Ten years have passed since I tested the Moto Morini’s 9 1/2 and the Corsaro 1200, and the avant-garde Italian bike maker seems to have gone a little bit off the radar. But Morini is still in business, and about to enter the era of Euro IV emission regulations with an upgraded version of the Bialbero v-twin, 1187cc engine that gave us such a thrill in 2007.
In the new Corsaro 1200 ZZ, the 87-degree, 136 hp, 92-pound-per-foot torque engine is now housed in a new elegant trellis frame. During the upgrade, the bike also gets LED headlights and indicators, switchable ABS Brembos and a wholly adjustable suspension package from Mupo Race Suspension, their Italian compatriots. Moto Morini says that the bike’s looks have remained true to the traditions of the Corsaro.Even though the 1187cc Bialbero v-twin engine made its debut way back in 2005, the company maintains that they have managed to rework it to adhere to the Euro IV standards without affecting its character. However, the 2017 model’s is more exciting to ride, precise and sporty. At the same time, it comes with all the safety gear that is synonymous with modern motorbikes.
The Bialbero CorsaCorta v-twin engine is still the focal point of everything, but the bike’s performance has been enhanced with new electronic gears, two-way switchable ABS and a newly-designed management system that guarantees lower fuel consumption and a smoother power supply. As a result, the rider is always in complete control of the machine.
The chassis has been totally overhauled and redesigned, from the fully adjustable suspension to the trellis frame measurements. The frontal braking system utilizes 4-piston radial mounted monoblock calipers fitted with a double 320-millimeter floating disc and a 16/19 radial ramp. All these have been designed by Brembo, the braking disc experts. The rear braking system has a specially designed 220-millimeter, two-piston caliper. In addition, the bike's aluminum-forged rims are equipped with Pirelli dual-compound Diablo Rosso III tires for top-notch performance and durability. The bike also has an APTC slipper clutch that allows the rider to lean strongly when going into corners.
The fully adjustable Mupo Race Suspension features fork legs that are fashioned from a solid block. This ensures superb rebound damping, adjustable compression and preload settings that have a 135-millimeter wheel travel allowance. The result is a stable, comfortable and stress-free ride at high speeds. The rider can even control the shock absorber easily with regard to rebound damping, compression, remote hydraulic preload and length. The bike has thus added stability on fast tracks whilst remaining nimble when handling mixed routes.
The bike’s new front headlamp retains the Corsaro’s classic style, but it now has two LED headlights that have high beam/low beam functionality. The direction indicator lights, tail light, and sidelights also use LED technology.
Every Corsaro ZZ is custom-built to buyer specifications. There is a wide selection of eye-catching paint jobs, including wood grain and brushed metal finishes. If you wish, you can also get a variety of carbon fiber bits. This means information relating to the bike’s pricing is not available.
However, the bike’s very Italian design appears to be aging well. Even though the sale figures are not high due to bespoke production, the Corsaro 1200 ZZ remains a dazzler.