Monday, September 17, 2007

Moto Morini Corsarino



If you were a 14 year old Italian schoolboy in the 1960s and 70s, your dream motorcycle was probably the 48cc Corsarino, a name that means "little pirate" (note the Corsarino logo). No surprise, really; I think that these were some of the most beautiful under 50cc bikes ever made. Available in various road and scrambler versions, they boasted a reliable four-stroke engine- unusual in an era of small two-strokes- a handlebar-shifted three-speed transmission (and later a more conventional 4 speed foot shifted version), and outstanding performance; the road versions boasted a 50mph top speed and reportedly got over 120 miles per gallon.



I've never seen a Corsarino in this country, but Europe appears to have plenty of them still running around the roads, judging from European eBay sites. If I saw one for sale here I'd be very, very tempted to buy it.

6 comments:

giornalisti said...

Back in 1968 (i was 17) i got a Scrambler, the real consumption was between 55 and 70 Km/liter that is 140-190 Miles/gallon.
Most other small bikes were two stroke... and did one third the KM/liter...

Now i'm trying to buy one.....

Michele said...

I Had the "ZZ" 4 gear version (probably around 1973/75) which drank even less. Really THE most efficent under 50 cc "motorcycle" at the time. No brakes at all, at least NOT in the contemporary meaning.. ;-)Wish I could find one to buy now...

Michele said...

BTW.. it is "Moto Morini" (not Morino) as you can see for yourselves in the logo :-))

michael edelman said...

Oops! Spelling error fixed, thanks.

robert said...

I have an old one here in the states that is in decent condition but needs some work. Id like to get some info on it and thought of selling it.

Anonymous said...

Robert,where are you located? I live in Ct. ,and in 1968 i was living in france(Burgundy),and had a corsarino zz.Believe it or not,i had a few speeding tickets from the french gendarmes,because the thing was fast!.I bought that bike from a mechanic,who had tampered with it,and i can tell you it had to be doing 80 milles per hour easily.How much do you want for it,and in what condition is the bike? Thanks