Monday, April 09, 2007

New developments at Moto Morini

The Moto Morini MM3 is indeed going into production, though it may be detuned from 140 to 125bhp...

Morini Franco Motori, who previously owned a 50 percent stake in Moto Morini, has now purchased the remaining 50 percent from the Berti family, and is now the sole owner of Moto Morini.

The company has decided to put the MM3 ‘adventure bike’ (first show in Milan last year) into production, but with a few changes from the initial prototype. Some of the electronics (the show bike had traction control, ABS and fly-by-wire throttle) will not make to production, there will be some changes in the bodywork and the engine will go down from around 140bhp to 125bhp, in the interests of reliability.

The Moto Morini MM3 will essentially compete against bikes like the new Triumph Tiger 1050, the Ducati Multistrada 1100 and perhaps the KTM 950 Supermoto, and will be priced accordingly. But that’s not all – Moto Morini are also expected to start work on a full-blown 1200cc superbike which would go head to against the Ducati 1098, Aprilia RSV-R and other litre-class machines from Europe and Japan. We wish you all the best, Mr Motori.

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