MORINI CORSARO 1200 (2006-on) Review

Published: 13 December 2006

"A super naked in every sense of the word"

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 motorcycle review - Riding

"A super naked in every sense of the word"

  • At a glance
  • 1187cc  -  123 bhp
  • 29 mpg  -  115 miles range
  • Insurance group: 15 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • New: £8,699

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their MORINI CORSARO 1200 (2006-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MORINI CORSARO 1200 (2006-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Gorgeous and Under-rated

17 June 2015 by Harro

Best feature is the engine. Just a superb unit. Can run a little hot in traffic but one of the great under-rated motorcycles. It also looks superb. IMHO has the most balanced stance of ANY naked around. Worst feature, its in Europe and I'm in... Read more Australia most of the year. Makes me smile every time I get on it for annual European tour. Fits me like a glove. Proper size for a motrobike

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Front brakes could be more powerful, rear brake easy to lock. Front suspension can be a little flighty but quality of components, superb Never had to adjust anything.
Engine
5 out of 5
Absolutlely EATS anytihng on the road. Ducati, Aprilia anything. This is just a superb engine, Fuel consumption can be high when getting enthusiastic with throttle.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Never had a problem. Bought used, do a 2-3000km trip each year with gear. Faultless. Brilliant touring and up through mountain passes. Everyone says brutal engine but I disagree. Engine is a flexible grunt monster. so nice to ride gentle or get stuck into it !!! Just give it a wash to confirm quality of all components.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Once a year service 3-400Euros. Battery tender for winter, thats it !!
Equipment
4 out of 5
Just so flexible. Great for touring, mountain passes and day runs. Can carry gear easily (recommend VENTURA rack) and fuel range over 250km. Just a superb massively under-rated motorcycle.
4 out of 5

2WW Bomber

30 November 2013 by fadeaway

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Corsaro Magic

23 August 2011 by Anonymous

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... Read more fell apart,poorly retained,rubber ball now damps out any vibes. Go on try one......I DARE YOU. TTFN.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £8,699
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 148 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.41 secs
Average fuel consumption 29 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Specification
Engine size 1187cc
Engine type 8-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 198kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

History & Versions

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.

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