1982 Moto Morini 250


  • Eye catching red paintwork with gold alloys
  • Thought to be a highly original example
  • Previously a museum piece with very low mileage

The Appeal

After their success with the 350 and 500 from the seventies, Moto Morini decided to downsize the popular format of the larger capacity predecessors and offer their lightweight 250cc V-Twin. Many a biker quickly saw the appeal of the 250, advanced specifications were carried over such as the heron heads and 72-degree V-Twin. Furthermore, the 250 offered a much lighter curb weight for the time at around 140kg, meaning owners could enjoy great handling and a more flickable bike compared to its heavier predecessors. 

When it comes to lightweight classic sports bikes, the Italians arguably mastered this tough sector throughout the 20th century, with the Moto Morini 250 being a perfect example of their prowess!

The History and Paperwork

  • MOT and tax exempt
  • Current owner reportedly purchased the motorbike from a London museum
  • No service history or V5C present as the vehicle has reportedly never been registered for road use in the UK
  • Current owner selling as surplus to requirements
  • Current owner had started the application for the first road tax but did not complete nor send off
  • A very low mileage example for the age
  • Thought to be a highly original example with the current owner not replacing any parts apart from a new battery
  • Dry stored in a garage when not in use
  • Current owner states the bike has not run recently but believes it shouldn’t require much work to do so

The Interior

  • Interior remains in a very good condition throughout
  • Grips and switch gear to handlebars remain in excellent condition
  • Black saddle with gold Moto Morini branding remains in excellent condition, free from any marks, rips or tears
  • Desirable large flyscreen gives for good wind protection
  • Mirrors starting to show some signs of age but still remain in a good condition
  • Gauges remain in a very good, original condition
  • Red paintwork with black and gold pinstripes remains in very good condition overall
  • Both rider and pillion footpegs all remain in excellent condition, gear and brake levers also remain in a very good condition
  • Desirable black 'Le Mans' style fuel cap in very good condition

The Exterior 

  • Red paintwork with black and gold pinstripes remains in very good condition overall with only a few small paint chips across the bodywork
  • Matching Pirelli Mandrake tyres with excellent tread but may need replacing due to age
  • Matching original Grimeca 7 spoke gold alloys in excellent condition
  • Minimal signs of use throughout the bike's exterior, in keeping with the very low mileage
  • Front forks and fork seals remain in a good condition but there is some fluid present around the seals
  • Rear twin shocks and springs remain in a very good condition
  • Original La Franconi black twin exhaust remains in fair to good condition, ride side muffler has started to corrode but has been re-painted
  • Brightwork and badges remain in a good condition overall
  • All lights and indicators present and in very good condition but unknown whether functioning
  • No numberplate mounted as vehicle has reportedly not yet been registered for road use in the UK

The Mechanics

  • Technically advanced for the time 239cc V-Twin coupled to a desirable 6-speed gearbox
  • Engine and gearbox casings in excellent condition with minimal signs of use
  • Del Orto carburettors fitted as standard
  • Grimeca front disc brake with rear drum brake, both appear to remain in excellent condition
  • Battery charger terminal fitted to the bike for convenience when charging
  • Current owner has fitted a new battery during ownership but has not carried out any other restoration work
  • Current owner states the bike has not run recently but believes it shouldn’t require much work to do so
  • Underside in a good, clean and tidy used condition
  • Kick start arm present and remains in a very good condition
  • Rear sprocket and chain remain in a very good condition


Moto Morini's 250J 2C took all the best parts from its predecessor, the 350 V-Twin but offered more nimble handling thanks to its smaller displacement and lower weight. They were known to be one of the best handling bikes at the time of their release which made up for their slightly lesser power output compared to the competition. 

This example was purchased by the current owner from a museum and the condition of this example remains in a museum like standard, very good indeed. The eye-catching colourway of this 250 V-Twin takes you back to an era when style was as important as performance. This is a great example for someone hoping to own a rare and classic lightweight motorbike from none other than Moto Morini!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1982
  • Make Moto Morini
  • Model 250
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 1,238 Kilometres
  • Engine size 239
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Brackley
  • Location Northamptonshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
1 bid
  • nick-do•••• £2,107 22/09/23

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