MOTO MORINI CORSARO ZZ (2018 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 137 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.86 in / 860 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)

Prices

New £17,999
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Moto Morini has taken its fiery mid-noughties Corsaro and bought it kicking and screaming up to date with the Corsaro 1200 ZZ. It doesn’t come with the excess power and electronic trickery to compete with its latest rivals, but it’s light, nimble, grunty, exciting and always straining at the leash. It’s smoother and more refined than ever - a true super naked in every sense of the word.

The Corsaro has true supernaked ability

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Older Corsaros always felt a bit clumsy and V-twin cruiser-like, but the ZZ is light on its feet and more like a tough, straight-barred superbike. The riding position is roomy and natural, but rear-set pegs and tilted-forward stance remind you this is a bike with the kind of performance and handling that can only be exploited on a track.

On grippier roads the standard Pirellis dig in impressively and the Brembos offer a tasty mix of feel and power. Born to scratch, the ZZ is supermoto-short, snappy and responsive in the corners. The Mupo forks and shock offer a plush, controlled ride, but at high speed the Moto Morini gets flighty, but never out of control.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At its heart, the 1200 Corsaro ZZ’s Euro4 spec 137bhp, 1187cc V-twin motor is smoother than it was in its original, mid-noughties incarnation. It now has a slipper clutch and a quickshifter for the first time, but no autoblipper, traction control or rider modes.

Peak power arrives at a lazy 8500rpm and it makes 92ftlb of torque at just 6250rpm, so the ZZ is all about low down, earth-trembling grunt. You hardly need to stir the gears once you’re up to sixth. There are very few vibes to speak of and those huge underseat Zard pipes might be Euro-boffin friendly, but they retain the Corsaro’s gloriously shouty, bass-heavy soundtrack. 

Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 ZZ engine

A refreshingly simple approach

The Moto Morini is refreshingly simple and analogue – it’s light, direct and a bit nervy, just like super nakeds used to be. It also wheelies like a super naked should, too. On the flip side you have to ride with more care and respect. It’s easy to get a not-quite-warm rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso III spinning if you ask too much of the ZZ’s grunt-laden engine.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Owners give nothing but glowing reviews for the previous Corsaro and especially love the bulletproof engine and gearbox. Some may worry about spares back up, but Moto Morini have a UK importer in place and a growing number of dealers.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Costing a couple of grand more than even the class-leading Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, the Corsaro ZZ isn’t cheap, but build quality is everything you’d expect from a pricey, hand made Italian machine and exclusivity is guaranteed.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

ABS is now standard and the ZZ comes with fully-adjustable front and rear Mupo suspension, revised steering geometry, M50 Brembo monobloc calipers, Brembo brake and clutch master cylinders, Accossato bars, LED headlights, a full colour AIM 5” TFT dash and lots of high quality carbon fibre trinkets.

Specs

Engine size 1187cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension Mupo 46mm upside down forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Mupo single rear shock adjustable, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston Brembo M50 monobloc radial calipers, ABS
Rear brake 220mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price £17,999
Used price -
Insurance group -
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Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 137 bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.62 secs
Tank range 146 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2017: Corsaro ZZ introduced under the guise of a resurgent Moto Morini and the introduction of Euro4 regulation. Rather than updating existing models, the Italian firm chose to develop something new. This is despite the 1187cc Bialbero Corsa Corta doner engine first debuting way back in 2005.

Other versions

  • Corsaro ZT. Slightly lower-spec, but similarly powerful version, introduced in 2018.

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