Moto Morini 1200 Corsaro Veloce
WE LOVE LOTUS CARS for their basic simplicity and straight forwardness. They are built for driving and nothing else.
The same goes for this bike. It is clear that the only place for it is on the road or on a track. It is built to thrill and give its rider an adrenaline kick as soon as he or she gets on it and brings it to life.
It was only a few months back when we published a post on another exciting build by our friend Pepo Rosell from Spain (‘Spiced up paprika’). The colours of that Ducati were also our inspiration to start this piece with the name of a famous car brand.
Although Pepo has decided to hang around Italians a bit more for this new project, it is based on a brand that we seldomly see on the road.
Which is a shame.
But it is even rarer to have one featured in the columns of online custom bike platforms. In fact, this is the only one we could find.
Celebrating its 10th birthday, the Spanish outlet decided to give the 2009 produced Italian a complete makeover as a birthday gift. In spite of the fact the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce was treated with some proper TLC in Pepo’s salon, it rolled into the daylight looking like a beast.
It looks and is a radical bike, reminiscent of the classic Bol d’Or racers of the past. Even with the classic racer look, the XTR Pepo team has managed to put their signature stamp on this build.
The commission for this project was agreed on during the Glemseck 101 festival and it was for the pure power of this machine that the Moto Morini was chosen as a donor vehicle.
It packs a respectable 140 Hp and 123Nm, which should be sufficient to launch you off the planet.
It is clear a lot of effort went into the process of producing a racer that holds its own. The front end was lowered and a whole new subframe was welded on.
This forces the rider in a permanent racing position, which is actually the only way you’d want to ride this baby.
‘Aggressive’ is the only word fitting enough to describe it.
Adding impact is the front fairing. Originally mounted on a Suzuki RG 250, it found its way to the Moto Morini after some modifications.
The headlights are original, but now mounted on a simple and racing heritage reminiscent aluminium frame.
The heat is on
As rider body temperature may well rise when riding the wild Italian, the engine still requires proper cooling.
The original design of the Moto Morini radiator was not fitting to the picture Pepo had in his head. It was exchanged for a Ducati 999 part.
When stripping the Duc, it was decided the tank would look good on the Morini too. But why do it the easy way if you can produce a stunner with some extra effort?
A striking billet aluminium twin-cap filler by Fuchs workshop was inserted in the fuel reservoir and no less than 20 bolts hold it in place, further boosting the race look of the Corsaro 1200.
We just love all the little details of this particular bike and the numerous hints that bring back fond memories of tough guys trying to keep control of their savage machines in the 70’s and ‘80’s during those magical endurance races.
We can only say; “Keep on bringing it on Pepo. We love it!”
Modifications and added parts:
• SP aluminium cnc machined 4 clamps yokes
• FG Racing regulable aluminium cnc machined clipons
• XTR regulable and foldable aluminium cnc machined brake and clutch levers
• Frentubo brake lines
• Frentubo clutch line
• XTR front bracket
• Modified Suzuki RGV 250 front fairing
• RC Racing wáter radiator hand made
• XTR hand made metal shaping fuel tank
• Fuchs workshop doublé gas cap aluminium cmc machined.
• XTR solo seat
• LIPO battery
• XTR Rear subframe
• Led rear light
• XTR front light
• Repositioning of the electrical wiring
• OEM aluminium cnc machined pilot footrest
• OEM head exhaust system + Wolfman 2 in 1 tube
• Spark megaphone
• Pintumoto painting
• Dante stickers.
Pictures : Sergio Cardeña Diaz