In the early 1980’s Moto Morini launched the Camel enduro following successful forays into international competitions with factory prototypes. The bike featured a 478cc air cooled 72° four stroke V twin engine that produced about 40 bhp. Fed through two Dell’Orto carbs it had an 11.2:1 compression ratio and a 6 speed gearbox. Early models such as this rare series 1 had drum brakes front and rear and Marzocchi suspension although this bike now has Hagon rear shocks.
It is estimated that just a handful of these series 1 bikes entered the UK and they rarely come up for sale. This example registered new in the UK 23rd March 1982 was restored by a marque specialist and remains in excellent condition all round. Having sold this fine example last year we are delighted to be offering it again, showing 12,800 miles it has recent mechanical work including a rebuilt of the front forks.
In period there were very few V twin off-road bikes built, the Camel is in a league of its own, light and powerful it is a joy to ride and so rare you are unlikely to see another series 1 for decades. Having competed in the Paris-Dakar, the Transafrica and the Rally of the Pharo’s these are bikes with real race pedigree, a certain cast iron future investment – if dessert racers are your thing you can’t get more exclusive and exotic than this.