My first Morini and how it came to be
(...and how it ended)
Having allready made
some entries in my diary I think it lacks some sort of introduction
that explains some of my ideas and ideals that I have for my Morini.
So, here some thoughts:
My goal was to build a bike that looks as if it could have come from
the assembly line of the Morini factory - a Morini 3½ Corsa - a
sort of racing version, so to speak. ;o)
What probably is noticable when reading this homepage is that I find
the first Sport the most beautiful of the models. Even so, I wanted
bike that was shaped according to my personality and at the same time
with some changes/improvements in design and functionallity. For example, the rear
light/license plate holder looks to me like a last-minute-solution. A
small rear light, like the ones from the older bikes would have looked
better to me. I'm sure that some solution were choosen because of
production costs that aesthetically would have looked better with
other solutions. Things like that I wanted to "rectify". And as
mentioned I wanted to give the bike a more racing oriented appearance.
That's why I'm going
for a fairing and an more aerodynamic look. Once again, though, not
too far from the original, because the shapes, curves and paint
job are almost perfect to me.
You might also notice that I've "stuffed" the tiny 3½ with gadgets.
This is of course to have a bike that is fully functional for all the
trips I'm planning to take with it and in that respect won't stand back
against modern machines. I think it'll please Lambertini who always
has used and still uses the latest technologies.
So, the central idea was to "customize" the Morini so it is usable for
any kind of daily activity I might throw at it. That's also the reason the very
conscious choice to have as little as possible of polished aluminium
and chrome. I wanted to have a bike that I was able to ride in any kind
of weather - even in the winter where salt is a big problem.
Also, I'm not that in to polishing my bike all the time, I'd
rather ride it all the time!!!
A final ideal I want to mention is less tangible: I wanted to preserve
the "soul" of the 3½ and make the changes in the spirit of
Morini and Lambertini. In spite of the numerous changes I have made, I
have tried to use Morinis and Lambertinis principles of simple
construction, high quality, and low costs - and that according to their