||07-14-2008 03:28 AM
Originally Posted by Buzglyd
Looks like mostly a Brutale ripoff with some Ducati ripoff thrown in for good measure.
The Japanese invented the term "cruiser" for H-D ripoffs. Maybe there is an Italian word for this.
Actually, Buz, the Morini is entirely new, and isn't a rip-off of anything at all. The engine architecture is very, very clever - much more so than the Monster, or even the new Monster, which are both tied to their Pantah roots. Like the Morinis of the 70s, this motor is designed to exist in several configurations and sizes, all from the same assembly line: it's very well thought out for such a tiny company. As for its looks, well, that's just the current fashion for naked bikes. Trellis frames are the thing these days, just as slab-sided tanks and twin shocks were for the late 70s. Yes, they could have gone all manga like KTM but if you're chasing conquest sales from a zero base and trying to make a name for yourself all over again, you put it where people will recognise it rather than shy away.
We've had the Corsaro and its relatives - there are about five different versions of the bike already - for a couple of years now in the UK and EU. Although for some people too much power will never be enough, bar-room wisdom after the test-rides says that the so-called 9 1/2 (named to recall the famous 3 1/2 of the 70s, though the engine is still the 1200) which is softer tuned, has a single-sided exhaust, a more touring-oriented set of bars etc, and a single hard bag where the other exhaust would be, is the one you'd actually buy and ride in all weathers. As Sr Lambertini says in a European mag interview, 'Ducati build racebikes, we build bikes for the road, and they're different.'