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Moto Morini was founded by Alfonso Morini in Bologna, in 1937.

Earlier, Morini had also manufactured motorcycles together with Mario Mazzetti under the name MM.

Moto Morini is an Italian motorcycle company founded by Alfonso Morini in 1937 with headquarters in Trivolzio (PV). When war came he was forced to convert the factory to military-related products until 1943 when it was razed by bombs.

As soon as hostilities ceased Alfonso Morini returned to motorcycle production, releasing his first post-war model, the T125, in 1946.

Alfonso Morini was a former competition rider and a good designer, and realized that competition was a good tool to advertise his brand.

His first title was gained in 1948 when Raffaele Alberti took the 125 Italian championship for Morini, with further success the following year with Umberto Masetti at the helm.

In order to cope with demand a new factory was built at Via Bergami in Bologna, and further racing laurels accrued with the 1962 championship, this time with a rider who would soon become a household name and would go on to be ranked as the greatest rider of all time, Giacomo Agostini.

When Alfonso Morini died in 1969 the reins of company were taken by his daughter Gabriella. Her tenure was beset by problems with unions in the latter years, beginning in 1983 with strikes which added to the already difficult financial situation. In 1987 she sold the company to the Castiglioni brothers, owners of Ducati. Gabriella Morini had hoped to see the marque revived by Castiglioni, using the new Lambertini-designed 60-degree V-Twin, but despite their initial enthusiasm for the project the Castiglioni brothers changed their minds, saying they already had a good twin in the Pantah. A half-hearted attempt to market a new Morini 350 Dart took place in 1987. This machine was basically a Morini 3 1/2 engine in a Cagiva chassis and was not well received. Morini production ceased in 1993.

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