Astreco Motors ltd. signed a contract with Moto Morini

The new motorcycle brand  will be unveiled for the first time to the general public in Bulgaria during MOTO EXPO 2024 in April


Sofia, 31th January, 2024

Astreco Motors Ltd. signed an exclusive contract with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Morini. Thus, the company becomes the official brand representative for the Bulgarian market. Astreco Motors is part of Astreco Holding EAD, which includes companies with over 30 years of experience in the automotive and motorcycle industry, including Bultraco AD, Honda’s official representative for our country. The first Moto Morini showroom in Bulgaria will open in the Astreco Center at 40 Chelopeshko Shosse Street in Sofia.

87 years of glorious history

After almost 15 years of collaboration with Mario Mazzetti and the MM, in September 1937 Alfonso Morini set up on his own. He opened a small firm in via Malvasia in Bologna where in January 1938 he started to produce three-wheelers with 350, 500, and 600 cc engine sizes. A choice dictated by the conditions of the period as motorcycle-type three-wheelers enjoy reduced taxation, a driving license is not necessary and they cost a third of small trucks. Affordability and good performance begin to give the new company in Bologna notoriety. For the technical aspect Dante Lambertini, Gino Marchesini, and Dolcino Veronesi are involved, who will become key figures in the post-war period when the company will concentrate on the motorcycle sector, abandoning three-wheelers!

Notwithstanding the wartime bombardments which destroyed the factory, Alfonso Morini does not lose heart and he starts again from scratch. In the 2-stroke 125 engine he sees the perfect vehicle suitable for postwar needs. The first Moto Morini even appeared in the spring of 1946, and due to time constraints, it was inspired by the best 125 of the time, the DKW RT. Production starts in a new factory in via Ludovico Berti, always in Bologna. The 125 is the first lightweight engine to be produced in Italy liberated from fascism and when it is presented to the trade fair in Milan it is defined as motorcycling’s “success of the year”.

The tourist model is flanked by the sports version. Power increases from 4.5 HP to 5.7 HP, speed from 75 to 80 km/h. The first 125 models top their rivals for quality, reliability, and comfort (even from its debut it is equipped with rear suspension). Production ended in 1954. With the two-stroke 125 starts the first race competitions and the first victories are achieved. Umberto Mascetti started his brilliant career with this small motorcycle which thrills for the first time, especially in 1948 when winning several races in the second-tier Italian championship. The race version has 4 gears instead of 3 and arrives at 8/9 HP. Speed is around 120 km/h.



Realizing the superiority of the 4-stroke engine, Alfonso Morini gives the green light to a new GP motorcycle, the chain-driven 125 single-shaft. Compressed 9:1 and with a 28mm carburetor, it produces 12 HP at 10.000 rpm. The motorbike weighs 80 kg. Besides several top-tier national titles, this is the first Moto Morini to win a GP, in 1951 at Monza with Emilio Mendogni, beating the MV and the Mondial Bialbero bikes. In the end, it can produce 16 HP.

The 175 Settebello debuts, the top of the range of the Bologna firm, is much sought after also by those who want to compete in races, especially long distance. This model, developed with competition in mind, achieved its maximum level of development in 1962 with the 22 HP at 10.500 rpm “Aste Corte” version. In 1954 the fabulous 175 Settebello was created, destined for the Milano-Taranto and the Motogiro d’Italia races. A single-cylinder with single-shaft split distribution capable of 22 HP at 9.000 rpm. It has a very effective chassis – an open duplex cradle frame, top-level hydraulic suspensions – and it proves to be a winner in both the classic long-distance races. Produced in around 15 examples, it has also been developed as a 250 cc.

Another great rider whose name is linked to Moto Morini is Angelo Bergamonti (18 March 1939 – 4 April 1971). An admirer of test rides with which he shares great affinity: the passion and respect for the mechanics, research, and riding style. Debuting in 1957 in the reserves category with a 175 Settebello, and after a pause of a few years also due to marriage, he restarts as a junior in 1964, always on a Morini 175 which he prepares in the Gussola workshop. In 1966 he is a senior, racing with the Corsaro 125 and the glorious 250 bialbero ex-test bike which gives Moto Morini victory in the 1967 Italian championship.

Бергамонти като състезател на Moto Morini през 1964 г.

Angelo Bergamonti with Moto Morini in 1964


The new Corsaro 1200 (1.187 cc, 140 HP) and 9 1/2 (948 cc, 117 HP) motorcycles are an innovative Lambertini project, while the design is under the direction of Luciano Marabese. The new engine is an 87° V twin-cylinder, 4-valve twin-shaft, with electronic fuel injection and 6 gears and with a trellis tube frame.

Moto Morini was acquired by two entrepreneurs: Sandro Capotosti and Ruggeromassimo Jannuzzelli and in 2013 the factory was relocated in Trivolzio, to the province of Pavia. The ownership passes entirely to the Jannuzzelli family. A development process then starts to ensure the motorcycles respect Euro 4 norms, following which new models are created, from which the bold Corsaro ZZ, Corsaro ZT, and the fascinating Milano derive.

In October 2018 the company changed hands and became part of the Zhongneng Vehicle Group, which aims to consolidate and reinforce the Golden Eagle company’s prestigious positioning by making significant investments that concern both current and new models, also with different engine sizes to widen the Morini range and increase its presence on the market. The following year Moto Morini started working on the adventure project: 650cc X-CAPE.

Moto Morini Calibro

Moto Morini Calibro