1989 Moto Morini Dart 350

David Mar­low, Read­ing, Eng­land

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Restoration Revealed -

“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.”

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