1979 Moto Morini 500 Strada

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Moto Morini 3 1/2 V
Moto Morini 3 1/2 V

1979 Moto Morini 500

Each spring, right in Chadds Ford PA, there is a motorcycle auction. It is my habit to this annual event, not so as a buyer, but as a looker. In 2003, a Morini 500 came onto the This was a machine that I had not considered collecting. They never very popular in the and are on the small end of the ‘big twins’

Still, they enjoy a big in Europe and England, where really appreciate fine As I looked over the Morini at the Ford Auction, I began to a familiar nervousness in the pit of my stomach. I it.

The Bolgna, Italy factory as a family business in the 1920’s. Two evolved into four and Grand Prix racing many successes for the small Then in 1971, Morini the Italian motorcycle industry the introduction of a 350cc V-twin, by a similarly designed 500cc in 1975.

These fabulous plants were so innovative and that they guaranteed the commercial success through the and 80’s.

These motors use head combustion chambers: the of the chamber is flat, the ‘hemisphere’ is into the piston crowns. One of this construction is that the castings are greatly simplified, construction costs. Another is high compression ratios are in this case 10:1. The is carried quite high in the and driven by a toothed belt, the parallel valves via short rods.

The 72 degree V angle gives smoothness as well as being An unusual electric starter is up by a kick starter. Grimeca squeeze 3 disc brake to slow you down. Ducati ignition provides the spark.


Suspension chores are handled by front and rear, and a hydraulic dampener is standard.

The condition of bike as bought was better most, especially considering the one takes at any auction. As usual, I over the mechanicals from to rear, replacing tires, battery, fork seals, pads, cables and handgrips. One that had to be solved involved the controls. To make the bikes in the US, controls had to be standardized, so the rear pedal and shifter were from standard.

Moto Morini 3 1/2 V
Moto Morini 3 1/2 V

The resulting linkages may have the Herdan Corporation in nearby Clinton, PA to import and distribute the but they did nothing for the control The shifter required too much travel, and at an awkward angle. The spongy rear brake made the hydraulic disc

Reverting to Italian foot location was necessary.

The result of a design combined with components is an effective, lightweight The engine produces 35 HP at 8250 With a fueled weight of 350 pounds, acceleration is pleasing, the motor must be kept on The 5 speed transmission makes easy and fun.

With its decent suspension and this little bike can right with its larger mates, making up for less with heavy late and hard cornering. The European style handlebar and broad, seat give a comfortable seating position. All in all, machine is totally non-intimidating, and the is.whimsical, just lots of No wonder the factory saw fit to put a cartoon decal on the tail section.

It a blond witch flying the sky on her jet powered broom, with a grin on her face. That sums it up.

Moto Morini 3 1/2 V
Moto Morini 3 1/2 V
Moto Morini 3 1/2 V
Moto Morini 3 1/2 V

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