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Moto Morini K2 Café Racer by Hoxton Moto – BikeBound


Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Hoxton Moto’s light-weight Italian V-twin… 

The Moto Morini K2 was a 330-pound Italian twin with a nimble dealing with and the corporate’s surprisingly refined 344cc air-cooled V-twin — the work of Franco Lambertini, a younger engineer with expertise on the Ferrari and Serenissima F1 race groups:

“In opposition to all odds, [Lambertini] designed a 350cc V-twin that turned out to be very compact but tipped the scales at simply 100 kilos, which was solely fractionally heavier than many of the up to date singles, and far hotter performing than all of them. The vee angle was quite distinctive at 72 levels, with the one ‘geometrical’ analogies being five-cylinder radial engines utilized in plane some many years earlier.” —Cycle World

The pushrods have been belt-driven and the engine featured “Heron” heads, which moved the combustion chamber to the dished prime of the piston and saved the floor of the top almost flat, with small recesses for the valves and spark plug.

“The 72º v-twin produced a modest 35hp however a six-speed gearbox, a relative rarity in 1986 and completely unique when it was launched on the 3½ within the early 70s, allowed the rider to make full use of the restricted energy out there.” —Uncommon Sportbikes for Sale

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Enter our buddy Shaun Fenton of the UK’s Hoxton Moto — a movie manufacturing firm that makes motorbike movies for his or her devoted Youtube channel and in addition will get their fingers soiled with customized builds, a number of of which we’ve featured on BikeBound, together with their Ironhead Seashore Racer and Yamaha XS650 Particular.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

This 1984 Moto Morini had been languishing at the back of their workshop for 3 years — a undertaking they’d taken on to problem and enhance their fabrication abilities:

“All the time conscious of its ghostly form underneath a dustsheet every time we entered the workshop, it haunted us like a tax return. A glint of guilt crept in so we lastly determined get it sorted.”

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Lastly they discovered the hearth to complete the undertaking, getting down to create a light-weight V-twin café racer with hand-built bodywork, studying a ton within the course of.

“Though influenced by the awe-inspiring artistry of Shinya, the class of Hazan, the aptitude of Rodsmith, and the virtuosity of Sosa, our construct is definitely not a ‘present stopper’ however it’s an accomplishment — constructed with a full tank of willingness.”

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Beneath, Shaun offers us the total story on this Moto Morini café racer.

Moto Morini Café Racer Customized: Within the Builder’s Phrases

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Lurking at the back of the workshop for a number of years sat our incomplete Moto Morini Café Racer Customized. For no cause particularly, this undertaking was deserted, jilted, and left to witness our attentions and enthusiasm drift on to different customized builds.

All the time conscious of its ghostly form underneath a dustsheet every time we entered the workshop, it haunted us like a tax return. A glint of guilt crept in so we lastly determined get it sorted.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Three years in the past, the target was to problem and prolong our rudimentary fabrication abilities. We needed to create a light-weight café racer with hand-built gasoline tank, mudguards, entrance gentle housing, seat unit and aspect panels. We knew this might be a steep studying curve. However not possessing Uri Geller’s supernatural steel bending abilities, it turned a battle of thoughts over steel, with an ensuing litany of lacerations, frustrations, and rejections.

For a donor bike, we sourced a Moto Morini K2, 1984. While the K2 by no means reached the enduring standing of its elder brother, the Strada (1974-83), the brand new extra angular styling proved undesirable with Morini followers. Nevertheless, it nonetheless had the distinctive 350cc V-twin engine, revered tubular body, an upgraded gearbox and twin disc braking system.

This K2 got here to us scruffy, scratched, and battered. The instrumentation, switch-gear, and wiring had been molested however the engine, body, wheels and calipers have been in good situation — an ideal candidate for what lay forward.

After stripping the bike, we took a deep breath and commenced to manufacture an ally tank with our rudimentary instruments: sandbag, mallet, planishing hammers, and dollies. The tank design was pushed by our primitive abilities and developed as we labored the steel. We had one eye on design and the opposite on the fact of what we might obtain. Lastly, a form emerged — streamlined, compact and with the obligatory knee scoops to create the café racer type. Completed off with gasoline faucet and an aero-styled filler cap.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

The seat unit was a continuation of the tank strains with a easy solo seat and tail piece to include the rear gentle and formed for an under-seat exhaust system. The seat was then upholstered by grasp tailor, Glenn Moger.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

We discovered a grilled entrance headlight in an auto-jumble which turned the main target for the design and fabrication of the fairing cowl with windshield. After a lot reducing, bending, and bashing the cowl took form and was mounted on the highest yoke. We salvaged the speedometer and tacho mechanisms from the unique instrument panel and made a brand new aero-styled housing which might match throughout the cowl.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

The entrance mudguard and aspect panels have been hand-built with the assistance of an English wheel. A few Morini tank-badges have been then whittled with a junior-hacksaw and needle recordsdata. To finish the hand-built styling, which is frankly simply beauty, we customary some go-faster aero fins for the mudguard, cowl, and seat unit.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

We then fitted and mounted fantastically engineered Barleycorn clip-ons and classic-styled rearsets, used the unique ally solid rims, and rebooted with Pirelli Sport Demons. The Grimeca twin-piston brake calipers have been overhauled and bespoke hoses fitted.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

One of many distinctive gadgets of the construct is the exhaust system. It has a 2-into-1 with under-seat silencer, which can also be the rear mudguard. This was ingeniously designed and constructed by Jake Robbins.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Our last tussle was a bout of wire wrestling to weave a loom and join the switches, lights, and ignition to allow us to kick-start the bike into life.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

To sum up: alongside the best way we made errors, bought pissed off but (other than the inexplicable hiatus) persevered. Finally, we learnt new abilities and accomplished the problem we had set ourselves.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Though influenced by the awe-inspiring artistry of Shinya, the class of Hazan, the aptitude of Rodsmith, and the virtuosity of Sosa, our construct is definitely not a “present stopper” however it’s an accomplishment — constructed with a full tank of willingness.

Moto Morini Cafe Racer

Tech Specs:

Title: HM003
Donor: Moto Morini 3 ½ K2 1984

  • Authentic: Body, Forks, Wheels, Motor and Brakes.
  • In-Home fabrication of: Tank, Seat, Aspect Panel, Entrance Mudguard, Instrument Housing and Entrance Headlight Cowl.
  • Barleycorn Rear Set and Clip Ons
  • Glenn Moger upholstery.
  • Exhaust system by Jake Robbins
  • New loom constructed in-house.

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