New Morini ZZ

New range-topping Cor­saro 1200 ZZ su­per-naked re­vealed as Moto Morini tar­get new UK deal­ers

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jor­dan Gibbons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

For many man­u­fac­tur­ers, 2017 pre­sented a chal­lenge as the in­com­ing Euro4 emis­sions meant they had two choices: tweak their non-com­pli­ant en­gines and ex­tend the life of the prod­uct, or de­sign some­thing com­pletely new. Small-vol­ume Italian brand Moto Morini opted for the lat­ter – and this new Cor­saro 1200 ZZ is the re­sult. They say they did keep one thing, though: “The in­domitable, fu­ri­ous and fear­less soul of the bike.” Sounds good to us.

Home brewed

In true Italian fash­ion, the pow­er­plant is a torquey, 1200cc V-twin that de­liv­ers 137bhp and 92ftlb of torque. De­spite the 1187cc Bial­bero Cor­sacorta en­gine first de­but­ing in 2005, Moto Morini say they have man­aged to re­work it to con­form to the Euro4 stan­dards with­out los­ing its char­ac­ter. A big part of this was de­sign­ing the en­gine to work with the new Zard ex­haust sys­tem, which not only helps with both emis­sions and noise, but has also helped im­prove the fuel con­sump­tion.

Round­ing out the tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions in the driv­e­train are a new quick­shifter and slip­per clutch, as well as new dual-chan­nel ABS from Bosch, which can be turned off if you want to get a bit lairy.

Il Tri­col­ore

Moto Morini say they wanted to keep the Cor­saro ZZ Italian through and through, so with the odd ex­cep­tion (like the Ger­man-made Bosch 9MP ABS sys­tem) the bike is Italian-made through­out. The en­gine it­self is built in Trivolzio, south of Mi­lan, while the fully ad­justable front end comes from Bologna firm Mupo. It’s the real deal, too, with ad­justable preload, com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing, as well as the op­tion for a Di­a­mond Like Car­bon (DLC) coat­ing on the stan­chions. The Italophilia con­tin­ues else­where with ra­dial Brembo monoblock calipers and Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso III tyres. Even the elec­tron­ics fol­low the theme, with the 5in full-colour TFT dash com­ing from Italian firm AIM.

So how do you go about buy­ing one? Each new Morini is unique, and all the or­ders are cur­rently han­dled di­rect by the fac­tory. They then build the bike pre­cisely to your own spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and Morini will then get it in­di­vid­u­ally type-ap­proved, to en­sure you will have no is­sues later down the line. As you may have guessed, this does come at a price. €19,900 (£16,855) to be ex­act – but at least you can be pretty sure you won’t see an­other in the bike bay at work. There are cur­rently no UK Moto Morini deal­ers, but they have con­firmed they’re look­ing to change this im­mi­nently – in the mean­time, or­der di­rect, and Morini will ship your bike di­rect to your door.

‘Or­der di­rect from the fac­tory and Moto Morini will de­liver the bike to you door’

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