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Moto Morini August 11, 2017 posted by

Quirky, Pint-Sized Italian: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale

The Moto Morini 350 K2 was, in theory at least, a contemporary of the Suzuki GSX-R750 and Kawasaki GPz900 in terms of cost and mission. In reality, it was light years behind those bikes in terms of outright performance. By the mid-1980s, the Italians were already unable to keep pace with the Japanese manufacturers’ relentless technological development and the Morini was a bike you bought because you were a fan, not because it made any practical sense.

That’s not to say that the little Italian twin was completely outclassed in every way: handling was always a strong point and the bike was light at just 330lbs dry. The 344cc 72º v-twin was air-cooled and used pushrods to actuate the valves, but was otherwise pretty sophisticated: the pushrods were driven by a toothed rubber belt and the engine featured “Heron” heads that helped gave great fuel economy and simplified manufacturing. Heron heads have a nearly flat surface, with small recesses for the valves and spark plugs, shifting the combustion chamber from the heads themselves to the dished top of the piston. The resulting 35hp and six-speed gearbox could push the little bike to more than 100mph, impressive for an air-cooled 350.

Styling is subjective, but the little K2 has origami good looks and simple graphics that give it a strong dose of 1980s class, and you’re certainly unlikely to mistake it for anything but an Italian bike. Earlier Moto Mornis’ classic looks always seemed at odds with the angular design of the powerplant, and this updated bodywork seems to gel better as a whole. I think I prefer the style of the older 3½ in general and yes, for some reason, Moto Morini called its 350cc machine a 3½…

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale

This is my last Morini . I had this bike quite a while runs rides and handle like an Italian bike should this is a very collectable bike, just selling my collection. Probably less than 10 in the USA.  ASK questions there are a few small scratches in the paint. But I rode it hundreds of miles . It’s NOT new but it could be New to you. Clear Texas title in my name.Ship anywhere in the world at buyers cost.

Moto Morinis fell into the “cheap, but hard to find” category for a long time, but values in recent years have basically exploded, although that generally applies to the earlier, classic-style bikes. Miles are very low at 2,392 and it isn’t perfect but appears to be in very original condition, which is great because sourcing missing bits on a rare, relatively “affordable” classic can quickly erase any bargain pricing. Bidding on this example is up just north of $2,000 with the Reserve Not Met and very little time left on the auction.

-tad

Quirky, Pint-Sized Italian: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale
Moto Morini February 8, 2017 posted by

Something Different: Low-Mileage 1986 Moto Morini K2 for Sale

Like rock and roll bands, manufacturers of premium motorcycle brands always have their eyes on the US market: a land of seemingly endless wealth to buy expensive, high-end motorcycles and wide-open spaces where big-bore motorcycles can roam free. In Europe, smaller motorcycles were very popular, owing to taxes that punished larger machines, expensive gas, and the fact that motorcycles were often used as economical transportation instead of as toys or lifestyle accessories. But while brands like Triumph and Laverda introduced larger-displacement machines with America specifically in mind, Moto Morini stuck with their “light and nimble” philosophy on both sides of the Atlantic, and bikes like their 350cc K2 languished in relative obscurity here as a result.

It may sound low-tech on paper, but the air-cooled 344cc pushrod v-twin that powered the K2 was actually very sophisticated: those pushrods were driven by a toothed rubber belt and the bike featured “Heron” heads that helped provide excellent fuel economy and simplified manufacturing. Heron heads move the combustion chamber from the heads themselves to the dished top of the piston, while the surface of the head is nearly flat, with small recesses for the intake and exhaust valves and the spark plug. The 72º v-twin produced a modest 35hp but a six-speed gearbox, a relative rarity in 1986 and absolutely exotic when it was introduced on the 3½ in the early 70s, allowed the rider to make full use of the limited power available.

