The Corsaro model has a long history behind it, as the first generation was launched back 1959. Since then, the model was constantly upgraded and today is one of the most capable motorcycles in its class.
The Corsaro 1200 Veloce is the sporty version of the Corsaro 1200 and its name means high speed in Italian. The secret behind the Corsaro 120 Veloce’s sporty personality is of course its engine. The Bialbero CorsaCorta unit is as advanced as Ducati’s Testastretta engine and delivers 140 horsepower at 8500rpm and 123 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The engine needs to deal with a total weight of only 196 kilos, so you can expect to great performances.
The ride is kept in check by a 50mm fully adjustable Marzocchi fork which is combined with a rear Ohlins shock. The bike sits on Diablo tires in sizes 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 and the stopping power is assured by Brembo brakes.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce.
"CORSARO 1200 VELOCE. MOTO MORINI FREES ITS SPORTIEST SOUL"
Corsaro 1200 Veloce is the sport evolution of the Corsaro 1200 and its name, Veloce, Italian for high-speed, reveals its intrinsic personality. The name is also inspired by the best tradition of the Bologna motorcycle manufacturer, who in the early sixties gave the name Corsaro Veloce to a sporty version of the Corsaro 125, a model blessed by success in that era.
The model brought out today is a motorcycle with top-flight components and aggressive graphics intended for bikers who love Italian motorcycling tradition. It is a naked motorcycle that can live up to the desires of the most expert motorcyclists who expect the ultimate riding experience on the road and on the track. The Corsaro 1200 Veloce is a “standard produced special bike”, a motorcycle born to deliver total fun and absolute performance worthy of a true racing machine.
THE BIALBERO CORSACORTA TWIN CYLINDER
The technological core of the Corsaro 1200 Veloce is the Bialbero CorsaCorta 1187 cc twin cylinder engine, which develops 140 hp at 8500 rpm. The engine’s layout is compact, strongly characterised by the 87° V layout of the cylinders and by the innovative solution of the integral casing, whose advantages have been illustrated on other occasions.
the stiffness of the whole makes the engine a supporting element, serving to simplify the layout of the frame
the ease in assembling and disassembling allows work to be done on the engine both during production and servicing
easy access to gearbox and crankshaft eliminates the need to disassemble heads from the casing
easy access to pistons and cylinders avoids opening of the casing and using the lateral openings instead
there is no longer the need to join the two semi-casings, typical of motorbike engines, translating into great benefits for production, service and the cost of spare parts.
The performance of the twin-cylinder designed by Franco Lambertini is already a standard for motorbikes in this category. Main technical characteristics are described below:
The cylinder heads have 4 valves set at a narrow angle; the timing system is bialbero; the intake pipes are vertical; the exhaust pipes are split at the outlet; the one and only sparkplug is centrally positioned.
The engine has a forged piston measuring 107 mm, the largest ever built for a motorcycle of this category. The stroke is 66 mm.
The crankshaft is built with a classic “split-type” motorcycle technology and has the great advantage of mounting an integral connecting rod, thus without crosshead bolts.
The gearbox is six speed with quick coupling. The clutch has a radial mastercylinder and antiskipping device to limit the excess of braking torque and to assure an optimum setup of the motorcycle during hard braking and clean entries into curves.
For lubrication, the designers have chosen a wet casing lubrication, much simpler and more practical for the layout of the vehicle as compared to a dry casing lubrication. The pump is with lobes and is gear-commanded; the bypass valve is positioned under the filter to avoid blockages.
The fuel injection system features an integrated injection ignition system by Magneti Marelli, the throttle bodies are 54 mm with single jet injector.
Moto Morini has equipped the Corsaro 1200 Veloce with high-level components to upgrade the performance of the twin cylinder and to provide the pleasure of a sporty ride. Essence of the chassis is the trellis frame in high-strength tubular steel by Verlicchi.
The structure is extremely solid and combines all the stiffness required to harness the power of the engine with a reduced weight and a muscular look characterised by the main tubing with a 35 mm diameter. Wheelbase, steering rake, and trail measurements are highly compact.
The function of the frame is aided by top-notch suspensions which are even more sophisticated in this sport version. At front is a powerful Marzocchi Magnum with 50 mm diameter legs with precise customisation of the setting in compression and rebound thanks to a double adjustment: the adjuster on the plug for the hydraulic damping of the rebound is complemented by an adjuster for the hydraulic damping of the compression placed at the foot of the fork. The positioning of the scraper on the bushes improves the hold of the cartridge, the hard anodized internal rod in ergal makes sliding more efficient and assures a greater resistance to wear. The longer counterspring intensifies the thrill when pulling out of a curve at high speed and guarantees better stability at the front. On the whole, the visual solidity is echoed in a solid and even ride, with the bike ready to conform to the slightest unevenness on the road and to bear the thrust of deceleration when braking dramatically.
