Moto Morini Purchase Almost Complete

06/09/2010 @ 8:28 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

After getting his first offer to purchase Moto Morini rejected by the local unions, Paolo Berlusconi looks to have overcome the setback, and could finalize the purchase of the other Bologna brand by as early as next week. This news comes after provincial administrators called an emergency meeting, which resulted in some concession by Berlusconi.

At the center of the controversy is the number of workers Berlusconi will keep on at the Bologna-based plant. According to reports, this number has been increased from 20 to 26, out of total of 57 workers who worked at the plant before it entered into receivership. This concession does not come without consequences though.

While Berlusconi seems to be giving up some ground in that regard, the effective result of the union’s blockage is only hurting the company further. It’s expected that Berlusconi’s original offer of €2.9 million, will now be lowered considerably as Moto Morini has now gone into liquidation. Berlusconi will also likely reduce his offer in order to account for compensation to the proposed laid off workers. So while six additional jobs have been saved at the company, its purchase price has been greatly affected by the posturing.

While production is expected to stay in Bologna, at the Moto Morini factory, it’s entirely clear that production of Moto Morini bikes will continue there. Hopefully we’ll know more next week about the state of the sale, and the future of this Italian brand.


  • MTS Lust

    Good news! Hopefully Berlusconi will be able to turn the company around, import to the US and establish a useful dealership network. There’s a serious shortage of sporting twins in the world.

  • Jaybond

    The next thing that Moto Morini should do, is to come out with the superbike derivative of the Corsaro bike. Tweak the motor to at least 160+ bhp, beef up the chassis a bit, put on some nice fairing bodywork, put on some sort of traction control system (almost every latest bike has got one these days) and there you have it!

  • Hayabrusa

    Personally, I’ve had my eyes on the GranPasso for a while now – sure would be nice to see it Stateside!!