REVIEW: MOTO MORINI 9 1/2

MOTO MORINI 9 1/2: OUR WAY OF EXPERIENCING THE ROAD

The second product of the new generation of Moto Morini motorcycles is called the 9 1/2,
a name that by itself speaks a thousand words — because it so clearly conveys how inspired
Moto Morini was by the extraordinary and unforgettable 3 1/2 in creating the 9 1/2. The
easiness of the ride, the rational approach to the technical solutions and their efficiency as a
result are features that both motorcycles have in common and that are undeniably a part of
the Moto Morini DNA.

STYLE.
What kind of bike is the 9 1/2? A touring bike? Certainly not in the most
traditional sense of the term. Rather, it is the most touring bike that Moto Morini could ever
produce, with that powerful, high performing engine and that trestle frame, a strict descendent
of the sporty Corsaro, together which guarantee a dynamism and lightness unknown to the
competition. Another factor is that the comfort for the rider and passenger is at maximum
levels, thanks to a nearly perfect riding position, a low seat ensuring excellent comfort for
both, the shape of the tank – comfortable and protective — the attachment for the side bags
and tank bag. Simply put, everything has been designed to provide the fullest enjoyment of
road travel, whether riding at a slow or fast pace or whether alone or in company. The point is
to have the most fun possible while doing without the chronometer. The Moto Morini style also
has this significance.

DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY.
The bike’s aesthetics, the work of Marabese Design, exudes
a purity that is enormously appealing. A naked bike is naked, so any hint of trimming has
been foregone. The main element of the motorcycle is the high-capacity tank (19 litres) which
stands out for its volume and aesthetic impact. The recesses for the legs are roomy and the
concave form in the lower part makes for a lighter look, giving it a distinct personality when
viewing it from the front. Its upper part features a clean surface that has been inserted with
strips called “braces” that draw an arch. The wide seat practically fuses into the lightweight
tail, making it seem one piece, and the colour choices only add to the sensation. Its shape
and covering guarantee total comfort and prevent the passenger from slipping forward when
the bike brakes. The projecting rim over the round chrome-plated headlight guarantees good
protection and improved visibility of the sophisticated digital instrument panel. The technical
base is totally exposed and is exclusive for the 9 1/2: the trestle frame in steel tubing with
varying thickness has an innovative rear section with a single, strongly tilted side shock
absorber combined with a strong swing arm with oval-sectioned tubes. The rear of the bike
unites visual lightness with utter rigidity both in terms of stability and load capacity. On the
right side, the single silencer, in a style typical of Moto Morini, offers excellent thermal
insulation. Equally robust is the front, with a powerful 50 mm fork with increased travel. The
handlebar is high to allow for a comfortable riding position. The 9 1/2 also creates an impact
due to its spectacular spoked rims with a high-quality aluminium channel that mount Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres, the new radial combining the allure of the Phantom tread with the
technology and performance of the Sportscomp tyre.

 

THE BIALBERO CORSACORTA TWIN CYLINDER ENGINE.
The 9 1/2 is a large-displacement
road bike mounted with the 1187 cc Bialbero CorsaCorta twin-cylinder engine that develops
105 HP at 8000 rpm. The engine’s layout is compact, strongly characterised by the 87° V
layout of the cylinders and by the innovative solution of the integral casing. Compared to
traditional solutions, it offers diverse advantages:
• The stiffness of the whole makes the engine a supporting element, serving to simplify the
layout of the frame;
• Ease in assembling and disassembling means that work can be done on the engine both
during production and during servicing: for example, the lower part of the engine can be
opened to give access to the gearbox and driving shaft without the need to disassemble
heads from the casing; the pistons and cylinders can be disassembled without opening the
casing by using the lateral doors;
• The need has been eliminated to join the two semi-casings, typical of motorbike engines,
translating in great benefits for production, service and the cost of spare parts.

The engine designed by Franco Lambertini has been specially conceived for this bike and
vaunts thermodynamic features different from those of the twin-cylinder engine designed for
the Corsaro. Efforts were made to reduce the air lines and the diameter of the valves, while
the compression ratio was increased to improve the progression at low rpm and reduce fuel
consumption. The result is a powerful engine with a high torque well distributed over the
whole rpm range, one that while maintaining a sporty soul, adapts ideally to the characteristics
of the vehicle. In this case, enhancing the ride has taken precedent over the pursuit of
extreme performance. The exhaust system with a single lateral silencer under the seat meets
the Euro 3 pollution standards.

A distinctive trait of the 9 1/2 is its dualism of performance and accessibility. This
motorcycle combines a classic, reassuring style with the performance of a powerful and agile
bike. Its setup is comfortable and the componentry adopted is 100% Italian of undisputed
quality. It is a motorcycle that will be appreciated for its style and riding comfort even during
long journeys, and that packs the emotion of a powerful and reliable twin-cylinder engine. It is
a motorcycle with a big personality, not easily classified according to market segment
definitions, but that insists on interpreting the road in its own way. It is, in other words, a
motorcycle that will be valued for the qualities that reflect the needs of its owner

 

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