Moto Morini 500 Camel

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Off-beat Euro­pean V-twin. If you want some­thing other than the stan­dard fare of sin­gle­cylin­der Ja­panese two and four-strokes the Morini, with all its unique charm, is well worth a look.

The Heron-head V-twin lump is just as happy plod­ding along on the tar­mac as it is chug­ging its way along un­even ground. Early mod­els (above) are the con­nois­seur’s choice – they’re the best look­ers by far, and come with qual­ity Mar­zoc­chi sus­pen­sion and gen­uine off-road ca­pa­bil­ity.

A Mk1 will not be cheap – if you get change from £5000 for a road­wor­thy run­ner you’re do­ing well. High-speed (80mph-plus) road han­dling is touch and go.the Mk2 is an ugly bleeder with cheaper sus­pen­sion; the Mk3 is uglier still, but packs the best en­gine. If your heart says ‘yes’ but you wal­let says ‘no’, a later Morini Kan­guro can be had from £1500.

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