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Moto Morini reveal Corsaro 1200 ZZ 2017 details



There was a near-bankruptcy and then an auction, but Moto Morini now appear to be emerging from the fog.

The first announcement of an updated 2017 model of the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 ZZ was at EICMA in November 2016, but very little information was available on the bike and details were hard to come by.

What we did know was that the bike would be Euro4 compliant, would feature a 1200cc V-Twin, ABS from Bosch, some sort of LCD colour dash and a slipper clutch.

Now, with the release of the company’s 2017 brochure, we have the full details.

To start with, the chassis appears to have been upgraded, and alongside that is fully adjustable suspension from Mupo, but the major changes are under the skin of course.

The electronic management systems have needed to be completely redesigned in order to comply with the new emission regulations, but Morini say that this has not only lowered fuel consumption but also allowed for a smoother power delivery.

Whilst throttling is via cable, the gearshift for the six-speed engine is electronic – but again Moto Morini claim that none of this ‘has distorted the nature of the Bialbero CorsaCorta twin cylinder engine’.

The 1200cc V-Twin engine has probably been the biggest unknown for fans of the Morini brand, but a little sleuthing and judicious use of Google translate lets us finally know the figures:

Engine: FMV12 RS14

  • 137 hp (102.5 kW) @ 8,500 rpm
  • 125 Nm (11,5 kgm) @ 6,750 rpm
  • 87° Longitudinal V-Twin

If this all looks like something you’d be interested in, then you’ll have to give Moto Morini a call directly if you’re looking for any clue as to the price of the machine.

With the firm still looking for dealers within the UK, Germany and France, the factory might be your only shot at ownership for now.

Source: Moto Morini

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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