1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355

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Lot 437
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro
Registration no. GVV 572X Frame no. 500R 03355

Sold for £ 1,092 (US$ 1,336) inc. premium
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro
Registration no. GVV 572X
Frame no. 500R 03355
Moto Morini ventured onto the dirt for the first time in the early 1980s, launching the 479cc Camel enduro following successful forays into international competitions by factory prototypes. Marketed as the 'Sahara' in the UK, Morini's first off-roader featured a new high-ground-clearance frame, long-travel Marzocchi suspension, a six-speed gearbox and a motor re-tuned for greater mid-range torque. Bike magazine's Martin Christie rode one in an enduro on Salisbury Plain, concluding that it was 'a far better off-road machine than something like the BMW R80G/S and as good, if not better, than some of the Japanese four-stroke singles. The handling is exceptional for a bike of its size and the engine sweet and responsive.' It was also rated a fine all-rounder, being relatively vibration-free and capable of 80mph cruising with excellent fuel economy. Although cheap when compared to the BMW, at £2,095 the Camel/Sahara was expensive for a trail-bike (it cost over 50% more than a Yamaha XT550) and sold in commensurately limited numbers.

The example offered here was first registered in the UK in 1997, the frame number indicating that it is the 183rd out 713 produced between 1982 and 1984. 'GVV 572X' comes with a large file of information and invoices relating to its restoration in 2006/2008, while in October 2009 the rotor, stator and cam belt were changed by North Leicester Motorcycles. Described as in generally good condition, the machine is offered with a quantity of expired MoTs (most recent March 2010) and Swansea V5.
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
1982 Moto Morini 479cc Camel Enduro Frame no. 500R 03355
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