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Moto Morini 350 Excalibur

Moto Morini 350 / 507 ‘Moreini

Take a humble 350cc Strada and turn it up to 11 by fitting the heart of a 507cc Excalibur custom, then add lightness. Miles liked the Moreini so much, he bought it twice.

Often described as the best secret in classic motorcycling, a of a little overhead valve that revs like a two and handles like a racer. still, the knowledgeable owner can one using little more a 10mm spanner and a Swiss knife and if you ever need there’s a wealth of knowhow out

They look a million yet can be had for considerably less, under a in fact.

Well, that to be the case, but the prices of Italian have been soaring of and Morinis are belatedly getting the recognition that their deserves. Which is one of the reasons like the Morini featured will become ever scarce, because this is a 350 Strada bicycle fitted a 507cc motor!

Moto 350 / 507

An easy way to improve the performance of a is to give it a heart transplant, and have been doing for years. One of the best bikes I rode, and I’ve ridden a few, was a 250 Morini with a 350 shoehorned in it, the extra power to the miniscule machine made for a exciting ride indeed.

Morini, like a lot of Italian used the same few engines in a of different chassis in order to a range of bikes to tempt the buyers. Morini were skint, however, so often layers of unnecessary bodywork or to create the illusion of development as the went by.

By the 1980’s the factory had developed their iconic V into a 507cc, six speeder and it in three guises, the Sport, a Sahara and the Excalibur, a err. chopper! Why Excalibur? Perhaps it was all the edges, heavy metal and to rust, who knows.

The Sport was by now a long and relatively heavy with electric start, discs and more extensive all a far cry from the early models the original Morini credo to be, to quote Lotus’ Colin to add lightness.

Moto Morini 350 / 507

The builder of particular machine in 2005, Curry, wanted a light and classic to ride in classic like the Circuit des Pyrenees. a and winding alpine time The early 350 Strada seemed an ideal machine, with its styling and surefootedness, but the wee vee needs a bit of spinning to really get going; like to be thrashed. The later 507 was a more lusty beast, but looked too modern (Sport) or too (the be-chromed Excalibur).

they were over and therefore much too heavy. But the big lump into an early Hmm.

Moto Morini 507 looks right in 350 Strada

A scruffy Strada was duly for around Ј400 (try that now) and stripped of all weight and complexity. For instance, marching to the beat of a different fitted electrically operated taps-unnecessary, heavy and complicated. were junked, along miles of spaghetti wiring (or not) rarely functioning lights and indicators.

The wheels re-laced with 18 rims to better tyre choices, was powder coated or polished, the suspension was taken care of Koni shocks and the front internals were treated to emulators- no I don’t know A new Grimeca calliper was mated to a VFR master cylinder and Presto! We a bicycle.

Next, the motor. The bigger and Sahara are well worth but the Excalibur. A few quid changed for one of these non-emerging classics and a few hours a black and chromium 507cc engine sat on the bench, with the surprisingly retro faced clocks.

The rest was to the lady of the lake, or eBay, if you

Moto Morini Excalibur

The engine was stripped — blasting removed the unwanted and chrome plating — rebuilt, throwing away the heavy electric start and mildly porting the heads fitting 28mm carbs. in (making it all sound really the bike looks quite and very few people realise it really is, until you start it up, is. The completed bike looks it was made at the factory, not like a even the Ducati switchgear appropriate.

The original ‘Three and a Half’ are still in place-something which much confusion when were launched as three and a was sometimes thought to refer to the old rating, which equates to 500cc. Serendipity, I’d

Does it go? Oh yes! Lighter the standard early model itself a featherweight at about it makes about 20% more BHP and 30% more torque.

The equivalent 500 Morini weighed in at 183KG and the a pasta munching 194KG, so easy to see the attraction of this adding glamour, performance and

It pulls very hard tick-over upwards with linear power right up to the red at about 8500rpm. The result, mountain pass gearing is a wheelie-prone animal of a bike launches out of the bends yet handles and as well as any classic I’ve ridden.

Morinis on eBay Now.

I’ve had to play jetting the big carbs; the donor had a large and complicated airbox and well known that the intake side on a Morini can be an process to get right. Downsides? The in my experience most Morini are grabby things and finding is harder than finding

The rest is just about technique, starting it, for example, is a one affair once you know how to do it.

Morini 350 / 507

Confession time, actually owned this twice.

When Dave built it originally, he hated it. the left hand kickstart, the riding position, hated the delivery. Dave is a Ducati V man and assumed that the wee vee would be to, say, a Pantah.

Oh dear. I it from him just after finished it and he’d only it up the road. I had it for about a year selling it to help pay for the MV I’d and had regretted selling it ever

Four years later and a conversation with EV Guru, of board fame, led me to appreciate its — and available for purchase more — charms. So now its again and I plan to keep it way. Negotiations have with Mr Guru about tuning over the winter and I like the idea of turning a homage to Morini’s last with the old V twin that quite made it into the Turbo!

So, is it better than the 350? yes, if you like blasting a tutto gas (a Morinisti thing). Is it than the other Morini the 250 with a 350 motor?

No, that was else entirely, another I’d like to have ideally.

If you’d like to one yourself simply buy a Morini 350 a blown engine and a shed of an Pop round to my place for inspiration and got yourself an epic street Oh, one more thing, Morinis blow up, so good luck that search!

Moto Morini 350 Excalibur


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