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Ital Day 2014
This year, the annual 'Ital Day' was held on the 17th of August. Clubmembers and individual visitors showed their Italian motorcycles. Ren van der Brandt, member of Ducati Club Nederland, sent me a link to an on-line photoalbum to share the pictures he made. Please note: pictures are free to download, but in case of any kind of publication it is appreciated to add the name of the photographer, Ren van der Brandt. BTW, according to the jury, the Moto Morini 250V (the red one on the pictures) was nominated "as the most special bike built after 1980".

Fantastic project!

In the past we have seen superb motorcycle designs of Oberdan Bezzi, including Moto Morini. Just use use Google to find them on-line. Bezzi is an Italian designer with the gift to connect 'old' and 'new'. He works in such way that the new design is clearly recognised on the basis of style elements of the old design.

On paper he has created a series of new Moto Morini models which are inspired on a number of very successful models from the past, like 350 Sport, 350 Touring and 500 Camel. Unfortunately, the factory did not do anything with these designs. For this reason, friends from the German Moto Morini forum (www.ital-web.de) have taken the initiative to actually build one of these bikes!
Old-and-new united: the lines of the legendary 3 1/2 are transferred to a 1200cc bike. You can follow the progress of this project on the special website for this project, see for yourself!

Oberdan Bezzi design

Rubber pins for the sidecovers 125/250/350/500cc models

new rubber pins (sidecovers) The Club had new rubber pins (30.01.28) made to fix the sidepanels on the frame of the 125/250/350/500cc models. These items are of excellent quality, perhaps better than the originals.

Please contact the webmaster in case you want to purchase these items.

Pins for sidecovers

 

Milano-Taranto 2012 edition
Your webmaster joined Milano-Taranto for the second time in July 2012, after the first time, back in 2007. Milano-Taranto is a 2,000km's (1,250 miles) motorcycle rally in Italy, based on the idea of the streetrace from the 1920-1950s. Fortunately, these days it is not a race, but a rally in six stages with a classification. The distance of each stage is app. 350km's (220 miles). First stage starts traditionally at midnight and took the riders to Vicenza near Venice in the North-East of Italy. Read the complete story of this great motorcycle adventure through this link.

New host for the Moto Morini mailing list
The Moto Morini international mailing list has got a new host. If you want to join, register through this link.
Through the international Moto Morini mailinglist you get in touch with many Moto Morini owners. The process to register is quite simple, but if you have any problems, contact the list owner Dan Kelo at ewordpainter - AT - gmail.com
To get an idea, here you will see bikes of some participants of the mailing list. A rather international matter with owners/bikes located in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Valentini, development of the Camel 500 and his participation on desert rally's in the early 80's
It is remarkable to realise that Moto Morini has been on the basis of desert rally's, like Paris-Dakar in the early 80s. At the time, the Morini Camel 500 and also the BMW GS80 were the first 2-cylinder offroad bikes. The Morini had real offroad capabilities. The BMW became a very successful bike as a 'travel enduro'. The Morini Camel 500 was developed by a private company, Valentini Moto, with the help of ing. Franco Lambertini. Soon after, the factory took the Camel into production. Read more on Antonio's son Massimiliano who was a keen rally rider.

Moto Morini new marketing & sales

The new management of Moto Morini have changed marketing and sales strategy. Bikes like the Corsaro/Granpasso or Scrambler can be bought directly from the factory. The company invites potential buyers for a day of test riding, at it's location near Bologna. Various airlines offer cheap flights to this city. After an appointment, potential buyers are taken from the airfield. At the factory, all 1200cc models are available for an extensive testride. After that, the potential buyer can compile his/her dream machine and order it. Many new colours are available and prices are very competitive. After the bike has been produced, the buyer can collect the new motorbike, or get it delivered to any dealer. These new methods of sale and distribution also have some disadvantages: and for this reason the former German importer Mrz has discontinued it's activities for Moto Morini.

lhs: Scrambler;
middle: 1200 Sport,
rhs: Granpasso

Granpasso

Restauration 350 Sport (1975)
In March 2010, your webmaster bought himself a 'project bike'. The bike was not found in a forgotten henhouse, but in a normal garagebox. Unfortunately, it had been left standing there for years. Certain parts were missing. Due to the cost of restauration, but also to be able 'to enjoy' all aspects of this restauration, it will take some time before the bike is brought back to her old glory. You can find the page on the restauration through this link and read about the progress made so far.

Standard carburettors on the 125/250/350/500cc models
The British Dellorto importer Eurocarb ltd. kindly supplied us with two pages from a Dellorto catalogue. In this catalogue an overview of the carburettors used by the factory on the various 125/250/350/500cc models. Of course also details on the (standard) jets, needle, float and slide are included.

Photo pages of the 21st international Moto Morini meeting, held in June 2010 in Morano-sul-Po/Italy.
Finally, your webmaster finished the pages about this very nice meeting in Italy. This time not a written report, but photopages instead. Let the images tell the story!

Badges for bikes!
Frequently we receive question with regard to badges for the 350/500cc models. Also the Sport badge on the cockpit for certain models is wanted. Unfortunately, even in Italy it can hardly be found anymore. A Morini owner from New Zealand made new ones CNC machined. According to us: a very neat job and worth a mention and a link.

