Who are Moto Morini?

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Moto Morini were founded in Jan­uary 1937 by Al­fonso Morini with the in­ten­tion of pro­duc­ing mo­tor­cy­cles and three-wheeled vans (donõt ask). Morini was a skilled me­chanic and a fast rider him­self, and by 1927 heõd al­ready claimed six world records at Monza on his own bikes. Moto Morini be­gan pro­duc­ing 125cc race bikes be­fore mov­ing on to the 175cc bikes that Gi­a­como Agos­tini first raced on.

Moto Moriniõs big­gest com­mer­cial suc­cess was the 3½ of the early Õ70s, due to its re­li­able 350cc en­gine that used Heron cylin­der heads. That en­gine was de­signed by Franco Lam­ber­tini, the man be­hind the cur­rent 1200cc en­gine thatõs at the heart of the mod­ern range. Af­ter a pe­riod of fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty, the brand re­turned in 2012 be­fore open­ing a new fac­tory in Trivolzio in 2014, which is their cur­rent home.

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