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1997 Morbidelli V8

1/15/2014 2:08:00 PM

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1997 Morbidelli V8

Country: Italy
Engine: Liquid-cooled V8 4-stroke
Ignition: Capacitor discharge ignition
Power Rating: 120hp @ 11,000rpm
Bore x Stroke: 55mm x 44.6mm
Displacement: 847cc
Valves: 32-valve, twin overhead cams
Fuel System: Fuel injection
Transmission: 5-speed, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear single shock
Brakes: Front & rear Brembo discs
Weight: Approx. 550lb
Top Speed: 150mph

1997 Morbidelli V8

Giancarlo Morbidelli had considerable success building and racing motorcycles of his own design, including winning a 125cc world championship, defeating the factory entries. His dream was to build a Superbike — a V8. This bike is one of the four prototypes which Morbidelli hoped would be mass-produced, but lack of consumer interest, centered mainly on the controversial styling killed the project.

1997 Morbidelli V8



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JP
1/23/2014 10:37:31 AM
now, a few years later the styling looks mild. I like that it shows more of the engine than my ST1100.

David
1/23/2014 9:50:04 AM
Too bad it never reached production............unique and sophisticated design. I love the "controversial styling". A high revving small-block V8....32 valve, liquid cooled fuel injected. Shaft drive and 150 MPH top end would have made for exceptional sport touring-long distance riding. Another great opportunity killed by "Marketing". David in Burbank



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