In the earlier eighties, Morini and Valentini (famous Morini dealer) worked together to prepare bikes for some desert rides after Valentinis son Massimiliano won the six days of Elba.. Specifically, in 1980, during the TransAfrica adventure where 3 stock Morinis raced, 2 among the 6 bikes which completed the race were Camels. Morini also participated at the Dakar and Massimiliano ended 4th after few Yamaha xt 500 and a Montesa. Lack of money and serious interest by Morini in the Dakar made the end of the Morini attempt to conquer the podium. There were also some privateers that participated in other races during the 80s but only with discrete success.
A little bit of old dakar and other pertinent pics and articles
MORINI CAMEL VALENTINI
Moto Morini 500 Camel MK1
Air cooled, four stroke, 72° V Twin, belt driven single cam operating pushrod 2 valve per cylinder
478 cc Bore x Stroke 69 x 64.2 mm Compression Ratio 11.2:1
2x Dell’Orto VHBH 26BS carb
Ignition / Starting
Electronic / kick start
39 hp @ 7400 rpm
Transmission / Drive
6 Speed / chain
Telehydraulic marzocchi Piffero forks
Swing arm wit adjustable marzocchi shock absorbers
15 Litres 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.