Moto Morini Trackday — Classic Motorcycle Rides —

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Morini Riders’ Club

Martin Gelder gets a bit away at his first classic As does his Moto Morini On a trailer. Oh dear.

Laughter my helmet. Not wry chuckles, not guilty full-on shoulder-heaving guffaws.

lying prone on the bike, my and stomach flattened against the elbows, knees and ankles in tight, throttle hand to pull the carburettor slides as open as they will go. The in front of me on the straight is too far ahead for me to any slipstream effect so I’m for the 3-2-1 countdown boards mark the braking area for bend.

By keeping the throttle until I’m past the board I can start to claw the gap that has opened up between and the bike in front over the half a lap. I can shave off a of a second through Park and if I get the Gooseneck right there’s couple of tenths to be saved, and be right on him going into the downhill lefthander.

The reason laughing out loud? I’ve glanced down at the clocks to the tacho needle swinging 9,000 rpm as I change up, and I’ve how fast we’re going. One and twenty kilometres per hour.

Seventy five good, British emm-pee-aitches. In my mind Hailwood closing on Read, catching Foggy, Rossi to pass Gibernau. In reality, gone faster up the A1M coming from the LMM ride-in last

Welcome to track-days, Morini

It says a lot about the marque the Morini Riders’ Club AGM is as part of a Cadwell Park and it says a lot about the Morini that the event was such a back affair.

Assemble at the Arm on Thursday evening, more time than you can shake a footpeg at on Friday, and then an barbecue and prizes for the best on Saturday.

As a former track-day (you’re never completely with a Morini in the shed, how I resist?

I borrowed a trailer is another story, coming from David A. of message-board and fame (cheers, David!) for the to Cadwell, reasoning that was a fair chance of something on the going pop before the weekend was out if the devil dancing on my left managed to overwhelm the angel of sympathy perched quietly on my A wise precaution, as it turned but not for the reason I expected.

Lack of time in the run up to the big day meant my three-and-a-half got little more a check of vital fluids and a down with an oily rag the off. There was nothing with the bike as such, but to my ears those pushrods and sounded very rattly I wore ear-plugs. Solution: ear-plugs.

It was very reassuring to more than a dozen or so rattly Morinis fire up on morning; comparing rattles and is as good an argument as any for joining a club.

The majority of the Morinis were 3Ѕs. but there also more Darts I’d ever seen as well as a sprinkling of 500s; a turn-out for an obscure Italian whose heyday was twenty or years ago. With scrutineering and the briefing out of the way, it was out the track for the sighting laps and session. Three laps a Bimota SB8R ‘pace got us up to speed, and then we were on our

I thought I knew Cadwell I’ve done a race there, as well as a couple of a few years back. Go careful the Gooseneck and Mansfield, make to line up right for the jump at the top of the take it easy through the bit in the woods, nail it down the then roll off through and Charlies before carving Park and Chris. Simple.

on a Morini, there are a lot more bits, the straights are much and most of the corners are straights as Every time I backed off leaning into a bend, a Morini would clatter Halfway down the straights, be two — one on each side,

When the chequered flag out I decided I needed to have a

Session two saw me re-learning the track the way; preserving momentum at all and riding the circuit as it unfolded in of me rather than how I’d it on bigger bikes. Now I was having listening to what the bike was me and exploring its abilities. Ignore the braking markers, feel for from the tyres and l-e-a-n… I was getting passed on the straights

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Don’t get me wrong; I expected the and 500s to come past, and I I’m not *actually* Valentino but still… The penny dropped I was following another rider out of the on the final lap of the session; I was changing up too early. If everyone else’s or thirty year old push-rod could take it, so could According to the manual the 3Ѕ engine is as safe to 9,200 rpm while I was up a gear at the 8,500 rpm redline.

was only one thing for it; redline be nine grand here I

Finally, in session three, clicked. That extra 500 rpm all the difference running up through the and I could tuck in behind bikes and keep up with And the Morini seemed to revel in it.

didn’t come up through the tank to say hello, con-rods make a bid for freedom through the and valve heads didn’t company from their It almost felt like it was me that this is what it was for, and that I finally something really important…

. and then I saw how fast we were and the ridiculousness of it all hit me. I was riding my socks off a race track, and I was barely the speed limit. I had to laugh I couldn’t help it. But man, was I fun.

Hard on the brakes at the end of the (five days later my hand still aches from the effort I was using) the double right and the gooseneck, on the brakes again into closing, closing all the way through to the chicane, squirt down the to the left-right at the bottom of the mountain… I ran wide. Idiot. By the time crested the climb, he was into the

Pressing on, the bike shimmied as I tried to hustle through Bends; something was wrong. Had the let go, spraying oil all over the rear Had my worst fears been

Was I littering the track with of irreplaceable engine internals?

a drama queen; just a or garden rear tyre A tiny off-cut of stainless wire had punctured the tyre and the inner tube, deflating the in less than a hundred The end of my trackday, but I came home a new respect for the engineers that and built the little 72 degree I’d learned a new way to ride, and my was buzzing with modifications and

That steering damper have to go, and I really do need to out some heavier fork and if I junk the starter and fit a smaller I could save a lot of weight, and if I can the seat a bit lower, and maybe some longer shock and maybe lower the overall to bring the gears closer and….

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