Moto Morini Opening Again…Sorta Not Really

01/19/2011 @ 12:27 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

Don’t get too excited Moto Morini fans, the Italian brand isn’t making a comeback from the dead as of yet. However Piero Aicardi, Moto Morini’s receiver (the person in charge of handling the company’s affairs during the liquidation/bankruptcy process), wants to re-open the Bologna factory to assemble 45 bikes that are apparently sitting in parts at the factory.

With 16 Scamblers and 29 Granpasso’s capable of being built, Aicardi foresees that Moto Morini could open temporarily to build the 45 bikes, which would sell for €6,300 – €7,100 ($8,500 – $9,600), and use the proceeds to pay off some of Moto Morini’s debts.

The news is probably the last chance bike collectors will get at snatching up a motorcycle from Moto Morini, and it’s reported that seven Granpassos will get the yellow frame originally intended for the Granferro, making those units extra special and unique. Despite the fact that none of the post-liquidation Moto Morinis are being sold with a warranty, Aicardi has had no problem in the past unloading the 250 bikes that were in the company’s stock at the time it closed its factory doors.

After the labor unions nixed a deal that would see the company bought by Paolo Berlusconi, Moto Morini and its assets seem destined to go to the highest bidder as they are expected to go on the auctioning block in March of this year.

Source: OmniMoto.it

  • Keith

    and people wonder why I dislike unions…besides the fact the membership is usually morons.

  • RGR

    Yeah, this last handful of bikes will get put together with plenty of care and attention. No concerns there! Buyers beware…

  • RSVDan

    It’s really a shame this happened to Morini. I never had an opportunity to ride one myself, but they really were brilliant bikes. Stomping mad brutal twins in a day of digital machines.

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  • Tom

    Keith,

    You are free to move to China or Vietnam where they don’t have unions. I hear its a paradise for people like you. Why don’t you go live in the land of milk and honey instead of the terrible ole USA?

    As for the remaining assets, I cannot help but think of Laverda and Excelsior-Henderson. Since the tooling and manufacturing equipment will be sold, how valuable is it really to someone not going to use it to make bikes again somewhere else? Is it all just scrap metal? Is there a warehouse somewhere with equipment to build EH or Laverda bikes that are just sitting idle? I can see a lot of things being valuable but equipment and tooling that is so specific…people buy it too? For what?