July 7 2008.

Moto Morini's new Sport 1200 has arrived in the UK, the fifth new model in three years since the historic marquee returned to family-ownership. Designed by the Marabese studio to create the classic style of 1970's machines, the 1200 Sport combines the CorsaCorta V-twin engine with top-flight components to deliver exceptional performance with timeless appeal.

Based upon the Moto Morini 9½ roadster, at the heart of the 1200 Sport is the Franco Lambertini designed 1187cc 87¬į V-twin engine, tuned to develop 117 hp at 8500 rpm with a high torque (102 Nm 6700 rpm) that is well-distributed over the entire rev range. The engine is carried in a Verlicchi-designed trellis frame, with 50mm Marzocchi forks at the front and adjustable Paioli rear shock for sure-footed road holding even at high speeds. Other technological features include a powerful and responsive 320mm Brembo semi floating braking system and double-sided swing arm that is produced by hydro forming, without the need for welding, making it lighter and stiffer than conventional items.

However it is the appearance of the 1200 Sport that has the most immediate effect. Its single round headlight with mini fairing and impressive 21-litre tank with generous indents for the knees give this bike an impressive presence. The double tapered exhaust pipe exudes power and creates a potent exhaust note. Meanwhile the narrow bars and single seat unit are designed to work with the footrests to incline the rider forward into a sportier riding position.

The Moto Morini 1200 Sport sells for £7,999 OTR, just £500 more than the entry level 9 ½ model, and is available in White/Blue/Red or British Racing Green/Yellow.

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