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Old 02-10-2007, 12:37 PM   #16
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Eh? Morini 500 camel

Before closing this chapter on (pre cagiva) morini Camel 500, find some last pics

Morini Camel 500 -MK1



Morini Camel MKII



Morini Camel MKIII








Same engine, same frame, same brakes, same suspension (more or less) but a different look.

It though it was interesting that these bikes were selling without a front disk brake when bmw with its g/s had a front disk brake and at a price that was higher than a g/s. Who was in charge of market analysis?
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:29 PM   #17
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I think the Italians are all about going - not stopping

Besides, I'm not sure if there is any real marketing in the whole industry!

Look at my beloved Ducati. You'd think that some bright boy over there would say 'Hey, I've got an idea - let's build a DS bike. Maybe, someting like an Elefant...'
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:17 PM   #18
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My valentini Simun Camel mk2

Finally almost done with the Valentini Simun replica rebuild. Check it out...



now from the ass..



and her eyes...



Now, It' s time for my special 501....
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:34 PM   #19
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Great thread: Grazzi.

Wow the first picture in this thread of the 500 Camel is just great. It just looks like...what a motorcycle should look like.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:17 PM   #20
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The dakar bikes

Found some addl pics of the some dakar bikes 1983-1985.











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Old 12-31-2007, 03:19 AM   #21
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Very interesting topic!

I always had a weak spot for the older Paris-Dakar bikes, especially those with the multiple- cylinder engines...

I wonder, when was this bike first released? Until I have been reading this topic, I always thought the Honda XLV750R was the first V-twin enduro struggling in to the Dakar (first release: the Paris Motorcycle exhibition of 1983)
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:47 AM   #22
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first 2 cylinder running at the dakar

Hi two plugs. Some fascination here!

regarding 2 cylinders:

Rigoni with a 2 cylinder Guzzi 500TT raced the dakar in 1979!!!!
Fenouil raced the same year with a BMW boxer.

Morinis didn't race until 1983 even though they partecipated in other African races -eg Transafrica- before with their 2 cylinders bikes. The creation of a dual sport v twin goes back to earlier than 1983. Valentini worked on the first one in the early 80s if I am correct.


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Old 12-31-2007, 08:34 PM   #23
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According to http://www.morini-riders-club.com/th...modellist.html the 500 Camel was released in 1981. It had the best styling and lines of the Camel models. There was a version released in late 80's in the dying stages of the companies existence called the "Coguaro" which was a very nice looking bike too.

I have a 1985 501 Camel. Yes, the dual voltage electric system is downright wierd. Morini motors are really simple and pretty reliable. The 501 motor has Nikasil cylinders and one of the hotter cam grinds and is probably the pick of all the Morini 500 motors. It's a nice bike to ride but I have never done any serious dirt with it.

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Old 10-16-2008, 06:03 AM   #24
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here's a pic of my 86 501 camel.. it's definitely my current favorite rider..
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:19 AM   #25
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Did those original bikes have a front drum brake? is that what's going on with the cable and brace on the front fork?
Old school. The cables would be the speedo drive and front brake cable. The brace on the front hub does the same thing as the one on the back wheel, holds the backing plate of the drum brake in place. Some other brands later ditched the brace and used a tab on the fork to fit in a notch on the backing plate to do the same thing. It all works.
Great 2-up rough road bike regardless, and 25-30yrs before a WeeStrom.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:52 AM   #26
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and here's a pic of my new one. 111 miles on the clock. just gotta tidy it up a bit - been sitting unloved a long long time.


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Old 11-23-2008, 01:29 PM   #27
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new 501 camel

Congrats. It is a beauty. I am looking for a 501 engine. If you know of anybody that wants to depart from it, give me a yell. Thanks
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:17 PM   #28
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hah - part of the deal i made to get this bike involved me trading off a spare 501 motor i had (i have no more spares!)...i am looking for 2 later bulge type transducers and some other little bits for some sports...

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:20 PM   #29
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also, they are definitely great 2 up bikes, but kickstarting a bike with passenger on is a pain...

i'm contemplating a few serious long distance back road jaunts this winter - maybe trailer it to nc or sc and ride a few days to ga/n.fla/etc. and back. then trailer it back to wv... (no, i am not gonna ride it down to sc in 30 degree weather.)
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:10 PM   #30
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and here's a pic of my new one. 111 miles on the clock. just gotta tidy it up a bit - been sitting unloved a long long time.


Well done. That's a good find.
It looks identical to mine. Must do something about getting it back on the road though.

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