The Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport — Classic Italian Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Morini 3 1/2 Sport

Claimed 39hp @ 8,500rpm (claimed)

Top 100mph (claimed)

Engine 344cc, air-cooled 72-degree

Transmission: Six-speed

Weight 145kg (320lb)

MPG: (claimed)

Price then:

Price now: $3,000-$6,000

it the little V-twin that Call it expensive for its day, and even unusual. You’d be on all accounts.

The Moto Morini 3 may not be for everyone, but for those with an (or an affliction, as the case may be) for Italian the Sport is a bike we’ve all at one time or another.

Every bike has its quirks and the naysayers who them, labeling the bikes as problematic, finicky and sometimes lousy. But Italian bikes a sound and a feel all their and, as Italian bikes go, the is both coveted and forgotten at the time.

Beginnings of the Moto Morini 3 1/2

By the end of the 1960s, Moto Morini had itself as a quality motorcycle with good racing with their single-cylinder GP Then in 1969, Alfonso the company’s founder, passed The company continued on under the of Gabriella Morini, Alfonso’s daughter, and soon became for their V-twins.

Franco an engineer from Modena who to Morini from Ferrari, was the of Moto Morini’s masterpiece His first 350cc engine, a 72-degree V-twin, featured a belt driving the camshafts and a dry clutch. The engine made its way a new prototype motorcycle, which at the Milan show in 1971.

The 3 1/2 born.

The Moto Morini 3 1/2 engine was unique in its use of “Heron” cylinder heads, a first in the industry. The Heron design uses cylinder heads a flat face and parallel (as to inclined) valves, with the recess formed in the piston The overhead-valve 3 1/2 used a toothed to the camshaft, a multi-plate dry clutch and ignition.

The Moto Morini GT (or Strada) went on sale in Italy in and received rave reviews for its power output and low fuel In 1974, Morini launched the version, which featured a saddle, lower handlebars, an in maximum power from to 39hp @ 8,500rpm and a claimed speed of 100mph. The Sport a 230mm (9in) single-leading-shoe drum brake for 1974-1976, but 1977 on the front wheel was with a 260mm (10.2in) Grimeca disc.

According to Guide’s August 1976 the Moto Morini 3 1/2 Strada /GT was becoming available that in the U.S. No mention of the 3 1/2 Sport was until an August 1977 in Cycle World . which the Sport they tested was the one on the West Coast at the time of It was an early example of a 1977 Morini 3 1/2 Sport, and for some it featured the Strada pegs, the testers complained about, for replacement rearsets.

Also, a single disc brake was on the Sport by 1977, the bike World tested featured a setup, which was optional.

Morini performance

Cycle seemed impressed with the sporting prowess: “Acceleration is although not up to the snappiness of a Yamaha of the same displacement. For maximum one needs to let the Morini engine rev the next gear is selected. the kind of motorcycle that a purist will appreciate.”

also noted that happy enough in urban the “combination of rigid chassis and geometry, plus a steering unit, allows the Morini to exactly the rider’s will. No no wobble, no twitch.”

In fact, found little to complain While some of the switchgear was labeled and not as good as other Cycle World’s testers happily surprised that it to work as it should. Gear were smooth and precise, not quite up to the standard set by Ducatis of the

In all, the magazine was impressed the machine, although they its limited appeal. “Perhaps riders would have a time justifying the purchase of a machine that provides, in terms, the performance and vibration of a 350 at the price of a [Honda] 750 Four. The Morini 3 1/2 Sport is expensive, and impractical. What you get for your and emotional involvement is a motorcycle moves you and makes you feel

For the lucky few, the Morini is what it costs,” they

Though Moto Morini is again today (and at time had plans to again bikes to the U.S.), you certainly see 3 1/2 Sports running around day, as they were imported for a few years following U.S. release in 1977. We able to scare up precious few for and the ones we found weren’t cheap.

Herdan Corporation ) in Port Clinton, Pa. the former importer, is still in business and many spare parts, so if you a good example, you should be to come up with the needed parts to keep it on the road.

rare more than 30 later, the Sport continues to be a performer and an appreciating classic many have forgotten.

alternatives to the Moto Morini

— 32hp @ 6,400rpm/97mph

— Air-cooled, opposed twin

— Four-speed

brakes front and rear


— 50mpg (est.)

As the of BMW’s new range of /5 motorcycles in 1969, the 498cc R50 /5 carried on a BMW of offering a relatively small-displacement for the urban tourer. Sharing the engine and chassis architecture as its brothers, the 40hp, 599cc R60 /5 and 745cc R75 /5, the R50 /5 made do with 32hp.

When the R50 and its /5 siblings were speed was the word of the day. its bigger brothers were roadburners, they were powerful and faster, and with a negligible weight penalty. R60 weighed the same, and the R75 only more.) And in the critical American buyers opted for the R60 /5 and R75 /5, which only a few dollars more, yet an extra 8hp and18hp, respectively.

than 8,000 R50 /5s were (compared to almost 23,000 R60 /5s and than 38,000 R75 /5s) so one today takes a little The good news is, they’re out and good R50 /5s typically carry a price than similar R60 /5 or R75

An R50 /5 may not be a bahn stormer, but they well with acceptable and with excellent economy. features, combined with legendary reliability, make the R50 /5 a everyday classic.

Ducati 500 Desmo

— 50hp @ 8,500rpm/115mph

four-… parallel twin

— Dual discs front,

disc rear

— 407lb (dry)

— 50mph

Every company has its dog. For that dog was the Ducati 500 Sport

Produced in small numbers a six-year period beginning in the 500 Sport was supposed to address the of the 500GTL introduced the year Ducati had carved out a market its line of desmodromic singles and V-twins, so when it introduced the a conventional 497cc parallel the market responded with excitement, at best.

Unfortunately, the Desmo suffered from development and even poorer quality, and Ducati pulled the on the model in 1983. Available in the for only two years, 1977 and only 50 Sport Desmos their way to our shores, making it one of the Ducatis ever sold

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