Moto Morini 500 Camel
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.