Author Topic: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration  (Read 15581 times)

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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #90 on: November 02, 2018, 02:18:40 PM »
I think we are going to need a write up. I can't recall seeing a new vs old morini 3 1/2 comparison test before.
I think you could get away without doing any 1/4 mile testing. :azn:
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #91 on: November 02, 2018, 04:32:44 PM »
If the owner of the 3 1/2 Sport sends me a tag and insurance card, I might be up for a "comparison test".  :azn:
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #92 on: November 02, 2018, 07:34:05 PM »
What’s your impression of the Sport dual sided front brake? How does it compare to the V7 Sport brake? Period tests where very positive I wonder how it would rate today.

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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #93 on: November 02, 2018, 08:45:02 PM »
What’s your impression of the Sport dual sided front brake? How does it compare to the V7 Sport brake? Period tests where very positive I wonder how it would rate today.

The front brake is still bedding in, so until it is, any impression wouldn't be valid.
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #93 on: November 02, 2018, 08:45:02 PM »

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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #94 on: November 16, 2018, 03:38:03 PM »
Didn't check the forum for a while. I think I have a pair of original steel sidecovers that I could sell, if you perhaps don't like fiberglass.
On my Morinis, I just used a tiny maintenance free 4Ah 20€ scooter battery, and it proved faultless for four years.

These early Morinis are such beautiful bikes, I don't think they could get more classic 70's.


The 80's model had a slightly different frame (bent around the front cylinder, gets closer to the engine - you can see the front mount is shorter). Supposedly a little better, but probably nothing a normal rider would ever notice (the oldest Morini twins handled very well anyway). The 70's Sport models had (compared to standard/strada/GT) a more aggressive camshaft, high compression pistons and slightly different jetting, besides clip on bars and a different seat (not much else). The 80's models had (as far as I know) the same engine as the standard model, the only difference was a more aggressive position with the low bars and styling. That said, the standard engine is neat too, perhaps slightly more torque compared to peak power, but not really that noticeable (it's still just a 350, they all made around 100hp/litre or more, really decent for the 70's - the new V7 and many other completely modern retro bikes do not come close).

 I rode a Benelli Tornado 650 with the same (grimeca?) front drum (double sided single leading shoe) as the first series Morini Sport. I also own a '71 V7 Special with the double sided 2LS drum like the V7 Sport. As far as I'm concerned, both stop alright. The Morini would probably stop a bit better, since it's a very light bike (I think only around 150kg, the Tornado at least 1/4 more, the Guzzi even more). Overall, drums aren't that bad, problems happen with continuous braking (worse cooling). Those Grimeca discs Morini used were quite odd - hard chromed and grinded surface of a steel disc. Supposedly great braking surface until the chrome wore off (but I think it has around 70 HRc, really hard and durable - most commonly, it flaked off due to rust and age).
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #95 on: February 13, 2019, 06:29:27 PM »
Beautiful job Charlie! That thing is  :boozing:
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #96 on: July 21, 2019, 02:38:48 PM »
I just saw this thread while surfing the web. Charles did an outstanding job on the bike and was a pleasure to work with. If not for him, the bike would have never gotten done. Everyone who sees the bike says it's beautiful, including my wife. I told her the next one is hers. I've been cleaning up parts on Morini #2 to get ready to take down to his shop. I just received some black powdercoat media and I hope to have the frame done in a week or 2. It sounds like I need to polish up some engine parts so everyone is happy :-). Restoring this bike to original specs was always the plan but during the build I was just happy that Charles and I could find all the needed items. It was a bit of a scavenger hunt. This bike had been stored in a locker for 26 years and didn't come with any paperwork. I just received the VT registration and tags and notified my insurance company for coverage. This is my first motorcycle so I just signed up for a riding course before I apply for a license. I can't wait to get it on the road.

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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #97 on: July 22, 2019, 08:42:27 AM »
 :thumb: :thumb:

Looking forward to #2. I need a break from Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi...  :grin:
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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #98 on: July 22, 2019, 12:16:55 PM »
:thumb: :thumb:

Looking forward to #2. I need a break from Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi, Guzzi...  :grin:

Me too!!

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Re: 1974 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport restoration
« Reply #99 on: May 23, 2020, 10:59:19 AM »
This lovely 3 1/2 Sport is now for sale. Contact me if interested.
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