The rear is characterised by an asymmetrical swing arm that conceals an Ohlins single shock absorber with separate tank multi-adjustable in length, pre-load, extension and rebound.
While braking, the Corsaro 1200 Veloce never gives reason to disappoint: the Brembo Serie Oro systems deliver powerful yet progressive deceleration, granting the rider the sensitivity needed for optimum handling of this difficult aspect of the riding experience. At front are a pair of 320 mm discs with radial master-cylinder and fourpiston callipers, a solution stemming from a precise technical input, that of lending safety thanks to a excellent modulability and awesome power. The rear braking system features a 220 disc and a two-piston calliper.
The exhaust system has two slender and lightweight Termignoni silencers in a pure racing style that produce a powerful hum while complying to Euro 3 emission standards. The support of the rider footpegs is in ergal machined from the solid and they have been set more towards the rear to offer better control at the front, thus a racier feel. Designed for road use, the Corsaro 1200 Veloce gives the best of itself when manoeuvring between kerbs thanks to the control unit with racing mapping delivered with the bike and that promises a definite upgrade in performance. This sophisticated electronic component can be utilized only with open-type exhausts and is therefore installed only for track use on request of the customer.
The Corsaro Veloce flaunts its gritty style aesthetically, too, which comes through in its “mean” graphics enhancing the quality of the componentry and revealing a refinement Italian bike aficionados will appreciate. It is available in three versions: black technical base and monochromatic upperstructures in red, white, or all black for an even more aggressive impact.
Moto Morini Bialbero CorsaCorta (DOHC - Short Stroke)
87° V longitudinal
Valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke
107 x 66 mm / 4,21 x 2,59 inch
11.8 ± 0.3
103 kW – 140 HP @ 8500 rpm
123 Nm – 12.5 Kgm @ 6500 rpm
Magneti Marelli indirect electronic injection with 54 mm/2,12 inch Ø throttle body
Forced with trochoidal pump
With constant mesh spur gears
Multiple-plate clutch in oil bath with antiskipping system and radial master-cylinder
Spur gears 55:31
Sport Termignoni with double silencer, db killer, 3-way catalytic converter and oxygen sensor + racing mapping
Verlicchi high-strength steel tube trellis frame
1440 mm / 56,70 inch
103 mm / 4,05 inch
Marzocchi upside down with 50 mm/ 1.96 Ø stems, hydraulically adjustable in extension, compression and spring pre-charge on each stem. Ergal rod, floating bushing and stretched counter-spring.
Front wheel travel
129 mm / 5,08 in
Casted Aluminium alloy
Ohlins single shock absorber with separate tank featuring spring length, preload, rebound and compression damping multiple adjustment.
Rear wheel travel
130 mm / 5,11 inch
Brembo 320 mm twin disc with 4 pistons brake callipers and radial master-cylinder
Brembo (master cylinder and callipers) – 220 mm / 8,66 inch Ø mono disc with 2-piston calliper
Pirelli Diablo – 120/70 ZR 17
Pirelli Diablo – 180/55 ZR 17
Brembo in light alloy, 6 spokes
Front rim size
MT 3.50 m x 17”
Rear rim size
MT 5.50 m x 17”
2070 mm / 81,50 inch
810 mm / 31,89 inch (without mirror)
830 mm / 32,68 inch
Min. height from ground
140 mm / 5,51 inch
196 Kg / 435 lbs (Moto Morini indicates the weight of the motorcycle complete with battery, cooling liquid, engine oil and without fuel)
Motorcyclespecs ---- "Naked and aggressive, Corsaro 1200 Veloce is a motorcycle with top-flight components and racing graphics. intended for bikers, who love Italian motorcycling tradition. The Corsaro 1200 Veloce is a “standard produced special bike”, a motorcycle born to deliver total fun and absolute performance worthy of a true racing machine."
Fasterandfaster ---- "The Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 Veloce. Looks good. Goes hard. And above all, ’it pulls like a locomotive,’ so you don’t have to do the hard work"
Motorcyclenews ---- "Moto Morini is an historic company with new owners. With its huge V-twin engine, muscular chassis and upright riding position the Corsaro 1200 is a ‘super naked in every sense of the word. "