesebenzisa lona ukuze enduros, umzila-ogibele, Weston Beach Race, elide ngezilingo, njalo njalo, futhi uma embozwe 720 amamayela e 20 amahora kumcimbi MCC.

Sekukonke ngazifihla mayelana 16,000 amamayela. Zazingekho izinkinga zangempela, Nalawo ayaziwa iphutha lami kuphela!

Noma ukuthenga Kanguro kufanele abagweme ngowokuqala X-onobuhle. I X1 futhi X2 babe ozimele ijabulise, futhi X imifantu uzimele ngakwesokudla footrest iphuzu. I X1 has ukuqinisa lapho.

I headlamp kuyinto AC ukukhanya ngqo kuphela, ngakho okukhipha kuyahlukahluka ngesivinini injini. Kuphinde kube 6 engama-volt angu ukukhanyisa uhlelo, ngebhetri KAKHULU encane!

Ngakho, kokuba ephethwe i Kanguro kusukela entsha, Mina ngempela Kwamhlaba umxhwele kakhulu injini. Ngase ngibona isithombe Dart entsha 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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