Although this is a model year 1986 machine, it’s hardly in the same class as something like a GSX-R. European bikes of the period could rarely afford to be revolutionary and often had to settle for being evolutionary, but the original Morini package was so advanced when it was new that it could still hold its head up high in terms of handling, if not in straight-line performance. This particular K2 has just 1,200 miles from new and appears to be in very nice condition.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Moto Morini K2 for Sale    

1,200 original miles   
Stored properly
Lafranconi mufflers mint condition
Awesome original paint

Everything works
None nicer
Original tires
Tool kit

A real show piece   One minute scratch near gas cap that’s it
You can see the 3 keys in pictures, seat, tank, ignition
I’m 67 now time to thin the herd

Moto Morinis have long been the undiscovered bargains of Italian motorcycling: with little to no modern presence and limited performance, they were never all that popular here in the USA. The original 350cc “3½” and 500 are classic bikes in every sense, and have been increasing in value significantly over the past few years. But the K2 is from that slightly awkward and very angular period of Italian biking that spawned the origami-styled Moto Guzzi LeMans Mark III. What are these really worth? It’s hard to say, since they’re rare as hen’s teeth, and this is the first I’ve seen for sale in a very long time. However, bidding is very active and up north of $3,500 with very little time left on the auction and the Reserve Not Met, so it looks like there are some Italian bike fans out there looking for a quirky bargain.

-tad

Something Different: Low-Mileage 1986 Moto Morini K2 for Sale
Kawasaki December 2, 2015 posted by

One Owner, Low Mile 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R in Utah

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Located outside Salt Lake City is this stunning 2,700 mile Kawasaki ZX7R K2! All stock, fresh service, and nothing cut. I just wish the dealer had paid the extra few dollars to show high resolution images so we could see it up close.

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1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K2 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

For your consideration is a 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX750K2. A true K model with only 2731 miles. Bike sold new at the dealership on October 30th 1993. It was purchased at Performance Cycle in Republic, MO. Bike has only had one owner. I have a copy of the original title and have the original license plate. It is completely stock OEM quality with all the warning labels and reflectors. Bike comes with original sales brochure, Owners manual, Shoei promotional helmet (size Large), Ladies Kawasaki jacket (size Small), ownership & service documentation, tool kit, and two keys. The bike looks new and has been meticulously taken care of. Never has seen the rain or elements and always stored indoors. There is no rust or oxidation present anywhere on the bike. The bike would be perfect 100% if it wasn’t for a couple of tiny scrapes on the swingarm. Bodywork is 100% no scratches or cracks. Tank is 100% no scratches or dings. The bike really does look and pass for new on our showroom. Our Service Dept has gone completely through this bike from top to bottom. Did a full service on the engine including fluids and filters are OEM new. It runs, sounds and drives like the day it was new. Bike comes with clear title and everything you see in the pics. This will be the finest example of a 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R you will ever find. No stories, no problems, no excuses with this one.

One Owner, Low Mile 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R in Utah
Moto Morini June 7, 2013 posted by

Little Italy: 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2

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Located in Texas is this tasty bit of Italy. This is actually the second time around for this particular bike, but still a great find for a rare model. While not exactly for the large of stature or turbo-super-nitrous-charged power hungry set, the Moto Morini 350 offers an interesting departure from the type of bikes normally posted on these pages.

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The K2 is a neat little 90 degree vee twin with sporting intent. Offering triple disk brakes, a chin spoiler and bikini fairing, this 350 makes a great alternative to other smaller bikes available today, including newer “entry level” bikes. If your significant other is interested in riding and you are keen to add to your collection of rare and unique motorcycles, this could be a match made in heaven!

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From the seller:
Very original, extremely fine running condition with very few cosmetic flaws. Please see pictures of the left side of the faring, right side panel and tail section which are the only flaws in otherwise superb Morini.

We have just serviced the bike, and replaced the tires with new Avon Road Riders, and new grips. The electric start works perfectly, it idles well, and runs cleanly through the entire rev range. It really is fabulous.

We sold this several months a go on ebay. When the buyer came to our shop he saw a Ducati 750SS we had, and took that home with him instead, so this 350 K2 is being re-listed. I had a chance to take it for a few rides and it runs and handles beautifully.

