Benelli and Moto Morini haven’t been in the news much lately, but both these manufacturers are still busy making bikes.
Moto Morini had trouble finding new owners in 2011, but now they have four bikes listed on their website, the Scrambler, the Granpasso, the Rebello and the Corsaro (all looking very similar to the models they produced before they went bankrupt). All these bikes are powered by a water-cooled V-twin 1200 cc motor, with EFI, six-speed gearbox and wet clutch. They come with a two-year warranty.
It’s hard to tell from their website, but it looks as if they may only produce the Scrambler and Corsaro for 2013.
The Scrambler has a 200 kg dry weight, 830 mm seat height, wet clutch, and makes 117 hp. It has twin 298 mm disc brakes up front, with two-piston calipers, and a single 255 mm disc in back, with a two-piston caliper. According to their site, the bike has a 2.50×19 rim in front and a 4.25×17 rim in back.
The Corsaro is more performance-oriented, putting out a claimed 140 hp, and with a 198 kg dry weight. Seat height is 830 mm, and braking comes from twin 320 mm discs up front with four-piston calipers, and a 220 mm disc with two-piston caliper in back. It has a 120/70 ZR 17 tire in front and a 180/55 ZR 17 tire in back.
Moto Morini also has quite a few accessories listed.
And what about Benelli? They’ve been quiet lately, but they are supposed to be set to unveil a 600 cc naked bike at EICMA.
The machine supposedly puts out 82 hp at 11,500 rpm, and 52 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm. The bike will have a steel trellis/aluminum plate frame with aluminum swingarm, 50 mm USD forks, six speed transmission, and a rear shock adjustable for rebound and preload.
Fuel capacity will be 16 litres, and the bike has 17-inch wheels front and back and radially mounted brake calipers. It’ll be available in white, black or orange.