1989 Moto Morini Dart 350
David Marlow, Reading, England
“This is a new bike for me. Even though it’s nearly 30 years old”
“I’VE HAD THIS a year now. It’s an Italian import. I’ve always wanted one, but couldn’t afford it when they were new. This is almost a ‘new’ bike for me anyway. Even though it’s nearly 30 years old. ‘As old as our marriage,’ said my wife.”
“It’s got 20,000 miles on it and I’ve done about a thousand since I got it a year ago. I took it to France last Easter and it didn’t miss a beat. It’ll cruise at 80mph but because the fuel tank is so small, I think it’s about 12 litres, there are lots of stops.
“If you’ve got a leaky tank, you’ve got problems because fuel tanks are impossible to find. To fix this the Morini Riders Club (I edit the club magazine) is commissioning a batch of alloy tanks, in fact my bike is being used as the mule for the new tanks. You can’t buy the remote fuel taps anymore either, so we’re maybe going to get some Suzuki vacuum taps to work with the new fuel tanks.
“The ignition system is Kokusan, so you can’t use older parts to fix that, but it’s a reliable system, as is the starter motor – totally different to the earlier 31/2 .
“It’s comfy for me because I’m an Italian shape – short legs and long arms, and the only main complaint is it’s got no centrestand.
“Apparently there are quite a few in various collections around the world that have never been ridden – purely because some collectors feel they have to have every bike that Massimo Tamburuni ever designed. I’ll be keeping this bike forever.”