1954 Moto Morini cleanup nearing completion Paint has such nice patina I just couldn't do an out-and-out restoration

I purchased this Moto Morini last winter from a very nice gentleman in Charlottesville, NC. It was running before he took it apart to fix a couple of things, and I bought it site unseen with another Morini. This one is a 1954 Turismo. So far I’ve put new 19″ tires on it, re-did a bunch of chrome, and left the paint alone. I’m slowly getting it back together and in running condition and hope to have it on the road in a couple of weeks.

This is my first Morini. I have a friend in the area that thinks they are the best thing since the first motorcycle was ever invented, and I have to agree it looks like it has real potential. The bike itself is a sweet design, and I haven’t really been that interested in any motorbike as much as this one since I sold my Parilla 250. I look forward to getting it back on the road.

Moto Morini 175 on Stand
Moto Morini 175 on Stand

My philosophy on this “restoration” is to keep the paint original wherever it has decals or bodywork. I’ve re-painted the black frame and re-chromed most of the shiny bits, and given the aluminum a decent, but not completely wiping out all the marks, polish. If anything on the bike is broken I’ll fix it, and if anything on the bike is rusted too much I’ll wire brush it and shine it up. I love working on the small bikes because they don’t weigh a bunch and you can muscle them onto a lift or even up on a dirtbike stand to get what you need accomplished.

A dirt bike stand is always a great way to hold small bikes.
A dirt bike stand is always a great way to hold small bikes.

I’m in the midst of rewiring right now. It’s just an interesting bike, I’m thrilled that it uses a generator/coil setup instead of a magneto. I do enjoy the lightness of the magneto setup, but I also like the clean power that the generator produces, it’s easy on bulbs. Funny thing on this one, it doesn’t have a brake light setup. Just a running light. I plan to fix that if I start riding it a great deal.

More to come on this one. In the mean time, enjoy the pix.

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