Here I have for sale a semi-restored
1977 (S Reg) Morini 350 Strada (to Sports Spec) which I think
will make an excellent and not too difficult project for someone,
having already had the majority of the hard work done and money
I bought the bike many years ago with a view to building a lovely
Morini Sports spec bike, with most chassis parts in red and
polished alloy, etc., but although I did most of the hardwork
(all engine jobs except reassembling complete, chassis parts
plastic coated, some chroming etc), it's completion always seemed
to get delayed while I tackled the next British bike rebuild.
Anyway, I have finally realised that I am never likely to get
it finished now (too many other projects lined up!), so it might
as well let someone else have a go, and free up a bit of room
in the garage. I can assure anyone that is interested in it
that it is a genuinly nice and straight bike, that is extremely
original. I can truthfully say, that if I was in a position
of wanting to buy a like minded project bike, then this would
be a good one to go for. It has been with me for almost 20 years,
was a complete bike (before I stripped it!) and although needing
some work to finish off, should not be too difficult to complete.
I have owned the bike since 1988 (almost 20 years - and still
couldent get it finished!), having bought it from a local Morini
enthusiast who used the bike daily, but had laid it up as it
was slipping out of gear. Apart from this, and looking a bit
tatty, it was complete and operational. I purchased it with
a view of it giving it a reasonably quick restoration, then
running it alongside the bevel drive Ducati 900ss I had at the
Engine (Mechanical) Details
On stripping the engine I found that one of the gearbox selectors
was badly worn (he told me this would almost certainly be the
case, which is why it was slipping out of gear and he had laid
it up, waiting to do this) and I purchased a new bronze one
at the time, which is included in the sale (see accompanying
As always with engines I restored at that time, I also had the
crank reground and had new bigend shells in it. I also seem
to remember having the plain main bearing on the crank ground,
and looking at it now it certainly looks like a new shell is
present here as well, as it looks perfect.
The previous owner introduced me to a friend who collected
Morinis, and I was able to swap the Strada cam for a Sports
cam, and also pick up a set of Sports pistons. These are used,
but in excellent condition and just need new rings. The barrels
have both been rebored to take them already. This brings the
engine up to Sports spec.
There is also new head gaskets, new Little Ends (these still
need honing) new cambelt, a couple of new seals, and the engine
is now ready to be put together. (I can assure any potential
new buyer - to my knowledge there is no reason why it could
not be reassembled immediately, I have tried to get on with
it myself a couple of times over the last 5 years, but always
get stopped by another project!).
- Heads are all cleaned up and reassembled, ready for rockers
to be refitted . I cant remember clearly, but it may be there
were rubber valve caps still to be bought and fitted, cost for
these should be minimal
- All bearings are original and extremely good. I have checked
all of them and they all run freely with no noticeable wear.
If any were worn they would have been replaced. Actually, apart
from the black staining from the oil (modern engines never seem
to get as dirty as older engines, not sure if this is improved
oils or synthetic?) the crankcases / bearings / overall finish
of the engine is extremely good. There are no noticable stripped
threads signs of abuse and generally the bike looked mechanically
very well kept. One of the inspection covers has a small ding
in it and I vaguely remember one of the crankcases edges has
a standard chain wear, but that is about it.
I think it also has a spare set of clutch plates for it, which
I vaguely remember buying from the same man as sold me the Sports
The frame and all cycle parts have been powder coated a very
nice red and are straight and complete, with no signs of accident
damage or knocks. The powder coating was done many years ago,
so there are very minor scratchs or marks where I have moved
them from one garage to another over the years (and ocassionaly
got overspray on them, which I have removed), but hopefully
you can see from the photographs that it all looks very good.
The mudguards are very nice and the previous owner did fit
many stainless steel fastenings. The petrol tank was stripped
down to bare metal and rust treated, which is how it is now.
It is in good nick and is now ready for repainting. Unfortunately
I dont have the Morini tank badges, which is one of the only
bits missing on the bike. The side panels are in perfect nick
though and do have their badges.
The forks are complete and in good original condition. There
is a small amount of pit marks, mainly on one leg, but I personally
would not have them rechromed yet as I dont think they are that
bad and are covered by gaiters.
The wheels are just as I bought them. Straight and original,
I think both tyres are reusable, but may be a little hard. In
all honesty though, they could do with having the original grey
powder coating rubbing down or blasing and being repainted.
I was going to polish them or paint them gold which would go
well with the red frame. I was also going to replace the chain
and sprockets but have not got round to this yet.
I think the exhaust system, although complete, has seen better
days, and could do with the pipes rechroming, or painting black.
It comes with Silentinium silencers but these I think are starting
to go (they normally rot from the inside), and I was thinking
of turning it into a 2 into 1, then putting a single silencer
on it, maybe a Conti, that would sound great.
Electrics and ancillaries are exactly as they were when taken
off the bike, everything has been saved and nearly everything
looks resusable. Clocks are nice and original and I have had
quite a few of the smaller fittings replated or chromed. I think
the handlebar levers need replacing as both have lost their
ballends at some point.
Engine and frame number are both the same - 13481 and are matching
numbers. The engine shot of this number is attached and the
frame number was on the last set of photos I sent you.
Engine prefix is stamped A, which is shown in photos below.
The bike comes complete with both old and new log book, and
an original type Morini manual.
Overall I hope it will be a nice bike for someone, and although
I am not giving it away, I hope the price is reasonable considering
the amount of work I have already done. You can still pick these
bikes up for moderate sums of money, but as any restorer will
tell you, it is the cost of restoration that accounts for the
large bills, and hopefully the majority of this work has been
done. Please feel free to mail me for more details if you are
interested at : email@example.com
or phone me on 0778 - 8978063.