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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Moto Morini is an historic company with new owners. With its huge V-twin engine, muscular chassis and upright riding position the Corsaro 1200 is a ‘super naked in every sense of the word. Electrical gremlins at the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200's world launch have been ironed out, but it’s still not perfect.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Moto Morini use their own 123bhp liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 1187cc V-twin engine in the Corsaro 1200, and it’s a belter. It might be big enough to stick in a Harley but thanks to its very short stroke the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200's motor can be revved unbelievably hard, making it exhilarating to ride in the twisties.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 is light, flickable, wheelie-prone and fun on the road but the forks are way too hard; every bump is felt as an unpleasant jolt through wrists. The  Corsaro 1200's gearbox is sloppy, too, with a neutral hiding between almost every gear, which can be annoying. Overall comfort on the Moto Morini is good though.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

What sets the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 apart from the competition is its exclusivity. Because the Cosraso 1200 is hand-built in limited numbers you’ll stand out from the crowd and it comes with the usual refinements you’d expect from the Italians like Brembo brakes, Pirelli Diablo tyres, Marzocchi forks, not to mention a pair of unbelievably huge pipes exiting under the seat of the Moto Morini.

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,699
Engine size 1187 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 148 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Overall built quality and attention to detail is very good. Although the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 engine is too new and isn’t tried and tested yet, it’s produced by their sister engineering company, Morini, who make motorcycle engine components for other manufacturers like of Benelli and Voxan.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 competes heard-on with the likes of the Triumph Speed Triple, Aprilia Tuono and the KTM Super Duke, and costing £8699 the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 is more expensive than all of them, nor is it as easy or as exciting to ride. It’s very nearly a brilliant bike but there are too many niggles which spoil it. Find a Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006: Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 introduced.

Other Versions

Moto Morini 9.5 – A sports classic/retro version of the Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 with spoked wheels. It uses the same 1200cc V-twin motor.

Specifications

Top speed 148 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.41 secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Weight 198 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 29 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1187 cc
Engine specification 8-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • 2WW Bomber

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    Average rating rating is 4

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    Don't know where MCN figures come from - the Corsaro Veloce has 123Nm (90.7 ft ib) of torque and 140cv (138 b.h.p.) power. Gearbox on mine is utter perfection - a smooth switch. Without baffles plus sport ecu the bike is a WW2 Bomber. Engine feel and character beats absolutely anything on the planet. I just think the MCN boys simply don't "get it". If you do, this bike can massively refresh a jaded palate dying of boredom from soft-tuned easybikes. And now you can buy Morinis new again.

    30 November 2013

  • Corsaro Magic

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    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had mine for a little over 12 months,coating on tank cracked/peeling. Three weeks to get front suspension sorted.ENGINE,bonkers wants to spin up/wheelie out of every other corner....would not swap it for another go at life!!.Breakdowns(1)battery fell apart,poorly retained,rubber ball now damps out any vibes. Go on try one......I DARE YOU. TTFN.

    23 August 2011

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Motofrog

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Morini 2008

Best try it NOW! Those gremlins have been banished .
Rode the Grandpasso last week. I would say the best fuelling on any injected bike available. Sweet gearbox,comfortable,feels like it's on rails. FUN . Go try one. 
Motofrog:smile

26 October 2008 10:54

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