Tagged: 3 1/2

1979 Moto Morini 3½ for Sale

1979 Moto Morini L Rear

Moto Morini often gets lost in the shuffle when discussing classic bikes.  They never really had much of a presence in the US, where big engines and straight-line performance ruled the day, although the “little” Moto Morini 3½ was actually considered a “middleweight” machine when it was introduced in 1974.

Although the 344cc 72° V-twin’s provided fairly limited power, the 3½ was blessed with typical Latin handling, so pilots could make the most of what was available and embarrass larger machines on a twisty road.  The styling is simple and very handsome, although that rear exhaust pipe has always bugged me: it always looks a bit too kinked to be very “high performance.”

1979 Moto Morini R Engine

While the looks are conservative, the powertrain has several unusual features: a six-speed transmission, belt-driven cam, and “Heron” heads that have a flat underside and parallel valves.  Combustion in a Heron-head engine actually takes place in the concave surface of the piston top, instead of in the cylinder head. This relatively unusual configuration was also used in the small-bore V35 and V50 Moto Guzzis to simplify manufacturing and provide impressive fuel economy.

1979 Moto Morini Speedo

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Moto Morini 3½ for Sale

1979 Moto Morini Strada 350 cc. New quality paint base coat clear coat in beautiful condition no defects, dings, or scratches. Seat reupholstered, very nice. Tires and rims good, starts immediately even if it sits for extended periods of time and runs out very well once warmed up. Shifts well, clutch good, no issues. Electric start as well as kick start works well. Original Moto Morini mufflers La Franconi a good 7 out of 10, no dings very minor pitting. No oil leaks, new petcock and fuel lines. Carbs set up well. Good turn key collectible, ride anywhere. Never down. 5,800 Original miles, recent oil change. Tank clean inside. All lights, turn signals, brake lights function properly.

These come up for sale from time to time and seem to be slowly creeping up in price, but they’re still a great way to get into classic Italian motorcycle ownership.  Nimble, with unintimidating power, it’s a great bike for those just starting out on bikes, those short of limb, people who are happy to motor along at a relaxed pace, or those who for whom “maintaining cornering speed” is the name of the game.

This one’s price is staying pretty low: it’s at only $2,500 with about a day left to go.  If it stays anywhere near that price, I’d say it’s a screaming deal.

-tad

1979 Moto Morini R Side

Motoring Along: 1986 MOTO MORINI 350 K2

For Sale: 1986 MOTO MORINI 350 K2

You have to admit the Italians offer tremendous style and substance when it comes to their bikes. Take this beautiful Moto Morini 350, for example. It is hard NOT to see the Italian sportbike influences – which go both ways – between Cagivas, Ducatis and Moto Guzzis. This striking Moto Morini is none of those, yet envisions all of them at once. From a design standpoint, this is certainly a classic.

We are no strangers to the Moto Morini brand – witness the number of Moto Morini posts on both RSBFS (check out this hot K2) as well as CSBFS (search Moto Morini) lately. It has been a good year for collectors of this off-beat, lesser known nameplate.

From the seller:
I have a 1986 MotoMorini K2 350cc motorcycle for sale. Frame number ZLMAK3337, FB024378, engine number 24378. It has 1,803 miles since new. It’s in very nice shape for its age, not mint, but very nice. I purchased this bike from an estate(the original owner) with a large collection of bikes. The story I got on this one was it was he purchased it, went to Italy and toured Europe on it, brought it back to Florida, drove it a few times here, emptied the fuel and put it in his collection. The auction company found one key(the gas cap key), the original tool kit, manual, and an import paper from when it was imported(in Italian). They did not find the title or other keys. It is missing keys except the gas cap key. I will provide a bill of sale, NO TITLE. Chrome is nice, no dings in the exhaust. Has been sitting for years, so it will need a battery, probably carb rebuild before running, and brake hydraulics rebuilt, and whatever else goes with an old bike that has been sitting. Turns smooth with good compression. The mileage is believed to be original, I have no way to verify this, the owner is deceased, I’m going by what I was told. The Pirelli tires look awesome, nice tread and no dry rot, but due to the age, you might want to put fresh rubber on it if you plan to ride it. If going into collection, show bike, or musuem, they would be the ticket. No chipped or cracked cooling fins. The original paint has some storage scratches, but is still nice and shiny. The windshield got damaged in storage and will need to be replaced, the fairing did not get any damage, except minor scratches. The master cylinder has leaked a little brake fluid on the black paint below, it didn’t touch any red paint luckily so it should be an easy touch up. There are some scratches on the red paint that need touch up too, the worst being on the left side down on the fairing(see closeup). I have not touchup up anything, so as to not hide anything, I have not even detailed the bike, besides wiping off the dust that was on it. With some touch up, minor detailing and replacing the windshield, you will knock them out at bike shows.

