Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler shown

The new Moto Morini 1200 Sport...

We don’t know how many bikes they sell (probably not too many…) every year, but for a small Italian company, Moto Morini keep showing new bikes on a fairly regular basis. After the dual-purpose (?) Granpasso, which Moto Morini showed last year, the latest bikes to be added to the company’s lineup are the 1200 Sport and the Scrambler, both of which are based on the earlier 91/2.

...and the MM 1200 Scrambler!

The two bikes were first shown at the Padova Motorcycle Show last week, and we must say, they look quite all right. Both bikes are fitted with Moto Morini’s 1187cc v-twin, which makes about 117 horsepower. The chassis is from the 91/2, front forks are Marzocchi units, and 17-inch wheels (the Scrambler uses a 19-inch front) are from Excel. The 1200 Sport is fitted with sport-touring rubber, while the Scrambler rides on off-road tyres.

In our opinion, both the bikes look good – the 1200 Sport’s blue and orange paintjob is reminiscent of Ford’s classic GT40 racecar, while the Scrambler’s more subdued black and white paintscheme looks good in a restrained, low-key way. Prices for the two bikes are yet to be announced, though production is expected to begin in March this year.

Update (9.11.2008):
Moto Morini Scrambler shown at the EICMA, to go on sale in Europe in February 2009

Also see:
2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT launched...
Supermanx: One of the best cafe-racers we've seen...
HKC's US$150,000 hubless-wheeled cruiser!
In XESS: Honda CB1000R-based streetfighter from Italy...
Steffano Motorcycles’ Ducati 999-based Café9!
2008 KTM 990 Supermoto unveiled...
The very cool Benelli 899...
2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro and FV2 concept!

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