Enduring Design – Moto Morini Corsaro Ti22
Although many manufacturers claim to offer their customers the ability to customize a new motorcycle, the options are usually limited to a choice of paint color and a handful of bolt-on parts. In our humble opinion, a bolt on part doth not a custom motorcycle make and thankfully, Italian manufacturer Moto Morini are doing things a little differently. At their factory in Trivolzio, where they hand build each and every one of their motorcycles, Moto Morini are offering customers a “one-off” customization service. “Yours and yours alone” is how they describe the service and to prove their capabilities they built this rather special one-off for EICMA 2017.
The Moto Morini Corsaro Ti22 is the ultimate showcase of what can be achieved by the companies talented factory team. Unveiled to the public at EICMA earlier this month the Corsair Ti22 is rather surprisingly based on Moto Morini’s Corsaro 1200 ZZ that was released earlier in the year, rather than the all-new Moto Morini Milano unveiled at the EICMA show, but this doesn’t make it any less impressive or appealing.
At the heart of the Corsaro Ti22 is an unmodified example of the 1200cc engine found in the Corsaro ZZ. The Italian v-twin produces a respectable 137bhp and 92ftlb of torque in standard guise, but where the Ti22 out guns the stock ZZ is at the exhaust. Built especially for the project by Italian exhaust experts Arrow, the stunning pie cut system is constructed entirely of titanium and became the inspiration for the bikes name. Other similarities with the standard 1200 ZZ include the Brembo brake system, suspension components, customizable digital dash and trellis frame, beyond those elements though, the Ti22 is a uniquely different machine.
When customizing the Corsaro Moto Morini looked back to “the days when endurance races were all the rage and were the best arena for builders to demonstrate the reliability of their engineering.” To recreate a look inspired by those iconic racing motorcycles all-new bodywork was designed that would blend both modern and seventies styling. The seventies influence is unmistakable in the shape of the hand-beaten aluminum fairing and its round headlight replaces the twin streetfighter styled headlights of the stock bike. Moving rearward the aluminum fuel tank sits narrower on the frame than the original and the tail has slightly broader geometry for a sleeker, more streamlined silhouette.
The bikes high mount clip-on handlebars wear carbon fiber levers and are held in place by a milled aluminum top yoke that bares Moto Morini’s iconic emblem. Completing the Ti22’s classic looks are spoked rims wearing track-ready Pirelli Diablo rubber and a retro-styled paint scheme of black, bronze and raw aluminum that gives the bodywork all the attention it deserves.
We have little doubt that if you ordered something akin to this beauty direct from the one-off team at Moto Morini you’d be paying a small fortune. But if showcasing their capabilities is all they set out to do we’re certainly not about to question what they can achieve. If you had the chance, what would you have Moto Morini create for you?
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