Moto Morini is not native to the US, so all of these models have been imported – either from our neighbor to the North (Canada) or directly from Italy. There is some conjecture that this bike might have been imported from Italy following a dealer demo ride, which is a distinct possibility. There is some damage noted by the seller, and no US title – meaning bill of sale only. None of these are necessarily major hurdles, but prudent buyers will want to check the details before jumping on this opportunity.

These wonderful little 350s do not come around every day – especially not the later models or ones with such low miles (seller claims less than 2,000 miles!). The opening bid on this jewel is $3,250, and as of yet there have been no bidders. The starting price might be scaring off prospective buyers, as $3,250 is fair money for a 3 1/2 here in the US – but this one might take a bit of extra coin to make right and put on the road. A clean, undamaged example with title can fetch upwards of $5,500.

Check out all of the pictures and the seller-supplied information and let us know what YOU think. Personally, this is one of my “bucket list” bikes; it has style and charm lacking in many Euro and Japanese machines. For the price, this one is not too far off the mark. For all the information, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and tell us what you think!

MI

1978 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport

For Sale: 1978 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport

Welcome to that other Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Sure, you’ve heard about Ducati, know about Bimota, just read about Laverda, and now we’re throwing a Moto Morini your way. If you are a regular reader on RSBFS, though, you will note the similarities to this post here.

Based around a 72 degree air cooled vee twin designed in the early Seventies, the base 3 1/2 produced approximately 35 horsepower at 8,500 RPM. This model, a 3 1/2 Sport, benefited from some additional chassis bits (clip on bars, Veglia instrumentation, and a steering damper) along with a bump in compression. The Sport engine was good for 38 horsepower at 8,500 RPM.

From the seller:
HERE IS MY 1978 MOTO MORINI SPORT, VIN NUMBER 14738, A REAL SPORT WITH THE “S” ON THE ENGINE.

I HAVE OWNED THIS BIKE FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, STARTED IT SEVERAL TIMES AND FINALLY ACTUALLY RODE IT TODAY!! – JUST TO SAY I HAD BEFORE PUTTING IT UP FOR SALE! A VERY RARE AND COOL BIKE!

I AM SELLING IT TO GET CASH FOR A BIKE TOUR TO ALASKA THIS SUMMER. I HAVE ENJOYED HAVING IT AROUND AND LOOKING AT IT LONG ENOUGH-IT IS YOUR TURN NOW. VERY, VERY NICE OLD BIKE AND ONE OF THE BEST HEAD TURNERS I HAVE EVER HAD!!

YOU MAY SEE A FEW OLD DUCATIS, LAVERTAS, MOTO GUZZIS, PASS YOU ON THE ROAD-BUT NOT ONE OF THESE!

LOOK OVER ALL THE PHOTOS, I TOOK THEM TODAY. THE BIKE HAS NEW PIRELLI TIRES, GOOD BATTERY, STARTS EASY BUT MIGHT NEED CARBS TUNED A BIT, (HASN’T REALLY BEEN ON THE ROAD IN YEARS)

THIS IS A NICE, RARE BIKE AND YOU DO NOT SEE THEM WITH THE RACING FAIRING ON ‘EM. I FOUND THE FAIRING ON EBAY WITH THE CORRECT MORINI MOUNTS A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND MOUNTED IT THIS WINTER.

YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS MOTORCYCLE!!

These little Moto Morini motorcycles are reported to have sharp, responsive handling. In the day, they were offered with some pretty top shelf componentry, and were priced on par with much larger bikes such as the Honda CB750. Obviously straight line performance is of no comparison to the bigger bikes, but the 3 1/2 could run circles around the Honda on tight, twisty roads.

As far as price goes, there is not a tremendous amount of data to go on. The bike in the RSBFS post mentioned above was bid up to nearly $4,800 without meeting the reserve. This bike is currently at $2,800, with the reserve still in place. Expect to pay between $5,000 and $6,500 for a clean, low mileage 3 1/2. For that kind of money, you get a good looking, sweet handling bike that is very unique. Not bad return on your hard earned collector dollar!

For more information and your chance to bid on this great looking Italian dream, . Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!

MI