CELEBRATION 25th ANNIVERSARY IN MAY 2010

Celebration 25th anniversary of Moto Morini Club Nederland on May 15/16
The 25th anniversary celebration of Moto Morini Club Nederland took place on May 15/16. On Friday, the first participants arrived in Hengelo (Gld). On Saturday morning, most of the participants had arrived. We welcomed a delegation of six Morini Riders from Brittain, as well as six participants from Germany, three of our own Clubmembers from Belgium and last, but certainly not least: Sren came all the way from Denmark!! A trip of 650km's (over 400 mls) one way!!
In the afternoon the engines were fired up and we made a nice tour through the surroundings. After our return in Hengelo, the bbq started. We had plenty of time for a good chat with everybody. One thing worth mentioning: we rounded up the highest amount of Moto Morini bikes on Dutch soil. Worth a mention in the Guinness book of records!! Through these links you will find two photo pages: Sren's photoalbum and a photopage with an impression of the meeting on Saturday. In this topic of our Forum, more and links to foto's en video's (of the races!). Clubmember Tommy (with the yellow Corsaro 1200) even started a Hyves page (similar to Facebook etc.) on Moto Morini with photo's of the meeting in Hengelo


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The 'benzina' magazine is very much worth it. Very different to the usual, not only the square book like format, but also the quality of print and of course, the very unusual stories on Italian motorbikes. Stories you don't read so much North of the Alps. Unless perhaps, you own an Italian bike yourself. In that case it's still worth it, as you read about makes other than your own. In benzina 01, (the spirit of the open road), 15 different stories of Italian motorbikes, written with different perspective. Ducati, Morini, Mondial, Gilera, Guzzi, Laverda, the lot. Anyone into Classic Italian bikes should try this new magazine. And it's not a magazine which you finish in 10 minutes either. Well, enough of this, see for yourself. ISSN 2043-0744 and see teambenzina.co.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1380 812176 Greg Pullen, the initiator, has done an excellent job! Think such an brave initiative should be supported in economic difficult times.

Silencers for Kanguro's and Camels
For a long time it was impossible to buy replacement exhausts (mufflers) for the Kanguro and Camel models, as production of the original Lafranconi's stopped. In Italy and Germany replacement exhausts are available.





the replacement silencer for my Kanguro X1 came from
German Morini dealer Wolfgang Tritsch. The X/X1 models have a 2-into-1 exhaust.



replacements for the Kanguro X2 and Camel are advertised on the website of Moto Morini Club of Italy. The X2/X3/Coguaro models have a 2-into-2 system.



In Italy, a new book was published on Moto Morini. A comprehensive history of Moto Morini, a racing and road-going motorcycle manufacturer founded in the second half of the 30s, had yet to be written. Anyway, the activity of Alfonso Morini goes back to the 20s when, together with Mario Mazzetti, a great fan of the two wheels and excellent technician, he gave birth to another famous marque, the MM, lately left by Morini (1937) to found a firm under his own family name. The celebrated Italian marque is now about to enjoy a second, or perhaps even a third youth, following its latest relaunch. This book tells the story of the company from its origins to the present day, tackling the industrial and sporting issues as well as engineering matters thanks to the technical expertise of the author Massimo Clarke. The text is supported by a vast archive of largely unpublished images made available by the company itself. See for details


New page on parts catalogues and owner manuals
We have extended our stock on owner manuals and part catalogues for many Moto Morini manuals. Have a look on the new page. Of course your can order them on-line through the form at the bottom of that same page.


Racing in the past
In the 1960s, Moto Morini were very successful at motorcycle racing. In this story, published in 'Motor Cyclist Illustrated' from 1964, you can read about the role of the Morini founder Alfonso Morini (1898-1969). It explains his cooperation with a number of others, which helped Tarquinio Provini to nearly becoming world champion on the 250GP racer back in 1963. He only missed out by 2 points in that year.


Fastest single of the world
In 1963 Tarquinio Provini was 2 points short to become Worldchampion 250cc. In "Legend Bike" no. 139 from April 2004, there was a very interesting article on Provini's 250cc Moto Morini racer, written by Paolo Conti. We are fortunate to present both an English as well as a Dutch translation on this very interesting "fastest single of the world".


Repair mono shock for the Kanguro models in Germany
Repair for leaking mono shock absorbers on the Kanguro is possible in Germany. Follow this link.

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Moto Morini 500 Turbo (prototype)
In 2005, all eyes are focussed on both the new Corsaro 1200 and 9 models (see elswhere on this page). In 1982 however Moto Morini was working on a 500 Turbo. A bike which never was taken into production, but the British magazine 'Bike' published an article about the development of this model. A 'must' for Moto Morini enthousiasts! The 500 Turbo was also mentioned by ing. Franco Lambertini in his interview with Motociclismo d'Epoca (Aug./Sept. 2002). You can find the 'Bike' article following this link.


Buyer's Guide Moto Morini 3 Strada
Italian magazine "Motociclismo d'Epoca" of September/October 2003 published a buyers guide of the 3 Strada/Touring model. Moto Morini Club Nederland proudly presents the English and Dutch versions of this excellent article.


Mopeds built by Moto Morini versus mopeds with a Morini Franco Motori engine
Moto Morini built mopeds in the 1960s and 1970s under the name "Corsarino" (=little Pirat), other factories used engines made by Morini Franco Motori. This article explains the differences.



Club History Moto Morini Club Nederland was founded back in 1985 by ms. Lil Kremers from Tilburg, the Netherlands.







November 2010