It is getting difficult to find any 350 Morini’s in even decent condition. We think it is as good an example as we have seen, clear Texas title.

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The best part about a Moto Morini is that you are able to enter into the “exclusive and rare” club for about the same dosh as a far more common bike. This particular example has an opening ask of $4,000, with a BIN set at $4,500. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know what you think. Got anyone in mind who might look good on this little Italian scoot?

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MI

Moto Morini December 8, 2012 posted by

Texas Bambino: 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2

Located in the great state of Texas is a unique Italian machine found only occasionally on the pages of RSBFS. Moto Morini, one of the other Italian purveyors of V-twin sporting motorcycles, continues to be a rare breed in the United States. This 350 K2 machine – the most popular of the models imported – looks to be in pretty good condition considering the age. While not exactly a hyper-sports bike, the K2 has a charm all its own.

With only 8,249 miles on the odometer, this 28 year old survivor has travelled fewer than 300 miles for each year of its life. No wonder it is looking so good! The seller does note some scratches on the plastics, but otherwise all of the pieces are there and looking good.

From the seller:
Very original, extremely fine running condition with very few cosmetic flaws. Please see pictures of the right side panel and tail section which are the only flaws in otherwise superb Morini.

We have just serviced the bike, and replaced the tires with new Avon Road Riders, and new grips. The electric start works perfectly, it idles well, and runs cleanly through the entire rev range. It really is fabulous.

It is getting difficult to find any 350 Morini’s in even decent condition. We think it is as good an example as we have seen.

The last K2 we listed on the pages of RSBFS was a similar colored 1986 model which sold for $3,547 – so you can use that as your baseline if this little jewel is on your Christmas list.

These are modest investments in addition to being modest performers, and you can expect to spend between $3,000 – $4,500 on a Moto Morini 350 depending upon mileage and condition. This auction is going on right now, with the current price at $2,025 (with reserve in place) and light bidding. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell Santa you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Ducati July 28, 2011 posted by

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com Weekly Recap!

Can’t get enough of all the awesome bikes on RSBFS? Then cruise on over our sister sites
ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com for a chance to check out even more two-wheeled-awesomeness! This week, CSBFS has offered us a couple classic Ducati’s as well as a Moto Morini. Also on CBFS, we get to check out a nicely done Honda CB750. Take a look and don’t forget to check out the sites for even more bikes!

Jump on this classic 1976 Ducati 750SS before it hits the open market!

1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 Up For Auction!

Italian Classic: 1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah!

Clean 1972 Honda CB750 For Sale on CBFS!

Make the jump to ClassicSportBikesForSale and CafeBikesForSale!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 9, 2011 posted by

The Anti 1198 SP: 1981 Moto Morini K2

The Anti 1198 SP: 1981 Moto Morini K2

Maybe you are an enthusiast of Italian sport bikes but you don’t need a bazillion horsepower and the latest and greatest of everything.  Lets say though you still like unique/rare bikes.  Let me introduce you to the Moto Morini K2.  I was slaving away in the RSBFS offices today and thought I saw just another Chinese 250cc clone.  On further inspection I easily spotted the Moto Morini plates but had no clue what model it was.  Nothing the internets provided matched the bike in the auction.  I was stumped but intrigued.

I found pictures of a 350cc Moto Morini K2 but none of them looked as dressed up as this example.  I was going to pass it by because it is hard to write about about a bike and you can’t even tell someone what model it  is.  Luckily a former owner commented on the auction.  It is in fact a K2 but it is wearing a Swift by Nisa body kit which gives it the distinctive and sportier (relative term) look.  By the way, the bike has 18 miles on the clocks.

Where’s the fuel injection? I know it doesn’t look like a Ducati engine but there is something about this little bike that is appealing to me.  How about that ti Termignoni exhaust?  I’m stretching the truth there a bit but the seller does state that it is a aftermarket/performance exhaust system for the bike.

