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Morini Rebello – the story so far

The teaseathon continues

LAST week we reported on the new Rebello model from reanimated Italian firm Morini. Being slowly revealed over a full month, with the final images set to be shown on April 14, Morini may only be making 600 of the things but the Rebello will go down in the record books as having the most pointlessly protracted launch in motorcycling history.

While we'd love to just ignore it, however, we are getting slightly sucked in – checking the updated picture on a daily basis as the jigsaw pieces fall away to reveal more of the bike.

What can be seen so far? Well, predictably it's got the same chassis and 1200cc engine as the previous range of bikes, although the firm has been playing mix-and-match with some of the components. The swingarm and rear suspension seem to be from the Corsaro, for instance, with a conventionally-placed monoshock as opposed to the old 1200 Sport's side-mounted spring. However, we reckon that the fuel tank is the one from the 1200 Sport.

What is new is the cafe-racer-style seat. If you think it looks a bit clumsy, it's probably something to do with the “Electric Variable Saddle” that the firm is touting. Morini says it's comfortable either riding alone or with a pillion, so our guess is that the tail cowl slides backwards to reveal more of the seat when you want to take a passenger.

The exhaust, trademarked as “MM Smartbox” (apparently...) is clearly an under-belly design, with an exit towards the front of the rear wheel.

Although the front of the bike isn't being shown yet, there does appear to be some bodywork towards the front of the engine – so rather than being a conventional, naked cafe-racer, this is probably a faired retro-sports machine.

The important numbers are 130bhp, 122nm of torque and 13,900 Euros (plus registration fees, shipping, pre-delivery inspection costs, road fund licence, window tax etc...). Around £12k all-in for buyers in the UK.

So far the indications are that it could be quite an intriguing retro-style alternative to the mainstream manufacturers. But would you buy one?

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