Monday, January 15, 2007

Moto Morini 9½: The Better Half?

It's an... err... Italian cruiser. Probably

Moto Morini Nine-and-a-half..? Err…, yeah, that’s the strangely named, weirdly styled (by Luciano Marabese) cruiser you see here. And while the bike was first shown back in 2003 at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy, it’s gone on sale only now.

The Moto Morini 9½ uses a detuned version of the 1200cc v-twin used on the sportier Corsaro 1200, with smaller intake and exhaust valves, and reduced cam lift and valve overlap. The engine still makes 117bhp though, which should be quite enough for this type of motorcycle.

With 117bhp and high-grade suspension bits, the 91/2 should do just about all right for itself

Chassis is a tubular trellis (steel) structure, 50mm USD Marzocchi forks are used up front, and there’s an adjustable Paioli shock at the back, fitted to an oval-section tubular swingarm.

Go here for Cycle World magazine’s riding impression of this bike.

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