Does your Bimota have pin striping?  I think not!

Here are some basic specs on the 1984 K2.  84 is the closest I could find.  It looks like by 84 it had upgraded to dual discs up front.  Claimed HP was 35.

The auction details:

1981 Moto Morini a 1 off Special Build 18
original miles. I have Certificate of Origin from Herdan Corp to the first buyer
and a bill of sale from that buyer to me. The bike was either built by Herdan or
came from Italy this way, the first owner bought it this way. I acquired it with
11 miles and test rode it 7 miles then put it back to no fuel storage. It
started and ran well, brakes were good, and handled properly with original
tires. I sealed the tank with Caswell clear coat because the fuel caused some
bumpiness in the top of the fiberglass tank. It is a unique piece of Italian art
form. The bike looks near show room condition, no dings, scratches, oxidation,
never dropped or damaged and always stored properly. The body kit, seat, exhaust
system and wheels have been worked for this Morini specifically.

Thank God it doesn’t make more than 35 HP.  That is a 35 HP engineered swing arm and I’m being gracious.  I wonder if the shocks were an upgrade as well.

That is the goofiest tach I’ve ever seen but I think that is some of the appeal of the bike.  It looks like it is a speedometer they converted to a tach.  I thought it was an owner modification but it says Moto Morini right on it.  Anyone know what the Italian flag colored reflectors are for?  Are they idiot lights possibly?

I’m not the only who found the bike interesting.  A few brave souls are bidding it up.  As of this writing it was just above $3000 but it had not met reserve.  Price?  God only knows.  How about somewhere above $3,000 and below $50,000.  I’d be willing to bet this is the bike that would get the majority of looks, stares and questions at your local hang out.  The auction is here.  By the way, some form of Motor Morini is still alive and kicking (well, at least they have a website).

Ian

Kawasaki July 28, 2010 posted by

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 with only 1,461 miles!

1992 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 Homologation Special

*Updated pictures 7.29.10*

Model: ZX 7R K1
Location: Laredo, TX
Mileage: 1,461
Price: 5,500.00

Yup, this one is for real and looks to be in real nice shape. The only down side to it is…well there are a few downsides.

1. The price is too low!
2. It’s missing the “Hoover” hoses
3. It has those silly LP 1992 flush mount turn signals. Yes, I had them on my bike at one point.
4. Did I mention the price is too low?

Have a look:

ZX7R for sale

For those of you that may not know me or how much I loathe the Kawasaki Homologation Super Bikes these really do it for me. I had mine out Sunday and turned about 120 miles on it through the back roads of Indiana. Yes, it is a little quirky and can be temperamental with the flatslide carbs. And don’t forget how much of a pain it can be driving in traffic with the super tall first gear. But, putting all of that specialness aside; when you ride one of these it takes you back to the good old 90’s and how raw the bikes actually were. Oh, make no mistake because in 1992 this was cutting edge technology and K1’s would set you back about twice as much as a run of the mill ZX-7. That cutting edge technology consisted of FCR carbs, aluminum gas tank, a flimsy, thin fiberglass tail section, a close ratio six speed transmission and a slipper clutch. That’s right, a slipper clutch which isn’t widely known about the 7R’s. Everyone seems to know about the tank and tail section, but these were The Real Deal Holyfield!

The K1’s are a little down (cough) on power when compared to today’s bikes, but they are still a ton of fun to flog around. You can view all of the ZX-7R specs here.

Here’s a picture of mine sitting next to one of today’s Super Bikes.

I know it looks a little outdated next to a $40,000 1098R, but for what you can pick this one up for you can still have a cool $36,000 in the bank.

Did I mention these are collectible and sought after by many RSBFS followers? If you look closely at the pictures you’ll see exactly where the reserve is. I can tell you that it is under priced and in my unprofessional opinion- it is well under priced! If you were to offer me, my buddy Joe or any other ZX7R guy that price for our bikes…. well, let’s just say you would get a very robust laugh in your face.

🙂

Cheers!

dd