Moto Morini 500 Camel


Make Model

Moto Morini 500 Camel


1981 - 84


Four stroke, 72° V Twin, belt driven single cam operating pushrod 2 valve per cylinder


478 cc / 29.1 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 69 x 64.2 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 11.2:1


2x Dell'Orto VHBH 26BS carburetors


Starting Kick

Max Power

39 hp / 27.7 kW @ 7400 rpm


6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

Telehydraulic forks

Rear Suspension

Swing arm wit adjustable shock absorber.

Front Brakes

140mm Drum

Rear Brakes

140mm Drum

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Dry Weight

137 kg / 300 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

15 Litres / 3.4 US gal

Like the Kanguro, the Camel boasts equal agility on the street and in the dirt. A spinoff of the 500 Special, the Camel has a less radical camshaft and smoother power delivery. However, unlike the Kanguro, the Camel utilizes twin-shock rear suspension. Up front, the Camel sports a large 40mm magnesium Marzocchi fork and single brake disc. With a claimed dry weight of just over 300 pounds, the Camel weighs about the same as Honda's successful XL600R.