1985 Moto Morini 501 Camel for Sale
Hey, neat: a Moto Morini 501 Camel XE dual-sport! I’ve never actually seen one of these for sale before. Wait, what do you mean this isn’t a sportbike?! It’s right there in the name: dual-sport! And Moto Morini is certainly a manufacturer of sporting motorcycles. Anyway, I want one.
Originally released in 1981, this likely would have competed with the small-bore Moto Guzzi dual sports of the time. Obviously, these sorts of machines are compromised by weight, compared to a thumper, but twins offer a smoothness that a single can’t match, making them better on-road partners.
The dual-sport Morini used the familiar 72° 500cc twin with a belt-driven single cam operating pushrods in the front and rear “Heron” style heads that are actually interchangeable! Power was transmitted through a six speed transmission and a dry clutch.
From the original eBay listing: 1985 Moto Morini 501 Camel for Sale
1985 MOTO MORINI 501 CAMEL XE V TWIN DUAL SPORT CLASSIC
REBUILT CARBURATORS (EURO SPECS)
NEW ELETRONIC IGNITION PICK UP & ROTOR SET
NOS REAR WHEEL
OEM TOOL POUCH & KIT
SEAT HAS A TEAR
CLUTCH PERCH L/H MIRROR MOUNT IS BROKEN
The ad is very spare, but this was just too cool not to post. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled, spoked-wheel and tube-tired programming tomorrow.
I’d love to get a dirtbike: I keep hearing about how it’s a great way to learn about control while you’re out of control. Although I’d expect one of these isn’t exactly what they mean, since it’s probably a bit on the heavy side compared to a little 250 single. But the same principles still apply: it’s easy to get loose at lower speeds, and dirt is softer than asphalt when you crash.
I’ve no idea what one of these is worth, but with a Buy It Now of about $2,400 I’m betting it’ll go for a relative song and make for some good times, wherever you ride it.