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Capacity : 500
Model : Sport
Production : 1979 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


500 Sport -1979

Practical and efficient

This little marque, which had become renowned for its singles, entered a new era in 1973, when it announced its revolutionary 350 twin. This unorthodox engine, designed by Franco Lambertini, the son of one of Morini's first engineers, and Dianni Marchesini, was an innovative concept that was both economical and efficient.

A Long-Term Solution

Available in both single- and twin-cylinder models from 125 to 500cc, it would allow Morini to survive until the little factory was finally taken over by Cagiva in 1987. Sensibly, Morini had abandoned all hope of creating a supersports bike in the interests of practicality.

Maximum Economy

The basic concept – paramount in the development of the Morini twin –was to reduce production costs while keeping the development options open. The compact and

simple V-twin proved an excellent solution. It was notable for its Heron-type combustion chambers - an unusual layout for a motorcycle though it had enjoyed considerable popularity in car engines. The two parallel overhead-valves were set in a flat cylinder head - which was particularly easy. to manufacture - with the combustion chamber formed in the pistontop itself. In 1975, Morini unveiled the 500, which was developed into the 500 Sport three years later. But the concept no longer held the lead in efficiency. The 1979 Sport failed to live up to its claimed top speed and its main advantage lay in its superb power-to-weight ratio allied to its roadholding qualities.


Engine: 484cc (69x65mm) air-cooled 72- degree V -twin four-stroke; Heron head

Power Rating: 43 hp @ 7500 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel Svstem: two 26mm carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/dampers (rear)

Brakes: twin discs (front); disc (rear)

Wheels: 18 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 362 lb

Maximum Speed: 109 mph


The Morini V-twin was a long -lived power unit, but by the time the 500 Sport came along, it was beginning to lose a little sparkle.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.